Our Economic Development program helps Councils build strong small business communities through peer learning. Our groei small business accelerator has measurable impact, that engages participants and regional stakeholders.

Our promise is to deliver

Long term impact

providing foundational business skills leading to increased jobs, stronger profits and improved commercial viability

Community

connecting business owners in peer learning groups building social capital through purposeful networks

Better engagement

by providing flexible learning including in person in region and online with easy to use tools

Expert local support

through reputable facilitators and coaches who we engage and train to deliver the program so relationships stay in region

Stakeholder leverage

connecting your key local membership and small business organisations with a shared purpose

Our programs can be industry specific

Women-Led Small Business

Sustainable Small Business

Professional Services

Creative Industries

Construction

What our participants say

“The peer mentor experience was what made this program. Throughout the program I just felt so supported as challenges came up in my business. I felt I had a space of like-minded business owners who knew me and my business really well. My facilitator was so skilled in setting the groups up and getting us to stick. She has an authentic passion for business and getting the best out of the cohort  and her deep technical expertise was perfect insight for us when we needed it.  ”

SAM DEVERS

FOUNDER AND OWNER OF SMALL BIZ HQ, GLADSTONE, CENTRAL QUEENSLAND

“Before the program I didn’t have the knowledge to grow my business. It gave me the confidence to know which direction I’m heading.”

REBECCA SPARKES

OWNER SWEET TREATS & TAKEAWAY GATTON, SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

“It was the opportunity to meet and connect and actually work with like minded women that was the true power and how we were walked through the learning content and taught how to apply what we needed when we needed to. Even when things went wrong the peer, the facilitator and mentors helped us solve those problems and made us feel less alone.”

MAREE ROSIER

JV BUSINESS CREATED FROM WIRE LOCKYER VALLEY, SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

“Since the Strategy Lab in February implementing my first two plan items doubled my capacity and doubled my monthly recurring revenue. I think there were just too many ideas floating around in my head that I had analysis paralysis and was pretty well stuck.

The groei growth map was a lightbulb moment that made it clear what growth levers to pull now for my stage of the business.”

CHRIS MCKENZIE

MANAGING PARTNER , NEXT NINETY BUDERIM, SUNSHINE COAST QUEENSLAND

“I feel as if I have grown substantially. I have faith in myself and I’ve stop searching for what other people do. It’s now about what works for me and my business. A lot of businesses could benefit from this program. I got great value from my mentor. She had walked in my shoes.”

ANGE JACKWITZ

JAC & MO CAFÉ GATTON, SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

“The program helps clarify my direction and stay focussed. Having the time to work on my business each quarter is so important and keeps me on track.”

JACQUI BRAUMAN

CEO TBA LAW & LEGALLY WISE WOMEN NAGAMBI, VICTORIA

Want to know more about the program?

Over 12 weeks our participants go from average to lightspeed with our small business accelerator.

Our programs use applied adult learning principles with curated content from small business experts. wWe work with local coaches and facilitators to provide ongoing support for businesses communities. Participants connect with like-minded peers and use practical tools that work.  

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