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The Bounce Forward Program

Grow a Business That Lets You Live a Life You Love. Grow the Team That Can Help You Get There.

Registration is closed. We'll reopen in January 2022.

Some days working on your business feels like you’re stuck on a stationary bike: you’re pedaling fast and working hard, but you just can’t seem to get anywhere. And that’s partly because you feel like you have to make up for the knowledge and productivity gap in your employees. Which means, for everything that needs to be done, you may talk about “we” but you really mean “me.” The challenges of the pandemic have just made everything harder.

With over 10 million job openings (a record high), the priority must be to retain and grow your current employees.

Evidence suggests that a boss’s competence is the greatest influence on employees’ job satisfaction, performance & retention.

Investing in your people pays big dividends. It’s harder to get a job at convenience store QuikTrip than it is to get into Harvard.


It sounds crazy, but bigger and bolder are often easier. Imagine a business that nearly runs itself, where you could take a day off or even a week-long vacation without having to check in.

Imagine a team that anticipates opportunities and challenges and designs new products, services, or processes to meet them.

Imagine being recognized as much for your employment practices as the business itself, so that when you have an opening to fill, you have a line around the block of people wanting to work for you.

And when everyone goes home for the day, they can relax and really be present for the family and friends they care about.

What if everyone felt like they were doing the best work of their lives and creating the building blocks for an even better future?

We know this is possible because collectively we’ve supported countless teams and small businesses to transform how they work together. Our team brings together a brilliant scientist, a savvy business consultant, and a sought after leadership expert who is also a comedian. Together we’ve designed a one-of-a-kind, cutting-edge curriculum that’s been honed over decades consulting with Fortune 50 organizations like Microsoft and Costco. It’s fun, it’s effective, and you can get it for a fraction of the cost those big organizations pay.

 In our experience there are 3 things owners need to develop:

  • Identity and mindset: From always being in charge to harnessing the talent in your charge.
  • A coaching approach: Coaching unleashes people’s own insights, motivation, experience, and strengths and develops their confidence and capacity to solve their own problems. 
  • A culture of commitment: Create the conditions where collaboration, creativity, and a sense of purpose thrive.

“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing.
Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.”

--Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flikr


The Bounce Forward program works with women and minority-owned small businesses with 3 to 49 employees to expand their leadership and coaching skills, engage employees as strategic partners, accelerate sustainable recovery, and create a better quality of life for owners, employees, and their communities.

Bounce Forward works with a cohort of 10 -15 businesses over an 8-week period and includes a blend of online learning, live coaching, and exercises/reflections you can do on your own time. The cost of the program is $300 per business and includes: 

  • Short but powerful training modules, case studies, and exercises that help you grow your team and your business. 
  • Eight weekly 90-minute workshops that help you integrate and apply what you learned to your day-to-day business. 
  • Self-assessments that help you see where the opportunities and holes are in your business, team, and skills. 
  • A community of small business owners who will support you and provide opportunities to practice new skills and problem solve with. 
  • As part of the initial cohort, we’ll design modules and invite guest subject matter experts to meet your specific needs and challenges. This is an opportunity to shape the curriculum and establish yourself as a thought leader in the community. 
  • Access to our team of coaches and consultants over the course of the program, plus two bonus coaching sessions three and six months after the program is over to help you continue to apply what you’ve learned. 
  • The first six business owners to register will also receive a bonus 1:1 coaching session valued at $500!


Jim Rohn famously said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Likewise, we believe a business is only as agile and creative as all the employees in it—and this distinction is what enables businesses to push past previous barriers and become the economic engine of their community.

We begin on October 11th and only have 15 spots for this initial cohort.

Registration is closed. We'll reopen in January 2022.

Have questions about whether Bounce Forward is right for you?
 Contact us here and we'll get back to you right away.

Jennifer Gresham

Pam Dibbs

Elgin Carelock