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Meda Mini MBA PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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PRACTICAL BUSINESS EDUCATION

The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda) brings you the Meda Mini MBA, powered by Interise's award-winning StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum. This hands-on program provides the knowledge and know-how business owners need to create (and manage) a customized, three-year strategic growth plan.

SUPPORTIVE BUSINESS NETWORK

Once connected, business owners have this revelation: “I don’t have to be alone.” As a participant, you’ll be surrounded by CEOs, like you, who will become your trusted advisors. There is also an alumni group of CEOs, living around the country, for you to connect with for advice and business opportunities.

ACCESS TO CAPITAL & CONTRACTING

Prepare for opportunities with government and anchor institutions, and learn from experts in the field of both public and private lending. Preparation for contracting success is a unique feature of the StreetWise 'MBA'™

2017 NATIONAL PROGRAM RESULTS

Based on 2016 Assessment Data, collected by Interise

  • 67% of alumni businesses increased or maintained their annual revenues, with an average annual revenue growth of 47%.
  • 82% of alumni businesses reported being profitable.
  • $776 million in government, institutional, and corporate contracting secured by alumni businesses.
  • 66% of alumni CEOs stay connected to fellow participants, with 24% doing business with each other.
  • 67% of alumni businesses added or retained jobs.

BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Business Owner or CEO
  • 50% of the business is owned by an ethnic minority
  • $250,000 – $10,000,000 in annual revenues
  • One other full-time employee besides the owner(s)
  • Been in business for at least 2 years
  • Willingness and ability to attend class for 7 months, complete mandatory assignments, and complete program survey’s as requested

  • Through the MEDA mini-MBA program, I have grown in my skills and confidence as a business owner and community leader.”

    "Building my own business has been challenging, exciting, fulfilling, and nerve-wracking, and because of the support I found through the MEDA mini-MBA program, I have grown in my skills and confidence as a business owner and community leader."

    José Tori Maguiña
    Minnesota Interpreters and Translators (MINT)


  • "In a year’s time of starting the program, I have doubled my revenue and number of employees."

    "Since the program, I have worked on two city contracts and two projects with one of the general contractors that supported the program. In a year’s time of starting the program, I have doubled my revenue and number of employees.”

    Terry Sowells
    SCMU, Inc.


  • “Since completing the program, my company has seen 17% growth in revenue.”

    The program has helped me to understand how important it is to follow written goals that are part of a growth plan. Just writing down your goals is the first step! Since completing the program, my company has seen 17% growth in revenue, which included contracts with government, corporate and anchor institutions — bringing over $875,000 in contracting opportunities to our business.”

    Linda Jamerson
    MFZ Ventures, Inc.


  • Having a written growth plan provided a road map for us to track our progress.

    “The program was instrumental in helping me to focus on the financial inner workings of my business. In addition, having a written growth plan provided a road map for us to track progress toward our stated goals, make adjustments as necessary, and stay on course. Another added bonus was the interaction with other business owners which enhanced the entire experience.”

    Toya Mitchell
    Lord & Mitchell


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