2019 MBA

Minority Business Accelerator Class of 2019

The Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator is proud to utilize the award- winning and internationally-recognized StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum from Interise. 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 MBA™. Learn more about the StreetWise MBA TM Curriculum.

MBA 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 more than 100 total hours of work performed by business owners, including 13 in-class sessions, CEO peer 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. 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.


2019 MBA Cohort

Angela Pyles, B Major Piano Studio, LLC 
Erica Berg, Collective Music Solutions, LLC
Shan Smith, Good Sense Automation, LLC
Patrick Ratliff, Up and Up coaching, LLC
Kendra McKinney, Little Learners Academy
Michelle Smith, The Parent Pal
Andre Harrison, Heart of the Carolinas Medical Supply
Tiffney Davidson-Parker, Universal Health Services, LLC (UTS)
Jackie Saunders, Memoirs Events & Catering
Raygan France, Memoirs events & Catering
Drayton Auston, HD Auston Moving Systems
Jill Rose, Perceptive Recruiting
Chris Hendrix, Window Genie of Greenville
Stacey Smith, Smit'N Photography
Vanessa Young, CleanizerPro
Michael Goldsmith, G-Force Carpet Cleaning
Mindy Tobin, Secondary Solutions



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