Surge and Grow: Strategies and Tactics for a company’s Exponential Growth

Surge and Grow

October 3-6, 2017 (These are the in-person dates. See below for online session dates.)

Program Cost:
Until July 31: $8,000
After July 31: $8,500

Whether your business is facing challenges related to talent management, outdated processes, or a changing marketplace, Surge and Grow will provide you with the tools needed to develop an action plan that will be relevant to address your company's obstacles for growth. This program will help you:

  • Move from Founder to CEO in how you lead and manage the business
  • Improve processes specific to your business, including customer acquisition and retention
  • Identify methods to enhance and scale your operations


Email Dayle Lipsky or call 781-239-3915.

What You Will Learn

This intensive blended learning program includes online and in-person sessions across a well-rounded range of topics involving group exercises and discussions, peer mentoring and development of an action plan to address how your company will accelerate and scale. 

This program starts with four online sessions (September 18, 22, 25 and 28. All of the online sessions will take place 6-7 p.m. EST) prior to the in-person program. These online sessions are designed to help identify your business challenges, introduce you to the faculty, and provide you with an opportunity to collaborate with your peers.

The in-person portion of the program at the Babson campus will cover:

  • Leadership
  • Hiring and retaining talent
  • Scaling operational growth
  • Data analysis and business valuation
  • Financing for growth
  • Marketing and communications strategy

Rejoin your peers and faculty online two to three weeks after the in-person session to present your individual action plan.

Who Should Enroll

Surge and Grow is for owner-led businesses in any industry who want help accelerating growth for their company. This program is for Founders, CEOs, Presidents and Owners as well as management teams in operations and finance. 

Ideally, your company has a minimum of $2 million in revenue, at least 10 employees and has been in business for at least 5 years.

Your Faculty Directors

This program is led by Victoria Sassine and Michael Fetters.

Sassine has worked in strategic financial and marketing management positions across a variety of industries, including biotechnology, consumer products, and petrochemical. She has taught entrepreneurship, marketing, and finance to hundreds of small business owners around the world. Additionally, Sassine serves as a mutual fund trustee for numerous investment management firms.

Fetters is the Walter Carpenter Distinguished Professor and professor of accounting at Babson College. He also was the College’s first provost and has helped design and launch numerous programs, including the Babson’s integrated MBA and undergraduate programs. Additionally, Fetters consults with small businesses in a variety of industries and areas, including entrepreneurship ecosystem development.

Accommodation/Registration Details

Cost includes program materials, accommodations, and meals at the award-winning Babson Executive Conference Center. Check-in is at 4 p.m. on Monday, October 3 date and check-out is at 12:30 p.m on Friday, October 6. 

There will be an informal gathering at the conference center at 7 p.m. on October 3 and the program ends after lunch on Friday at 1 p.m.

This program includes four mandatory online sessions taking place September 18, 22, 25 and 28, all from 6-7 p.m. EST prior to the in-person portion. A follow-up online session to present your action plan will be scheduled for two to three weeks after the in-person program.

All participants receive a certificate of completion.

Each session has a limited number of participants to preserve the intimacy and collegiality of the experiencee. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, including available discounts, read our FAQ »


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