Silver Spring, MD, April 17, 2015:

The Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC) announced the graduation of local executives from it’s 2015 MBE Academy. CRMSDC’s inaugural StreetWiseTM MBA curriculum is dedicated to assisting entrepreneurs develop talent and grow their business to the next level of leadership.

The graduates were selected by CRMSDC based on their business acumen, revenue and leadership ability. “CRMSDC is proud of our graduates and we can see an immediate return on our investment,” says Sharon R. Pinder, President and CEO of The Capital Region MSDC. “The experience is invaluable for our MBEs and is in keeping of our mission of increasing capacity in support of supplier diversity for our corporations.”

Through the Interise StreetWise MBA™ aggressive curriculum, small business owners learn the tools necessary to increase businesses revenue, create jobs and invigorate local economies. The curriculum includes business and strategic assessment; financial analysis and management; marketing and sales; resources and putting it all together. Nationwide, StreetWise™ MBA graduates reported revenue growth of nearly 40% last year. CRMSDC’s program was sponsored by Capital One, Freddie Mac, Northrop Grumman and Wells Fargo.

“CRMSDC’s MBE Academy has been insightful and provided me the tools needed for company growth. I am now more prepared to succeed in this highly competitive marketplace,” said Earl Bentley, Chief Digital Officer of TekConnX, and a graduate of the inaugural program.

The Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMDSC) is one of 24 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Serving Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia, CRMSDC, is the region’s premier organization for increasing business and contracting opportunities between major buying organizations and minority-owned businesses. For more information, visit