Baltimore is one of 11 cities that will take part in a Small Business Administration program that will provide management training and other programs to 20 inner-city businesses, city and federal leaders said yesterday.
Small businesses, which will be accepted first come, first served, will receive up to 80 hours of trainingthis year on topics such as organizational management and market development.
The training will be free, SBA officials said.
"Having this support will help them to establish their goals," said Mayor Sheila Dixon. "There's no excuse now for companies [not] to really maximize if they really want to take their companies to another level."
Dixon was joined by Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes, and Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin.
Other cities taking part in the program, called Emerging 200, include Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and New Orleans.
"Small businesses are the heart of our economy," Cardin said in a statement. "The selection of Baltimore to participate ... is a vote of confidence in Baltimore's strong business community."
To apply, small businesses must have been in business for three years and have $400,000 or more in gross revenue a year.
For more information on the program or to apply, call 410-962-6195, Ext.337.