ScaleUp

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SCALEUP YOUR BUSINESS GROWTH

Interested in the ScaleUp Program? We are accepting applications for 2020 Winter-Spring cohorts! Apply now!

ScaleUp is an award winning intensive 9-week cohort-based curriculum program that is designed to assist established, local businesses that are experiencing a no growth/slow growth pattern. Through the delivery of comprehensive and extensive business development services, ScaleUp equips entrepreneurs with the business/financial acumen, resources and tools necessary to grow sustainable, profitable businesses that create jobs, fuel economic growth and build strong communities.

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

In this 9-week award winning cohort, 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.

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

DATES AND LOCATIONS

Cohorts take place one day a week from 9:30am-12:30pm.

WINTER-SPRING  COHORTS:

Chicago, Belmont-Cragin – February 25 – April 21, Tuesdays
9:30am – 12:30pm – Northwest Side Housing Center
Program delivered in Spanish

Chicago, Englewood – February 26 – April 22, Wednesdays
9:30am – 12:30pm – Greater Englewood Community Development Corp

Chicago, Little Village – February 27 – April 23, Thursdays
9:30am – 12:30pm – at Peoples Energy Training Facility

 

IDEAL CANDIDATES

  • 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

Questions? Contact the ScaleUp team at scaleup@wbdc.org.

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

 

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2020 Winter-Spring Englewood Cohort Sponsor:

2020 Winter-Spring Little Village Cohort Sponsor:         

2020 Winter-Spring Little Village Financial Advisor:       

2020 Winter-Spring Belmont-Cragin Cohort Sponsor:
The Chicago-Area Businesses of Color Partnership Fund
The Chicago Community Trust
JP Morgan Chase Foundation
McCormick Foundation
Coleman Foundation