When and where does the the course take place?

The course consists of 10 sessions held on Saturday Mornings from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, from mid-September through February.  The sessions are typically spaced 2 weeks apart, however extra time between classes is provided in December to accommodate the holidays.    


As the reality of the Novel Corona Virus pandemic became clear, and recognizing the unique value of our in-person class experience, the decision was made to break from our normal September-February timetable in 2020/21. Instead, an abbreviated Zoom based course is being offered in early 2021, followed by a return to classroom sessions in the fall.  Students who take the Zoom course will receive full tuition credit toward the fall course.

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the course is $3,995, or $3,495 if your company is a member of a partner organization.  If two employees from the same company attend, there is a $500 discount for the second person

How do I know if the course is right for me, how do I apply?

Based on our history with nearly 800 people who have attended the course, we can tell pretty quickly if the course is a good fit for you.  Simply fill out our application form and our Selection Committee will review.  You can be assured that your information will be held in close confidence.  You will then be contacted to discuss and upon acceptance, you will receive a welcome email that includes payment processing details. 

How is this course related to the COSE Strategic Planning Course?

Strategic Planning: Essential Skills for Business and Leadership Growth is managed and delivered by a strong and committed group of business leaders who have been longtime participants in the course.  Using their expertise and experiences, these individuals volunteer their time to help support and nurture other business owners as they work to grow their own companies.  COSE, the small business division of the region’s chamber of commerce The Greater Cleveland Partnership, is a partner in the course helping to connect small and middle-market companies to the Strategic Planning experience.