Rather than build our brand, we build a network.

Boston, Massachusetts. What started as a single class of 14 business owners in 2004 has grown into a national network of thriving small businesses, community development organizations, government agencies, anchor institutions, instructors, and business experts.

“Amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

- Harry Truman

The Interise Network: 73+ cities, nationwide.

A network of shared vision and shared values.

We envision an economy that works for all, where the playing field is level, knowledge is shared, and everyone gets a seat at the table. We build trust, and put people and relationships before profit or transactions.

Grit and Vibrancy

  • Engage
  • Think creatively and with flair
  • Preserve with resiliency
  • Celebrate with success and laugh

Continuous Learning and Improvement

  • Focus on mission and impact
  • Create connectedness
  • Approach new ideas eagerly and with curiosity
  • Deliver and evaluate programming efficiently, effectively, and transparently

Respect and Integrity

  • Embrace diversity
  • Collaborate
  • Trust and be trustworthy
  • Appreciate

Our partnership model is simple and easy to use.

Interise licenses our Streetwise ‘MBA’™ to partners who deliver it through their own locally branded programs. Delivered by our partners, our capacity-building Streetwise ‘MBA’™ provides small business owners with the knowledge, know-how, and networks they need to achieve scale.

Offered in over 80 locations, our StreetWise ‘MBA’™ effectively and efficiently delivers impact.

Our network creates jobs and develops community leaders.

Big picture? As Interise small businesses grow, they contribute to local economic development and job creation in lower income communities. Interise business owners themselves become stronger advocates for local residents and fellow business owners, with all levels of government.

On average, Interise small businesses create jobs at 5x the annual rate of the private sector.

At Interise,
there is an “i”
in team.

We are employees, instructors, and board members with diverse experience in economic and business development, transformative learning processes, and taking it all to scale. We do it all with respect and integrity, grit and vibrancy.

Along the way, we remember to laugh, live, and have fun.

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