2014-11-06 University of Houston Downtown

UHD and City of Houston Launch, "Build Up Houston"

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Owners of small businesses in Houston’s construction service industry soon will have access to an award-winning program designed to build their operational capacity, increase revenues, and create sustainable jobs in the region, local and national leaders announced today. The City of Houston’s Office of Business Opportunity, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) and Boston-based nonprofit Interise jointly announced the launch of "Build Up Houston," the city’s new executive education program that supports small construction companies currently operating and doing business in the City of Houston. [...]

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2014-10-16 The Royal Gazette


October 16, 2014

In 2012, Natalie Africa, then senior relationship manager at HSBC responsible for Community Development, approached me to discuss an idea to set up development programmes for small businesses in Bermuda. She and her team believed there were unexplored opportunities to help aspiring and fledgling small to mid-size local businesses develop. Her proposal was that we co-fund the Streetwise MBA, an award-winning, Boston University-accredited training programme for small business development. [...]

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StreetWise 'MBA' Alumni Celebrated for Impact at 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards


2014 Winner of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award and 2010 Interise graduate, Victoria Amador(left)

Three StreetWise 'MBA'TM business owners (Daniel Perez; Yessy Feliz; and Jose de la Rosa) were nominated for the 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, given each year by the Immigrant Learning Center for four categories (business growth, neighborhood business, high-tech business, and life-science business).

Daniel Perez, a 2017 Interise graduate from Colombia who owns DPV Transportation Worldwide in East Boston, was nominated in the Business Growth category; Yessy Feliz, a current Interise business from the Dominican Republic who runs Tails, Inc. in Jamaica Plain, was nominated for Neighborhood Business; and Jose de la Rosa, a 2014 Emerging Leaders graduate from the Dominican Republic who owns Guardian Healthcare in Jamaica Plain, won the 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur Award for Business Growth.

In the past, many StreetWise 'MBA'TM alumni have been nominated for these awards, and two have won in their respective categories. Below is a list of all that have been nominated, with winners in bold, along with the name of their small business, the location, and the year(s) they were nominated:
  • Ruth Francis, P&R Ice Cream and Restaurant, Mattapan (2015)
  • Alberto Calvo, Stop & Compare Supermarkets, Chelsea (2014, 2015)
  • Herby Duverné, Taino Consulting Group, Boston (2016)
  • Colette Phillips, Colette Phillips Communications, Boston (2016)
  • Antonio Rodrigues, TNT Cleaning Services Inc., Assonet (2016)
  • Marc Silva, Somerville Sustainable Cleaning, Cambridge (2014)
  • Rosa and Nisaury Tejeda and Victoria Amador, Tremendous Maid LLC, Jamaica Plain (2014)
  • Jose de la Rosa, Guardian Healthcare in Jamaica Plain (2017)
  • Daniel Perez, DPV Transportation Worldwide in East Boston (2017)
  • Yessy Feliz, Tails, Inc. in Jamaica Plain (2017)
The Immigrant Learning Center, situated in Malden, MA, provides research, business, and learning tools to recent immigrants while also educating the public on the benefits of immigrants in the community. Through ILC's English Learning Program and their Public Education and Research, they give immigrants a voice.

Interise's proven model for accelerating economic development through small business growth in lower-income communities has had impressive impact across the country, as illustrated in the 2016 Impact Report. Celebrate thriving small businesses #AllYearLong!


Victoria Washington wins Arkansas 2017 Small Business Person of the Year


Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year for 2017 Victoria Washington (left) Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon (right)

The winner of the 2017 Arkansas Small Business Person of the Year is Victoria Washington (2015 Emerging Leaders alum), owner of Vision Information Technology Consultants LLC. After working for several years as a requirements engineer for the Central Intelligence Agency, and later as a systems engineer for a federal contractor, Victoria Washington decided to start her own business in 2003.

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SBA Emerging Leaders Alumni and Interise Instructor Meet With SBA Administrator Linda McMahon


On Thursday, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon spent the day in Miami, meeting with several Emerging Leaders alumni business owners as well as Interise instructor Orlando Espinosa. McMahon first stopped off at AAA Million Auto Parts to spend time with CEO Joseangel Hernandez, a 2015 graduate of Emerging Leaders Miami.


McMahon continued on to a small business round-table, featuring Orlando Espinosa in addition to four recent Emerging Leaders alumni: Moises Montañez of ALTA Home Remodeling Co., Margaret Anglin of Mr. Wireman Electric, Maria Sandra Pineda of Medical Equipment Solutions Corporation, and Kizzy Parks of K Parks Consulting. At the round-table, McMahon and several small business owners centered conversation around government regulations, finance, and technology. Pointing to the many opportunities the government has to contract with small businesses, Emerging Leaders alumni stressed the importance of connecting these small businesses with substantial federal contracts to achieve next-level growth.

"I can't stress enough the importance of education and capacity building to ensure the success of second-stage growth for small businesses," said Interise instructor Orlando Espinosa. "Without it, long-term scaling is much more difficult."

See coverage of the events from the Miami Herald

Check out the 2016 #ImpactMatters Report for insights about the relationship between contracting with small businesses and creating quality jobs.




Just released: The Small Business Credit Survey published by the Federal Reserve Banks.

The report provides intelligence on the financing needs and gaps of small businesses – “fundamental to understanding and bolstering the sector’s health and growth.” The report is made possible through the collaboration of national, regional, and community partners nationwide “who share valuable insights about small business financing needs.”

Interise, a proud partner of the Federal Reserve, collaborated with the Federal Reserve to promote and distribute the survey to our network of thriving small businesses!