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CEO Now is a no-cost, group-learning opportunity designed to support emerging small business owners as they grow. This hands-on program supports business owners with strategic and technical foundations to run their businesses more efficiently and strategically. The program is a regional collaboration between Ramsey and Hennepin County, with business training delivered by Interise

Program eligibility 

This program serves CEO's of small, established businesses who meet the criteria of the following:

  • At least one employee other than the owner.
  • Two years of business operating history.
  • Revenue between $250,000 and $2 million.
  • Demonstrated desire to grow their business, be receptive to coaching and mentorship, and be willing to collaborate with their peers.  
  • Can commit up to 10 hours per month for seven months. 

Curriculum overview 

  • 7-month program, two cohorts starting in May 2024.
  • Up to 100 hours of training, learning, and working on your business. 
  • 40 hours of in-class training.
  • 12 hours working with 15-20 peer business owners.


  • Business and strategic assessment.
  • Balancing finances and cash flow.
  • Building a profitable sales process.
  • Finding key personnel and finances.

How to apply 

CEO Now cohorts will begin in May 2024. Applications are open between March 14 and April 25. The priority application deadline is April 4. 

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