1) Get Inspired!

Hear inspiring stories of growth and community engagement from our alumni speakers and award winners, to be announced at the event. Our Big Time Operator finalists have experienced an average revenue growth of 318% over the past 3 years, and our Local Leader finalists are actively involved in everything from women’s health forums, to organizing cultural and fundraising events, to volunteer work with under-served populations.

2) Connect with fellow alumni

Have you been wondering what this “national alumni network” is all about? Nothing will bring it to life like being in a room with dedicated and passionate small business owners from different communities who have completed the StreetWise ‘MBA’™ just like you. Tap into that feeling of camaraderie you had with your classmates and CEO Mentoring Group by engaging with fellow alumni at this event.

3) Learn about Interise’s impact – of which you are a huge part!

Come see what you’re a part of! Interise is celebrating 10 Years of Impact. We’ll give you a snapshot of how our thriving small businesses across the country are creating resilient communities. Understand how YOU are a driver of economic development in your hometown!

4) Meet small business champions

In addition to celebrating the successes of our exceptional alumni businesses, thrive! also draws our partners, board of directors, supporters, volunteers, and other small business champions – and they want to meet YOU! These folks are passionate about Interise’s mission and are eager to connect to it by hearing your stories and experiences. And who knows? You may make a valuable connection for your business.

5) Bonus Alumni Meeting

A new component of thrive! is that we have added an exclusive gathering for our alumni businesses on the eve of the event, Thursday, October 22. Interise, along with the SBA, will host a social hour and facilitate an interactive workshop. It’s a great way to meet other attendees and get psyched for the breakfast ceremony the following morning!