Small Business Leadership Development Bootcamp

Program Highlights

The Small Business Leadership Development Bootcamp aims to reduce employee turnover and improve leadership and team effectiveness for small businesses. The program provides core leadership development training for leaders, but unlike most training programs, it also provides ongoing small group and one-on-one leadership coaching throughout the duration of the program. Through ongoing coaching and review, participants learn how to immediately apply the skills they are developing in the classroom. This program is for you if you can answer yes to four or more of the following: 

  • You’re not sure how to align your team. 
  • Your team members may be moving forward, but in different directions.
  • You can’t trust your team to deliver on what is needed/expected.
  • You avoid giving feedback to your staff.
  • You do give feedback; but nothing changes, or the other person gets defensive. 
  • You don’t ask for feedback. 
  • You have high turnover on your team. 
  • You feel like you are constantly putting out fires. 
  • You and your team struggle to set achievable goals. 
  • You struggle to deliver meaningful performance evaluations to employees.
  • You’ve had little or no leadership development training or coaching.
  • You know you could be a better leader if you just had a few key tools.
  • You are stressed because you feel that you are not measuring up as a leader for your team or your organization.
  • You are not sure what specific skills and behaviors make a “good” leader.
  • You are ready to make a commitment to significantly improve your leadership effectiveness.


Tess Fyalka

Tess Fyalka, PCC, CPCC of Angle Communications & Coaching is a leadership development coach, team coach and corporate trainer. She brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership development, management, training and organization development.

Her passion is helping leaders at all levels develop the essential core competencies to lead successfully and equipping organizational teams with the tools they need cut through challenging team dynamics and achieve their full potential. 

Tess is one of only 350 professional leadership coaches worldwide to have earned the International Coaching Federation’s Advanced Certification in Team Coaching (ACTC). She has authored or ghost-written more than 2,000 articles, white papers, blogs and chapters in books on topics related to management and leadership.


This program is for individuals who lead teams and/or direct and influence specific organization wide programs. Leaders may serve in a role such as manager, director, supervisor or small business owner. A total of 20 participants will be accepted.

Program applicants from organizations with 500 or fewer employees, minority and women owned businesses will be prioritized. 

Fee & Schedule


Thanks to a grant from the Illinois Community College Board, your financial investment is only $250. A program like this would otherwise cost several thousand dollars if not subsidized by a grant.

Program Schedule

From September 2024-February 2025 you will complete the following each month, with a recognition ceremony in March. Trainings take place at LLCC

  • Three hours of in-person classroom training per month on essential leadership topics, giving you practical, actionable road maps and resources so that you can immediately apply what you learn. When applying, you will select a preference of Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons.
  • One hour each month small group (5-7 people) coaching/leadership master mind — either in person or virtual in which you learn from fellow leaders, and discuss applications from the learnings and key takeaways from each session. 
  • Thirty minutes each month one-to-one coaching with a certified professional leadership coach — virtual. Each leader’s challenges are different. The one-to-one coaching gives you the opportunity to get personalized coaching on specific challenges that you are facing in your leadership journey. 
  • Fifteen-minute nudge check-in calls with your leadership coach in between sessions. We all need a nudge now and then. 

Getting Started

How do I apply?

  • Complete the online application below by July 10. 
  • All applications will be considered in the order they are received, and preference will be given to minority and women-owned businesses and organizations. 
  • You will be notified by July 31 if you are selected to participate or waitlisted. You will have seven business days to confirm your spot if you are selected. If you do not confirm your spot within seven business days, it will be given to someone on the waitlist. 

Once you are enrolled in the program, additional information and a more detailed scheduled will be provided. 

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