Proven Model for Inclusive Economic Development | 10-Year Series

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Small business owners in low- and moderate-income communities and/or from historically disadvantaged social and economic groups often lack the business knowledge and management know-how necessary for second-stage growth. Additionally, they are often excluded from the networks that comprise the larger business ecosystems, including financing and procurement. To catalyze a more inclusive and equitable small business ecosystem, Interise developed the StreetWise 'MBA'™.

According to Intersise's 10-Year Report, companies that successfully completed a StreetWise 'MBA'™ program outperformed the private sector as a whole, consistently achieving net new job growth in both boom and lean economic years. Even in the Great Recession, Interise businesses continued to create jobs.

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Instructor Series: Vanessa Best

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Vanessa Best instructs the Emerging Leaders program in New York City. Her commitment and passion to advocating for underserved communities deserves recognition. We feature her in this blog as she shares her journey with Interise and the work she’s doing with Precisionhealth to champion healthcare.

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Instructor Series: Giselle Mota

mary marshall6Giselle Mota is a superstar Instructor who’s taught Interise’s SBA Emerging Leaders class in Tampa, FL for 4 years. She is the founder of Preductiv, a platform aimed at equipping organizations with the strategies to bolster productivity through optimizing learning and development. In this post Giselle shares what it’s like to work with Interise as a facilitator and an entrepreneur.

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Small Business Administration Recognizes Network Impact

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May 14, 2018. Small business owners across the nation have earned recognition both locally and nationally from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for their outstanding success, leadership, and community impact. Eight StreetWise 'MBA' alumni and instructors are among those awarded top honors as a part of the SBA's National Small Business Week.

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VETRN GRADUATES THIRD COHORT

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FRANKLIN, MA- On March 3, 2018, nine military veteran entrepreneurs earned their certificates after successfully completing the VETRN Streetwise MBA program at Dean College offered through a partnership with Interise.

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Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses

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Interise is proud to celebrate Women's History Month! According to the Nation Association of Women Business Owners, 9.4 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.5 trillion in sales as of 2015. To celebrate Women's History Month, Interise is highlighting a few alumni small business owners from Interise's national network of 6,000+ established small businesses in 72 cities nationwide.


Helen Callier

Helen Callier

“A problem can seem like an immovable boulder when, in reality, it is just a pebble. Sometimes it just takes different perspectives to see that a problem can be solved.”

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Ina Chang

Ina Chang

"If I show my dedication not just on the business side but giving back to the community, that exposure lets the local community know I am here for the long term . . . I think that has helped the growth of my business."

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Briggette Green

Briggette Green

"Growth will only come when you have the right people on the bus."

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Lara Harrington

Lara Harrington

"Know who your customers are: Everyone wants to please everyone but that’s impossible. You have to figure out who your clientele is and really cater to that specific group."

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Tamara Nall

Tamara Nall

"I always wanted to be the Facebook or the Google of consulting – I wanted to let it be a democracy and people within the organization could just do what they want as long as they do good work."

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Jen Brunkow

Jen Brunkow

"When I began participating and interacting with my classmates, and started gaining confidence week after week, I knew I had not only the outward appearance of confidence, but I had the goods to back it up."

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For more, check out Interise's StreetWise 'MBA'TM, a game changing capacity-building program recognized by the World Bank and the US Federal Reserve.

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