Continuing Education and Networking Opportunities
The StreetWise ‘MBA’™ is an intensive, thought-provoking nine months—but what comes after? Because many of our entrepreneurs lack access to the kinds of networks that make growth possible, the StreetWise ‘MBA’™ also includes access to professional networks, seminars, and business and personal development events and opportunities.
The Private Sector Network (PSN) is Interise’s “instant rolodex” of volunteer business experts. These bankers, lawyers, and other professionals donate their services pro-bono to our entrepreneurs, offering their expertise and strategic guidance as members prepare to grow their businesses. All Interise entrepreneurs receive a PSN directory and are encouraged to reach out to PSN members as they engage with their business goals. Sometimes network members offer advice on specific issues; at other points they may provide coaching or a second opinion.
The StreetWise 'MBA'™ Network encompasses our community of entrepreneurs—the peers who know what you’re going through and are on similar trajectories of planning and growth. By working and collaborating with other business owners, you are able to tap into valuable peer expertise and feedback. Upon enrolling, you gain access to our network of businesses and resource partners.
Staying Connected Leads to Greater Gains
We’ve learned that entrepreneurs who remain engaged with their StreetWise 'MBA'™ peers and experts continue to grow their businesses and create new jobs. For that reason, Interise is committed to the continual engagement of our entrepreneurs beyond the classroom.
Upon taking part in a program based on the StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum, you have immediate access to our Network. We encourage you to become engaged with other participants during the program, connecting with this virtual “brain trust” of professional peers. After you graduate, the StreetWise 'MBA'™ Network can help you maintain and deepen those connections as you implement your growth plan.
Here are a few things you can do to take advantage of the StreetWise ‘MBA’ Network:
1 Join the Interise LinkedIN group and ask a question, share news, post jobs and/or promotions, etc.
2 Search the Business Directory by location, industry, or program and connect with potential business partners, or a new vendor. Not in the business directory, but want to be?
3Find a mentor or maybe even sign up to mentor someone yourself!
4 Join us at one of our events.
In addition, you can attend Interise workshops and seminars, sign up for a CEO mentor, sit on growth plan presentation panels, and offer feedback and suggestions to the entrepreneurs.