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20 co.’s picked for SBA’s Emerging Leaders class of ’17

SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo

Twenty companies have been chosen to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s third Emerging Leaders training series in Puerto Rico, SBA District Director Yvette T. Collazo announced Thursday.

“The companies recruited in Puerto Rico this year once again represent all island regions and a diversity of industries, including security systems, manufacturing, scientific research, construction, architecture, dentistry, maintenance and professional services, among others,” Collazo said.

“Over the next seven months, they will work with course facilitator Jaime Yordán-Frau to successfully exit the program with a three-year strategic growth plan and action plan for their businesses,” she added during the kick-off ceremony hosted by the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce in Old San Juan.

The following companies have been competitively selected for the Emerging Leaders Class of 2017 in Puerto Rico: A&M Exterminating Services, Inc.; AG Environmental PSC; BIM Contractors LLC; BioPharma Consulting Services Inc.; María Umpierre Marchand PSC; E.R.C. Manufacturing Inc.; EAS Systems, Inc.; Elucidate Technologies, Inc.; EQVAL Consulting Group Inc.; Fundación de Investigación de Diego; Gascó Industrial Corp.; Green Engineering Group PSC; Institute for Spanish Language Acquisition; JR Landscape & Facility Management LLC; PROMMA Private Corp.; Santa & Company Corp.; Space Mart Retail and Real Estate Solutions; Tapia & Fernández Arquitectos CSP; United Forms & Graphics Inc.; Vega-Fournier, Rivera-Rosas & Associates PSC.

The SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative delivers entrepreneurship education and training focused on small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.

This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local city leaders and the financial community.

In addition to the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, cosponsoring the Emerging Leaders training series in San Juan with SBA this year are: Banco Popular de Puerto Rico; Corporation for the Financing of Businesses and Communities; PathStone Enterprise Center; Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico; Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Center; and the Women’s Business Institute.

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