Are you a CEO in the making?
While some business owners feel the title Chief Executive Officer is an automatic designation they use while polishing the skill sets needed to oversee their company, others feel it is a title they aspire to after having learned to effectively manage all units of their organization.

Regardless of the approach, most agree that building a successful business requires periodic comprehensive organizational assessments, specialized professional training, experienced staff, a stellar management team and great instincts.

If your company is interested in learning more about how to escalate itself to the next level through the re-engineering of its component parts, read on.

A Small Business Catalyst Program with Lasting Rewards
The MD Small Business Development Center is about to embark on a new CEO Accelerator program, which will individually mold eight to 10 specially qualified small business owners into high-performing CEOs right before your eyes. Follow this blog and the MD SBDC website to hear more about the experiences and challenges these regional small businesses will encounter throughout this two-year journey of strategic growth.

Each CEO candidate will be mentored by a team of business specialists, coached by SBDC counselors and trained by business subject matter experts.  Their goal:  to achieve scalable, sustainable growth, both financial and operational, through the implementation of integrated and coordinated initiatives.   With program objectives focused on fostering strategic planning and stimulating economic growth, this program was formulated in partnership with Citi Foundation to accelerate the successful advancement of woman, minority and service-disabled veteran owned small businesses.  A multi-disciplinary series of executive training topics customized to the issues and challenges faced by participating companies, will fast-track promising small businesses toward success.


Guided by a specially selected advisory team, this program will drill down, revamp and provide standard operating procedures for many organizational functions, such as marketing, accounting, finance, sales, human resources, organizational development, advertising and business development.  So get ready to learn from the experiences of this select group of business owners as they are trained how to:
•    Optimize business operations to improve operational capacity
•    Launch scalable business development programs
•    Identify key drivers and success metrics to assess and advance operations
•    Increase  revenues, employees and access to capital
•    Re-model business processes and plans
•    Create and utilize timely implementation plans
•    Analyze target market and prospect buyer behaviors

Join Your Executive Peers in the Accelerator Training Program
Oh, and by the way, for a reasonable fee, interested small business owners are welcome to sit in on most of the training sessions.  Keep watching our website banner for announcements, or send your contact information (name, email address and phone number to and we will include you on our training program mailing list.


  1. Posted November 13, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Can I still sign up for this challenge?

    • Posted November 13, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Sorry, the application period is over.

      You can however, participate in some of the training workshops. If you forward your email, phone, name and company name, we will include you on the alert list.

      Thanks for your interest.

  2. Posted November 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Please put me on the alert list for the training workshops. thank you.

  3. Posted February 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Please include me on the alert list. Thank You.

  4. Posted February 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Can you please add me to your list? I am interested in at least attending one or two of the workshops. Thank you.

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