David Dafoe's beverage development company, Flavorman, has been named the winner of Interise's 2019 Best Place to Work Award. The award recognizes alumni of the StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum who are creating an exceptional work environment and are committed to the growth of their employees.
Boston, MA, March 07, 2019.Interise today announced that its board of directors has appointed Darrell Byers as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Byers will assume day-to-day leadership of Interise and succeeds John Belchers, Interim Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Jean Horstman held the position of CEO of Interise.
Byers comes to Interise from Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where he was Chief Advancement Officer. Previously, Byers held leadership roles at Easterseals Bay Area and Earthjustice. He started his career in Boston working for such institutions as public media stations WGBH and WBUR, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and UMass Boston. He was the recipient of the Eleanor Collier Award from educational organization CASE District 1 for his contribution to his profession.
Jonathan Neves, a native to Lowell, worked for over ten years in the HVAC industry as a service technician. In 2008, he launched his own company, Green Energy Mechanical, based in Randolph, MA. Today, Green Energy Mechanical is a family-owned HVAC company specializing in energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems. Learn how Neves took his company to the next level of small business growth.
Nationally, small businesses exhibited strong average revenue growth of +6% last year (Sageworks). However, Interise’s 2018 Impact Report demonstrates that revenue growth for Interise companies was over 9 times greater - with the revenue of Interise companies increasing by an average of + 50%. And among those businesses that grew in revenue, minority-owned businesses outperformed with average revenue growth of + 150%.
The vast majority of Interise businesses are growing, and they retain profitability while doing so. 80% of Interise companies report that their businesses were profitable last year, regardless of revenue growth, indicating the use of sustainable practices to scale their business.
We often speak about the caliber of our Instructor Network, and Lin O’Neill, our Dallas Instructor for the past 10 years, is no exception. A business consultant, thought leader, and coach, Lin was recently recognized among the 2019 Dallas 500 by D CEO Magazine. The Dallas 500 features the region’s most powerful leaders in 60 categories. D CEO editors compile the list based on extensive contacts in local business circles, hundreds of interviews, and months of research. Lin O’Neill was one of only six business consultants recognized among the 500 leaders.
Sowmya Hariharan of Om Group Inc, an alumna of the 2017 Emerging Leaders Detroit cohort, was recognized by Bank of America in their #WomenSmallBusinessMonth campaign for her exceptional work as a female entrepreneur in tech. We sat down with her to talk about her achievement, and to discuss how her experience in the Emerging Leaders class contributed to her achievement.