The U.S. Small Business Administration Georgia District Office recognized 19 small businesses during the SBA Emerging Leaders graduation ceremony on Oct. 31, 2016.  The ceremony was held at the SBA District Office in downtown Atlanta.

Emerging Leaders is a federal training initiative that focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. The course provides these executives with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote economic development within urban communities.

The six-month training program has a condensed, MBA-like curriculum that enhances the business savvy and confidence of the entrepreneur. As part of the curriculum, each participant must create a three-year strategic-growth-plan. The annual training initiative started with 20 participants and miraculously, only lost one student. This is the eighth year of the program in Atlanta.

Graduating businesses recognized for completing the program include:

A-Action Janitorial Service; Barbara Storey

Basha Services; Neville Anderson

Beers Housing Inc. Heather Burt

Concept Software & Services Inc; Ravindra Bhave

Diamond Distributors; Paul McCadney

Domineck Trucking Inc. Andy Domineck

GA Maintenance Service Group; Glenda Allen

IBOX Global LLC; Tim Mercer

Jewel of the South Inc. Valisa Shannon

Morgan’s Academy; Latorsha Morgan

New Beginning Realty Group LLC; Anthony Williams

Osprey Management; Kelvin King

Raymond Engineering; Raymond Ramos

Roof Technology Partners Scott Coger

Rotorcorp LLC; Sean Casey

Security Innovations Protective; Brian Dixon

Skybound Aviation; Evanthe Papastathis

Statement Corp; Kendall Flagg

TJ Fact LLC; Terrence Evans