Growth Series: Launching, Scaling, Selling Your Business While Staying Mindful


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Growth is one of the best problems a business can have. It is also something that you, as a business owner, Director, C-Suite individual, or team member have to deal with on a regular basis. Whether it's closing a sale, seeking outside funding from investors, hosting a successful networking event, hiring new members, or even simply not going crazy, you have to be mindful about the actions you take when growth happens.

This is why we launched the Growth Series. Many of us have questions and few of us have all of the answers. VisualFizz, a digital marketing company that predominantly works with 'growth stage' businesses has been asked these questions constantly and we felt that it's time to provide you with some answers.

We have asked Chicago's best and brightest to speak up and chat with us AND YOU about what they've learned through their years of GROWING their own thing. These individuals are industry leaders, founders of notable companies, sales geniuses, event hosts and personalities, and so much more.

For this event, we will be speaking with Ross Peterson:

Ross is a Chicago native who has started and sold two tech companies to two of the largest arts and crafts retailers in the world. The first was his startup ScrapHD which sold in early 2012 to Michaels Stores (MIK: $5B in annual sales) and the second startup was Blitsy which sold to A.C. Moore (~ $500mm in annual sales) in late 2017. As CEO of both companies, he bootstrapped the first and raised $11.8mm from well-known investors with the second. As an entrepreneur & operator, husband, and father of a 3yr old boy and a girl on the way in June, he is continuously striving to balance it all and stay mindful.

What to expect:

Our panelist will be up on stage discussing their story. From the beginning to the end, the good times and the bad. We will ask them questions, we'll let the floor ask them questions, and we'll hold an open discussion.

Why this format?

We've held panels in the past and we realized there's just TOO MUCH good information to split amongst 3-4 panel speakers. That's why we're taking a more micro approach to understand the story of either 1 or 2 speakers.


5:30-6:15 Networking & Chats
6:15-7:15 Panel Discussion
7:15-8 Networking and Chats CTD.

Future Events:

July Growth Series: Social Good, Scaled. The Story behind Flowers for Dreams with Joseph Dickstein, co-founder of Flowers for Dreams!

August Growth Series: How To Build a Massive Network & Nurture It with Tony Paolella and Greg DeKalb of Tony P's Events!

September Growth Series: Sales, Like A Boss. Understanding Sales Inside & Out with Amy Volas of Avenue Talent Partners!

October Growth Series: The Psychology of Presentation, Pitching, Negotiation, and Influence with Jonathon Pritchard Keynote Speaker, author, and trainer of negotiation!

VisualFizz, your hosts: We are a digital marketing agency that works with growth-stage organizations building their brand, mid-sizes companies looking to outsource their marketing, and with Fortune 500 companies that feel it's time to try something fresh, new, and more efficient.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

*Note: There is security in this building. Please say VisualFizz Growth Series for entrance.