The leaders of growing small and mid-sized companies confront the constant challenge of "doing more" with constrained resources in the face of increasing competition. The CEO Forum was formed by SCORE Minneapolis partnering with the SBA to address these strategic issues in a peer group setting. The members of the Forums are passionate about improving the performance of their businesses through shared experiences and knowledge. Each CEO Forum group is comprised of a maximum of 10-12 executives from non-competing businesses who meet monthly as an ongoing team.
The CEO Forum program includes the monthly, half-day problem-solving and skills development meeting which is facilitated by two SCORE meeting leaders. Each forum is an opportunity for the group to work through their specific business issues using a proven process. Additionally, an expert resource based on the group's collective interests will occasionally be brought in to address the specific issues of the group.
The CEO Forum meetings are facilitated by SCORE meeting leaders who become integral members of each group. The backgrounds of these leaders include retired senior executive from Fortune 500 firms as well as entrepreneurs who have launched, bought and sold businesses.
Also available as an option for those who wish is a personal business advisor. An experienced business professional who will meet you regularly to act as a resource and sounding board as you develop objectives, resolve problems and identify needed business resources.
The CEO Forum program will enable you to become a better leader, make better decisions and achieve better results through:
- Better insight into your own business as well as the economy at large which will help you to compete and excel.
- New perspectives to stimulate fresh ideas about your opportunities and challenges.
- Enhance skills to facilitate ongoing learning and performance improvements.
- A confidential sounding board comprised of experienced executive for both everyday and strategic decisions.
What are the Criteria for Requesting the Forum?
The typical profile of a CEO Forum member follows;
- You are responsible for the full operation of your business (e.g., CEO, President, Chairman, Managing Partner, etc.)
- You have been in business and generating $200,000, to $2 million or beyond in revenue per year.
- Your business has four or more employees
- You are committed to act on improving your business through growth and opertioning efficiency
Note: Also, individual groups will not include any competitors and each member will be asked to sign a confidentially agreement.
How much does it Cost to Join a CEO Forum?
There is a charge of $100 per month. This payment covers expenses connected with the CEO Forum, and since we are a fully volunteer organization, the costs of programs offered to our entrepreneurial community.
NOTE: Members agree informally to participate for at least a year to ensure continuity of the groups' discussions.
What do current members say about the forums?
CEO Anton S says: "I love the CEO Forum! It is incredibly well put together and the quality of moderators and participants is inspiring. Benefits are two-fold. First, I have gotten great, practical advice from the group which I was able to use and get immediate improvements in the way my business functions. Second, the group provides a great business therapy venue. It is comforting to be able to discuss the most private of business problems in a confidential and caring environment and realize that I am not trhe only one with these problems. The group brings thoughtful discussions, collective experience in problem solving and accountability."
CEO Judy G says: "The synergy between our group of diverse CEOs and our world-class SCORE facilitators promotes creative problem solving solutions. I really appreciate the high level of intellect and experiences that the SCORE CEO Forum facilitators bring to the group. This executive quality expertise is what sets SCORE apart from other business coaching organizations."
What do you do if you want to learn more? Just click the link below:
This link will take you to a page to submit some basic information on a registration form. You will be contacted to discuss the CEO Forum details and the fit for your company. The information in the form is confidential and will be shared only if you become a member and only with your forum group.
CEO Forum members' automatic payment.
The following link allows you to charge your CEO Forum monthly fee to your credit card or use a PayPal account. This charge should be established as soon as you agree to join a CEO Forum. Your credit card will be charged monthly.