Member Stories

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"I've increased my business, increased my sales. I've expanded my business lines because of the access and information I've gained through [the library]. And the library is my number one source, my go-to before I go anywhere else."

— Yorli Huff, business owner and entrepreneur
"Early on when we started our business we found NaperLaunch. It was a place where we could go and learn from other business owners and the mentors as we worked on improving everything about our fledgling business. Eventually we became a real business – sales, expenses, payroll – and could give back to the community by sharing our story and what did or didn’t work for us. We still learn from the other participants as we continuously problem solve and it’s a good place to go so you can think about what’s going on in your business."

— Elliot Hershik, Supporting Strategies
"NaperLaunch's multi-week Lean Canvas Model class isn't just for the aspiring entrepreneur! It helped this owner of an eight year old company see her business with new eyes through in-class discussions and meaningful homework assignments which included interviews with potential customers. We worked on product/service features, customer segments, pricing, marketing/distribution channels, and customer acquisition strategies. It wasn't easy but we had a lot of help from our facilitator, Kent Palmer, and many SCORE mentors at our disposal. My sales have already grown markedly since I've instituted what I learned in class. I highly recommend this class, not only for people thinking of starting a business but also for seasoned business owners who want to review and refine their business plans. Highly recommend!!"

— Clementine Calleja, Cool Science!
"I've been attending the NaperLaunch roundtable for about 18 months now. I first went thinking I might be able to find some like-minded people and keep current within my industry. What I found was several very smart people from all kinds of industries being very willing to share what they know. I've brought several different questions from various parts of my business and have always left with more than one great answer. The breadth of experience and perspective is hard to find anywhere, let alone for free.

"I've also been able to share what I know. I think I enjoy that part even more. I have experiences that others have not had and really enjoy sharing what I've learned so they can benefit and maybe come up with a better solution than I did. There are some regulars and I've made some great connections. I have resources I trust and can reach out to for myself or my customers."

— Jim King, Wheaton Website Services
"The Naperlaunch weekly roundtable has been very helpful to me in developing my business. There are always thoughtful and informed comments made to help other business owners with issues that may be common to everyone. I always learn something and meet somebody new. The discussions are well moderated.

"I participated in the Business Model course through NaperLaunch Academy. The most helpful activities from that experience were the potential client interviews and fellow business owners sharing their own struggles and ideas with each other."

— Wanda Schlafly, Sunshine Video Productions