SBA Houston District Office honors 30 Small Business CEOs
2019 Emerging Leaders Course Graduation
HOUSTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration Houston District Office is proud to announce two graduating classes – 30 CEOs in all – of Emerging Leaders small business growth training initiative! This is the fifth year the district has offered this prestigious initiative in the Houston area honoring participants in a graduation ceremony 12:00 p.m. Oct. 15 BakerRipley – East Aldine Campus.
In today’s booming economy these graduates are now quipped to build stronger communities, create more jobs and contribute to a stronger American economy,” said South Central Regional Administrator Justin Crossie.
“These Small businesses are graduating from a proven initiative that is vital to the U.S. economy, and here in the 32 counties of the SBA Houston District Office, we rely on small businesses to create jobs in our neighborhoods,” said District Director Tim Jeffcoat. “As leaders in their communities, I am confident these graduates will be recognized by local officials, the media and our citizens as shining stars in the Houston, Texas ecosystem.
SBA identifies businesses across the nation demonstrating high growth potential and provides approximately 100 hours of free, intensive business education in the form of an in-depth, seven-month course in organization management, growth strategies and management, market development and strategic planning. The program’s curriculum also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities.
The SBA Emerging Leaders initiative is a catalyst for expanding opportunities for underserved communities. Since its inception in 2008, graduates have secured more than $3 billion in government contracts and accessed $300 million in new financing. They’ve also reported creating nearly 6,500 new full-time jobs. Sixty-two percent of surveyed participants reported an increase in revenue while 70 percent of those surveyed reported maintaining or creating new jobs in their communities.
Emerging Leaders honored at this year’s graduation ceremony:
Taylor Wilson- Velocity Auto Care
Todd Yough- Tonatco Cryogenic Services, Inc.
Sandy Huang- SunNet Solutions
Carl Spinnler- BluTex Pools
Ramon Soriano- La Calle Tacos & Cantina
Paula Broussard- Speech Pathways Plus
Donna Domingue- FORD INDUSTRIAL SERVICE CO INC
Erica Hayes- Cornerstone Learning Academy & Childcare LLC
John John- Las Palmas Holdings
Yusi An- Magical Winter Lights
Luke Billiot- Cornerstone Maintenance and Landscaping
Benito Hernandez- B&MS Construction, Inc.
Nayeem Amin- Decca Consulting LLC
Ashley Brown- Accera Technologies, Inc.
Gustavo Suarez- JPG Accounting & Payroll
Marco Novo- Chef Units, LLC
Caleb McCollim- Home Exterior Systems
Debra Simpson- Bakers Safe and Lock Co.
Jennifer Torres- OAI Art Services
Tony Alcock- Mercom
Mike Lopez- Houston Cool Pools
Davud Koch – AKA Group
Robert Bowdon- Verity Advisors, LLC
Nasir Dadabhoy- SEL-FAST PRINTING
Carlos Pena- C&C Commercial Refrigeration, LLC
Michelle Saltarrelli- Autumn Oak Speech, Voice and Hearing
Gerardo Vargas- Schlotzsky’s Restaurant
Jenny Gonzalez- Letter Design & Sign Display
Oscar Combs- ISO 9001 Group
Richard Robertson- Iron Horse Freight Line, Inc.
For more information about this year’s Emerging Leaders graduates: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/articles/Emerging_Leaders_Profiles_2019.pdf