“We couldn’t be happier with the results of our second Emerging Leaders class,” said SBA New Jersey District Director Al Titone, who delivered remarks at a recent graduation ceremony at the Rutgers University Business School, where the program took place. “We have had individuals come from all walks of life and parts of the state to participate in this year’s program. I applaud each participant’s commitment and desire to improve their businesses. This particular program put each business owner through the paces and pushed them to step outside their comfort zone and to take a look at their business model from another angle.”
According to SBA’s New Jersey Program Manager of Emerging Leaders Dominick Belfiore, participants had to have annual revenues of at least $400,000; have been in business for at least 3 years; and have at least one employee, other than self in order to participate in the program.
The 18 graduates, who participated in the program, came from the following New Jersey communities: Basking Ridge, Carteret, East Brunswick, Freehold, Hopewell, Irvington, Lawrenceville, Lodi, Newark, Piscataway, Princeton Junction, Rutherford, Sparta, West Caldwell, Westfield and Wyckoff.
Marcela Zuchovicki, the course instructor who led the class through the curricula set by the SBA said, “The SBA Emerging Leaders experience has given me great insight about the great work of the SBA and how this program is impacting a diverse group of small business owners that include women, minorities, and veterans. This was an incredible group of individuals who will all benefit in some way from this program. “Completing its eighth year nationally, the Emerging Leaders initiative has trained more than 2,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues to expand its impact of helping small businesses grow and create jobs.”
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