The SBA will offer the Emerging Leaders program to small business owners in Dallas, TX. The program uses a copyrighted curriculum called the StreetWise Steps™ to Small Business Growth.

The curriculum gives small business owners an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience through a combination of 1) executive education; 2) practical tips based on “real-life” business experience, and; 3) advice from business leaders that can be readily applied.  

The StreetWise curriculum contains five modules: 

  • Module 1: Business and Strategy Assessment
  • Module 2: Financials
  • Module 3: Marketing and Sales
  • Module 4: Resources- People, Accessing Capital and Government Contracting
  • Module 5: Putting it all together- Strategic Growth Plan Presentations

This FREE training program is offered by SBA at no costs to the participating small businesses.

The initiative will begin in mid-April 2016 and end in November 2016. Participants will commit to 40 hours of in-class time, divided over 13 in-person sessions. Sessions are typically held every other week.  Participants will also spend at least 12 hours over the course of the curriculum in self-directed CEO mentoring groups. Participants should expect to spend 3-4 hours preparing for each session by completing out-of-class, practical session preparation.

All instructional in-class sessions, CEO Mentoring Groups and session preparation are interconnected and of equal importance.  In total, each participant can expect to commit approximately 100 hours to analyzing their business and planning for growth. 

Interested applicants should register online at  no later than March 1, 2016

Applications will be reviewed for eligibility, SBA will schedule an interview, and finalists will be selected and notified by March 30th.

Classes will begin in April 2016. The classroom venue for training will be held at the Bill J. Priest Center, 1402 Corinth Street in Dallas.

For more information, contact Don Williams at the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber at, or 214-217-8488.

Presented by Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

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