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
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
through recessions and expansions, and has empowered clients to
raise many millions more,
directly, to become economically self-sufficient.
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
A Business Visionary
CapitalLinkUSA is built upon her
commercial banking, corporate finance, venture capital and
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
Stefania Aulicino’s unique and contrarian
reality is that the entrepreneur,
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.
is the author of the professionally acclaimed
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
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
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.
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.