Bit Link selected to SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative 2016

Bit Link Solutions is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of the companies to participate in the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative class in 2016. The program which invites CEO’s and other C-level executives to participate focuses on strategy, marketing, operations, financials, and a long-term plan for growth. Jane Sawyer of the Hawaii SBA office explains a bit more about the program here.

What is Emerging Leaders?

The Emerging Leaders is an intensive training initiative to accelerate high-potential small businesses’ growth in America’s urban areas. This comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult participating companies to the next level and help them emerge as growing, self-sustaining businesses in their community.

In Hawaii, the Emerging Leaders initiative is supported by a coalition of local economic and business development entities.

What does the Emerging Leaders advanced training entail?

Over seven months, participants are required to participate in approximately 60-80 hours of classroom instruction, generally two three-hour sessions per month.  The method used is primarily instructor-facilitated discussion of the training curriculum.  Outside subject matter experts are included as guest speakers to bring a “real world” perspective.  Additionally, class participants meet and work in smaller CEO Peer Mentoring Groups for an additional 15-20 hours during the training period.

Topics/subjects include:

  • Business & Leadership Assessment
  • Financing and Access to Capital
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Business Development Resources
  • Growth Action Plan

What types of businesses does Emerging Leaders target?

The Emerging Leaders advanced training series is open to the President, Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, or Chief Operating Officer of small businesses that:

  • Have been in active operation at least three years
  • Have generated for the past three years an average annual revenue of at least $350,000 not to exceed $10,000,000
  • Have at least one employee besides the owner(s)

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