Interise invites you to take the lead in building a vibrant, engaging, and valuable alumni network among the thousands of business owners across the country who have completed the Interise curriculum. All business owners are invited to participate in this session where we will learn from you where the greatest value lies – and how to unlock the potential – of this robust community. We will also equip you with strategies and tools to lead on engaging your local alumni network, creating business opportunities within a trusted network and a support system to ensure you meet your business growth goals.
This would be a fireside chat with all the Interise program administrators and instructors. I will discuss how the Greenville Chamber has creater a year-long experience for disadvantage businesses using the Interise curriculum and incorporating other strategies and program value-added components.
The objective of this talk is to challenge program partners to think of how they can create a stronger and more impactful experience for those who go through their local program to create greater sustainability.
A Conversation on Innovation:
Not every community has the same access to resources, nor the same social or economic history. In Portland, the current climate and political history have created some very specific opportunities and challenges to supporting local businesses and historically under-served entrepreneurs. We have made a number of adjustments and augments to the standard Interise program in order to best meet the needs of the business owners in our area.
We invite other Instructors, Directors, and Program Managers to join us to share experiences, learn about the different community needs, explore the programmatic adaptations that have been implemented throughout the network, and create a space to brainstorm new ideas around how we can continue to customize the program to better support our local communities.
Why do some people stabilize and succeed while others get overwhelmed or simply give up? As a researcher, I have seen it hundreds of times. Two entrepreneurs launch their businesses with great products or market innovations, ready to take on the world. They both work long hours, focus on their customers and dream of business success. But fast-forward three to five years later and they have very different results.
Based on research and years of working with companies across the spectrum, this session will share strategic ways of thinking about work, business relationships and intentional success.
Participants emerge better equipped to stop struggling and instead focus on strategically managing their personal and company brands.
This presentation will introduce a disciplined approach that can be applied by small business owners to establish a suitable organizational climate within their workspace. Once created it will help facilitate the change management process that will occur during the scaling effort and assist small business owners in meeting their business growth goals.
Women business leaders face unique barriers to saving for retirement. It’s not only the gender pay gap, and the compounding effect from years of lower income either. Our retirement gap study found that women business leaders start saving later than their male counterparts, and 20% of those who support dependents are not saving at all! When it comes to male business leaders, none of them mentioned difficulties saving for retirement while supporting dependents. Our session will explore these trends and more, along with providing suggestions for what business owners and leaders can do to bridge the retirement savings gap.