Business Resource & Innovation Center, Free LibraryPhiladelphia, PA, United States

Best Practice Forum: Ouch! Navigating the Pains of a Growing Business

By Sustainable Business Network of Greater Phila (other events)

Thursday, September 14 2017 9:00 AM 11:00 AM

Best Practice Forums are a series of workshops from SBN that use member case studies to create meaningful opportunities to learn, connect, and build a better business. The next program in the series will discuss the challenges of scaling your business. 

Growth in business is a good thing, right? Though all businesses change, evolve, and grow, growth and change can be uncomfortable for any business owner: from creating new systems, to building and managing a diverse team, to transitioning to new and unfamiliar roles in your business. In this program, Kate Strathmann of Elysian Fields will moderate a discussion with several SBN members about the good, the bad, and the ugly in the evolution of their businesses and how the growth they have experienced has shaped who they are as business owners today.

Participants will tell stories about how they identified and made changes to their business practices and how they handled those changes, including the uncomfortable parts. Tricky challenges like succession planning, managing big and incremental change simultaneously, and what to do with newly discovered free time (!) will be addressed.

Join us to hear about the journeys your fellow members have taken after asking themselves, "Where is my business now, and where do I want it to be?" You will come away from the program better equipped to handle the often unexpected hurdles that come along with growth and success.


Kate Strathmann, Director + CEO, Elysian Fields

Elysian Fields partners with passionate business owners, consulting to support healthy and thriving systems, structures, and strategy for businesses interested in more than just making a buck. As the leader of Elysian Fields, Kate turns unruly ideas into inspiring successes and believes that a business is like a massive art project: you lead with a vision, and then you gotta get granular and execute. Kate is an expert in translating big, creative, passionate ideas into sustainable reality. By turns a farmer, artist, nomadic web developer, Delhi-based yoga teacher, and marketeer at the Walker Art Center, she now lends her breadth of experience to shepherding ideas from napkin sketches to robust balance sheets and emboldening owners to exceed their own expectations. Kate uses her knack for seeing both the forest and the trees to lead owners in focused, day-to-day actions that create ambitious, momentous growth. She lends her skills to organizational development, community-minded strategy, and, of course, making a kick-ass business plan with staying power.


Whether you’re looking to develop targeted prospect lists, find demographic information for your neighborhood, or monitor industry-specific trends, there are free library resources available to help you grow! Librarians at the Business Resource & Innovation Center (BRIC) at the Free Library of Philadelphia specialize in curating information, providing research services, and coordinating programming for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.  We also offer robust grant-seeking and funding information resources for nonprofit organizations.  

While you’re here, check out the Pitch Corner!  The newest addition to the BRIC, the Pitch Corner is a space where you can practice and record your pitch in front of a video camera and receive a copy of the video to help you refine your message.  

Coffee and a light breakfast will be served.

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2401 Walnut St. Suite 206 Philadelphia, PA 19103