Nichole has recently graduated from a program called Emerging Leaders. This program is given by the Small Business Administration, and provides a free mini-MBA training program for small to medium-sized business owners and CEOs in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. There are some criteria that must be met in order to participate in this program:

  • be located in the cities of Minneapolis or Saint Paul or surrounding suburb,
  • generate revenues between $400,000 and $10 million,
  • have been in business for at least three years,
  • have at least one employee besides the CEO participant,
  • and commit to attending 13 workshops and completing required homework.

The only catch is that not all applicants are excepted! Nichole had to go through an interviewing process in order to be chosen to participate in this program. The Emerging Leaders training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.  The seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

Nichole not only worked her Tube Bending Specialists job by day, but she also attended classroom lectures, completed homework assignments, and met with her classmates by night. It is obvious that she put in numerous hours and dedication into this program in order to grow TBS.

Great Job Nichole!