Free business growth strategy course – apply by March 5!

For the third year, the Minneapolis office of the Small Business Administration has been selected to offer a free intensive training course to area businesses. Past year Minneapolis participants include Certus EDM, Christensen Law Office,  CorAzon, Flair Fountains, Gandhi Mahal, Guaranty Commercial Title, Harry Jensen Construction, IpHouse, kp Companies, MAG Mechanical, Mother Earth Gardens, Nelson Electric, Olu’s Home, On-Demand Group, PediaPals, Saffron restaurant, The Stratford Companies, Tri-Construction.

WHAT: E200 Emerging Leaders is an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses located in America’s cities. Developed by the U.S. Small Business  Administration, e200 offers qualified business owners powerful benefits including innovative strategies to grow, acquire financing, access new markets and leverage networking.

WHO: The e200 training is open to small businesses located in the City of Minneapolis or City of Saint Paul and surrounding suburbs with annual revenues between $400,000 to $10 million that have been in business for at least three years. This training is not for start-up businesses. E200 is considered a mini-MBA type of training with the case study being the owner’s business, but it does require a major time commitment of the CEO.

WHEN: Thirteen classes will begin early/mid April and run through early November. Space is limited to one C-level executive per business.

WHAT’S THE COST? The only costs are your time and commitment to complete the curriculum. Anticipate 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring.

CLASSROOM LOCATION? To be determined.

HOW DO I REGISTER? To request a letter of interest form, contact Cindy Collett at 612-370-2312(

Letters of interest must be received by

March 5, 2013.

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