The process begins by meeting with an entrepreneur coach. They provide practical advice and guidance in understanding the implementation activities involved in creating a viable business venture.
ConVerge provides a series of startup workshops that follow the normal lifecycle of a business. Other resources include downtown Naperville co-working space, industry-specific mentors, involvement in business roundtable discussions, access to North Central College students for internships, direction to various sources of capital and connections of all types.
ConVerge offers workshops that are practical, hands-on and taught in small groups so that classroom time can be focused on your individual business needs.
An entrepreneur coach guides you in planning and executing on key activities, in the right order, so that you stay focused and achieve milestones that are important to your success.
The ConVerge process involves training, access to downtown Naperville co-working space, opportunities to network at events, access to North Central College students and important business connections of all types.
An entrepreneur coach serves as a general manager to identify specific objectives and help the business owner achieve key milestones over time. One-on-one guidance occurs in a confidential learning environment.
Through CardinalLaunch, ConVerge provides access to North Central College faculty and the brightest students for projects or internships when a second set of hands is required to run the business.
Reasonably priced downtown Naperville co-working space is part of the offerings for business owners who would benefit from increased visibility, need access to talented student employees, and enjoy working among other like-minded entrepreneurs.
A coach is a general manager who works with an entrepreneur to achieve milestones. They identify what is needed, help develop an implementation plan and usher you forward with the right timing. Their emphasis is on instruction, assessing, assisting, making connections and monitoring your progress. A coach is a paid staff member of ConVerge.
A mentor is typically a volunteer and subject-matter expert. Their focus is on guidance within a particular industry, making suggestions or establishing connections for the business owner where needed.
A basic ConVerge membership starts at $50/hour. Additional information about different levels of membership or CardinalLaunch services is available through contact with the program manager at 630.637.5121.
Co-working space is offered 1 block away at 22 River Square, within close proximity to Starbucks and several retail and dining establishments in the heart of downtown Naperville.