Business Accelerator

Are you ready to take your business to the next level…in a fraction of the time it takes most entrepreneurs?

Who it’s for

If you’re an Academy Grad that’s thinking of starting a business…about to launch your first product…attempting to scale your marketing and sales…or interested in raising capital for your business…

…then there’s never been a better time to be in your position.

Whether you want to turn your idea into a game-changing product…make your very first sale…cut out the confusion and guesswork in your marketing so you can scale fast…or connect with the right people to help you 10x your business and reach new heights…

…the Business Accelerator program has the tools to help you do this faster and more effectively than ever before.

If you fall into any of these three camps, then you can feel confident that the Accelerator will be able to 10x (or even 100x) your business and situation:

1. You’re just starting out.

You’re interested in pursuing a business. You’ve got a great idea and possibly a plan that only exists in your head right now. You know that this is your true calling – that any job or position you hold is just setup for the real thing. All paths lead to your business and entrepreneurial vision.

You may have multiple ideas but you’re struggling to choose the most viable one. You might not know where or how to start. Or you might have some sort of action plan written down.

You know you want to do this. You know you’ve got a real shot. But something’s holding you back.

Maybe your current job drains you of the time and energy you need to put full focus into your idea or vision…but leaving it behind entirely is way too much of a gamble. You don’t want to put you or your family at risk on something that might not even work out.

Maybe you’re in a position to pursue your idea…but procrastination’s stopping you in your tracks. The voice of fear or self-doubt in your head tells you that something’s not right. Something’s going to go wrong. Something’s off.

What you need to realize is that all of this is natural. Plenty of entrepreneurs have been in your position before – including the members, coaches and partners inside the program that have found massive success in spite of all this.

2. You’re about to or have just launched your business.

You’ve done the market research and have taken the steps to make your product or service real and available to the world.

You might be attempting to perfect your product and bring it to market. You may be trying to get your first sale or review. Or you’re trying to piece together the big marketing puzzle and generate more sales.

But you’re swamped at everything you need to know. You’re entering uncharted territory and complex fields that you don’t have much experience in – and there isn’t enough time in the day to learn it all yourself.

You feel stuck in your business. Like things aren’t moving along as planned. You’re just not sure where to turn…or what the next step even is.

Even worse, you feel alone in your journey. No one around you is doing what you’re doing. You struggle to stay motivated and maintain your momentum. And it’s making everything so much harder than it has to be.

3. You have a real business and want to get the most out of it.

You’ve got a business that’s making sales and achieving growth…but it’s still not quite there.

Maybe you’re spending too much of your time in your business instead of on it. Day-to-day headaches and challenges take your focus away from long-term strategy, growth and expansion. You might feel frustrated or trapped – like you’re too busy putting out fires to focus on anything else.

Or you may be trying to:

  • Go from a 6-figure business to a 7-figure business
  • Shift into or serve a new market
  • Raise capital to ramp up production, advertising and sales
  • Systematize and delegate your operations to free up more of your time
  • Get your marketing dialed in

In any case, you’re definitely not new to business – rather, you’re trying to get the most out of it.

If you’re in any of these camps, then here’s what you need to know:

Most people make business harder than it has to be.

They struggle with stress, fear, or procrastination over not knowing what the future has in store for them or their business (and very naturally so).

They get stuck on issues that lead to months or years of wasted time. They go down rabbit holes, not knowing whether they’re heading in the right direction or toward a dead end.

They make mistakes that cost them money and hurt their growth, sales and overall business.

Why it Works

SABM’s Business Accelerator is structured around three high-impact areas designed to help you get to the next level…and ultimately make your vision a reality.

These three areas are all about helping you LAUNCH to the next stage of your business – no matter where you’re at specifically. They’ll help you:

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Develop a new concept, idea, product or service

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Create a new product or service for your existing business

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Expand into a new market

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Create a new business entirely from the ground up

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And much more

It’s comprised of experts who don’t just talk the talk…but have actually created and launched winning products, scaled and systematized their efforts, and built multi-million dollar businesses (sometimes many times over).

They’ve cleared away all the roadblocks and challenges. They’ve figured out every piece of the puzzle at each stage of the process. They have the strategies, knowledge and network to all but guarantee success. And they’ve made the mistakes so you don’t have to.

The best part? They come from the same place as you. They’re all Service Academy Graduates who are passionate about giving back to the community. And they want to help you achieve everything they have – in a fraction of the time it took them.

How we help

Business is only hard if you make it hard.

You don’t need to have all the answers or the perfect business plan. You don’t need to have the perfect product. You don’t need to find investors and sacrifice equity. And you don’t need to go “all in” right away, quit your day job and risk it all.

