2014-11-05 Stacy Blackman Consulting

Columbia Business School Launches Neighborhood Small Biz Program

November 5, 2014

Beginning this winter, Columbia Business School’s Small Business Development Center will offer a “StreetWise ‘MBA’”curriculum that aims to help neighborhood small businesses grow. The program is supported by Citi Community Development and will use a nationally recognized curriculum developed by Interise, a nonprofit committed to helping underserved small businesses scale. [...]

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2014-11-06 University of Houston Downtown

UHD and City of Houston Launch, "Build Up Houston"

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Owners of small businesses in Houston’s construction service industry soon will have access to an award-winning program designed to build their operational capacity, increase revenues, and create sustainable jobs in the region, local and national leaders announced today. The City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and Boston-based nonprofit Interise jointly announced the launch of "Build Up Houston," the city’s new executive education program that supports small construction companies currently operating and doing business in the City of Houston. [...]

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2014-10-16 The Royal Gazette


October 16, 2014

In 2012, Natalie Africa, then senior relationship manager at HSBC responsible for Community Development, approached me to discuss an idea to set up development programmes for small businesses in Bermuda. She and her team believed there were unexplored opportunities to help aspiring and fledgling small to mid-size local businesses develop. Her proposal was that we co-fund the Streetwise MBA, an award-winning, Boston University-accredited training programme for small business development. [...]

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