1,500+ small business owners graduate this year from programs powered by Interise's StreetWise 'MBA'™. Graduation events are occurring in 69 cities nationwide. Interise staff are on hand, collecting stories from graduating business owners. What we are hearing: The StreetWise 'MBA' is immediately useful and delivers immediate impact.Congratulations to the business owners graduating from the programs powered by Interise’s Streetwise ‘MBA’! We recognize your accomplishments and applaud you for taking a step back to develop a three-year growth plan for your businesses. While this year’s participants attend graduation ceremonies in cities across the country, we commend these business owners for their achievements throughout the class.
Interise business owners frequently leverage contracting opportunities for small business growth. In Tampa, Les Allen, whose construction and energy operations business was on hiatus before he joined the Emerging Leaders class, gained a new contract to expand his business into Texas. In the past 2 months, Fargo’s RJ Energy Solutions has secured close to $700,000 worth of new business in the HVAC services industry, including a regional contract with over 40 KFC locations, and more recently, a HVAC retrofit project in a major metropolitan area.
In 2017, Interise businesses secured $862,780,000 in procurement opportunities.
In addition to securing new funding and contracting opportunities, business owners were able to successfully hire new employees for their businesses. In Seattle, Carey Goldberg of Seattle Therapy Networks and Rebecca Petris of the Dry Eye Company successfully expanded their teams by hiring 2 new employees each. Not only were they able to hire new people, they were also encouraged to shift their thinking around what expansion really means for their businesses.
These new hires further corroborate Interise’s findings that Interise businesses create jobs at 9x the rate of the private sector.
The business owners below have each been individually recognized for their contributions to economic development in their respective cities:
Congratulations again to all the business owners graduating from this year’s Emerging Leaders classes! You are the pillars of the local economy - and now you’re powered by Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’. Watch out!