You just need to know what the next step is – and how to get there the fastest and most efficient way possible.

The Accelerator will help you do that. And the following three areas are how:

You’ll get insider knowledge from seriously accomplished entrepreneurs who’ve built multi-million-dollar businesses. People like:

  • Paul Saunders (USNA ’01) from eluxury.com who shared his story of going from side-hustle to multi-million dollar business and how he landed #4 on the Inc 5000 list
  • Nick Karnaze (USNA ‘04) from stubbleandstache.com who shared his story of building his online grooming products company
  • Laura Renner (USAFA ’01) from freedom-makers.com who showed us how to optimize our productivity by hiring virtual assistants
  • Bill Watkins (USMA ’77) from thelionspride.com who showed us how to create a One Page Strategic Plan for our business
  • Justus Getty (USNA ’04) who taught us about intellectual property law and the legal steps we should take to protect our brand
  • Jeff McChesney (USAFA) from Patriot Growth Capital who taught us about raising capital and how to pitch investors
  • And many more!

Imagine getting full access to the proven strategies and tactics of people just like this – experts who want to help other Service Academy Graduates see the same kind of success.

You’ll get the chance to soak up all their knowledge and learn the systems, strategies and methods they’ve had to learn through years of mistakes…so that you don’t have to.

Apply what you hear on these calls to your own business or situation…and you’ll have an almost unfair advantage over anyone going it alone.

Jim Rohn once said that you’re the average of the 5 people who you spend the most time with.

What if those 5 people consisted of both massively successful entrepreneurs, business experts, and other Service Academy Graduates who are striving for excellence, lasting impact, and financial freedom?

You’ll join a group of like-minded entrepreneurs, coaches and experts who will push you to succeed and point you in the right direction. For a lot of our members this is the most valuable part of the program – because a single important connection has the potential to shift everything for your business.

This is not a fluff-filled program or online course that demands hours of your time. Instead, you’ll get 90 minutes packed with actionable advice, laser-targeted info and specific answers to YOUR most pressing problems and sticking points.

Imagine hopping on a call for one day out of the month and having the confidence and clarity you need to create your product…make your first sale…scale your marketing…or just get to the next stage of your business.

With the three core areas that the Accelerator focuses on, you can multiply your progress, get better results out of anything you do, and ultimately make things much easier on yourself.

You can eliminate the natural anxiety and uncertainty that comes with wondering whether your plan or product will work.

You can go from “idea to invoice” much faster and know when or if you need to pivot, scale, systematize or expand.

You’ll know that you’re on the right track and making the most out of you and your product’s potential. You’ll see actual progress instead of wondering whether you’re even moving. And you’ll have the focus, direction and clarity to move as fast as possible.

I know this is a lot to promise. And you’ve got every right to feel unsure about the Accelerator’s ability to help you achieve all of this (every smart entrepreneur or businessperson does).

So here’s a little bit about me, our partners, and everything included in the program to help you feel more comfortable in making the best decision possible for your business:

Accelerator Coach – Scott Mackes

Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

Founder of SABM Group & StrengthsMugs.com

Thank you so much for being part of the SABM community! My name is Scott, I am a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and I have an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.

Although my formal education has provided me with a great professional foundation, my real business learning has come from the experience I have gained from launching new products and the lessons I have learned from special mentors who have appeared in my life at just the right time.  

If you would like to learn more about me and my entrepreneurial projects, here are a few of them:

  • An online store officially licensed to sell Gallup StrengthsFinder products (strengthsmugs.com)
  • The Service Academy Business Mastermind
  • Scott featured on New York Times Best Selling Author Chris Guillebeau’s podcast
  • Scott featured on Gallup’s “Called to Coach” podcast

I created the Business Accelerator to catapult your business from where it is now, to an entirely new level of growth in the fastest and most efficient way possible.

Through my wins and losses on various projects, I’ve gathered valuable experiences, insights, tools, and connections that can accelerate your sales and success.  I’ve also built this SABM community for you – to streamline your success so you can “connect the dots” much faster than I did.  It includes all the resources I wish I had when I was starting out.

I believe that building a business is a great way to achieve significant freedom in your life so you can do what you want, when you want.

My entrepreneurial journey has led our family to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina and has allowed me the opportunity to serve the people who I love to serve.  Whether it’s mailing a shipment of StrengthsMugs to a team who has just discovered their Top-5 strengths or strategizing with a fellow Academy grad who is launching a business or raising capital, these are the types of activities that produce the most amount of joy in my professional life. I love creating things and helping people achieve their goals.

I want you to achieve the same kind of freedom in your life and serve the people you were born to serve.  And building a purpose-driven business is a great place to start.

Our Friends & Partners

(You're not in this alone!)

