Roundtables & Mentorship

SCORE Mentoring

SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs throughout the United States. Naperville Public Library partners with the Fox Valley chapter of SCORE to provide several mentoring, roundtable, and discussion group opportunities to its customers.

The Fox Valley chapter of SCORE offers access to over 100 volunteers with business expertise in almost every industry and discipline. More information on mentoring can be found on the Fox Valley SCORE website. NaperLaunch events offer opportunities for participants to get acquainted with SCORE volunteers, who attend all NaperLaunch events.

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable discussions are moderated by SCORE volunteers, who have extensive business management and business mentoring experience. Business owners enjoy these interactive discussions because of the peer learning experience, which is designed to spark interactive communication. Participants take advantage of collaboration and networking opportunities as they gain significant insights on how to enhance productivity, strategic marketing, and overall business success through group discussion and coaching. 

SCORE/NaperLaunch Women’s Business Roundtable

The SCORE NaperLaunch Women’s Business Roundtable was created to elevate the presence of growth-stage women entrepreneurs from a wide range of business types by helping them develop new and relevant skills during the growth phase of their businesses.

SCORE and NaperLaunch understand the unique challenges women entrepreneurs face, and we have designed our roundtable to meet the ever-changing needs of business owners like you.

This roundtable meets virtually twice a month for direct learning, networking, and peer-to-peer mentoring. It’s a place to assess ideas and learn from other successful businesswomen. Our members gain access to mentorship, networking, training, and other valuable resources.

Membership is free, and any growth-stage woman entrepreneur is encouraged to join. The success of the roundtable comes from active and consistent member participation. When deciding whether to join the Women’s Business Roundtable, we ask that you review our participation criteria:

  • You have owned a business with established clientele for at least two years.
  • Your goal is to take your business to the next level.
  • You want a peer group where you can share ideas, discuss strategies, and work through complex issues facing your business.
  • You are available to attend virtual roundtable meetings twice per month.

Registration is required to attend. View the Women's Business Roundtable Calendar for upcoming meetings and registration. 

SCORE/NaperLaunch Business Startup Roundtable

Founders and owners meet to share and receive insights on the startup process. SCORE volunteers and NaperLaunch coaches are on hand to moderate a discussion that responds to questions and issues raised by roundtable participants. This open discussion addresses specific issues faced by those starting or growing a new business. These roundtables meet on the fourth Thursday morning of each month. Additional sessions are held on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings during the 8-week NaperLaunch Academy workshop series.

Registration is required to attend. View the Business Startup Roundtable Calendar for upcoming meetings and registration. 

Master Mind Groups

In the classic book Think and Grow Rich, author Napoleon Hill writes that power comes from accumulated knowledge. An individual can organize that knowledge, accumulate more of it, and do so faster by taking advantage of the “master mind,” those persons who have mastered certain skills or processes and who possess superior subject matter knowledge. To access that powerful knowledge and thus move at a quicker pace toward certain objectives or successful endeavors, Hill recommends forming master mind groups in which individuals gain insights from one another’s accumulated knowledge and experience.

NaperLaunch follows this concept by sponsoring three master mind groups. Each group will meet monthly on Thursday mornings from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. The groups will be formed by registration only and each group will meet on a different week of the month. Each group will be limited to 15 participants at a time; if one person drops out, then another may join. The group members will become intimately acquainted with the business models and plans of each participant. Expert advisors will also be on hand to add insights to the conversation in each meeting. Each master mind meeting will follow an agenda and each member of the group is expected to actively participate.

A registrant’s choice of which week of the month they wish to participate will determine the group in which they are placed.

Registration is now open. Contact Lindsay Harmon to for more information.

  1. Lindsay Harmon

    Business Services - Nichols
    Phone: 630-637-6312