Like a book group, but with monthly topics and activities so you can learn, reflect and take action to improve all areas of your small business.

Are you a solo business owner wanting to improve your business?

Had enough of information overload?

Do you want a social outlet where you talk business, drink coffee (or wine!) and learn from, and with, like-minded people?

Then Beyond Business Groups is for you!

A new type of business learning group

Beyond Business Groups provides guided learning for small groups, where you meet each month (face-to-face or virtually) to have fun, share, learn and take action on your business. They run like a book group. But instead of monthly books, you receive monthly modules with information and tools designed to help you work on each aspect of your business over the course of a year.

And the best part? Just like a book group, you choose your members!

Find out all the details

Small business learning is fun

Beyond Business Groups is:

  • about social connection
  • focused on learning and taking action
  • about sharing your experience and expertise
  • supportive – you help each other

Beyond Business Groups complements the networking and referral groups you may attend – and you just might find others to join your group there.

Take your business beyond graphic

Through Beyond Business Groups you will regularly give your business the attention it needs to keep it focused, strong and importantly, making money!

Beyond Business Groups will take you through each aspect of your business across the year (including the areas you tend to avoid or ignore). You’ll receive concise and curated information to save you time and effort. You’ll learn in a supportive and social environment, sharing ideas and expertise. And you’ll have ongoing peer accountability to keep you on track.

Group learning and accountability are so beneficial in taking your business beyond.

Our action learning model infographic showing: learn, reflect, plan and act stages of Beyond Business Groups learning.
Co-founders of Beyond Business Groups, Nichole Maybury and Vickie Burkinshaw

How it all began

Beyond Business Groups was developed by Vickie Burkinshaw and Nichole Maybury. Like you, we’re small business owners with a passion for learning. And we miss the workplaces and colleagues from our earlier careers.

As our businesses (and families) grew we’d regularly meet to drink tea or bubbly and discuss business opportunities and challenges; share articles, books and ideas; and set goals and actions to undertake to strengthen our businesses. Then we’d meet again, talk and share some more, and update each other on our progress.

We couldn’t find a business group that worked the way we wanted to. So we created our own.

Create a group

Beyond Business Groups icon with tick

1. I’m ready to take my business beyond.

Beyond Business Groups icon with tick

2. I’ve organised some amazing business owners who want to do the same (and I have their email addresses).

News

  • In this member case study, meet one of our Beyond Business Groups members from Wagga Wagga – Alison MacIntosh. These case studies demonstrate how our learning program is helping small business owners, what they see as the biggest benefits, and what they have done to strengthen their businesses.  Meet Alison Alison MacIntosh joined a Wagga cohort of Beyond Business Groups...

  • There is always room to improve your brand voice when writing for your small business. Your writing style and tone, along with your vocabulary, express your business personality, and help you connect with your customers. I was reminded of this when my daughter recently ordered an Oodie (one of those oversized, supersoft, weird hoodie–blanket hybrids that seem to be a...

  • There are many good and necessary reasons to rebrand your small business. However, the reason needs to be strategic. Not because you are bored with your tagline or logo, or like a particular trend! That can be a costly exercise where you risk losing recognition and any brand equity you have built. With the many changes the last year has...

What people are saying

Stay in touch

Not ready to create a group, but want to stay in touch? Sign up to receive our Beyond Business Groups newsletter with articles, tips and info.