Local entrepreneurs accepted into executive-level training program

The U.S. Small Business Administration, San Antonio District Office selected participates for a thirteen week, executive-level training course. The first session began on April 11 at the Broadway Bank located on McCullough.


The SBA established the Emerging Leaders program in 2008 to assist entrepreneurs in urban communities, currently over 50 communities across the country has been selected to offer this course. This is the third year the SBA San Antonio District has hosted this training.


“I am looking forward to another energized, paradigm-shifting year for an inspired group of business owners,” said Hal Brown, Interise Instructor. “My goal is to help them change their way of thinking, so that they may really learn how to set and achieve goals, grow their businesses to a greater level of success in the next three year. This is one of the most satisfying things I do each year.”


The SBA selected Interise as the national instructional provider for the Emerging Leaders initiative which uses a copyrighted curriculum called the StreetWise Steps™ to Small Business Growth.


This executive-level training series focuses on small, posed-for-growth companies with potential to promote economic development within their community. The program includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time, connects small business owners with a network of industry experts and peers, and assists with the creation of a three-year strategic growth action plan.


The end result of the executive education prepares and encourages small businesses to move to the next level on their growth trajectory and to help them emerge as self-sustaining businesses that create jobs and build communities.  At the conclusion of the training, entrepreneurs produce a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets that will help them access the necessary support and resources to move forward.


Emerging Leaders is for established business owners and is not for start-ups or people who are thinking about starting a business. There are no restrictions on the types of businesses that can participate.


To be considered, firms must be for-profit enterprises, been in business for at least three years, have at least one full time employee other than self, and have annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million.


This year’s participants are:

  1. Shirley Crandall

Crandall & Associates, Inc

  1. Jeffrey Jaime


  1. Daniel Barrett

Barrett insurance services

  1. Patricia Fierro

M& A professional contractors llc

  1. Gary Zimmerman

Aer Potentia LLC

  1. Priscilla Contreras


  1. Marcia Winkler

Longhorn Office products

  1. Betty Corona

Alamo and Austin Helicopter Tours

  1. Rossie Ortiz

SANA INTL Commerce

  1. Neelu Raman Kaur

Bestica inc.

  1. Andy Little


  1. Kermit Cruz

NBCP Sourcing & Technology

  1. Reynaldo Martinez

Woodeez Stone & Laser Imaging

  1. Christopher Greer

John’s Landscaping

  1. Carl Dugart

Vertical Technologies

  1. Jane Gonzalez

Medwheels Inc

  1. Monica Harris

Accu Aire Mechanical LLC

  1. Cesar Cantor

Colmex Services



Top (L:R) Christopher Greer, Marcia Winkler, Betty Corona, Jane Gonzalez, Rossie Ortiz, Cesar Cantor, Jeffrey Jaime, Kermit Cruz, Hal Brown

Bottom (L:R) Ashley Morales, SBA Emerging Leaders Project Manager; Patricia Fierro, Neelu Raman Kaur, Monica Harris, Reynaldo Martinez


To learn about the SBA’s Emerging Leaders initiative visit, www.sba.gov