Michael Shapiro


722 Sherman Avenue, #1
Evanston, IL 60202
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Entrepreneur's Group

One Member’s Story
Patrick Varney has been running his solo accounting practice for three years. He likes what he’s doing, but he feels as if the business is at a crossroads. And he doesn’t know how to get to the next level.

He’s had an assistant for a year and a half, but he thinks it may be time to hire another full-time accountant. But he’s so busy that he doesn’t have time to interview people and doesn’t feel as if he knows exactly what he’s looking for.

Entrepreneurs in the start-up phase of business are particularly vulnerable in the early years as they struggle to test their business model and simply survive.

His wife thinks he should hire the neighbor’s son who just graduated from college with an accounting degree. His best friend thinks he should hire a temp from an agency and see if that works out. And, his assistant is concerned that she’s not going to be able to keep up with two accountants.

Objective advice is difficult to come by -- even with savvy business partners, excellent managers and key employees to help them. Each member of your inner circle has a “lens” through which they filter advice—not necessarily with a personal agenda—but with a history and the nagging question in the back of their minds: “How is this going to affect me?”

Meanwhile, Patrick promised himself that this year he’d get in shape, join a gym and exercise at least twice a week. So far, he’s joined the gym but gone only once.

Even harder to find is someone to hold you accountable so that the goals you set become a reality.  There’s a reason most New Year’s resolutions don’t make it to February.

See what past and present members say about the E-Group

Membership is limited to one person in each industry, and members are typically entrepreneurs or professionals in business approximately one to five years. Leaders in the non-profit world are also welcome.

Membership is not open to everyone. You’ll need to schedule a short interview to determine if the E-Group would be a “good fit” for you.

Costs in Time and Money
The group meets once a month for three hours in the conference room at 30 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago or at a private meeting space in Wheaton. Membership is limited to just 12 people.

Members agree to a 12-month commitment to the group’s meetings. The fees are $250 per month which includes one hour of one-on-one coaching per month.

To Learn More
Contact Michael Shapiro at Dynamic Management Solutions, Inc. at 847.691.9536, or email Michael Shapiro at michael@dmscoach.com.

For articles on facilitated, peer-to-peer groups, click here:

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Gold Plated Networking Groups – Elaine Polefdt, Inc. Magazine, 7/2008 

Big Changes From Small Peer Groups - Anne Meyer, Chicago Tribune, 10/23/2006