Janet Runge (Center for Entrepreneurship) coordinated a five‐way partnership between Lee Business School, Cox Communications, Bank of Nevada, Caesars Entertainment, and Manheim Nevada that has produced 12 new graduates of the Small Business Leadership Academy (SBLA). The SBLA certificate program aims to empower participants with the ability to overcome the business challenges of today and tomorrow. Course participants made a 32‐hour commitment over eight weeks and received fresh business insight as well as three continuing education credits for their effort. This is only the second cohort of graduates. The next session is scheduled for the fall.