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Interise is building a national network of license partners by developing local clusters of small business owners in lower income communities across the nation. The StreetWise 'MBA'TM provides the business owners with business knowledge, management skills, and access to new networks.


Interise is passionate about growing existing small businesses in order to support communities—and we have found a crucial niche to fill. The vast majority of small business programs are aimed at start-ups, 80% of which will fail. We decided to create a program for the other 20% of business owners that succeed.

We start with motivated small business owners and give them access to the right entrepreneurial education, connections, and coaching. We provide an atmosphere that encourages success and accountability.

“I was feeling a bit discouraged with the business outlook during the 2008/09 recession when I started the program. I struggled to fully understand how to best manage my business in those challenging times. The program taught me financial assessment tools, and gave me the discipline and motivation I needed, as well as a unique opportunity to learn from my peers.”
Maureen Sakakeeny
CEO, SAK Environmental LLC

We work hand-in-hand with our business owners as they develop three-year Strategic Growth Action Plans™ for their companies.  And when they’ve completed the training, there is ongoing support. They can tap into our growing network, take seminars, and lend a hand to other entrepreneurs. Success builds success—and that’s our goal.

Home of the StreetWise ‘MBA’™

It all started in 2004 with fourteen small business owners drawn from Boston’s urban neighborhoods.

The StreetWise ‘MBA’™ is a nine-month program. Participants typically meet bi-weekly in small classes. The program is designed to combine the best of classroom learning with real-world case studies, including the one most important to you: your own business. Industry experts, business peers, and instructors provide insights, strategies, motivation, and accountability. It’s an interactive format, where you get the tools, know-how, and confidence to take the next step.

At the end of the program, you graduate with a certificate in Small Business Entrepreneurship from Boston University's Entrepreneurial Management Institute, and you have a road map for the future: a three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan™ that outlines your business goals and the specific action steps necessary to achieve them.

Interise developed the StreetWise ‘MBA’™ to give small business owners in historically underserved and lower income areas the tools, training, and networks to turn plans into action. When you participate, your company becomes a live case study. Over the course of approximately nine months, you work with experts and peers on business development and strategic planning, learn about access to capital and government contracts, and get a hands-on education in financials, marketing and sales, and human resources.

It’s a way to focus your goals, maximize your time, and make a big leap forward. Learn more about the Streetwise Steps™ Curriculum

Partnership Programs Coast to Coast

Interise has developed a successful partnership program that enables us to bring the StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum to more locations around the country. If you are part of an organization that is committed to helping business owners in historically underserved areas thrive, we should talk. We offer a turnkey solution – with a proven track record – that will save you time and money. In partnering with Interise, you can be sure you’ll get results: growing businesses, new jobs, revitalized neighborhoods.

Learn more about bringing the StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum to your community.

Keep In Touch

 

  info (@) interise.org
  (617) 350-6500
  197 Portland Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02114

 

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Join us at our first StreetWise Steps™ Summit on May 6th and 7th in Dallas, Texas. You don't want to miss this chance to create connections at our largest gathering of graduates, ever!

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Thank you to all who attended 2014 thrive! in Boston. We hope we left you inspired and energized to continue making an impact in your community. Our annual event wouldn't have been possible without the genuine stories of our three speakers, our award winners, and our attendees.