Advanced research and CEO resources for established businesses
CEO Next Business Institute is a regional county partnership program that provides practical tools and techniques for CEOs and is designed specifically for growing regional second stage businesses. The program offers three lines of service:
- System for Integrated Growth: 40–60 hours per participating CEO of intensive, advanced research
- CEO round table sessions: eight half-day sessions for the CEOs of selected core companies
- CEO forum events: eight sessions for participating CEOs and other second-stage companies
Roundtables and speaker forums are held on the third Thursday of the month, and typically start in October.
Who can participate
Participants can include private businesses in Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Scott counties, with:
- 10–99 employees
- Revenue between $1M and $50M
- Readiness to transition from small to large — past start-up stage but not yet mature
- Appetite and aptitude for growth
If your business doesn’t meet the above criteria, you may be qualified for CEO Now, a cohort and class-based companion program for emerging growth-oriented business founders and owners.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2023–2024 year. Priority consideration will be given to applications for qualifying businesses received before September 22nd.
Start your application by completing this short form. Program staff will follow up with next steps.
Scholarships from the regional county partnership cover the full cost of your participation in the program, including research, events, and roundtables. There is no cost to CEOs to participate, other than your time.
Since 2012, the program has worked with more than 280 businesses, and created or retained over 2,000 jobs in Hennepin County.
Attend an in-person informational session to learn how you can join the next cohort of business leaders in the Twin Cities and grow a more profitable, efficient, and competitive business.
This event will be in person at Ridgedale Library, September 14 at 8:30 a.m.
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