Interise stimulates economic revitalization in lower income communities with a proven model for accelerating economic and small business growth. Our StreetWise 'MBA'™ provides small business owners with a hands-on business curriculum, a professional support network, and increased access to capital and procurement opportunities. Program alumni historically create new jobs at 5x the rate of the private sector as a whole, and have secured over $3 billion in government and institutional contracts. As alumni grow their businesses, they contribute to economic development, job creation, and community leadership.
Interise licenses the use of the StreetWise 'MBA'™ to partners – government agencies, business associations, anchor institutions, and economic development organizations – across the country. Interise provides the use of the program, training, and support for our partner’s staff, and performance and outcomes assessment. We build the capacity of our partners to work successfully with established small businesses. Our partners bring the local relationships, know-how, and commitment needed to have impact in their own community.
Through Interise’s national network, the StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum have served over 6,000 small business owners in 72 cities across the country. Since 2008, Interise has been the national educational provider for the Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders Initiative. The University Economic Development Association, and the New England Business Association (formerly SBANE) have each recognized Interise’s impact and scalable model. Our Annual Impact Report details the outcomes arising from our work: http://www.interise.org/our_impact/annual_report_card.
Interise is the right organization for you if you want to work in a social enterprise that is making a significant impact in an environment that is illustrative of our values (http://www.interise.org/about-us/our-mission-and-values).