Small Business Growth Program: Prospective Client Application
The Polsky Small Business Growth Program supports small business owners to help them grow
and scale their businesses through consulting work completed by top University of Chicago student talent under the direction and support of Booth faculty, Polsky staff and external coaches. The deadline for the 2020 Fall cohort is
September 11 at 10am
Title: (e.g. CEO, Founder)
LinkedIn (if applicable):
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
District Of Columbia
Northern Mariana Islands
Are you a profitable business?
How long has your company been in business?
Less than 1 year
5 years or longer
Please give your best estimate of your company's revenue last year.
Less than $150,000
$150,000 to $250,000
$250,000 to $500,000
$500,000 to $750,000
$750,000 to $1 million
Greater than $1 million
Which of these best describes the scope of your business?
Primarily serve customers in 1 or 2 neighborhoods
Serve customers throughout Chicago
Serve customers throughout Chicago and the suburbs
Serve customers throughout the Midwest
Serve customers nationwide
Please select your industry type
Finance and Insurance
Health & Wellness
If "other", please specify:
Please briefly describe your organization, and, importantly, provide
about your typical customers, your products and services, and other details that would help us understand your business.
Please indicate if your business is 50% or more owned by any of the following: (Please select all that apply)
Minorities/A Minority Individual
None of the above
If your company has any minority or disadvantaged business certifications, please list them below.
If your company has a website, please indicate the URL below.
Which of the following project types best describes your needs? (Please select no more than 2)
New customer segment – help to identify, define, and pursue a new direct-to-customer segment or sales, marketing or partnership channel, most likely with an emphasis on website/digital marketing and sales.
New location –help identify, define/size, and pursue a second or third geographic location, most likely with an emphasis on the marketing and sales processes required to make the new location profitable.
New, related market – help identify, define/size, and pursue a a new product or service closely related to the company's existing business.
New, emerging customer –help define/size and pursue new customers in a market has been identified by the company as just taking off due to favorable trends and competitive conditions.
Grow an existing customer base – help identify a target market within current sphere of customers that has strong potential for increased sales and then define/size the opportunity and generate strategies for pursuing, most likely with an emphasis on positioning, awareness-building/branding, pricing, channels and related strategies.
If you selected Other, please provide additional detail:
Please define your growth goals for this current year and for the next two years. What would ideal growth look like for your business? (Please write between 50 and 200 words.)
Please describe the business issues that are driving your interest in an Innovation and Growth project with our program. (Please write between 50 and 200 words.)
Please describe the business decision(s) you hope to make for which the results of this project would be an input. What is the one critical question that you desire to answer? (Please write between 50 and 200 words.)
Do you have near-term capital needs for your business? If yes, can you please explain?
Do you currently or are you exploring working with large anchor institutions (Hospitals, Universities, etc). If yes, can you please explain?
How did you find out about this program?
Please use this space to raise any questions or comments or clarify any of the above responses (Optional):
Thank you for your responses! Please click the "Submit" button below to record your responses. The Polsky Center will reach out to the most qualified applicants within the 1-2 weeks.
Please direct any questions to Isra Omar at