New to her position as Boston Program Manager at Interise, Lyndsay Whitehurst wanted to quickly build connections in the city’s business community, so she turned to the Chamber and its helpful staff. “When I looked to what others had done to advance Interise’s mission, I saw that working with the Chamber was top of their list,” says Lyndsay.
Interise, a national nonprofit headquartered in Boston, works exclusively with established small business owners through the StreetWise ‘MBA’, a capacity building program designed to help them grow, creating jobs and strengthening community resilience. The StreetWise ‘MBA’ delivers peer mentoring, business knowledge, management know-how, and supportive networks.
Building connections between the small business community and an extended network of Boston’s business leaders is essential to Interise’s work. The Chamber’s Senior Director of Member Services Sammia Atoui helped Lyndsay build the networks she has needed to best serve Interise small businesses. “With Sam’s guidance, I became immersed in Boston’s business network,” says Lyndsay. “Sam connected me to Chamber events and opportunities that clearly aligned with my work.”
For Lyndsay, the Chamber’s ability to convene a broad cross section of the business community has helped her find the mentors and connections her entrepreneurs need to succeed. “I’m interested in meeting the people who are collaborating to create economic and social impact in Boston, and that’s who I’m meeting at Chamber events.” she says.
Serving on the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award selection committee was a high point of her Chamber membership. “It was an incredible learning opportunity that opened the door for me to connect with Boston’s small business champions.”
Lyndsay is confident to share this with her network of small business owners: “Joining the Chamber and building relationships with its staff is a great way to build the collaborative network and the connections that can be leveraged for small business success.”