ScaleUp

 

SCALEUP YOUR BUSINESS GROWTH     


Interested in the ScaleUp Program? We are accepting applications for the 2021 Summer Cohorts!
Apply now by completing our application and then scheduling an appointment with an advisor. Click here for Aurora (Spanish only) and here for Englewood (English) 

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is proud to present our virtual ScaleUp Summer programs, sponsored by CHASE and the Dunham Foundation. ScaleUp is a multi-week cohort-based program that is designed to assist established, Chicagoland businesses that are experiencing sustainability and growth issues due to COVID-19. ScaleUp equips entrepreneurs with business knowledge, financial tools, resources, and networks necessary to maintain profitable businesses that retain and create jobs, fuel economic growth, and build strong communities.

WHY SCALE UP? WHY NOW?
ScaleUp is a vital resource for entrepreneurs looking to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Each week the class dives into a different side of the business, giving owners the opportunity to review, learn and push themselves to encourage sustainability and growth.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Marketing: Your Brand, Mission and the 30 Second Pitch
Management: Build a Winning Team
Finances: Financial Statements, Breakeven, Pricing & KPIs
Certification: Selecting the Right Certification & Contract Opportunities

PROGRAM BENEFITS
Business owners receive one-on-one mentoring and assistance with business sustainability and growth planning, marketing, finances, government procurement and certification. During the course and outside of class, quarterly networking opportunities take place with participants, other cohorts and former alumni. After the program, alumni continue to receive one-on-one support, as well as invitations to Executive Series classes; additional in-depth learning opportunities on subjects covered in the ScaleUp course.

Want to learn more?  Visit here to see our week-by-week course schedule, topics covered, and meet our instructors.

IDEAL CANDIDATES
In business for more than 2 years
Made $50,000+ in revenue (in 2019 or 2020)
Have 2 or more employees
Are working on the business full time

ALL COHORTS ARE VIRTUAL! SUMMER SCHEDULE:
ScaleUp Aurora (presented in Spanish) Wednesdays, June 16th – August 11th 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. via Zoom
ScaleUp Englewood (presented in English) Wednesdays, June 16th – August 11th 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. via Zoom

  • WHERE DO I SIGN UP?
    It is simple! All you must do is complete our application and schedule an appointment with an advisor. Click here for Aurora and here for Englewood. A member of our ScaleUp team will talk with you about the program and see how it can benefit you!
  • Questions? Contact Tasha Brown,  Director, ScaleUp at tbrown@wbdc.org to learn more.

A special thank you to our generous cohort sponsors who allow the WBDC to provide ScaleUp free of charge to all participants.