Interise Announces Winner of First Annual Citizens Bank Good Citizens Award

Inaugural Award Recognizes Small Business with a Significant Positive Impact in Low Income Community

BOSTON--()--Today, Interise and Citizens Bank announced Tremendous Maid as the winner of the Good Citizens Award, which recognizes a local small business that has a significant positive impact in a low-to-moderate-income community. Tremendous Maid was honored at thrive!, Interise’s annual event celebrating the success of its alumni, which was held on Friday, October 23 in Boston.

Tremendous Maid was selected as the inaugural winner of the Citizens Bank Good Citizens Award due to the company’s rapid growth and commitment to providing careers for Latino immigrants within the commercial and residential cleaning business. The company was founded in 2011 by sisters Nisaury Tejeda and Victoria Amador along with their mother Rosa Tejeda, all three of whom immigrated to the United States. 20 years ago from the Dominican Republic. In 2014, both Nisaury and Victoria participated in the StreetWise 'MBA'™ program and in the year since, the company has secured contracts with 22 new commercial institutions and increased commercial sales by 215 percent. Tremendous Maid plans to expand to 125 employees by 2018 with an employee retention rate of 85 percent.

“We are grateful to be named the recipient of the Citizens Bank Good Citizens Award as this is a reminder to our team that together we truly do make a difference,” said Victoria Amador, president and CEO of Tremendous Maid. “Throughout the years at Tremendous Maid/Boston's Best Commercial Cleaning, we have learned that we need to have a clear vision of where we want our company to be three to five years from today; this idea has changed the way we do business. We have learned to always put our employees well-being as the first priority since we believe our purpose is to help our employees achieve their dreams – we just happen to be in the business of cleaning. This mentality has changed the way we feel and act throughout the company and our employees see the difference because they too are part of that cultural shift. Our goal is to help our employees develop both personally and professionally and we would not have a clear understanding of what this really means had we not graduated from the StreetWise 'MBA'™ program.”

The Citizens Bank Good Citizens Award will be presented annually at thrive!, Interise’s celebration of small business success, and will recognize one small business that is making a significant positive impact in a low-to-moderate-income community. Citizens Bank employees helped develop the selection criteria and its employees will nominate businesses and participate in the selection committee. Nominations are limited to Interise businesses located in Citizens Bank service areas.

“With community involvement as one of our principal values at Citizens Bank, the Good Citizens Award is one small way that we are giving back to the community and recognizing the small businesses that are having a positive impact on the neighborhoods that need it most,” said Quincy Miller, president of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “Tremendous Maid perfectly embodies the attributes that we were looking to honor when conceptualizing this award as they are committed to helping the community by hiring Latino immigrants and providing them with opportunities to grow within the company. We look forward to watching as Tremendous Maid continues to expand their business and impact in the future, and we are excited to recognize additional companies each year as the Good Citizens Award grows.”

Over the course of a decade, Interise has served more than 3,350 small businesses in 65 communities across the United States. Designed to help grow small businesses, create jobs and revitalize local economies, Interise alumni have secured almost $3 billion in government and institutional contracts since 2008 and experienced an average increase in annual revenues of $481,000. In 2014, they created jobs at 8x the rate of the private sector as a whole. To learn more about Interise, please visit www.interise.org.

ABOUT INTERISE

Interise is the go-to partner with a proven model for accelerating economic and small business growth in lower income communities. Its StreetWise ‘MBA’TM provides small business owners with the business knowledge, management know-how and relationships they need to scale using peer-based learning models. Alumni have secured almost $3 billion dollars in government and institutional contracts since 2008. In 2014, they created jobs at 8x the rate of the private sector as a whole. As alumni grow, they contribute to economic development, job creation and social resilience within their local community. Headquartered in Boston, Interise currently offers its program in 65 communities directly and through 15 partners, including NYU Stern School of Business, The Cities of Houston, TX and Portland, OR, and the National Urban League. This unique licensing model allows partners to deliver the StreetWise ‘MBA’ TM program through their own locally branded programs, providing them with training, quality assurance and evaluation. To learn more visit www.interise.org or follow @StreetWise_MBA.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $137.3 billion in assets as of June 30, 2015. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle‐market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid‐Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not‐for‐profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance.

Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.

Contacts

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Jen Kaye, 617-426-2222
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Release Summary

Interise and Citizens Bank today announced Tremendous Maid as the winner of the Good Citizens Award.

Contacts

Version 2.0 Communications on behalf of Interise
Jen Kaye, 617-426-2222
jkaye@v2comms.com