About COSi

Our Mission


Our mission is to successfully educate, coach, and transform small and mid-market companies into profitable, innovative, high-growth businesses that fuel job creation and wealth.

Our History


COSi was founded in 2001, with the vision of providing entrepreneurs with a fresh “real-world” approach to business education. While there has been no shortage of business schools offering degrees, COSi’s unique curriculum was specifically developed to have an immediate positive impact on the performance of the entrepreneur’s organization.

Our Students


While our students come from a broad array of industries, they all share something special in common. They are first and foremost entrepreneurs who manage companies employing a minimum of 20 people. They are all passionate about their businesses, and are progressive thinkers who are open to new ideas. They each have a dream and a vision; however most are faced with many daily challenges that prevent them from reaching their goals.

Our Partners


We partner with trusted advisors who share our passion for entrepreneurial success. Beyond transforming their customers into highly successful companies, our partners (banks, accounting firms, law firms, associations and CEO peer groups) also benefit from offering the COSi program in many other ways. They will tell you these include, driving organic growth, building customer loyalty, new customer acquisition, and creating a competitive advantage.

Our Leader


John Mautner, the founder of Cycle-of-Success Institute, is a seasoned entrepreneur who has launched and built four successful companies in the past 20 years. Inc. Magazine named his first business as one of America's 500 fastest growing companies.

In 2001, John founded COSi with the intention of providing small and mid-sized businesses with a practical business education program. Since then, COSi has educated and coached over thousands of graduates in the Midwest.

As a sign of appreciation for all that COSi has accomplished to grow businesses that grow communities, Governor Pat Quinn named March 16th “COSi Day” in state of Illinois.

Our Coaches


COSi coaches all share the same passion for supporting entrepreneurs. While their backgrounds are diverse, they each have senior level management experience and advanced business degrees. They inspire, coach and challenge entrepreneurs and their teams to reach for their dreams. They are a key ingredient in our secret sauce!

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