Application Process

Application Process for 2014 Class - February 28 - June 14

The Harford Leadership Academy encourages the attendance of mid- to upper-level management personnel who have:

  • The goal of providing leadership in the community
  • An interest in accepting new and rewarding challenges
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and desire to learn more about Harford County

Candidates should submit a one-page (one-side) application on plain paper, to, including the following:

  • Name
  • Home address
  • Business address
  • Company/organization
  • Title/position
  • E-mail address
  • Phone (work and home)
  • List of past community involvement (indicate if in a leadership role)
  • List of current community involvement (indicate if in a leadership role)
  • Statement as to why you would like to attend the Academy
  • List two business references with phone numbers
  • Photo, passport size (.jpg format)

Please review Program Information to ensure that you will be able to attend the program sessions, including a casual dinner which will allow participants to meet each other prior to the start of the program.

Applications accepted beginning June 15 through January 15. Enrollment is generally limited to thirty-six adult participants.

The cost of the Academy is $675 per person, payable upon notification of acceptance. The SBDC offers a full scholarship to a small business owner/operator that meets SBA definition for minority business ( African-American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian/ other Pacific Islander.) Limited scholarships may also be available. Include statement of need with your application. Please send the completed application to  

To be eligible, applicants must live and/or work in Harford County, have demonstrated interest in volunteerism and the community, exhibit leadership potential, and be able to attend all sessions.

The selection committee strives for a balanced representation of adults from small and large businesses, industries, non-profit organizations, the professions, community organizations, government agencies and ethnic populations. Upon completion of the Academy, public recognition of the graduates and a certificate of achievement will be awarded. If there are more candidates than openings, a priority waiting list will be prepared for filling any last-minute vacancies.