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 face-to-face each month 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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

News

  • Webinars, video-conferencing and phone meetings are quickly becoming our new normal. For our Beyond Business Group members, video-conferencing will be essential for meetings in coming weeks and months. So we have put together a list of some free video-conferencing platform options, as well as guidelines for virtual meeting etiquette for you to use. Virtual meeting etiquette In a virtual setting,...

  • As the spectre of COVID-19 (coronavirus) grows, so do the impacts on our economy, and our small businesses. We have developed some tips to help you prepare for, and manage, the impacts of coronavirus. We also have links to helpful resources. While it’s important to be prepared, it’s also important not to panic as the coronavirus situation unfolds. If managed...

  • Cash flow and getting paid on time is one of the biggest issues faced by small businesses. It doesn’t matter how fabulous your idea or how good or busy your business is, if you can’t manage your money your business will fail. The saying ‘it takes money to make money’ is so true – even if we need just a...

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