Once connected, business owners have this revelation: “I don’t have to be alone.” As a participant, you’ll be surrounded by CEOs, like you, who will become your trusted advisors. There is also an alumni group of CEOs, living around the country, for you to connect with for advice and business opportunities.
Invest Newark brings you the Executive Business Accelerator Program, powered by Interise's award-winning StreetWise 'MBA'™ curriculum. This hands-on program provides the knowledge and know-how business owners need to create (and manage) a customized, three-year strategic growth plan.
 Prepare for opportunities with government and anchor institutions, and learn from experts in the field of both public and private lending. Preparation for contracting success is a unique feature of the StreetWise 'MBA'™
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Based on 2021 Assessment Data, collected by Interise

  • 55% of alumni businesses increased or maintained their annual revenues, with an average annual revenue growth of 13%.
  • 71% of alumni businesses reported being profitable.
  • $327 million in government contracting secured by alumni businesses.
  • 60% of alumni CEOs stay connected to fellow participants, with 29% doing business with each other. 
  • 60% of alumni businesses added or retained jobs. 


  • Business is located in the City of Newark
  • At least $100,000 in annual revenues
  • One other employee besides the owner(s)
  • Been in business for at least 1 year
  • Willingness and ability to attend a 7 month course

Get the knowledge, know-how, and networks to advance your business. Enroll in the Invest Newark Executive Business Accelerator Program, powered by Interise, to unlock your growth potential. Seize the time to work on your business, not just in it! 

Applications for Cohort 6 are now open and will close on April 15, 2024. To apply, use the button below.  

Accelerate your business to the top


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"Since completing the Streetwise MBA program in 2020, I have been able to put so much of what I learned to work to realize practical business growth outcomes.  The tools helped me think more holistically about my key business growth opportunities and hone in on my core strengths as a CEO.  In 2021, I opened my 2nd laundry business in Newark and I remain forever grateful for the tools and resources provided through the Interise network.”
Annie Sneed-Godfrey

Waterworks Laundromat
2020 Cohort 



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Invest Newark Executive Business Accelerator Program Overview


"As a workforce business adviser and change agent of diversity, I have been working with CEOs, Youth Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses for over 30 years. I guide individuals through the lifestyle transition process to successful business ownership. Empowering companies and their owners with the strategic value of diversity, mutualism and synergistic partnership. 

I am the founder of two businesses. I was named the Small Business Administration Champion for 2006 for the State of New Jersey and Region II (NY, NJ, PR, and the US Virgin Islands) and in 2016 was a member of the City of Newark Strategic Planning Committee regarding business and real estate development planning for 2017."
Jeff Dunn

Business Development Specialist

Ray Hamlett  
Hamlett Development Partners, Inc. 

2020 Cohort 

"Some of the most valuable takeaways from the training have been letting go of the need to control every aspect of our business,  hiring help, and creating strategic partnerships.  Having a team where every member understands the scope of their responsibilities has increased productivity, and our capacity to take on additional projects has grown significantly. Now, I have created a space where I focus more on growing my business, setting clear expectations, and tracking progress."

Witness the Power of the Program through Alumni Videos Testimonials!

Hear 2022 Graduates speak about their experience in the Invest Newark Executive Business Accelerator Program:

Florence Dennis, CEO of Flow's Tasty Treats testimonial:

Natalia Villanueva, CEO of El Criollo testimonial:

 Watch the 2023 EBA cohort graduation video