4 Horsemen Productions and Sagesse Lumiere host first 2018 Small Business Development Round-table


On January 26-27, 2018, the 2018 Financial Planning and Forecasting Round-table concluded. For one and one-half days, we delivered training supporting owners address one of their most pressing management challenges; getting a solid handle on how to use financial statements to strengthen strategic planning in support of business sustainability and growth. Through individualized instruction, the facilitators from 4 Horsemen Productions, a small- and medium-sized business training firm, led the group through a series of exercises to build their diagnostic skills in the areas of financial analysis, cash flow estimation and financial projections.

On February 16, 2018, 4 Horsemen Productions will host their second workshop at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center.  On tap, a forum where participants will engage the topic of employee retention.  The discussion will focus on new hire sourcing & selection, onboarding strategies and employee compensation options tailored to enhance retention.

C. Adam Callery, Ed. D; Managing Director; Sagesse Lumiere

Announcing: Leadership Workshops for GS10KSB & SBA Emerging Leaders Graduates

Advanced Leadership Development, Financial Analysis & Planning and Hiring Tools for Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
Real issues and real results.

This Program is designed for leaders of small to medium-sized companies seeking to improve business performance or sustain business growth. We provide insights, strategies and leadership development to allow you to make better decisions and achieve better results.

At a glance:
· Learn key leadership insights that will improve decision-making
· Learn to develop a performance based business dashboard that tracks the right metrics.
· Learn how to use performance analysis to support organization and team development.
· Learn to turn documented business goals into a successfully executed business plan
· Learn to hire and retain high potential employees that fit your organization’s values and culture.
· Learn to better manage cash flow.
· Learn how to protect your business from financial fraud.

What we offer
We offer interactive, contextual and collaborative sessions to prepare small business leaders for what’s next. Our approach focuses on People, Education, and Solutions and emphasizes business performance using an adaptable well-reasoned approach that adjusts the way you think about your business. In other words, we focus on developing a leader’s mindset which will help you develop a targeted change management plan to drive future business success. The change management plan, defined by you, will spell out critical next steps forward.

Our approach was designed based on specific needs identified from countless hours, nearly 1,500 hours, in an advisory capacity with hundreds of small and medium sized businesses like yours. The series will be delivered in a cohort setting.

Format: 4- in person, interactive classroom sessions covering the following topics.

Module 1  – August 11, 2017

Leadership, Visioning and the Power of Communication

Module 2 – August 25, 2017

Financial Statement Analysis and Cash Flow Forecasting

Module 3 – September 15, 2017

Process of hiring and selecting employees for fit with your culture and values

Module 4 – September 29, 2017

Operating Budget and Fraud awareness. Cash management practices that reduce financial risks and protect financial assets


University of Chicago
Polsky Center – (Stagg Field Suite)
1463 E. 53rd Street
South Building; 2nd Floor
Chicago, Il. 60615

To register, please click “REGISTER NOW!!” below:


Sagesse Lumiere expands services to include executive training courses

FY2016 was a strong year for Sagesse Lumiere (www.SagesseLumiere.com). Sagesse Lumiere expanded services from small business coaching and consulting, to now, developing and delivering customized executive training for business owners operating businesses with annual revenues between $300K to $12,000,000. The training is specifically tailored to offer the business owner a balanced skill set that can be used immediately to improve productivity and help the owner achieve their desired vision.

Established after numerous one-on-one engagements, with start-ups, emerging and establish businesses over the past ten years, Sagesse Lumiere has developed an approach to small business owner training that is practical and suited to address your current opportunities and needs. Areas of focus for our modules are: talent development and management, financial analysis, forecasting and management, and strategy development and execution.

During the last quarter of 2016, Sagesse Lumiere partnered with teams from Accenture and Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA); along with a human resources subject matter expert, Mr. Brandon Pendleton, to develop and deliver a five-module training course for CCA’s Chicago Small Business Advantage program. To learn more, read the CCA’s newsletter entitled, Advancing Economic Vitality, one small business at a time, http://www.ccachicago.org/impact/newsletter/

SBA Emerging Leaders Program-Small Business Initiative – Chicago

Chicago is the city of broad shoulders, and because of this fact, the city offers a number of programs to support small business owners. Available this Spring, starting April 3, 2017, the Regional Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) will sponsor their Emerging Leaders Program. This program helps small business owners improve their business operations, as well as introduces them to the vital services available from the SBA and provides guidance for becoming a government contractor. Business owners seeking to expand their services beyond the private sector should consider this program. Applications are being accepted now. Please contact the SBA Regional Office located at 500 W. Madison Street, Chicago, IL and become a part of the network! Their number is (312) 353-0357.

The SBA Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training initiative that specifically focuses on executives of businesses poised for growth in historically challenged communities. Learn more from the video below.


Apply to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program 

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program has been a successful and beneficial program to the Chicago-land business landscape. I personally have the honor to work in the program as a module instructor at the Chicago site (Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago) and also as an instructor for the national program. My four (4) -year involvement with the program has afforded me the opportunity to advised over five-hundred businesses representing the full spectrum of industries. This summer we will begin our eighteenth (18th) cohort. Each cohort meets for fifteen weeks and will spend time developing a comprehensive growth plan for their businesses. If you own a business with revenues between $150K to $7million, I encourage you to investigate the program and apply. Details can be found using the link below.

“Are you a small business owner looking to take your company to the next level? Applications are now being accepted for Cohort 18 of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in Chicago. Please visit our website at http://10ksbchicago.com/ for more information.

The application deadline is 2/1/2017.”

Program Executive Director

Fingertip Briefings, a service offered by Sagesse Lumiere. Sagesse Lumiere provides small business coaching and consulting services.Apply to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program