Interested in the ScaleUp Program?  We are accepting applications for summer and fall cohorts!  Apply now  for one of our future cohorts!

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.


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

SUMMER COHORT – July 10 through September 4, Wednesdays, 9am – 12pm
Chicago, South Side

FALL COHORT – September 18 – November 13, Wednesdays, 9am – 12pm
Chicago, Englewood – at Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation


  • 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

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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