Are you stuck spending more time working IN your business than ON your business?  You may be ready to T.H.R.I.V.E. with the SBA!

The U.S. Small Business Administration‘s T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is a 6-month intensive training program that helps CEOs and Executives get unstuck and take their business to the next level.  Accelerate your leadership skills, learn an MBA-level curriculum, receive tailored business coaching, and build relationships with a community of business owners, advisors, and experts.

T.H.R.I.V.E. stands for Train. Hope. Rise. Innovate. Venture. Elevate – an executive-level training series designed to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses across the United States.  This innovative program is an intense 6-month course that includes in-person, self-paced, instruction, mentoring, and classroom time.  Providing small business the opportunity to work with experienced professionals at no financial cost.


Target Your Business For Expansion

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined training is specifically designed to accelerate growth and support the expansion of your business.  The program provides participants with the opportunity to work with a network of experienced subject matter experts in core business topics and other micro-sessions customized for the small business’ unique needs.  The reimagined format removes the one-size fits all model in exchange for engagement, problem-solving, and peer-to-peer interaction within the cohorts.  Additionally, the new format promotes an eco-system of business connectiosn among business peers, government leaders, and the financial community.


Eligibility and requirements

T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is an executive-level training series intended to give ambitious small business leaders a challenging opportunity to accelerate their growth through targeted training led by motivating leaders in small business development. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined revolutionizes the rich history of executive-level training for small businesses poised for growth.

The Office of Entrepreneurial Development is committed to transforming our learning ecosystem to be timelier, more relevant, and to meet small businesses where they are right now. We embody this approach with T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined.


Do I qualify to participate?

This training is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined advanced training series is open to small business owners and executives that:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self


What are the key program highlights?

  • Mentoring
  • In-person coaching for C-level executives
  • Self-paced instruction with demonstrated business sustainability
  • A hybrid model that includes virtual and classroom sessions
  • Micro-sessions customized for small businesses’ unique needs
  • Experienced subject matter experts
  • Removing the one- size fits all model in exchange for engagement, problem-solving, and peer-to-peer interaction within the cohorts


What types of businesses participate in the program?

There are no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate. Participating for-profit companies include all industries including manufacturers, retail/wholesalers, contractors, professional services, and food services to name a few.


How can training help my business?

The training will stimulate and support the expansion of your business through strategies designed to help access new avenues of capital. It offers practical tools to pursue new paths for business development. It surrounds you with a network of government resources, and local business leaders prepared to invest time and energy in your business.


What are the overall benefits of participation?

The program allows participants to work with a network of experienced subject matter experts in core business topics.  In addition, the new 2022 format promotes an eco-system of business connections among business peers, government leaders, and the financial community. As a result, T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined helps build sustainable businesses that promote economic development within their communities.

Additionally, entrepreneurs produce a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to access the support and resources necessary to move forward.


Is participation free?

Yes! There is no direct financial cost upfront, but participants must invest their time and commitment to complete all training sessions over the six months. SBA and our local partners cover all other costs.


Training overview

T.H.R.I.V.E.Emerging Leaders Reimaginedprovides entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies. This intensive executive entrepreneurship series offers opportunities for small business owners to work with professional coaches and mentors, gain skills needed to grow, and develop connections with peers, local leaders, and the financial community.

Since its inception as E-200 in 2008, SBA’s Emerging Leaders has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 11,000 jobs, generating nearly $1 billion in new financing, and securing over $4 billion in government contracts.

T.H.R.I.V.E.Emerging Leaders Reimaginedcontinues the success of SBA’s executive-level training to small businesses and has expanded its reach in 2022 to include 68 locations to assist high-potential growing entrepreneurs nationwide.



Interested in participating?Visit T.H.R.I.V.E.Emerging Leaders Reimagined’s websitefor more information.  Locations include Chicago, Springfield, and St. Louis.


About Growth Corp

Small Business Growth Corporation (Growth Corp) is a nonprofit, mission-based lender dedicated exclusively to connecting small businesses with quality expansion capital through administration of the SBA 504 Loan Program. With a commitment to economic development, job creation and the small business sector, Growth Corp is ranked a Top 10 National CDC for SBA 504 loan volume and is Illinois’ largest 504 loan provider.  In fact, Growth Corp’s substantial portfolio ($750+ million) is particularly impressive because every dollar was utilized by Midwest entrepreneurs to open and expand their small businesses.  For more information, please contact any member of our team or visit www.growthcorp.com