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Growth Catalyst™ Strategic Planning Course

You’ve passed the first hurdle—surviving business start-up—and are outgrowing your role of jack-of-all-trades.  You're wearing too many hats! 

You may realize that you are getting in the way of your business growth, that your systems are inadequate or not in place, and that you don’t know your next steps. You want to put your business on track toward increased growth, profitability, and overall improved business operations. You want more balance in your life and are ready to make a change.  You are not alone: all business owners experience growing pains. 

Growth Catalyst™ is a nine-month course aimed at helping you achieve a sustainable and resilient business model through a combination of peer group and individual coaching activities. It is designed to help you take your business to the next level of growth and expose you to the tools to navigate your next steps. 

Course Objectives:

  • Analyze the gap between where you are and where you want to be
  • Complete a three-year strategic plan for your business (goals, objectives)
  • Translate goals into practical action steps and objectives into value statements
  • Exchange lessons learned and reality checks with your peer advisory group
  • Build a strong foundation for business growth: clarify your vision and core values
  • Align stakeholders: get your team behind you for a unified effort
  • Maintain motivation through accountability to coach and peers 
  • Absorb new knowledge from guest speakers/subject matter experts


  • Primary business owner of an established business (at least two years) who:
    • Works fulltime in the business
    • Realizes a minimum gross revenue of $250,000
    • Employs at least one full-time person (other than self or family member) or intends to hire within the next next quarter

  • Business owner who is:
    • Hungry to learn and “get it right”
    • Actively searching for growth tools and techniques
    • Open to being coached and sharing through peer coaching
    • Ready to implement change
    • Willing to make the time and financial commitment noted above


The course will last nine months, during which time you will attend two half-day sessions including a kickoff workshop and an ice breaker session, participate in one 2.5-hour peer group meeting per month, and meet one-on-one with your coach twice per month. 

                   $895          Regular course fee (includes course materials) 

Important Dates:

This nine-month course is held once per year beginning in the spring. 

Application Deadline       Feb. 1, 2016
  Applicant Interviews Feb. 9-10, 2016

  Kick-off Meeting

Ice Breaker Session

Peer Advisory Meetings

March 15, 2016 |  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
April 19, 2016 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

May 17, 2016 | 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Jun. 21, 2016  
Jul. 19, 2016  
Aug. 16, 2016  
Sep. 20, 2016 
Oct. 18, 2016 
Nov. 15, 2016 
Dec. 6, 2016 



Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market St., 4th floor
Denver, CO 80202

Meet the coaches:

  • Caroline Hanna

    Caroline Hanna

    Business Consultant

    Strategic Planning, Certifications

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