In business for yourself…not by yourself!

Trust your instincts…listen to your coach…follow our data…then plan your approach.

Community businesses often face unique challenges stemming from the overlap
of personal, family and business issues. As a community business owner, ChicagoMetro TD will help you address these and other issues within the context
of personal coaching, customized training and development plans and post program support. Following nine months of training and in-business coaching, our community partners are positioned to support your continued growth and development. This unique alignment of resources ensures your short term investment in ChicagoMetro TD produces long term gains.

Training that works for you…

Connecting your community business to
the training that you want and the development that you need.

People are the only resources within a business that have the potential to increase in value every day. Training and professional development are the keys to unlock the full potential of these resources. ChicagoMetro TD works with you and your team to create a custom training and business development road-map that maximizes efficiency and drives success.

By selecting ChicagoMetro TD for business training and development, business owners are assured their commitments to training and development will produce comprehensive, measurable and sustainable results that drive business efficiency, improve employee retention, reduce risk and enhance customer satisfaction.

Your plan for business success…

Changes in business management practices and
innovation are increasing at rates that make it
difficult for many businesses to keep pace.

Your ChicagoMetro TD Training and Development Plan (TDP) identifies the associate training and business development gaps that limit your company’s efficiency and success, while outlining specific training methodologies and unique development strategies designed to close these gaps.

Our training resources include more than 300 leadership skills, business management and workforce development courses that can be delivered in multiple languages and customized to meet your unique business needs.

ChicagoMetro TD adopts industry approved standards of business assessment to ensure that our training and development efforts can be easily measured against the appropriate benchmarks.

A thoroughly researched, well designed and effectively managed Training and Development Plan has a positive impact on a company’s customers, employees, investors and bottom line. Therefore, the ChicagoMetro TD Training and Development Plan is a critical page in your road-map to business success.

The goals of ChicagoMetro TD

The design and delivery of simple and sustainable assessment-based training and development plans that improve overall business performance within our communities.

Strengthening our local workforce by developing business leadership and employee competence in transferable
job skills.

Connecting community-based businesses through technology to the expanding network of local, regional, national and international business markets.

Growing businesses that are committed to buying locally, hiring locally and producing locally as they support the economic development of their own communities.


Training & development
topics include:

Business Management:
Business Leadership

Operations Management

Sales & Marketing

Personnel Management

Digital Technology

Risk Management:
Workplace Environment

Environmental Health & Safety

OSHA Certification

Fire Protection

Electrical Safety

2013 Course Catalog

Frequently Asked Questions

Business leadership & finance coaching

Your Training and Development Plan starts with the assignment of a  personal business coach. You will learn how to  focus your goals and deliver your dreams with the aid of accomplished business professionals.

Sales, marketing & operations management instruction

Your core areas of instruction are organized in a holistic manner to equip you with proven techniques for managing everything from time, to customer relationships, operations risk, to the overall performance of your business.

In-business, classroom & 24/7 online training

Your customized Training and Development Plan includes in-business, classroom and online instruction that lets you access training and support at your convenience, 24/7,  around your busy schedule.

Leadership & Management

Brian E. Powers,

Executive Director, Chatham Technical Institute

Brian built a successful 25 year career developing small businesses for corporate supply chains like Bank of America and served on the Board of Directors of many small business development organizations including the Chicago MSDC, Women’s Business Development Center and the University of Illinois Center for Urban Business. Brian is currently the Executive Director of Chatham Technical Institute, sponsor of ChicagoMetro TD

Charles Jones,

Program Director, ChicagoMetro TD

Charles spent more than ten years of his business management career building and resurrecting respected academic institutions like Kendall College and Tribeca Flashpoint. Nurtured by more than 20 years of corporate sales and marketing experience, his passions have become entrepreneurial as evidenced in his latest venture, The Sanctuary, a luxury retailer of audio equipment and services for discerning tastes.

Rhea L. Steele,

Founder and President, Blue Ocean Logic

Rhea has more than 30 years experience in sales and marketing, specializing in technology solutions. After many years with IBM, Rhea invested 15 years building her successful technology consulting firm, Edge Technological Resources (ETR). Her latest venture, Blue Ocean Logic, combines her marketing training with technology experience to create sales and marketing solutions for small and large businesses nationwide.

Training Partners

A nonprofit research and development corporation with interests in the design and management of economically viable, socially responsible and environmentally sound community-based programs that connect underserved communities to mainstream economies.

Designs technology-based solutions that support the sales, marketing and management efforts of small to large public, private and government sector organizations nationwide.

We are bilingual...we speak design & code in plain English.
A creative studio combining web, video and print design, branding and advanced technology to support your business needs.

PhoeniX Strategic Communications

We design and conduct insightful and actionable qualitative research, (focus groups, in-depth interviews, ethnographies, online, mobile, etc.), backed by 35 years of experience with diverse groups and industries.

Delivering full service public relations and communications solutions (traditional, social media, web content and more) to small and large businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and academic institutions nationwide.

Community Partners


Applicants must have celebrated a minimum of one year in business, have a business located in City of Chicago and commit to building a plan to grow their business 10 percent or more by the close of the program.

Applications and requests for training scholarships are evaluated by CTI and may be reviewed by the City of Chicago before approval.

To ensure your privacy, all information submitted to ChicagoMetro TD will be considered confidential and limited to program use.

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