Beyond Business Groups 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.
We’ll cover the fundamentals such as market research and data, branding and marketing, financials, sales and customer service and much more.
And the best part? You create your own group! You choose the business owners in your community you want to catch up with. They could be friends, friends of friends, people you know through school or sport, adjacent businesses, people you’ve met at networking events or in online groups.
Though the focus is on your individual group, all of the Beyond Business Groups connect through a closed Facebook group, providing an opportunity to broaden the discussion and share ideas, opportunities and additional resources across the community.
Beyond Business Groups was designed for small businesses, particularly solo business owners, freelancers, or those who are home-based and would benefit from the social aspect of the meetings. Our groups are suitable for people at any stage of their business journey – startups or established businesses. For all genders. For commercial businesses, social enterprises or nonprofits.
If you are a business owner who enjoys face-to-face interaction, values learning and understands the importance of spending time working ‘on’ your business, then Beyond Business Groups is for you.
Our businesses need regular attention, and business planning is (well it should be!) an ongoing activity. In today’s continually changing business environment, it’s even more important to routinely review all areas of your business, including the foundations.
Our monthly modules build on each other, and fit together to cover all aspects of your business annually. They provide a structured way to review your business and undertake planning on your strategy, systems and processes, finances, branding and marketing.
On the first day of each month (excluding January because people tend to take it easy for fun, sun and rejuvenation!) we’ll email you a new module on a specific topic. The module will contain information, tools and activities, and will direct you to books, articles, podcasts, videos and more to further explore the topic. Keeping up with the latest information will be pain free!
The modules are designed as an integrated program that build on each other as you progress through the year.
To start a Beyond Business Group, you will need to find other local small business owners who want to connect, learn and share. They could be friends, acquaintances, people you know through school or sport, businesses in the area, or people you’ve met at networking events or in online business groups.
The optimum size for a group is four to six people (to fit around a dinner table). However, as few as three people works well, or up to eight. Larger groups may need to allow more time than the suggested two hours.
Your group will meet monthly, and we suggest a two hour block of time.
You could meet at each other’s homes, a local library or community centre, or a café or bar with a quiet corner or separate room. Day or night. Whatever works for your members.
Modules will arrive in your inbox on the first day of each month, so a meeting later in the month is best to allow plenty of time to read, listen, watch and learn.
At your first meeting, you can arrange dates, times and places for the year (or if you’re very organised you might sort this all out beforehand!).
Beyond Business Groups has regular intakes to start your learning journey with us. There are 11 monthly modules across the year (with January off to enjoy some sun). Our next program starts:
We have a special offer for new groups kicking off in February. You will receive a Food4Thought pack for your first meeting, including a snack pack (sweet or savoury, or both – you choose!), as well as one of our favourite business books to share around the group across the year. Sign up now!
Joining Beyond Business Groups is a great investment in yourself and your business. For our 2019 intakes we have a special Foundation Membership Offer.
For just $36 a month, you’ll receive the valuable learning materials and curated information, enjoy the fun of your supportive local group, and become part of the broader Beyond Business Groups Community. That’s an annual fee of only $396 per member.
Members register for the full year in advance.