Meet Adrienne Burgos, Founder of CEA Staffing

As we gear up for the Coaching 4 Growth (C4G) Launchpad on July 19th, we sat down with some of the companies to get their take on entrepreneurship, taking risks, and how their business has been impacted by participating in C4G.

C4G is IHCC's signature program designed to give small business owners the tools to increase revenue and promote profitability. Over the course of 12 weeks, entrepreneurs across various industries participate in both group and one-on-one coaching to create a customized roadmap for achieving business  growth.

 Adrienne Burgos, founder of CEA Staffing

Adrienne Burgos, founder of CEA Staffing

Today we meet Adrienne Burgos, founder of CEA Staffing.

At 24 years old, Adrienne saw her experience as both a brand ambassador and trade show hostess in college as an opportunity to launch her own event staffing agency, CEA Staffing. After creating her own website, she began cold calling and emailing various businesses about her company's services to form the relationships necessary for a partnership. At the same time, she also utilized growth in social media as a way to develop a database of staff across the country.

Adrienne describes entrepreneurship as challenging, rewarding, and about self-discovery. Following these words, Adrienne states that her experience with C4G thus far has been eye opening and appreciates how our speakers have not only motivated her but provided the help she needed to find strengths she didn’t know she had. Joining the program has opened new doors and even inspired her to take her business in a new direction by rebranding.

“It (C4G) is a great opportunity to grow your knowledge in all aspects of business, which is going to help you see your company in a new light. It was a self-development process,” she continues, “Everyone should be able to step back every now and then to help yourself grow and learn more about your business.”  

Meet Adrienne and the rest of the C4G Cohort on July 19th at the C4G Launchpad event as the top companies pitch their latest business plans. More information about Launchpad can be found here

 

Meet This Year's Coaching 4 Growth Participants- Fernando DeLeon

As we gear up for the Coaching 4 Growth (C4G) Launchpad on July 19th, we sat down with some of the companies to get their take on entrepreneurship, taking risks, and how their business has been impacted by participating in C4G.

C4G is IHCC's signature program designed to give small business owners the tools to increase revenue and promote profitability. Over the course of 12 weeks, entrepreneurs across various industries participate in both group and one-on-one coaching to create a customized roadmap for achieving business  growth.

This week, meet Fernando DeLeon, co-founder of Innovare Social Innovation Partners.

Fernando previously spent 3 years working in the tech sector for a well known company, but ultimately felt discouraged by the lack of commitment to diversity and inclusion. As a way to leverage his tech experience and previous consulting work, he wanted to find another way to make more of an impact. At the time, his brother was exploring a new business in education consulting and Fernando decided to pitch a way to merge both tech and education. Thus, the idea for Innovare Social Innovation Partners was born.  Innovare empowers educators to effectively use student data to inform their teaching strategies and learning initiatives.

 Fernando DeLeon, co-founder of Innovare Social Innovation Partners

Fernando DeLeon, co-founder of Innovare Social Innovation Partners

According to Fernando, he’s been able to take insights from specific modules and relay them back to his team. “More and more, I’m realizing we can't go about building a business on our own. Many of us are first time entrepreneurs and (need support) from organizations like IHCC and mentors.” But what makes C4G different? “It’s prominently Latino,” Fernando says. “Having more things in common with other entrepreneurs in the program...it’s very powerful.” Now he has been able to able to expand his network within the Latino community and the Chicago tech industry.

Currently, Innovare is already impacting the educational journeys of more than 800,000 students. Fernando expects that Innovare will increase that number 3-5 times by the end of this year. “By working with schools in low income areas, we hope to give these kids the opportunity (for higher education) and (increase) social mobility for our communities of color.”

Meet Fernando and the rest of the C4G Cohort on July 19th at the C4G Launchpad event as the top companies pitch their latest business plans. More information about Launchpad can be found here.

Meet Paco Lebron, Founder & President of Prodigy Teks

As we gear up for the Coaching 4 Growth (C4G) Launchpad on July 19th, we sat down with some of the companies to get their take on entrepreneurship, taking risks, and how their business has been impacted by participating in C4G.

C4G is IHCC's signature program designed to give small business owners the tools to increase revenue and promote profitability. Over the course of 12 weeks, entrepreneurs across various industries participate in both group and one-on-one coaching to  create a customized road map for achieving business  growth.

 Paco Lebron, CEO of Prodigyteks, Inc.

Paco Lebron, CEO of Prodigyteks, Inc.

Among the latest cohort is Paco Lebron, founder of  ProdigyTeks. ProdigyTeks provides quality, convenient IT Support to underserved small businesses in the Chicagoland area. According to Paco, what sets his company apart is their approach to empower their clients rather than “set it and forget it,” allowing customers to take control of their technology. Growing up in Humboldt Park, Paco never thought he would be an entrepreneur but embraced the journey after his previous corporate IT job was outsourced and allowed him to focus on his side business full-time. 

“Attending the program allowed me to focus on a lot of things, especially in areas where I felt I was floundering. It gave me a better outlook on what I need to do in order to get my business on a more focused path,” Paco said. “Specifically, it’s being more forward minded. I’m planning team meetings at the beginning of the week, getting the schedule down to be able to focus on specific items that need to be addressed.”

Meet Paco and the rest of the C4G Cohort on July 19th at the C4G Launchpad event as the top companies pitch their latest business plans. More information about Launchpad can be found here.