Apply now for the spring cohorts which begin April 23.  Applications are due by Monday, April 15th!

ScaleUp is an intensive 9-week seminar that gives established businesses the tools to grow. ScaleUp brings connections, capital, and capacity straight to business owners looking to scale to the next level.  Each week the class dives into a different side of the business, giving owners the opportunity to review, learn and push themselves to the next level.


Marketing: Establish a marketing strategy
Management: Build the right team
Finances: Create financial projections for the year ahead
Certification: Determine what certification is right for the business


In this 9-week course, business owners receive one-on-one mentoring and assistance with business growth planning, marketing, finances, government procurement and certification.  During the course and outside of the 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 the Executive Series classes; additional in-depth learning opportunities on subjects covered in the ScaleUp course. Executive Series 2019 classes will cover SEO marketing, financial mastery and procurement opportunities.

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


Spring cohorts take place one day a week from 9am-12pm,  April 23 – June 18.

AURORA – Tuesdays at Women’s Business Center in downtown Aurora

CHICAGO, BELMONT CRAGIN– Tuesdays at Northwest Side Housing Center

CHICAGO, ENGLEWOOD – Wednesdays at the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation

CHICAGO, WASHINGTON PARK – Thursdays at K.L.E.O Community Family Life Center (industry specific – for Creatives)



  • In business for more than 2 years
  • Made $50,000+ in revenue last year (Chicago cohorts) or $75,000+ in revenue (Aurora cohort)
  • Have 2 or more employees
  • Are working on the business full time


Interested?  Applications are due by Monday, April 15! Apply now

It will take about 20 minutes to fill out the application.  If you would like to see the questions in advance, please visit here .

Questions? Contact the ScaleUp team at

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