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Apply by June 15, 2018 | 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
» 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
» 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
» Intellectual Property