Laura Renner , USAFA ’01

Laura Renner , USAFA ’01

Founder of Freedom Makers

Freedom Makers is a team of virtual assistants who are military spouses. I have a Freedom Maker who helps me with SABM and she is fantastic! Mastermind Member Bonus: Laura is offering two free hours from her virtual assistants + a comprehensive audit and strategy call to determine what tasks you should outsource to optimize your productivity.

Bill Militello, USNA '92

Bill Militello, USNA '92

Founder & CEO of Militello Capital

Mastermind Member Bonus: Bill is an instrumental member of our Investor Group at SABM.  One of our goals is to invest in 100 Service Academy graduate led small businesses. If you are an Accelerator member and need capital (and your business meets our strict criteria) you will have priority access to share your opportunity in the investor group.  We want to invest in business owners who are investing in themselves!

Trevor Shirk, USMA '08

Trevor Shirk, USMA '08

Founder & CEO Strattex Solutions

Strattex Solutions is an online marketing company that helps businesses scale fast.  Trevor and his team have been an instrumental part of SABM's growth and success.   Mastermind Member Bonus: Trevor is offering a complimentary strategy session & digital footprint analysis to identify the exact online marketing strategy you should use to scale your company.

Topics we’ll cover:

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Defining a profitable target market and niche

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Creating your minimum viable product (MVP) and strategies to get your first sale

 

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Outsourcing strategies and hiring virtual workers to maximize productivity and output

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and paid advertising strategies to generate more leads and sales

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Learn content marketing strategies and how to set up a blog, podcast, and email marketing campaign

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How to build a website and online store without spending a lot of money

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Manufacturing and distribution strategies if you sell a physical product

 

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Digital strategies for delivering a service to clients online (coaching/consulting)

 

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Advanced goal-setting and time management strategies for entrepreneurs

 

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Learn your talents and non-talents to identify the best partners and teammates

Business Accelerator

($150/month)

What you get:

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(1) 90-minute group call per month. Group calls include 30 minutes of content and 60 minutes of group share to solve each other’s most important challenges.  Get support, feedback and accountability from the Accelerator members in a group setting – you’re not in this alone!

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Introductions to experts who can help you overcome obstacles that are slowing you down – web designers, mobile app developers, graphic designers, legal experts, manufacturers, online marketers, podcasters, e-commerce strategists, crowdfunding experts… tap into our vast network!

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Referrals to potential customers and clients – test your idea on real customers!

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Access to our world-class tools and Acceleration Partners.  

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A thought partner for defining a profitable niche – don’t waste time selling something that no one wants or selling to people you’re not passionate about serving.

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A thought partner for building a complementary team to accelerate your productivity and output.

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A clear path with the exact steps to launch your business to a new level

100% GUARANTEE
My #1 goal is to only do things that create incredible value for people. I don’t deserve to get paid if your business and life does not accelerate.  Join with confidence—you’ll love it and it WILL help you, or we don’t want your money.

Business Accelerator – VIP Package

($500/month)

What you get:

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(1) 90-minute group call per month. Group calls include 30 minutes of content and 60 minutes of group share to solve each other’s most important challenges.  Get support, feedback and accountability from the Accelerator members in a group setting – you’re not in this alone!

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VIP ONLY – Unlimited help each month. Formulate your vision, develop a winning strategy and execute your game-plan. Or, if you get stuck or have an emergency, we’ll set up a call to find a solution.

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Introductions to experts who can help you overcome obstacles that are slowing you down – web designers, mobile app developers, graphic designers, legal experts, manufacturers, online marketers, podcasters, e-commerce strategists, crowdfunding experts… tap into our vast network!

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Referrals to potential customers and clients – test your idea on real customers!

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Access to our world-class tools and Acceleration Partners.  

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A thought partner for defining a profitable niche – don’t waste time selling something that no one wants or selling to people you’re not passionate about serving.

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A thought partner for building a complementary team to accelerate your productivity and output.

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A clear path with the exact steps to launch your business to a new level

100% GUARANTEE
 
My #1 goal is to only do things that create incredible value for people. I don’t deserve to get paid if your business and life does not accelerate.  Join with confidence—you’ll love it and it WILL help you, or we don’t want your money.

