Driving Results through People and Processes

Leadership Development • Business Development • Community Development

Strategic Exceptions Professional Consulting, Inc. is an education and training company that utilizes effective and efficient strategies to support corporations, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. We are also the parent company of Illinois MBDA Business Center and Lewis Simmons Foundation.

We deliver exceptional service standards with quantitative results to our clients:

  • New or established small businesses that want to grow their bottom line and operate efficiently
  • Not-for-profit organizations that want to grow and access grant funding.
  • Corporations that want to up-level their team and leadership, bottom line, and customer retention.
  • Individuals who are looking to grow professionally.
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Business Strategy Development

We assess your business needs and identify business strategies that increase your bottom line and customer retention and create performance-based processes in as little as 90 days!

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Training and

We train individuals and teams, so you have a professionally developed, empowered, and engaged leadership and team who work together to increase your bottom line and deliver “WOW'' customer experience.

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Nonprofit Strategy and Grant Writing

We work with nonprofit organizations to develop growth strategies and apply for local, state, and federal grants that are best suited for them. We’ve secured over $20M in grant funding.

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Mobilizing underserved businesses and people to grow…together

SEPCI is an education and training company that utilizes effective and efficient strategies to support corporations, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. We provide our clients with business strategy, team development workshops, nonprofit strategy and grant writing.

IL MBDA Business Center promotes the growth and global competitiveness of minority businesses through business development and capacity building. We help our clients secure capital, access new markets, compete for contracts, and make strategic partners and business moves.

LSF is a non-profit organization that seeks to bridge the health and wealth gap in underserved communities by providing resources and training for the underserved population and those incarcerated to help them get a new start in life.

What others say about Strategic Exceptions

American Airlines Silver Spoon Hero

I knew I was on to something good when I entered the Invest Aurora and Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurial Business Plan Pitch Competition and won the first prize of $2,500.…

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4 Stores in 30 Days

This program really helped push me past my fear, helped me to focus and I did it! I wanted to get our product into 8 whole food stores. We got…

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Increased Sales in 30 Days

Terrie, thank you so much for all you do for us, and personally I would like to thank you for sharing all your knowledge and time. You are the perfect…

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First Baseball Training Organization in Aurora

Thank you so so much to Terrie Simmons for your help in making my dream come through.

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A Proven and Dynamic Businesswoman

Strategic Exceptions is a business hub that serves, connects, informs and empowers businesses by intersecting their vast number of business connections and references. The programs and efforts supported by SE…

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A businesswoman of character, integrity and her word

Terrie Simmons is a businesswoman of character, integrity, and her word. I contacted Terrie of Strategic Exceptions to build my brand and networking connections. Terrie referred me to the right…

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From 1 Client to 10 Clients in 6 Months

Strategic Exceptions and Terrie Simmons have really been critical to me realizing that I am capable of long-term success as well as helping me to get started on a journey…

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A Continuous Beacon of Hope

Terrie, I just want to let you know how amazing you have been as a moderator this evening!  Thank you for supporting Elle and our community’s efforts to keep these…

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Upcoming or Recent Events

“Labor and Employment Law Basics” Workshop

By Terrie Simmons | April 1, 2024

With labor and employment law changes escalating, join us for a refresh and primer on labor and employment law basics that all employers should know. Join us on April 16,…

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$1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Panel with Congressman Bill Foster

The IL MBDA Business Center President and Strategic Exceptions CEO Terrie Simmons led a panel to discuss the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill with special guest Congressman Bill Foster.

Terrie, Bill and company discuss the bill, what it means for business owners, and how it will impact owners and opportunities.