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Based on 2022 Assessment Data, collected by Interise

  • 96% of Businesses recommend the program
  • 75% of alumni businesses increased or maintained their annual revenues, with an average annual revenue growth of 38%.
  • 78% of alumni businesses reported being profitable.
  • $399 million in government contracting secured by alumni businesses.
  • 60% of alumni CEOs stay connected to fellow participants, with 29% doing business with each other.
  • 68% of alumni businesses added or retained jobs.


  • Business located in Atlanta with a Fulton or Dekalb County address
  • Black or Brown business owner maintaining at least 51% business ownership
  • Annual revenue between $175,000 and $5,000,000
  • A minimum of two employees besides the owner(s).
  • Been in business for at least 3 years.
  • Willingness and ability to attend a 7-month course, complete mandatory assignments, and complete program surveys as requested. 

Are you ready to move your business to the next level, but not sure how to get there? 

Enroll today in Scale Accelerator ATL to get the executive education, management know-how and business support system you need to grow your established small business through this intensive, cohort-based program. No previous degree required, just the willingness to work on your business, not just in it!

Accelerate your business to the top


“The Interise program was and will continue to be an asset to growing my business. The program taught me how to utilize available resources to take my business to the next level. We continuously worked on our business pitch and growth plan which allowed me to see not where my business is today but the potential of where I can go with the right plans and foundation in place. The Interise program has made a remarkable difference to my business and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the program and the community.”

"“This was one of the best educational experiences I have ever had. I have an MBA from LaSalle University, completed executive education programs at Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business (two of them) Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. This allowed me to work ON my business as opposed to IN my business”

Larry Fairley 
Marketing Resource 
Solutions, LLC


Nakeicha Wilson 
Lotus Laundry LLC
 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.
Scale ATL is PSE's Minority Business Initiative program ran through its Just Opportunity, Economic Inclusion team, 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'™


Scale Accelerator ATL Program Overview



Ms. Lavonya Jones

Entrepreneurship Instructor for Morehouse College

Founder of Consciously Funded

Lavonya Jones is passionate about entrepreneurship as a solution to economic injustice and inequality. An Atlanta native and resident, Lavonya graduated from Hampton University, earning her BS in Entrepreneurship. She has pursued additional education to include a MA in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Coaching and Mentoring and is completing an EdD in Organizational Leadership with her research focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership. As a third-generation HBCU graduate, she also serves as an Entrepreneurship Instructor for Morehouse College, the founder of a social justice media company, Consciously Funded, and the Director of Student Programs for the Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center where she works with students at Minority Serving Institutions around the country, creating pathways for them into entrepreneurship, technology, and venture capital. She has committed much of her career to examine the ends and outs of what makes entrepreneurs succeed while working for seventeen years as a creative industry entrepreneur.. Additionally, Lavonya is a certified business coach, with over fifteen years of leadership development experience training students, entrepreneurs, and professionals within for-profit and non-profit sectors.

"This program is challenging and rewarding, where you can see the instant changes as you apply the techniques and skills that are taught in every class. You can visually and physically see the changes immediately, which is "Impressive", and makes you realize you are in the right place to help see your goals become a reality.” 

Since completing the program, Dr. Bowman was invited to attend The Entrepreneurs and Innovation Summit at The White House. She was also recognized by The White House as a game changer in the entrepreneurial field.

Dr. LaTanya Bowman
Discovery Chiropractic
& Wellness Center