ENTREPRENEUR & BUSINESS COACH
I’m Josh, an entrepreneur, and small business advisor. For the last 14 years, I have founded and grown two successful educational enrichment programs serving hundreds of thousands of students in 85 schools across six states. These businesses have achieved triple-digit growth, received noteworthy press, and feature innovative, best-in-class technologies. Thus, as an entrepreneur and small business advisor, I’ve worn about every hat imaginable. That means if you’re experiencing a pain point in your business, I’ve probably come across the same thing too. So whatever your goals are, I’m here to help.
WHAT OUR TEAM DOES FOR YOU
SMALL BUSINESS ADVISING
TECHNOLOGY / CRM IMPLEMENTATION
MEDIA / PUBLIC RELATIONS
MARKETING / SALES
Lead Podcast Host
How I Broke That: For better or worse, most business owners have “broken” themselves, their business, or their industry at some point. Josh Chernikoff, a serial entrepreneur who has successfully grown (and broken) three bootstrapped businesses, interviews other entrepreneurs to learn how they built, broke, and rebuilt within their industry. Each episode will simultaneously induce cringes and provide comfort in helping you realize you are not alone in breaking something on your path to innovation.
2018 - Present
BOARD SERVICE / LEADERSHIP
Jumpstop Academy: a basketball academy designed to help kids foster their enjoyment of the game while growing life skills.
Stronger Brains: a program providing schools with affordable, accessible means to assess/document students’ brain health and increase academic performance and personal wellness.
WellUp: an educational health platform connecting student information with schools to share information through a centralized portal.
Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition Volunteer Judge
2007 - 2018
Innovated a human-powered matching system to connect tutors with 1,200+ students and families across the D.C. region.
Built a team of 65+ highly educated tutors with degrees from Top 100 universities.
Introduced new technologies and fostered a data-driven environment to capture student success rates.
Achieved feature stories on NBC4 News and WUSA9 News.
2021 - Present
Advise and counsel executive leadership team on strategic projects, including business development, branding, marketing, and sales.
Help develop high-quality business strategies and plans in alignment with executive objectives; serve on Advisory Board to spearhead critical operational initiatives.
Lead and support short/long-term marketing, sales, and corporate operations initiatives.
2021 - Present
Launched an online tutoring platform under the Flex Academies brand to combat learning loss and deliver educational enrichment in the K-12 space.
Implemented an innovative tutor-matching system, pairing students with top quality tutors based on learning needs and personality fit.
Mobilize individual/group tutoring to help students achieve educational growth at pre-pandemic levels.
Facilitate scholarship access for families experiencing financial hardship, granting all scholarship requests from day one.
2011 - Present
Founded and grew educational enrichment platform to 85 schools in 6 states.
Constructed high-performing teams while rolling out new CRM and technology implementations including Zoho and Salesforce.
Achieved 96% or higher client retention rates and 104% three-year growth in student population.
Featured on behalf of Flex in numerous stories and interviews on local NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates.
Successfully sold and transitioned company operations in May 2021.
2003 - 2007
Sports Anchor, Editor, Writer, and Producer
Anchored 2 sports news broadcasts for the Washington Football Team Broadcast Network from 2006-2007.
Attained over 3 million online views per year.
Served as Lead Weekend Sports Anchor at WHSV-TV from 2003-2004.
Covered DC-area high schools, colleges, and professional teams, reporting nightly sports news and highlights.
TEAMS WE ARE CURRENTLY ADVISING
Josh gets what makes learning fun for kids, and he has the business acumen to take it to scale.
As a superintendent, he is what I look for in a provider to help increase opportunities for students. He has a big vision and the attention to detail needed to be a great partner: kid-centered and operationally excellent.