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SBA Emerging 200 Initiative

The goal of the SBA Emerging 200 initiative is to identify 200 inner-city businesses across the country that show a high potential for growth—and to provide them the network, resources and motivation required to build a sustainable business of size and scale within a designated inner-city geographic location. SBA is increasing outreach to areas historically challenged by high levels of unemployment and poverty. Bolstering entrepreneurial success in these areas will generate new jobs, attract investment, and provide a more sustainable economic base in distressed areas.  Current efforts also include a program to improve access to credit to small businesses located in rural areas.  The SBA Emerging 200 initiative will enable the participating small businesses to engage in an intensive curriculum focused on developing a winning, expansion strategy for their business, including options for capital access and contracting.  Participants also will have the opportunity to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial community.

The following cities have been selected to participate in the SBA Emerging 200 initiative for 2008:

Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA; Memphis, TN; Chicago, Il; Des Moines, IA; Milwaukee, WI; and Albuquerque, NM.

SBA Emerging 200 training has begun in each of the host cities. Small business owners interested in SBA assistance are encouraged to contact their closest local office.