Do You Ask Yourself...

  • How do I build a growth-oriented business?
  • How can I attract and/or retain my team?
  • What metrics should I use to manage the company?
  • How should I be planning for the future?

We Can Help!

The Business Growth Foundations and Business Growth Academy are programs that chart where you are, where you want to be and how to get there! There are basic requirements for both programs:

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NEW! Business Growth Foundations

Business Growth Foundations program is a brand new program developed to meet the needs of some of our smaller clients. Participants must attend all sessions.

Sessions from our last cohort included:

Intro and Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile

Defining Market Needs

Setting Financial Goals

Penetrating the Market

Building the Organization

Planning for Profits and Growth

Check back for Fall 2021 availability and deadlines.

To request participation, please email and provide the following information:

  • Business name
  • Participant name(s) (limited to business owners only)
  • Email address and phone number
  • Number of months or years in business
  • 2021 revenue or estimated 2022 revenue

Business Growth Academy

The Business Growth Academy is an 8-session program including insight from experts that will help you build a strategic growth plan specifically for your company!

About the Program

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This program is based upon the Kauffman Foundation’s award-winning FastTrac© curriculum and is presented by a team of experienced business-owners & consultants! Get practical solutions that can be implemented immediately while networking with industry experts and other like-minded entrepreneurs. 

Check back for Fall 2021 availability and deadlines.

All sessions will meet at the Waubonsee Downtown Aurora Campus (18 South River St., Aurora, IL 60506) in Room 257 from 6 - 9 p.m.

For More Information
(630) 906-4143

Business Growth Academy Application

Apply for the Spring 2021 Co-Hort by March 12, 2021

About The Instructor

Jock M. Sommese

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Teaching is something I’ve done my entire others help themselves.

A self-described lifetime learner, my entire life has centered on taking the knowledge and lessons that I acquire and sharing them through teaching, coaching and mentoring. It is a passion that has provided immense enjoyment and satisfaction. 

Professionally, I have more than 30 years of extensive start-up, merger and acquisition, financial, sales and marketing, and operations experiences. I have utilized those experiences to mentor employees and co-workers in companies of various sizes, industries and stages.

In 1999, I was recognized as the Small Business Journalist of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania by the Small Business Administration. As President/Publisher of “Smart Business Now,” I created the magazine to support our area’s entrepreneurs, provide information that they can use in their business immediately and help provide a forum for like-minded business professionals.

For the last 20 years, I have been an adjunct business professor for higher education institutions in the Philadelphia region, and last year at Northern Illinois. The opportunity to teach and challenge students to expand their skills, consider alternatives, and help build a better community is my life’s purpose.

To be able to pursue one’s passion on a daily basis is an honor not many individuals are able to attain. Teaching, mentoring and coaching has given me that opportunity!

To be able to pursue one’s passion on a daily basis is an honor not many individuals are able to attain.