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The Bradford Area Alliance is launching a new 9-month entrepreneurial program to help you realize more success and achieve life balance by overcoming your specific business challenges. These challenges may include increasing profits, succession planning, developing your workforce, access to capital, growing sales and/or marketing to name a few. Our Entrepreneurial Leadership Mission (ELM) Accelerator program provides you with the support you need to achieve your goals in a confidential, resourceful and inspiring environment.
We have aptly named our Entrepreneur Leadreship Mission (ELM) Accelerator after the ELM tree, drawing inspiration from its characteristics - its easy to grow, resilient, and is a tolerant tree that will live for 300+ years!
framework for success,
designed for impact
Our business accelerator program provides both a holistic and customized approach for helping existing business owners overcome their unique challenges and realize success.
Time Invested, Dreams Achieved
January 4, 2024
The ELM Accelerator Class of 2024 will come together for introductions over lunch. A brief overview of the program will be presented by the Program Director Althea Luehrsen. The luncheon will be held from 12:00-1:00pm on Thursday, January 4, 2024 (location to be announced).
January 12-13, 2024
This unique opportunity encompasses a two-day retreat hosted at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center (www.BeaverHollow.com) in Java Center, NY. During this event,participants will undertake both a Hogan Personality Assessment and a DISC Assessment. The event commences on Friday at 8:00 am and concludes by 12:00 pm on Saturday.
Business Mentors & Executive Coaching
Scheduled by Owners
Throughout the program, you'll be connected with seasoned mentors and industry experts who offer invaluable, hands-on guidance and advice, having walked the same path as you. Your dedicated mentor will provide personalized, one-on-one support for the entire program duration. Additionally, you'll benefit from two individual coaching sessions with a certified Executive Leadership Coach included in the program.
Forum & Clinic Sessions
January 25 - August 29
Sixteen sessions will be held two times per month (on average). Sessions will be held on Thursday evenings from January thru August at the Marilyn Horne Building 1st Floor Conference Center at 2 Marilyn Horne Way in Bradford, PA from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner will be provided.
Our sessions promise dynamic engagement, featuring 'Forum Sessions' where you actively discuss key topics with subject matter experts tailored to your needs. Additionally, you will work on a strategic plan that articulates your desired focus while participating in the accelerator program. 'Clinic Presentations' will be conducted by all business owners showcasing their individualized plan, goals, and achievements with supportive peer input.
MAR: 03/14/24, 03/28/24
APR: 04/18/24, 04/25/24
MAY: 05/09/24, 05/23/24
JUL: 07/11/24, 07/18/24
AUG: 08/01/24, 08/15/24
The program requires an investment of $200 per month, totaling $1800, which covers the cost of the welcome reception, business owner retreat, mentorship and exectuive coaching, focus sessions with subject matter experts, and facilitated clinic sessions.
Grant funding opportunities may be available.
empowering your journey with proven expertise
Althea Luehrsen, Our Program Director
Althea is a seasoned entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in coaching, mentoring, and leadership. She is the founder and owner of August Moon Consulting LLC, a company specializing in Executive Leadership Coaching. In her previous role as CEO of Leadership Buffalo, Althea collaborated with over 2,300 leaders over the past 12 years while also achieving nearly a 100% increase in revenues during her tenure. Prior to this, Althea served as the Executive Director of UB's Center for Entrepreneur Leadership (CEL) for 8 years, where she assisted more than 700 small business owners in fostering growth and achieving success.
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Please complete the provided form.
Your application will be reviewed to ensure participants are not in direct competition with one another.
Please apply early. This program is limited to 15 non-competing participants.
An email will be sent to all applicants aknowledging application submittal. Interview will be scheduled promptly.
All applicants will receive an additional email notification upon acceptance into the program.