Interise is proud to honor our nation’s service men and women this Veterans Day! According to the US Small Business Administration, 9% of US firms are owned by veterans, employing around 5.8 million people. Many veterans have completed Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’TM program in 73 cities across the country. To celebrate Veterans Day, Interise is highlighting a few alumni small business owners who have continued to serve their communities, even after finishing their military service.

On contracting with the National Football League to power Superbowl XLVI: “You have to embrace how hard running a small business is. Hard work pays off.” – Interise Alum Shane Conner; Owner of Atec Inc. in Lebanon, IN


“When you’ve done cool projects like the Watt Innovation Center, it starts to build your portfolio. Then, when you do come across a large project you can say, “Hey look, we did this. Look at the reviews.” – Interise Alum Greg Carpenter; Owner of Synergy Media Group in Pittsburgh, PA


“If you as a small business are smart enough to embrace the adversity that exists you will be a better business person. You will be a better human being for it.” – Interise Alum Michael Tipton; Owner of Integrity Communications Solutions in Colorado Springs, CO


“Winning contracts in the federal market takes a different approach from what served you well in the private sector. Every business process needs to be re-calibrated toward the needs of the federal customer.” – Interise Alum Dan Proulx; Owner of Monument Construction LLC in Nashua, NH


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.