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Stefania Aulicino

Stefania Aulicino: The resource for Business Builders.

Stefania discovered the challenges of financing a growth company first hand when, right out of college, she began her career as an entrepreneur. When an early investor stranded her company, she then devoted herself to learning the business of finance from the inside out.

Stefania is a serial entrepreneur who also spent 15 years on Wall Street to learn how to get cash and keep control.

She formed CapitalLinkUSA in 1988 to share what she learned for herself with fellow business builders. Stefania has raised over $125 million for clients, through recessions and expansions, and has empowered clients to raise many millions more, directly, to become economically self-sufficient.

Stefania Aulicino is one of the few people qualified to actually make sure business owners get cash on their terms to keep control of a bigger, more profitable company.

A Business Visionary herself, CapitalLinkUSA is built upon her experience in commercial banking, corporate finance, venture capital and investment banking. Armed with distinctive insights for financing entrepreneurial success, CapitalLinkUSA both secures capital that keeps management in control and designs growth strategies for privately held companies to unlock their full profit potential.

Stefania Aulicino’s unique and contrarian reality is that the entrepreneur, not financing, is the scarce commodity. Her time-tested and market-proven Cash And Control System  has fueled entrepreneurs to achieve 5 and 10-year growth plans in 2 to 3 years, with resources that kept them in control.

Stefania is the author of the professionally acclaimed book, Cash and Control - You Can Have Both an unconventional process for finding money to grow your company.

Stefania guides CapitalLinkUSA in its unique position to fill the void that exists between a Business Visionary and the funding community.

As an entrepreneur herself, she designed the innovative educational approach that distinguishes CapitalLinkUSA in the industry. As the innovator of the "Cash and Control System ", Stefania blends her own entrepreneurial experience with the experience and network she acquired on Wall Street. As a result, CapitalLinkUSA client companies are effectively positioned to achieve and finance their full growth and profit potential. Stefania leverages her working relationships with over 3000 institutional and private investors established over her 30 years of building value for growing businesses. In addition, she developed the Brain Trust Link that provides access to proven professionals seeking growing companies in need of talent. Brain Trust Link managers are motivated to take below market salaries in exchange for the opportunity to share in the value they help create (not a company's current value). CapitalLinkUSA's integration of educational tools with business, capital and human resources creates innovative and stunning results.

Nationally recognized as an expert in growth and funding strategies for privately-held owner-managed companies, Stefania has addressed such diverse forums as The Inc. 500 Conference, The Council of Growing Companies Annual Conference, Young Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), Young Presidents' Organization, American Institute of CPAs. She is a sought-after resource speaker for CEO-Peer groups including TEC, Executive Forum and Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO peer group organization. Stefania is a frequently quoted source in the business press including Inc. Magazine, University of Chicago Press, The Boston Globe, Crain's, Winning Strategies and The Financial Times of London. Stefania is featured in Inc. Magazine's video entitled "Raising Capital: How to Finance Your Business" sharing her unique educational approach and has spoken at Inc.’s Growing the Company Conferences for over 10 years. Stefania created, and for 20 years directed, a program on entrepreneurial development at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, where she had received her MBA in 1979.

CapitalLinkUSA is neither a venture capital firm, an investment bank, nor a recruiting firm. Yet it does raise capital, maps out corporate growth goals, and/or introduces critical talent required to round out your visionary team, depending on your company's desires. Unlike a venture capital firm, CapitalLinkUSA is not limited to just one capital source - it offers "one stop shopping" for thousands of investment funds; unlike an investment bank, CapitalLinkUSA does not accept the market price - it helps you increase your valuation; unlike an executive search firm, CapitalLinkUSA does not just find managers you might be looking for - it locates talent you didn't even know was available to help you implement your growth strategy.

Stefania is also an active community player.

Stefania was elected to the board of the Local Chapter of NSA IL in 2008 to serve as its program chair.

Stefania is a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (past Chair of the Silent Auction Fund Raiser for its annual Gala) and an active supporter of Planned Parenthood. As a director of the Board of Hostelling International - American Youth Hostels (HI-AYH) and chair of both its Fund Raising and Programs committees, Stefania was instrumental in opening the 4th largest Hostel facility on the planet in down-town Chicago, a $14 million project, designed to promote the organization's mission of world peace through direct and personal experience between world travelers and the local community.Stefania and her husband are sail boat enthusiasts who race Rhodes 19's, are active Ballroom dancers (including the Argentine Tango), enjoy Yoga and travel.

Stefania and her husband of over 20 years are sail boat enthusiasts who race together on Rhodes 19's, are active Ballroom dancers (including the Argentine Tango), enjoy Yoga and travel.


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