The Brand Advocates Selected to Participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Emerging Leaders Program

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The Brand Advocates, an award-winning communications firm based in South Florida, has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to participate in its Emerging Leaders Program.  The initiative focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.  The seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

“We were very impressed with The Brand Advocates,” said SBA Deputy Director for the South Florida District, Jonel Hein. “The company is growing rapidly and we believe they will do great things in the future and we felt this program was a perfect fit.”

"We were very impressed with The Brand Advocates. The company is growing rapidly and we believe they will do great things in the future and we felt this program was a perfect fit."

Jonel Hein, Deputy District Director of the SBA South Florida District

Graduates of the SBA Emerging Leaders Program have reported that nearly 70 percent achieved revenue growth and over 80 percent created new jobs or retained all existing jobs.

“Being selected for this national program is an honor,” said Courtney Cunningham, managing partner at The Brand Advocates. “The caliber of firms participating is outstanding and we look forward to successfully completing the program.”

Graduates have secured federal, state, local and tribal contract awards over $700 million nationwide. Selection is highly competitive. The Brand Advocates is one of only 20 firms selected by the South Florida District Office for the SBA, which encompasses Miami, Ft. Pierce and Tampa.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with The Brand Advocates as part of this program,” said Orlando Espinosa, an instructor for the program, which is produced by Interise. “To have an award-winning company making noteworthy strides participating in the program is fantastic and we’re thrilled to have them.”


The Brand Advocates, Inc. is an award-winning team of multicultural communications professionals specializing in public relations, communications campaigns, brand, experiential marketing and civic engagement for private and public sector brands throughout the United States. To learn more, visit

Source: The Brand Advocates