MBA 2017 Class Group

Minority Business Accelerator Class of 2017

In 2017 the Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator is proud to utilize the award-winning and internationally-recognized StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum from Interise. This program aids business owners in developing a three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan™ customized to their individual business, and details the strategies and tactics the owner and staff will take to increase revenue, financial management and improve access to capital. Interise’s program, taught over a 6-7 month period, equates to 100 total hours of work performed by business owners, including 13 in-class sessions, seven CEO mentoring groups, and the application of the Interise live-case analysis method to their business. This work transitions business owners from working in their business to strategically working on their business. The curriculum is designed to build the resilience needed for growth and to integrate the small business owner into a network of peers who support each other as they move toward that goal. Access to seasoned local business experts from a variety of industries and institutions is included in this part of the curriculum. 60 hours of the program involves business owners participating in a Peer CEO to Peer CEO Mentoring Group, a self-directed group that acts as a trusted advisory board, and uses the Interise Live-Case Method to analyze their business operations and needs.

At the end of the program, participants will have a strategically-sound growth plan and the knowledge to execute it. This small business executive education curriculum is focused on outcomes for participating small businesses: job maintenance, creation and quality; revenue growth, increased access to capital. Interise is an innovative non-profit organization that promotes the economic revitalization of lower income communities by providing diverse groups of small business owners with the entrepreneurial education, connections and access to markets needed to grow their established businesses through a proprietary curriculum called the StreetWise MBATM.  Learn more about the StreetWise MBATM Curriculum.


2017 Minority Business Accelerator Participants

Jeff Alfonso, Alfonso Interpreting
Andrew Bacca
James Bennett, Upstate Home Health
Kenzie Biggins, Worxbee
Serio Burnside, Allstar Meats
Robert Chandler, IG Global
Anita Garrett, The Weathers Group
Lindsey Holder, Organic Tan
Jeanette Houchens, HIT Services
Shawn Jefferson, Karidan Logistics
Tammy Johnson, Liquid Catering
James Jordon, Jordon Construction
JoAnne LaBounty, Spartanburg Meat Processing Co.
Brenda Ligon, Precept Staffing
David Mitchell, Sustaining, Talent Solutions
Amy Pecoraro, PECULIAR, LLC
James Richard, AAA Care
Luis Rodriguez, Wrap N Roll Graphics
Tracy Ware, Primary Choice
Delores Lewis Watkins, Cornerstone Salon and Spa
Carlo White, WH Trucking
James White, James White Enterprise
William Wilson, SC Solar Energy







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