Week-by-Week Course Schedule

“I’m grateful for the support that you give each one of the Scale-Up participants. The resources that WBDC brought to each session were insightful and gave us tools that now we can incorporate into our business strategy.” Ilia Jakel, Sharpen Leadership, Belmont Cragin ’18 graduate.

Week by Week

ScaleUp curriculum was developed to help you create a growth plan for your business, meet subject matter experts along the way, and end by presenting your plan for growth to a panel of experts.
Week 1: Setting Your Growth Plan & 30 Second Pitch
Week 2: Industry & Competition
Week 3: Target Market & Sales
Week 4: Marketing Strategy & Tactics
Week 5: Operations & Management
Week 6: Financial Mastery
Week 7: Financing Options
Week 8: Contracting & Certification
Week 9: Growth Plan Presentations & Graduation

Meet our Facilitators & ScaleUp Team


Deborah Minor-Harvey – Englewood Facilitator. Deborah provides process consulting that encourages thinking outside the box, or, when appropriate she aims to remove the box entirely. She has previously led college-based engineering initiatives as part of the National Minority Engineering Effort. As a nonprofit executive, she worked to improve math and science education in the Chicago Public School System. As Executive Director, she worked with engineering deans at private and public universities in Chicago.


Tasha Brown – Director, ScaleUp & Facilitator.  Tasha is also an accomplished entrepreneur and brings a level of passion and dedication to her work as a business advisor and the Director of ScaleUp. She brings to the role more than 8 years’ experience working for the City of Chicago, experience working in academia, and working with non-profit organizations. Tasha previously served as the Associate Director of the Illinois SBDC at the WBDC South Suburbs where she conducted one-on-one advising sessions, facilitated trainings, and provided resources to help entrepreneurs start or grow their business.  Tasha is devoted to the success of your business and will work hard to help you ScaleUp.


Francisco Ramirez – Belmont-Cragin Facilitator. Francisco is a co-owner of Chimbly Consultants, a technology and marketing consulting business. Supporting small businesses with their marketing needs which include marketing strategy, social media management, and website design, he approaches each project with research-based strategies and personalized tactics. He also facilitates marketing workshops throughout Chicago and has presented for the Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, Little Village Chamber of Commerce, City of Chicago, and WBDC’s ScaleUp Program.

ScaleUp Team

Lindsay Mueller – Managing Director, Program Innovations and Co-Facilitator. Expertise in: management and operations. Lindsay’s time with ScaleUp is dedicated to making the program run smoothly and ensuring strong connections are made between women business owners. She has previously worked for the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office, focusing on small business policy issues, as well as for President Obama’s White House as the Director of Operations.