Promotes and strengthens the process of starting and growing
companies, which have a strong technology orientation by providing services
which educate and inform entrepreneurs.
We meet the second Monday in Chicago and the
last Tuesday of the month in Wheaton. At our meetings, we normally use a case
presentation/panel discussion approach to focus on a single company in a
critical stage of development. We also hold special seminars, workshops and
other events of interest to our audience.
The cost of membership is $60.00 per year.
Membership includes monthly newsletters, admittance to monthly meetings,
introductions to both key members of the business community and other
entrepreneurs. It also affords you the opportunity to work as a volunteer with
other entrepreneurs and some key business leaders in Chicago. Most importantly,
your membership entitles you to learn the how's and why's of starting and
managing a business from entrepreneurs who have already started their own
If you have ever wanted
sound advice, advice from a very senior, independent and expert Board of
Directors that you couldn't find or afford, then you should consider presenting
before the Forum. The main "cost" is letting the public listen in so they too
can learn from the experience. But no matter how many times they come or how
hard they listen, they only see a small portion of the real value to the
company. The reason is that much of the value comes before and after the
Of course the company needs to have a business
plan. In addition, the entrepreneur must prepare a 20-minute presentation that
defines the business, clearly enunciates a vision for its future, explains the
current situation and articulates current problems. This is an extremely
difficult task, which forces the entrepreneur to crystallize his or her
thinking and planning. In many cases, the moderator works with the entrepreneur
to help develop an effective presentation.
There are meetings of the entrepreneur with
panelists in advance of the session so that there is an opportunity for more
informal, private interaction than is seen on the surface. Often, the business
plan does not fully and fairly reflect the entrepreneur's past accomplishments
or vision. A direct discussion allows the panelist to get a more complete and
accurate picture of the business, its opportunities and challenges, to improve
the quality of the advice given.
In the end, the entrepreneur should have an
improved business strategy, a clearer, stronger vision of where the company is
going and how it will get there, a more effective business plan and a
finely-tuned company presentation that can be used for a variety of purposes.
It would be hard to put a dollar value on that
result, but it could be the difference between failure and success. We invite
you to attend one of our meetings and judge for yourself the benefits we
We look forward to seeing you at one of our
meetings. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact me.
Jerry R. Mitchell
The Midwest Entrepreneurs' Forum