Scaling a business is a measure of success no matter your size or industry, but it becomes even more important for small businesses and startups. In today’s fast-paced landscape, knowing how to scale a business is more essential than ever. In business, the definition of “scale” is to increase revenue at a faster rate than costs. Businesses achieve this in several ways, from adopting new technologies to finding “gaps” in their operations that can be streamlined. Businesses that are able to add revenue and increase operational demands while maintaining the same costs or even lowering costs will be able to scale successfully. The Women's Business Conference is September 26–27, 2023, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Register today.
Deadline to apply is Sept 15 2023 for Suppliers to apply for one-on-one sessions between qualified certified WBEs and Corporates with specific business opportunities
WEpitch Competition, a fast-paced business pitch tournament. Fifteen WBEs will pitch their businesses to a panel of business experts at the Women’s Business Conference to compete to win First Place
Discussion groups that emphasize the exchange of ideas, demonstrations of skills & application of techniques & interactive business training, and coaching sessions that are directly applied to your business
Allison Maslan, CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, is the Wall Street Journal's best-selling author of Scale or Fail. Allison’s built 10 successful companies, starting out at age 19. Her client list has included Ben & Jerry’s, Supercuts, Merrill Lynch, and Allstate.
The 5 Phases to Becoming a Growth Champion CEO: How to Scale your Team, Create more Capacity as a Supplier, and Build a Team-Managed Company that Can Thrive without You
Business Owners that are serious about scaling often get stuck at 7 and 8-figures and cannot get beyond that, even when they’re working non-stop, sacrificing time, health, and sanity for years. Scaling doesn’t come from working harder, it comes from thinking and acting strategically. If you, the CEO, are still rescuing projects, meeting deadlines, micromanaging team members, and chasing after clients, you are choking the growth of your company. It’s time to shift into being the visionary of your company so you can multiply the growth.
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For the past 13 years, in her company, Pinnacle Global Network, ranked by Inc. 5000 as one of America's fastest-growing companies, Allison and her team of high-level business mentors pay it forward by helping CEOs and Founders scale their companies, fast-track their success and create a more meaningful life with their proprietary process, The SCALEit Method®.
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Monica DiCenso is a Managing Director and Head of the Global Investment Opportunities Group (GIO) at J.P. Morgan Private Bank based in New York City. GIO provides investment advice to the firm’s most sophisticated clients and family offices around the world by facilitating institutional level implementation across asset classes. Prior to joining GIO in 2015, Monica was the Head of U.S. Equity Strategy at J.P. Morgan Global Wealth Management where she managed a team of strategists and served as a key resource for clients by identifying equity ideas including thematic brokerage and options trades as well as identifying single stock selections for our recommended trading lists. Monica joined the Private Bank in 2012 from J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank where she served as an Equity Research Analyst on a top Institutional Investor ranked team covering the Media sector and stocks such as The Walt Disney Company.
Cathy Mott, CEO of CWC Leadership Development, Author, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker and trainer who has had the pleasure of working closely with senior leaders for more than 25 years. She is very insightful and has a great talent for helping others discover their natural gifts and talents, which often results in authentic leadership and resilience. Cathy has used her expertise to help change cultures within organizations and inspire leaders to reach new heights of performance and passion. As a certified Social & Emotional Intelligence Coach, Cathy has distinguished herself by her ability to create a place of safety for her readers and clients to explore and define their identity as a leader as they walk through the four quadrants of Emotional Intelligence. She currently serves as an ICF Coaching Education Global Community Ambassador - NALAC North American Latin Asia & Caribbean. Cathy has coached hundreds of executives (C-Suite) and has trained thousands on a national and international level with consistent passion and enthusiasm.
Best-Selling Author of Me, Myself, and Why? The Secrets to Navigating Change. President of Excellerate Associates, an organizational development company showing businesses how to scale and create Cultures of Distinction. Founder of the Business Innovation Lab CoWorking & Conference Center, Lisa is considered by many to be one of the most innovative consultants and speakers on human wiring and business alignment today. Your human wiring dictates the type of environment in which you are best equipped to thrive and succeed, and the kind of environment you prefer to live and work.
Multi-Emmy winning and multi-Emmy nominated broadcast journalist, Paula Tutman has spent more than 30 years in front of the camera as a broadcast news reporter. A Peace Corps brat who grew up in Africa, she has spent the last 25 years living in and falling in love with Detroit and her adopted “soul’s home”, the State of Michigan. Paula has vast experience in numerous reporting genres. She spent 8 years as a police reporter in Louisville, Kentucky, and Baltimore, Maryland. She can currently be seen daily at 4, on WDIV’s, First-at-4 news broadcast as a specialty correspondent with a focus on interesting and relevant topics with deep regard for stories that have elements of human interest and social justice.
A proud WBE and MBE, in 2018, Paula launched Zuke-iT, a 100% women-owned and women-run company that would manufacture her flagship, patent-pending invention—Bra-Less Bra, Instant Cleavage Sculpting Solution™. Her maiden product went to market in 2021. Bra-Less Bra is a product that allows larger-busted women to wear many of the fashion trends that have ignored 75% of women who are larger than a D-cup bra size. Paula, who invents under the nickname, Elle, is a serial creator-preneur who says, “I don’t believe we are the sum total of our jobs. I’m a woman. I multi-task for a living”. Paula often says, “I intend to follow every thread my talents take me for the sheer enjoyment of stretching who I am, what I can create, and what I can get done for others in this brief whisp of time”.
Paula teaches a Master Your Message Communication Course© to organizations and corporations. The course is an intensive workshop that teaches an advanced communication model designed to shift office-place communication culture into high gear to team-strengthen in order to work better, sell better, be better and improve productivity and quality service in all areas of business and healthcare. She is also simultaneously developing a non-profit to fund and promote female minority business owners.
Lauren Sanders, founder of The Elevate Project is a native Detroiter, who graduated from Detroit Public school’s Renaissance High School going on to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she studied communications and business, following that with two years at Wayne State University Law school. Communications and compassion have been at the core of Lauren’s approach in her work life. When a Detroit photographer suggested that Lauren enter a pageant where she might be the winner of a much-needed car, not only did she enter, but she won and with an interest in communications and genuine caring for the development of others, Lauren designed a 7-day pageant seminar teaching hundreds of pageant contestants how to both identify and communicate their best selves on stage and in life. Fast forward to the beginning of her network news career as an intern with the NBC- Detroit affiliate, Local 4 News where her stand out street reporter internship work led to an evening news writer position.
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