Is your business knowledge equal to the size of your business dream?

Where do you want your business to be in five years? Where do YOU want to be in five years? When you started your own business, you probably started with a dream: to do the work you wanted, for whom you wanted, and create the life you wanted.

We want to give you the tools to get to that dream. Business knowledge and long-lasting connections with other business owners going down the same path can help you solve problems, make better decisions, and plan for the success you want.

Mycelium is a 5-month business school and a life-long community for stable small business owners, at least 2 years in, who want to plan and execute the next stage of their businesses and lives. In nature, the mycelium is the network of nutrients and relationships under the forest floor that nourishes everything to grow. Mycelium, the small-b b-school, is the network of knowledge and relationships underneath your business that supports it and you to grow.


Douglas Tsoi and Suzanne Pflaum, Co-Founders of Mycelium

Douglas Tsoi and Suzanne Pflaum, Co-Founders of Mycelium

From 2014-2018, I founded, ran, and then sold Portland Underground Grad School, a school for lifelong learners. When I started it, I had to learn marketing, operations, legal, HR, you name it. I took a bunch of online and local courses on business. But what I really wanted was an ongoing community of other small business owners to learn with and from. I wanted long-term relationships and thought-partners as well as the knowledge and tools.

So I teamed up with Suzanne, a business advisor and community builder, to create the thing I wanted: practical guidance combined with the support of other small business owners to move towards our business dreams together.

As we grow our businesses, we grow personally as well. This work will not just make you more profitable in the ledger, it will grow your capacity and skills as a person inside your business and out.

We want to help you be more profitable, to work with the customers and clients you want while making the rest of your life successful. We want to help you work ON your business, not IN it.

If you are ready to improve your business and yourself, then take a look inside and consider joining us.
— Douglas, Co-Founder of Mycelium


We’ve heard the struggles that small business owners have:

Stressed: “I don’t want to work so hard, with so much stress. I want to create boundaries on my time. I worry or am uncertain about revenue month-to-month.”

Scarce: “I founded my own business to eventually gain more freedom and money. I need that eventual to be now.”

Isolated: “I don’t have people to talk to who are going through the same thing. I need thought partners to swap ideas, work through problems. I want a supportive environment and relationships with peers going through what I’m going through.”

Unfocused: “I have lots of skills and talents, but which ones are unique or most valuable? I want to know what sets me and my business apart and focus there.”

Captive: “I don’t want to have to serve everybody just to make money. I need to feel more at ease in my business, having the freedom to choose my clients or customers.”

Blasé: “I think I hit this rut where I realized I can make money but I'm not totally loving what I do or the way I'm doing it.”

Frustrated: “I know I’m good at my job because my current customers love me. But I hate to market. How can I succeed without spending all my time on marketing and sales.”

Sound familiar?

Join us to overcome these struggles together and realize the dream for your life you had when you started your business.


Together we can succeed.

The knowledge and connections you’ll gain with Mycelium close the gap between where your business is and where you want it to be so that you can:

Create more profit.

Have more personal time.

Work with more integrity and joy.

Have a greater sense of freedom and certainty.

Avoid big mistakes.

Recognize bullshit to feel more certain and at ease.


Is it right for you?

If you are an ambitious small business owner, 2+ years in, cash positive and looking to take your business and your role in it to the next level, this is the place for you.

"There’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself. Nobody can take away what you’ve got in yourself, and everybody has potential they haven’t used yet." -Warren Buffett


Knowledge + relationships = success.

Mycelium is a community and 5-month business school to plan and execute the next stage of your business and life.