November 14, 2018

SBA brings Emerging Leaders program to Worcester, 19 graduate

PHOTO/SAVANNAH DONOHUE
Renee King of Queen's Cups.

For the first year, the U.S. Small Business Administration brought its Emerging Leaders program to Worcester, the agency announced Tuesday.

The program began in Boston as a pilot program and it has been held in Boston for the past 10 years.

"This year we wanted to bring the framework to Worcester and the central portion of the state, to support the thriving small business community with more education, mentoring and access to resources to grow," District Director Robert Nelson said in a statement.

This year, 19 Worcester-area small businesses were enrolled in the program, which included free entrepreneurship education, executive training, and nearly 100 hours of classroom time.

The program provided opportunities for small business owners to work with business experts and financial institutions via mentorships and workshops.

Worcester-area businesses enrolled in the program included:

ˇ Cleartech Group of Leominster

ˇ Trinidad Engineering of Natick

ˇ Geisel Software, Inc. of Worcester

ˇ RRMAE Engineering of Acton

ˇ O'Leary Welding Corp. of Douglas

ˇ Drivetech, Inc. of Acton

ˇ Legacy Medical Solutions, LLC of North Andover

ˇ Guertin Graphics of Worcester

ˇ Bluefin Technology Partners of Worcester

ˇ Abbess Instruments and Systems, Inc of Holliston

ˇ Twist Bakery Café, Inc of Millis

ˇ Bin There Dump That of Lunenberg

ˇ The Queen's Cups of Worcester

ˇ Comprehensive Practice Management of Smithfield, RI

ˇ Betts Plumbing & Heating Supply of Westfield

ˇ Monsoon Kitchens, Inc of Shrewsbury

ˇ New England Home & Glass, Inc of Mashpee

ˇ ECI Stores of Leominster

ˇ Fox Auto Transport, LLC of Easthampton

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