Making a Referral

If you know of a Northeast Ohio company with sales revenues between $5M - $15M that may benefit from participating in the Scalerator NEO Program, please share information below, and they will be contacted.  There is also draft language you can use to email a prospective company below the referral form.  In addition, there are additional programs serving NEO companies with revenues of $150K - $4M - like the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Tri-C.

If you have questions, email Brittany Bush at Thanks for your time, consideration and support.

Primary Contact Name *
Primary Contact Name
Name of Referrer (Your Name) *
Name of Referrer (Your Name)

Draft Language for Prospective Company:

If you would like to forward a note to a prospective company, here is some draft language you may choose to use:

Motivated to grow your business?  You’re not alone.

The Scalerator NEO Program is a proven program and is geared for Northeast Ohio business leaders that want to deliver immediate, "scalable" growth to their business and are open to learning new ways to do so.  The cohort-based educational program is led by world-class faculty from Babson College (#1 Entrepreneurship School in the U.S.), Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and other leading entrepreneurship schools and is a mix of peer-to-peer exercises and faculty-led workshops, which have helped well over 200 companies enter into new, rapid growth.  The program focuses on three things: Customers, Cash and Capacity.

In 2017, the Scalerator program completed its inaugural cohort in Northeast Ohio with all companies finding great value (see testimonials); the second cohort completed the program in October 2018, the third cohort kicked off in April 2019 and the program is now looking for candidates for the 2020 program (April – October; see program details).  Thanks to the support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Richard J. Fasenmyer Fund, the program is free for 15-20 selected companies (of any industry) with roughly $5 million to $15 million in annual sales. 

This is not time away from your business; it is time to focus on growing your business with like-minded leaders. 

“If you are considering the Scalerator program, I do not think it is a matter of whether you should do it, it is something you must do.” - Mitch Zlotnik, President, Audimute

Katie Sutter is co-owner and COO of Excelsior Marking, an Akron-based company that specializes in customized product marking. She participated in cohort two in 2018 and reflected on the impact of her company’s experience, noting that “Scalerator gave us tools to refocus our efforts on quality sales over quantity. We have reviewed personnel, products and processes, and made adjustments to foster future growth and improved margins. Our significant growth will be seen in a 20 percent increase in profitability.”

To learn more about Scalerator NEO and if it is right for your company, go to for more information.  To be considered, complete a short application.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.