Local resident graduates from Emerging Leaders

Bryan Moats, of Buckhannon, and the rest of the Emerging Leaders Initiative graduates.

BUCKHANNON — A local resident was among ten others from across West Virginia who graduated from the Small Business Association’s Emerging Leaders Initiative. Bryan Moats is the Chief Officer of Technology at MPL Corporation, and he was among the other who was honored at the Ceremony on Nov. 8.

According to their website, the Small Business Association’s Emerging Leader Initiative provides entrepreneurship education and training for executives of small businesses. The free course is completed over a period of seven months, typically from April until November, and participants learn about organizational management, market development and strategic growth. This entrepreneurship series included over 100 hours of classroom time, and provided opportunities for small business owners to work with experienced coaches and mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections.

Bryan Moats said, “The idea behind the SBA Emerging Leaders program is businesses can grow with a little help. The program covered many topics that an individual would learn in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) primarily focused on helping the business develop their strategic growth plans.”

When asked about the effects that this program will have on his job performance and the company as a whole, Moats responded, “As the Chief of Technology Officer, I didn’t have the full view of MPL’s financial history and certain aspects of the company’s legacy; the SBA Emerging Leaders program helped guide me to dig into the company’s rich history. This knowledge has helped me hone some of the ideas I have for the company’s future and how to help the business and myself grow.”

Moats said his favorite part of the course was having guest experts they invited to the classes. “The guest allowed us to pick their brains in an informal setting where everyone could speak openly,” he added.

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