Testimonials

“Jim Rohn said you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.  Tim Ferriss and other successful entrepreneurs echo this sentiment. Joining the SABM Business Accelerator has helped me spend time with successful graduates from Service Academies and I’m seeing the results.  Yes, you’ll learn tactical tools and best practices but what’s really powerful is tapping into the network of like-minded, entrepreneurial grads. If you’re already hitting your goals, then join and help others. If you aspire to get your idea off the ground, then join this amazing group.  It’s time to commit.” -Scott Lindberg, USMA ‘93

“I started my business, GluConfidence, to help people with Diabetes gain the confidence to pursue a life without limits, and through contacts I got through the SABM Group, I have made more progress in the past 3 months than I have in the past 2 years.  As I pre-build by Kickstarter campaign, my short term goal is to gather as many emails as possible from people who have shown an interest in GluConfidence. As I look to build sales over the next 6 months, I am looking forward to learning best practices from the other members, and sharing my learnings as well.”  -Brian Olivier, USNA ’02

“Scott’s coaching program was a life changing experience. Scott is a tremendous coach with an ability to lead and mentor in a positive, enlightening way. I discovered more about myself through the process and this directly helped to pave my way forward. I am forever grateful for his help.”  -Ginni Guiton, USMA ‘85

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Nancy Preston, USMA ‘02

Not all business masterminds are built the same. SABM has been the most beneficial academy network and business mastermind I have found yet. SABM members have the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial experiences that can provide advice and tools that are actually actionable, which is a differentiator from other business masterminds in which I participate.

Laura Renner, USAFA ’01

When I first learned of SABM, it was a no brainer to join, such a great idea! The online Meetups are well run and a great opportunity to meet and learn from other like-minded business owners. Love the podcast and looking forward to getting involved in an Accelerator. SABM has already helped me to take my business to the next level and I’m looking forward to growing it even more.

Gardea Yefehmu Jomas Christian, USNA 2009

SABM is a great opportunity to connect and network with like minded individuals. It was a pleasure to meet with other service academy graduates across different generations and service eras. The Accelerators are great as well as the Meetups.I have grown and matured from a business standpoint as well as a personal standpoint because of SABM. I look forward to utilizing the opportunities offered at SABM.

Mike Brumagin, USMA ’89

We run a real estate fund called Battle Monument Partners focused on buying single-tenant, commercial real estate.  We target academy grads as our investors and were struggling a bit to get connected to grads from the other service academies.  SABM has been an excellent networking forum for us to do exactly that, connect to grads from all the academies. Since we began our participation, we have been able to obtain new investors from both the USNA & USAFA, in addition to connecting even further within the USMA network.  Truly an excellent forum for grads to network with other grads across the spectrum of academies.

Robert M. Pecha, former USAFA ’01

I discovered SABM for the first time a little more than a month ago.   I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly and willing everyone was to help engage in conversation and collaborate on business-building ideas.  It takes a different breed to be Academy material in the first place and that shines through on the calls. What you have created here Scott is groundbreaking and I am honored to be a part of this rapid momentum!!

Kirk Kinder, USCGA ’94

My business is transforming itself thanks to SABM. Not only am I getting tons of excellent coaching, but the interaction with other Academy graduate business owners is priceless.

Ginnie Guiton, USMA ’85

Scott’s coaching program was a life changing experience. Scott is a tremendous coach with an ability to lead and mentor in a positive, enlightening way. I discovered more about myself through the process and this directly helped to pave my way forward. I am forever grateful for his help.

Ryan Cook, USCGA ’94

We Academy grads are a different breed… all high achievers. We were all top athletes, civic volunteers, and scholars. We’re competitive and love to lead. Scott can use his skills with the Gallup StrengthsFinder to put an amazing Mastermind group together. I’ve been participating with one of Scott’s groups for a few months and the group has helped me move forward on several projects both within and outside of my core business.

Willie Gury, USNA ’01

Getting entrepreneurial endeavors off the ground can be frustrating filled with more failure than success in the beginning. It has been great to talk through issues/challenges with other individuals involved in the same process. I’ve learned a lot from the other group members. What I really enjoy is that each individual in the group has a very different background and I get to hear the perspective from different points of view that I wouldn’t get in my normal group of contacts. The accountability piece at the end of each call when we set our 30 day goals is extremely helpful – it gives me clear concise short term goals to achieve before the next call and holds me accountable to the other group members. I look forward to each monthly call to both learn from and provide value to the other group members. The knowledge that I gain helps me tremendously.

Brian Olivier, USNA ’02

Scott’s Mastermind group has helped me in several ways. Pursuing the entrepreneurial path can seem very lonely at times, and it’s easy to get off track, and lose momentum. Having a support group of like-minded entrepreneurs to help hold me accountable on our monthly calls, as well as provide advice, contacts, and resources I never knew existed, has been huge. The Mastermind group has provided me contacts to help design my logo, put me in contact with manufacturers, design a website, and given business perspective. It has also provided me with a diverse group of connections outside of my day to day life, which is helping me build my brand and get my product to market.

What would a single game-changing strategy, connection or piece of advice be worth for you and your business?

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