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 Scaling Up!! E-commerce Panel Discussion
 Scaling Up!! E-commerce Panel Discussion
Join us for an insightful and engaging panel discussion featuring e-commerce experts and small business owners who will share valuable tips, strategies, and best practices for growing your online business.
May 07, 2024, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
The Hatchery,
135 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

WSU Retail Workforce Development Program

37 Oaks is excited to partner with West Side United to provide the education, experience, support, and resources that early-growth businesses need to build, organize, develop, and manage their teams.

Does your early-growth business need help building, developing, organizing, and managing a team?

37 Oaks has been known for not only educating but also preparing small business owners for growth. Who can reach new markets, diversify, and scale operations without a team? We know how important this is, but we also know it is not easy for early-growth entrepreneurs.

  • How much talent can I afford to hire?

  • Is there a difference in the role I should hire vs. what I want to hire?

  • How do I calculate the ROI on my talent?

  • What are the opportunity costs of NOT hiring talent?

  • What are the best practices for training, managing, and developing talent?

  • How do I get the most out of my talent?

We are excited to partner once again with West Side United to deliver a program that helps early-growth entrepreneurs receive the workforce management,  education, experience, support, and resources needed to help them scale to new heights. 

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Small Business + Intern​ Profile


Small Business Owner

  • Need education, resources, experience, and support in building, organizing, developing, and managing your team.

  • Business based on Chicago's west side.

  • 2+ years of business operations.

  • Product or service-based business.

  • Benefit from resources + support  from partner organizations, post-program.

  • Committed to completing the program in its entirety. 

  • Receive a small business stipend upon successful completion of program.


  • Seek experience and knowledge in business strategy, marketing + operations. 

  • Seek employment preparation training.

  • Desire paid, part-time employment.  

  • Seek networking, resources, support + mentorship. 

  • Want to build experience and relationships for longer-term employment.

  • Committed to completing the program in its entirety.



​Small Business Owner + Intern

  • Attend orientation and intern networking/matchmaking event.

  • Complete 37 Oaks University courses, exercises + assignments on growth, strategy, marketing + operations.

  • Attend 1:1 coaching on growth + operations.

Small Business Owner Only

  • Attend 1:1 coaching on leadership, accountability + workforce development.

  • Complete workforce development, leadership assignments.

Interns Only

  • Attend workforce preparation classes + events. 

  • Support business owners with operations, marketing and growth activities. 




  • March 29: Applications Close

  • Early May: Orientation + Networking/Matchmaking Event

  • May 1 - July 31: Program Curriculum (Virtual + In Person)

  • August: Offboarding + Graduation 

Space is limited. Small businesses register ASAP. 

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