::introtext::VETRN launches StreetWise ‘MBA’™ Program for Veterans in a Strategic Alliance with Interise

Lee Goldberg, President of VETRN
Lee Goldberg, President of VETRN, right

BOSTON – Building on its successful programs in New York, Dallas, Houston and Portland, the Boston-based nonprofit Interise announced today a strategic alliance with VETRN. The program will help veteran small business owners in the Greater Boston area to build operational capacity, increase revenues, and create sustainable jobs. Since 2004, 3,350 small business owners across 65 communities have used Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’™ program to acquire the business knowledge, management know-how, and relationships they need to scale their business.


“By way of our new strategic alliance with VETRN, veteran-owned businesses will be able to utilize the award-winning StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum to build capacity and gain access to a network of mentors and subject matter experts while creating and implementing a three-year strategic growth plan,” said Bernard Johnson, Interise Director of Programs.

The VETRN program will cover topics vital to small businesses including strategic planning, marketing and sales, human resources tactics, business strategy development, and access to capital and new contracts. Participants will be assigned an industry-specific or financial mentor and will emerge with a three-year strategic growth plan, resulting from over 100 hours of combined peer-to-peer mentoring, work assignments and classroom training. They will also have access to the VETRN professional resource network, comprised of topic area experts, to assist them with specific business challenges.

vetrn“We are excited to work with Interise to bring the StreetWise ‘MBA’™ program to veteran small business owners to help them grow and succeed. We look forward to building on our relationship with Interise and offering this program to more veterans in the years ahead,” said VETRN Founder and President Leland Goldberg.

Customized for veteran-owned businesses in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine, the VETRN program accepts those veterans whose small businesses generate revenues of more than $250,000 annually, have been in business for at least two years, and have one or more employees.

Veteran small business owners interested in learning more or applying for the program should visit Vetrn.org.

Interise is the go-to partner with a proven model for accelerating economic and small business growth in lower income communities. Its StreetWise ‘MBA’™ provides small business owners with the business knowledge, management know-how and relationships they need to scale using peer-based learning models. Alumni have secured almost $3 billion dollars in government and institutional contracts since 2008. In 2014, they created jobs at 8x the rate of the private sector as a whole. As alumni grow, they contribute to economic development, job creation and social resilience within their local community. Headquartered in Boston, Interise currently offers its program in 65 communities directly and through 15 partners, including NYU Stern School of Business, The Cities of Houston, TX and Portland, OR, and the National Urban League. This unique licensing model allows partners to deliver the StreetWise ‘MBA’™ program through their own locally branded programs, providing them with training, quality assurance and evaluation. To learn more visitwww.interise.orgor follow@StreetWise_MBA.

Established by veteran and executive Leland Goldberg in 2014, VETRN strives to provide veteran small business owners with tuition-free educational programs that help them to grow their businesses. VETRN has a strategic alliance with Interise to offer its StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum to its participants. For more information, please visit www.vetrn.org.


Craig Panzer

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