when we do something, we do it all the way.

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 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.


As the Founder and CEO of Forward Planning, Inc., Allyson is also the creator of the brand formerly known as Everyday Entrepreneur. She is the 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.