StreetWise 'MBA' Alumni Celebrated for Impact at 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards


2014 Winner of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award and 2010 Interise graduate, Victoria Amador(left)

Three StreetWise 'MBA'TM business owners (Daniel Perez; Yessy Feliz; and Jose de la Rosa) were nominated for the 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, given each year by the Immigrant Learning Center for four categories (business growth, neighborhood business, high-tech business, and life-science business).

Daniel Perez, a 2017 Interise graduate from Colombia who owns DPV Transportation Worldwide in East Boston, was nominated in the Business Growth category; Yessy Feliz, a current Interise business from the Dominican Republic who runs Tails, Inc. in Jamaica Plain, was nominated for Neighborhood Business; and Jose de la Rosa, a 2014 Emerging Leaders graduate from the Dominican Republic who owns Guardian Healthcare in Jamaica Plain, won the 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award for Business Growth.

In the past, many StreetWise 'MBA'TM alumni have been nominated for these awards, and two have won in their respective categories. Below is a list of all that have been nominated, with winners in bold, along with the name of their small business, the location, and the year(s) they were nominated:
  • Ruth Francis, P&R Ice Cream and Restaurant, Mattapan (2015)
  • Alberto Calvo, Stop & Compare Supermarkets, Chelsea (2014, 2015)
  • Herby Duverné, Taino Consulting Group, Boston (2016)
  • Colette Phillips, Colette Phillips Communications, Boston (2016)
  • Antonio Rodrigues, TNT Cleaning Services Inc., Assonet (2016)
  • Marc Silva, Somerville Sustainable Cleaning, Cambridge (2014)
  • Rosa and Nisaury Tejeda and Victoria Amador, Tremendous Maid LLC, Jamaica Plain (2014)
  • Jose de la Rosa, Guardian Healthcare in Jamaica Plain (2017)
  • Daniel Perez, DPV Transportation Worldwide in East Boston (2017)
  • Yessy Feliz, Tails, Inc. in Jamaica Plain (2017)
The Immigrant Learning Center, situated in Malden, MA, provides research, business, and learning tools to recent immigrants while also educating the public on the benefits of immigrants in the community. Through ILC's English Learning Program and their Public Education and Research, they give immigrants a voice.

Interise's proven model for accelerating economic development through small business growth in lower-income communities has had impressive impact across the country, as illustrated in the 2016 Impact Report. Celebrate thriving small businesses #AllYearLong!


Victoria Washington wins Arkansas 2017 Small Business Person of the Year


Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year for 2017 Victoria Washington (left) Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon (right)

The winner of the 2017 Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year is Victoria Washington (2015 Emerging Leaders alum), owner of Vision Information Technology Consultants LLC. After working for several years as a requirements engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency, and later as a systems engineer for a federal contractor, Victoria Washington decided to start her own business in 2003.

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StreetWise 'MBA' Alumni Steal the Show at National Small Business Week Awards


Seven StreetWise 'MBA' alumni earned their state's 2017 Small Business Person of the Year award for their strong leadership and community impact. These StreetWise 'MBA' alumni are among 54 small businesses awarded honors by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a part of National Small Business Week.

National Small Business Week, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, takes place starting on April 30th with an awards ceremony in Washington DC and continues until May 6th. The awards ceremony will feature a variety of national award winners, chosen from the 54 states' and territories' Small Business Person of the Year awards that have already been announced.

Below is a list of StreetWise 'MBA' alumni who have been named 2017 Small Business Persons of the Year:

  • Victoria A. Washington, Arkansas
  • Dr. Eva D. Littman, Nevada
  • Mario Burgos and David Burgos, New Mexico
  • Pamela Newman, New York
  • Eric Mauch and Carla Dean Schwartzenberger, North Dakota
  • Deborah Paris, Texas
  • Robert W. Dozier Jr., Washington, D.C.

"RWD, a small business that provides facilities, logistics, administrative, and IT solutions to Federal, public, and private clients, increased our 2016 revenue by 46% from the previous year, and ended with more than 80 employees," said Robert W. Dozier Jr., CEO of RWD Consulting in Washington.

To celebrate Small Business Week, there will be events around the country hosted by the Small Business Administration. Each state will present more specific awards as well, which StreetWise 'MBA' alumni are also in the running for!

Interise's proven model for accelerating economic development through small business growth in lower-income communities has had impressive impact across the country, as illustrated in the 2016 Impact Report. Celebrate thriving small businesses #AllYearLong!

See coverage of the events for National Small Business Week HERE!

SBA Emerging Leaders Alumni and Interise Instructor Meet With SBA Administrator Linda McMahon


On Thursday, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon spent the day in Miami, meeting with several Emerging Leaders alumni business owners as well as Interise instructor Orlando Espinosa. McMahon first stopped off at AAA Million Auto Parts to spend time with CEO Joseangel Hernandez, a 2015 graduate of Emerging Leaders Miami.


McMahon continued on to a small business round-table, featuring Orlando Espinosa in addition to four recent Emerging Leaders alumni: Moises Montañez of ALTA Home Remodeling Co., Margaret Anglin of Mr. Wireman Electric, Maria Sandra Pineda of Medical Equipment Solutions Corporation, and Kizzy Parks of K Parks Consulting. At the round-table, McMahon and several small business owners centered conversation around government regulations, finance, and technology. Pointing to the many opportunities the government has to contract with small businesses, Emerging Leaders alumni stressed the importance of connecting these small businesses with substantial federal contracts to achieve next-level growth.

"I can't stress enough the importance of education and capacity building to ensure the success of second-stage growth for small businesses," said Interise instructor Orlando Espinosa. "Without it, long-term scaling is much more difficult."

See coverage of the events from the Miami Herald

Check out the 2016 #ImpactMatters Report for insights about the relationship between contracting with small businesses and creating quality jobs.




Just released: The Small Business Credit Survey published by the Federal Reserve Banks.

The report provides intelligence on the financing needs and gaps of small businesses – “fundamental to understanding and bolstering the sector’s health and growth.” The report is made possible through the collaboration of national, regional, and community partners nationwide “who share valuable insights about small business financing needs.”

Interise, a proud partner of the Federal Reserve, collaborated with the Federal Reserve to promote and distribute the survey to our network of thriving small businesses!


Interise Alum Todd Snopkowski of Snapchef receives 2016 Good Citizens Award

BOSTON -- Citizens Bank Senior Vice President, Middle Market Banking and Chairman of the Board of Interise, Joe Wadlinger, presented the second annual Citizens Bank Good Citizens Award to 2007 StreetWise 'MBA'TM alum Todd Snopkowski, owner and CEO of Snapchef. Snapchef is a Boston-based culinary workers employment firm that last year trained and placed more than 1,200 workers, predominantly residents of low-income neighborhoods.

The award was presented at thrive! 2016, an annual event which celebrates the more than 4,000 small enterprises Interise has supported over the past decade. These established small businesses bring jobs and economic opportunities to low-income communities.

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