About Us

Sustainable Solutions for Business Challenges.

Forward Planning has been servicing Chicagoland nonprofit organizations, small businesses, corporations and politicians since 2014. With more than 5 years of moving Chicago forward, the consulting and management company is looking forward to many more years to come of servicing our annual selective clients who are creating economic development within the communities they serve.

We are a full service comprehensive consulting and management company that specializes in strategic planning and development services to assist launch brands, foster economic growth, and build legacies for clients through events, branding, marketing and content development.

Allyson Renee Scrutchens


Allyson Renee Scrutchens is a Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Filmmaker, and Creative Producer

She is trailblazer for economic development, minority inclusion, and empowering others through providing access to information, resources and opportunities. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, the need and dedication to making a difference in society became extremely pertinent. She received a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW) from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Allyson Renee is currently the Founder and CEO of Forward Planning, Inc., Creator of the brand formerly known as Everyday Entrepreneur, Executive Producer of the internationally recognized short-film starring Goapele called #WhereIsBeauty, and Author of How to Be an Entrepreneur 101. In addition to managing her companies and brands, for two years she served as the Northern Regional Vice President for the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce.


We are a team of multidisciplinary experts that specialize in economic growth. Let us do the problem solving and execution for you.

Strategic Development

Brand & Marketing Management

Content Creation & Management

Event Planning & Production


Since our incorporation in 2014, Forward Planning has raised more than $500K for our clients, executed 50+ plus events, and worked with close to 30 Chicagoland organizations and corporations. Our solutions based approach allows our company to have an outstanding track record with our clients served through ensuring that any problem they may have internally, we can find the way forward towards the best solution for sustainability.
raised for our clients
events planned & executed
Chicagoland organizations & corporations

How we can support your brand

Along with our four main services, we also provide a range of high-touch, personal services. If you need a one-on-one advisor to help you navigate new business challenges, we can help with that too!

Business conference speech

If you’ve accepted an invitation to speak at a conference but don’t know what to wear or what to say, give us a call!

VC investment

We have extensive experience investing and being invested in. Prepare yourself for the process and understand what investors are looking for.


Starting or growing your business or life’s work can be emotionally and financially challenging. Let us be your partner on the journey.


We can help you meet the challenge of starting or expanding your passion project. We love hearing new ideas for problem-solving and collaboration. Are you ready to Move Forward?