RISEUP SPRINGFIELD PROGRAM OVERVIEW

SUPPORTIVE BUSINESS NETWORK
 
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.
PRACTICAL BUSINESS EDUCATION
 
An innovative collaboration between the City of Springfield, the Association of Black Business & Professionals and the Springfield Regional Chamber brings you RiseUp Springfield, 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.
ACCESS TO CAPITAL  & CONTRACTING 
 
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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2018 National Program Results
Based on 2017 Assessment Data, collected by Interise

  • 70% of alumni businesses increased or maintained their annual revenues, with an average annual revenue growth of 51%. 
  • 80% of alumni businesses reported being profitable. 
  • $863 million in government contracting secured by alumni businesses. 
  • 63% of alumni CEOs stay connected to fellow participants, with 26% doing business with each other. 
  • 70% of alumni businesses added or retained jobs.

Basic Eligibility Requirements 

  • Business based in City of Springfield 
  • $150,000 – $10,000,000 in annual revenues 
  • One other full-time employee besides the owner(s) 
  • Been in business for at least 3 years; at least 2 years of receipts needed
  • Willingness and ability to attend class for 6 months,  complete mandatory assignments, as well as complete program surveys as requested
  • Franchises are ineligible
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RiseUp Springfield

Get the knowledge, know-how, and network you need to grow your business.  Think like a CEO to increase your revenue, create jobs, and positively impact your community.  No previous degree required, only the willingness to work on your business, not just in it!

MEET THE GRADUATES

"Since the program, I have worked on two city contracts and two projects with one of the general contractors that supported the program. In a year’s time of starting the program, I have doubled my revenue and number of employees.” 
“The program was instrumental in helping me to focus on the financial inner workings of my business. In addition, having a written growth plan provided a road map for us to track progress toward our stated goals, make adjustments as necessary, and stay on course. Another added bonus was the interaction with other business owners which enhanced the entire experience.” 

TERRY SOWELLS

SCMU, Inc.

TOYA MITCHELL 
Lord & Mitchell

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