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 2023 Assessment Data, collected by Interise

  • 76% of alumni businesses increased or maintained their annual revenues.
  • 77% of alumni businesses reported being profitable.
  • 77%  of alumni hired full time staff hired from the local community.
  • 75% of alumni reported that they could not have had the same services or business and peer networking opportunities that they did with Interise.


  • 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 closed. You are welcome to submit your application for Cohort 7 in advance; once the start date for the next cohort has been identified you will receive a notification email. 

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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

"The program itself was intuitive, very knowledge based, and helped us all fine tune our backends, analyze our strengths and weaknesses within our own fields, as well as educated us on how exactly to make ourselves and our businesses grow to the next level for the long haul. An overall perspective I don’t think I personally had specifically planned out. Now I do! It was such a great eye-opening experience I was pleasantly surprised at how it helped me fine tune my business goals, allowing me to eventually move into a new location and allowed me to develop myself professionally to be more risk conscious and more effective as a leader within my own organization."

Emefa (Em) Woananu 
Pop Up Print Shop
2023 Cohort 

“Prior to participating in the Invest Newark MBA training program - my business was scattered and its model unfocused. I discovered a path for my business to be economically more successful while positively impacting the communities in which I work."  I'm just a better business owner as a result of this training program."


Van Robinson
Algorithm Real Estate Holdings, LLC
2022 Cohort