MBAs Across America is a program designed by four first-year Harvard MBA students just last year when they decided to pack up and drive clear across the country offering free business counseling in an effort to revitalize small businesses across America. The program has since evolved into a nonprofit organization.
This year, Chevrolet has stepped up and provided the group of 32 graduate students with twelve extended-range electric Chevy Volts to transport them to 25 cities across the country, aiding 50 small businesses. Detroit is on that list of cities, with seven local businesses receiving aid: Detroit Empowerment Plan, Ellis Island Tea, EliTea, Oakland Living, the Social Club Grooming Company, Social Sushi, and Sweet Potato Sensations.
“Detroit is the spiritual birthplace of MBAs Across America, so it is fitting that our movement enters its second year thanks to the visionary support of GM — an iconic American institution that we fundamentally believe will help lead the resurgence of Detroit in the years to come,” said founder and chief executive of MBAs Across America, Casey Gerald. “We are inspired by GM’s work in the Motor City, and thank them for their support in powering our teams’ journeys in Chevy Volts.”
The Social Club Grooming Company is on the list of businesses the students worked with in 2013, and is a serious success story, as its revenue has since tripled and a $100,000 no-equity investment from a local investor has been received.
“We wanted to help enable the vision of MBA students, entrepreneurs, and catalysts coming together to make America stronger, one community at a time,” said General Motors CEO, Mary Barra. “We’re delighted to be a partner in this extraordinary program and we could not be more proud that Detroit is at the heart of it.”