ASU Small Business Leadership Academy

Bring your small business to the next level

Program runs September 5 - November 7, 2018

» Are you a small business that’s been in business for at least 3 years?
» Do you have fewer than 100 employees?

» Is your revenue between $1 million and $10 million?
» Can you commit to at least 1 night per week for 9 weeks?

The ASU Small Business Leadership Academy (SBLA) may be just what you’re looking for.

Arizona State University

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Program Elements

9-week evening program comprised of one 4-hour session per week

Sessions led by a blend of Arizona State University faculty and local industry partners

Sessions focused on building your leadership toolkit with topics including strategy, services innovation, leading people, leading organizational processes and an elective track led by our industry partners to provide lessons from the trenches

Project-based learning to drive knowledge gained in the classroom back into your business for maximum impact

Closing session where participants present a final project, outlining how they’ve applied what they’ve learned toward their business


Benefits of SBLA

Join a select group of fellow leaders in an interactive learning environment to:
» Gain tangible tools to add to your toolbox
» Prototype a solution to a challenge you are having in your business
» Extend your network and exchange knowledge with high-value peers, colleagues, and facilitators
» Draw on best practices and experience from numerous industries
» Discover additional resources for continuing support

SBLA Program Schedule

Week 1 - Strategy for Competitive Advantage
Week 2 - Strategic Growth
Week 3 - Elective Week (choose 1, 2 or all 3 during the course of this week)
Week 4 - Branding
Week 5 - leading Innovation Success
Week 6 - Elective Week (choose 1, 2 or all 3 during the course of this week)
Week 7 - Managing Yourself and Others
Week 8 - Managing Organizational Processes
Week 9 - Final Presentations & Graduation Ceremony

How to Apply

To qualify for SBLA, you must:

» Be willing and able to attend all nine scheduled classes and related activities
» Own at least 50% of an established (past start-up phase) business that’s been in business for a minimum of 3 years
» Have revenue between $1 million and $10 million
» Have fewer than 100 employees

Apply today


If your organization has initiatives focused on small business or diversity, you can meet your goals — and those of a deserving small business leader — by funding an SBLA scholarship. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Full Scholarship - $2,800
(single-participant scholarship)

Sponsor benefits:
» Hand-select scholarship recipient who meets application requirements

» Attend graduation festivities and/or sit in on select sessions

» Have your company logo included in all digital and print program collateral

» Be featured with the scholarship recipient in all program material and on his or her Certificate of Completion

Elective Sponsorship
(sponsor program elective during week 3 and/or 6)

Sponsor benefits:
» Provide subject-matter expertise

» Host elective at your own facility, if desired/able

» Present electives of between 2-4 hours, with at least 90 minutes of learning and 30 minutes of networking

» Develop sessions that promote engagement, allowing participants to practice the application of knowledge during the session (sample sessions are available upon request).

Examples of electives have included:

» Social Media 

» RFP Process
» Leadership Brand
» Effective Communications
» Financial Literacy for Growth

» Market Research
» Time Management/Delegation
» Influence
» Intellectual Property

About the SBLA

Small businesses play a key role in boosting our economy, creating jobs and positively impacting the community. Indeed, the world runs on small business. And while these companies play a significant part in the marketplace, they can face challenges larger businesses may not.

Established in 2008 in partnership with Salt River Project, the SBLA program is tailored to the unique needs of small businesses. Designed to accommodate the busy schedules of business owners, it delivers the skills you need to stay competitive and propel your business forward. Since its inception, more than 130 small businesses have participated in the SBLA.

Through the SBLA, you will:
» Learn to anticipate and overcome the business challenges of today and tomorrow
» Enhance your business acumen
» Broaden your perspective
» Strengthen your leadership skills
» Stay competitive and propel your business forward

ASU Small Business Leadership Academy




Joel Dupuis
Senior Director, Open Enrollment
(602) 496-7038
(800) 457.6959 (US)

Apply by June 15, 2018 | Program runs September 5 - November 7, 2018