About Opportunity for growth

Taking Your Business to the Next Level!

Opportunity for Growth is a free program using the nationally-recognized, The StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum developed by Interise, a Boston-based nonprofit committed to helping underserved small businesses scale, to give small business owners the tools, training, and networks to turn plans into action. This program combines the best of classroom learning with real-world case studies.

 

Curriculum modules and components

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.          

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.            

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.        

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.

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Present yourself and your business to your peers and experts in the field. Instead of using external or theoretical case studies, the StreetWise 'MBA' utilizes participants' businesses as the case studies for peer-based learning. By focusing on what real entrepreneurs are presently coping with, complex and confusing concepts are more readily understood. Apply what you're learning in real time.    

Present yourself and your business to your peers and experts in the field. Instead of using external or theoretical case studies, the StreetWise 'MBA' utilizes participants' businesses as the case studies for peer-based learning. By focusing on what real entrepreneurs are presently coping with, complex and confusing concepts are more readily understood. Apply what you're learning in real time.

 

 

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.                

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.              

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.            

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each participant walks away with a customized action plan for their business. The plan is revised at the end of each course module with input from peers, the instructor, and guest experts. Improves operational effectiveness and enhances strategic positioning. Provides a practical, action-based road map with clear steps for business growth.      

Each participant walks away with a customized action plan for their business.

The plan is revised at the end of each course module with input from peers, the instructor, and guest experts.

Improves operational effectiveness and enhances strategic positioning.

Provides a practical, action-based road map with clear steps for business growth.

 

 

 

 
 
 

We Are Looking For Firms in upper manhattan, harlem, Washington heights, or Inwood with...

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Following the submission of your application, you will take part in an interview and selection process. With limited space, applicants not enrolled this year will be invited to apply for future program cohorts.  

Program Fees: There are no program application fees thanks to partner support.