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Accelerate Latinx: Program Overview
Powered by Interise's StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum
PRACTICAL BUSINESS EDUCATIONInterise and the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity bring you the Accelerate Latinx City of Houston program. It uses Interise's award-winning StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum. This hands-on program provides the knowledge and know-how business owners need to create (and manage) a customized, three-year strategic growth plan.
SUPPORTIVE BUSINESS NETWORKOnce connected, business owners have this revelation: “I don’t have to be alone.” As a participant, you’ll be surrounded by CEOs, like you, who will become your trusted advisors. There is also an alumni group of CEOs, living around the country, for you to connect with for advice and business opportunities.
ACCESS TO CAPITAL & CONTRACTINGPrepare for opportunities with government and anchor institutions, and learn from experts in the field of both public and private lending. Preparation for contracting success is a unique feature of the StreetWise 'MBA'™
2018 NATIONAL LATINX PROGRAM RESULTS
Based on 2017 Assessment Data, collected by Interise
- 70% of alumni businesses increased or maintained their annual revenues, with an average annual revenue growth of 24%.
- 80% of alumni businesses reported being profitable.
- $863 million in government, institutional, and corporate contracting secured by alumni businesses.
- 63% of alumni CEOs stay connected to fellow participants, with 24% doing business with each other.
- 70% of alumni businesses added or retained jobs.
BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- Business owner must be Latino
- $250,000 - $5 Million in annual revenues
- One other full-time employee beside the owner(s)
- Been in business for at least 2 years
- Willingness and ability to attend class for 7 months, complete mandatory assignments, and complete program survey’s as requested
“Through the program, I have grown in my skills and confidence as a business owner and community leader.”"Building my own business has been challenging, exciting, fulfilling, and nerve-wracking, and because of the support I found through the program, I have grown in my skills and confidence as a business owner and community leader."
José Tori Maguiña
Minnesota Interpreters and Translators (MINT)
“"The program not only gave me confidence in myself and enhanced my business knowledge; it improved my management skills and helped me to become even more efficient. ”"The program not only gave me confidence in myself and enhanced my business knowledge; it improved my management skills and helped me to become even more efficient. Since completing the program, our business revenue is up 40% so far"
Manuel Ortega, Jr.
Ortega's Appliance Service Today, Inc.
“"The program helped us develop an attainable business plan and gave us access to capital.”"The program helped us develop an attainable business plan and gave us access to capital. Since then, we have doubled our revenue, have systems in place, our corporate structure is more efficient, we are actively participating in networking."
Southwest Packaging Solutions, LLC
“Since completing the program, my company has seen 17% growth in revenue.”The program has helped me to understand how important it is to follow written goals that are part of a growth plan. Just writing down your goals is the first step! Since completing the program, my company has seen 17% growth in revenue, which included contracts with government, corporate and anchor institutions — bringing over $875,000 in contracting opportunities to our business.”
MFZ Ventures, Inc.
"This program is challenging and rewarding, where you can see the instant changes as you apply the techniques and skills that are taught in every class.""This program is challenging and rewarding, where you can see the instant changes as you apply the techniques and skills that are taught in every class. You can visually and physically see the changes immediately, which is "Impressive", and makes you realize you are in the right place to help see your goals become a reality.”
Dr. LaTanya Bowman
Discovery Chiropractic & Wellness Center
Interise's 2018 Impact Report demonstrates that Interise graduates are significantly more likely to behave strategically to effectively scale and run their businesses once they have graduated from a StreetWise 'MBA' program. The StreetWise MBA teaches concrete skills and behaviors that improve business outcomes, including how to use financial data to make decisions, how to identify and market to the most profitable customers, and how to write and utilize formal growth plans.
Rick Grundy, a 2016 alum, is president of AVTECH Software, which provides data center and IT facility monitoring services for clients including Amazon, Google, the White House, the Pentagon, and the United Nations. Grundy emphasizes the impact of the StreetWise 'MBA' on his business leadership, saying that the structure of the program led him to improve areas of his business that he would not have focused on otherwise - especially maintaining healthy and consistent financial records.
AVTECH continues to use Grundy’s Strategic Growth Action Plan to set, track, and meet business goals. Specifically, Grundy says, ”…the biggest segment of the program that I feel like we benefited from as a company was the finance module… We were able to go deeper in areas that I hadn’t been exposed to previously.” During StreetWise MBA classes on finances, guest experts share metrics and key indicators that business owners can use to assess the health of their companies, and Grundy explains that, “those
[metrics] are all things that we really absorbed and now … We’re tracking those on a monthly basis and that really started with some of those modules.”\
The StreetWise MBA supports business owners to build the capacity necessasry to keep track of all aspects of their companies. These behaviors allow owners to set good goals, look for solutions to problems before they grow, and scale successfully. The 2018 Impact Report shows that the new behaviors turn into habits, leading to long-term, sustainable business practices.
2017 Impact Report
American Business Television AwardsPresented By Interise
Celebrate small businesses and advocates that drive the most economic and social impact! Interise is partnering with American Business Television, an online business news and television channel, to bring you this year's small business awards! Award winners will be profiled by an ABTV production team, and the profiles will be televised on the global ABTV channel in March 2019.
Nomination deadline is January 18, 2019. 5 finalists in each category will be announced on February 4, 2019.
Big impact.Interise does more than provide business owners with business knowledge, management know-how, and access to professional networks.
Interise works to grow established small businesses.
The Interise Network: 6,000+ small businesses, nationwide.
Interise works for small business.
RESULTS POST-STREETWISE 'MBA'™
Learn more about this award-winning program
for all.Among Interise companies, minority-owned firms outperform on revenue growth and job creation.
The Interise Network: 75+ cities, nationwide.
for partners.Interise licenses the StreetWise 'MBA'™ to partners who deliver it through their own locally branded programs. This award-winning program comes with proven scalability and national results.
"Executive education is the key differentiator for businesses experiencing exponential growth... This is the Commonwealth's investment in partnership to grow small businesses through development opportunities."
TRACEY G. WILEY
AGENCY DIRECTOR, SMALL BUSINESS AND SUPPLIER DIVERSITY
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Interise businesses create jobs at 11x the rate of the private sector.Interise research tracks business data from StreetWise 'MBA'™ alumni to identify national trends pertaining to established small businesses, minority-owned small businesses, and small businesses located in low-income communities
REIMAGINE THE ROLE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN CREATING INCLUSIVE, ROBUST ECONOMIES.