Our Fast Growth Tour kicks off in Chicago on May 21. It's Inc.'s new roadshow, focused on the strategies, connections, and solutions that can help grow your business--fast. Here are 14 don't-miss things to put on your list for the day:

  1. Over coffee and breakfast, meet like-minded entrepreneurial peers pursuing ambitious goals. Hand-made granola bars, anyone?
  2. Find out how you can build a billion-dollar brand from Kendra Scott, founder of her eponymous jewelry and lifestyle company.
  3. Be inspired by Adam Lowry, co-founder of Method Products, the wildly successful sustainable household cleaning products company, and of his new fast-growing dairy-free startup, Ripple Foods.
  4. Explore the historic Morgan Manufacturing building, a renovated pre-Chicago Fire site on Chicago's northwest side, and enjoy its amazing skyline views.
  5. Get the scoop on the mentor relationships that the Inc. Founders Project is nurturing with Inc. editor-in-chief Jim Ledbetter.
  6. Get unfiltered advice for your business on loans, debt, and all things finance from Multifunding founder and CEO Ami Kassar.
  7. Learn what it takes to build an innovative, diverse corporate culture from Chobani's Grace Zuncic, senior vice president of people at the popular Greek yogurt maker.
  8. Hear about how industry disruption really happens and managing the pitfalls of explosive growth from Peter Rahal of RxBar and Katlin Smith of Simple Mills.
  9. Pick up insider tips on hiring people who will work as hard as you do from recruiter Tom Gimbel, CEO of Chicago's LaSalle Network, an 11-time Inc. 5000 honoree.
  10. Get insights on building strategic relationships and giving back from Steven Lease, co-founder and CEO of sunglasses startup Goodr.
  11. Look into the future of business technology with Sweetgreen co-founder Nicolas Jammet, whose 93-location salad chain pulled off a recent pivot to tech.
  12. Get money advice from Inc. editor-at-large Maria Aspan, who will be signing copies of her new book, Startup Money Made Easy.
  13. Consult one-on-one with a range of experts in a range of subjects--from e-commerce and supply chains to scaling growth--in the Inc. Consulting Corner.
  14. Share candid conversations over cocktails in a rooftop reception at sunset with fellow attendees, Inc. editors, and featured speakers, including Aaron Sanandres of UntuckIt and Morris Miller of Rackspace.

And much more!

Published on: May 15, 2019