OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund's four-month business education program utilizing Interise’s Streetwise ‘MBA'TM curriculum designed to accelerate the growth of businesses owned by minorities and women.

Opportunity for Growth is Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund's innovative four-month business education program utilizing Interise’s Streetwise ‘MBA'TM curriculum designed to accelerate the growth of businesses owned by minorities and women. Offered in partnership with Harlem Community Development Corporation and Empire State Development.

Through a four-month experience, business owners create three-year Strategic Growth Action Plans™, a customized guide for achieving and sustaining business growth, and explore their businesses through live case studies in small, interactive classes with fellow entrepreneurs and business experts.  

To date, over 6,000 business owners in more than 70+ cities nationwide have used this award-winning curriculum to discover immediately useful innovative business techniques and strategies to turbocharge their business growth.

CURRICULUM MODULES AND COMPONENTS

BUSINESS STRATEGY

Participants identify and set strategic goals needed to grow their businesses over the next three years. They also assess their own leadership styles and form CEO Mentoring Groups with whom they will collaborate throughout the program — and beyond.

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FINANCIAL ANALYSIS

This portion of the program focuses on key financial measures to help participants gauge the financial health of their businesses and to help participants make effective decisions. Learn about key financial statements and how these statements relate to one another.

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ACCESSING CAPITAL

Participants become familiar with the funding landscape by hearing from experts in the field of both public and private lending.

accessing capital

MARKETING

Participants will work to identify which products and customers promise to be the most profitable and which markets have the greatest potential for growth. They will also learn the importance of market segmentation and the benefit of interviewing their customers.

marketing

SALES STRATEGY

Learn the importance of having a sales strategy and the necessary tools to track sales performance. Identify sales blockages and develop a plan for removing those blockages.

sales strategy

TALENT ACQUISITION

Participants will learn how to select and nurture the key talent necessary to grow their business, and the importance of culture in retaining talent.

talent

CONTRACTING

This session will educate participants on the opportunities that exist with both government and anchor institutions, as well as prepare them for doing business with these types of entities.

contracting

STRATEGIC GROWTH ACTION PLAN™

Participants receive a customized action plan for their business revised at the end of each course with peer input, the instructor, and experts; Improves operational effectiveness & enhances strategic positioning.

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LIVE CASE STUDIES

Present yourself and your business to peers and field experts. Instead of using external or theoretical case studies, the StreetWise 'MBA' utilizes participants' businesses as the case studies for peer-based learning. Apply what you're learning in real time.

live case studies

CEO MENTORING GROUPS

Beyond the classroom, participants engage with a small CEO Mentoring Group of their peers to discuss business challenges, provide mentorship and feedback, and build lasting professional and personal relationships.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

In business for at least 3 years
Have an annual revenue of $150K to $10M
Have at least 1 employee + owner
       Your business must be located in the Bronx, Upper Manhattan, Harlem, Washington Heights, or Inwood

2019 PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

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2017 PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

REMARKABLE PROGRAM RESULTS

More than 6,000 small businesses across the country have completed Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum since its launch over a decade ago.

 

Through the curriculum, small business owners gain the tools and accountability necessary to build their businesses, create jobs, and revitalize local economies. 

Other remarkable results reported by StreetWise 'MBA'™ graduates in 2018 include:

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