2014-02-13 SBA Newsletter

Go to Harvard! SBA Emerging Leaders Program Looking for Boston-area Small Businesses

February 13, 2014

The 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative and its MBA-style program is about to launch in Boston. Entering its seventh consecutive year, the initiative has trained more than 100 promising small business owners in the Boston area. The Emerging Leaders Initiative takes place in 27 cities across the country and this year Washington, D.C. has been added along with Miami, Wichita, and Newark. [...]

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2014-03 The Collaborative Exchange

Economic Development & Job Readiness: CLASSY Awards Top 5

March 2014

WHAT THEY’RE ADDRESSING: Economically distressed urban neighborhoods account for 15% of unemployment, nearly 25% of U.S. poverty, and over 30% of minority poverty. When established small businesses in these communities thrive they create more local jobs and contribute to inner city economic health. Yet, less than 20% of small business development resources are designed to meet their needs. Their potential is untapped. [...]

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2014-03-09 Telegram.com

StreetWise MBA program helps Worcester County businesses grow

March 9, 2014

Research from Boston University's Graduate School of Management has uncovered why small businesses in lower-income communities stall. And the course for working CEOs that emerged from that research is helping Worcester's small businesses to grow. Since I agree with those who say that the best social program is a job, I think that is great news. Jean Horstman, CEO of Interise, has helped spread national adoption of its StreetWise MBA program that aims to help "entrepreneurs create jobs and grow the economy locally." The latest Worcester StreetWise MBA graduating class included Worcester County small-business owners who participated in the twice-monthly classes at the College of the Holy Cross from January to August 2013. [...]

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2014-03-30 Cleveland.com

University Circle aims to help small businesses rise with the neighborhood: gentrification 101

March 30, 2014

As the anchor institutions grow, they say, the small businesses may need help to grow with them. "They're asking, 'How can I take advantage of the new business and the new residents?'" said Kleinman, University Circle Inc.'s vice president for shared services, which connects her to the business associations. "They want to ride that wave." But how? Kleinman thinks she found the answer in Boston and a program called the Streetwise MBA. Designed by the nonprofit group Interise, formerly InnerCity Entrepreneurs, it's tailor-made for a small business that wants to be bigger. [...]

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2014-04-30 MassTech


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today joined the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) in New Bedford to celebrate Interise’s award of nearly $150,000 to expand its mentoring program for local companies. Bialecki and MassTech held a roundtable discussion with entrepreneurs, private sector partners, collaborators and Interise staff members on the importance of entrepreneurship and mentoring on the South Coast. [...]

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2014-06-07 Daily Times

Class designed to help small businesses grow beyond being a start-up

June 7, 2014

Chelle Maurer said she would now like to sell the sled nationwide to other oil and gas drilling companies. More importantly, the couple wants their business to be successful, especially since, according to the Small Business Administration, about half of all small businesses close before they reach year five, and only a third make it to 10 years. With the aim of helping established businesses take the next step beyond the start-up phase, Four Corners Economic Development and the Boston-based nonprofit Interise jointly launched the Grow SMART program in Farmington. Chelle Maurer recently enrolled in the seven-month course and hopes the class will help her focus on where to market her company’s product. [...]

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