Emerging Leader

Business News |Apr 23, 2018|2 min read

MUSKEGON, MI  – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the launch of the 2018 Emerging Leaders initiative and has selected Michele Ringelberg, CEO of ThrivePOP to represent the Muskegon Area and take part in the Emerging Leadership Program for executives of small businesses poised for growth in emerging markets. Classes have started and will be located at Michigan State University Detroit Center. 


The Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders initiative provides free entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small, poised-for-growth companies that are potential job creators.  This intensive executive entrepreneurship series includes nearly 100 hours of classroom time.  It also provides opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, local leaders, and the financial community.


Since its inception in 2008, the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative has trained over 5,000 small business owners, creating over 6,500 jobs, generating over $300 million in new financing, and securing over $3.16 billion in government contracts. 


“Given the success of SBA’s Emerging Leaders, we have expanded the initiative to include a total of 60 locations to help growing entrepreneurs in emerging markets,” said Allen Gutierrez, associate administrator of the SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development.  “I am excited for the positive economic impact that each of this year’s Emerging Leaders participants will make when using this training to take their business to the next level.”


ThrivePOP is an innovative Digital Marketing Agency that specialized in website development and marketing services for small to medium sized businesses and is located in Muskegon, Michigan but services companies nationwide.  ThrivePOP’s specialty is build amazing websites, driving quality traffic that converts into leads for businesses. To learn more about ThrivePOP, please visit www.thrivepop.com.


Business Executives who want to join the 2018 Emerging Leaders can find locations online at www.sba.gov/emergingleaders, or by contacting your local SBA district office. 


Interested small business owners can learn more regarding eligibility, how to apply, and class schedules at the SBA’s Emerging Leaders website.