Good strategy is crucial for sustainable growth.

Learn a better way to grow your business through this scaling up program

next program start date 10th March

Submit an EOI before 24th Feb 

Is this program for you?

Learn to drive the performance of your business so you can feel in control

Do you feel overwhelmed with change and innovation and making strategic decisions in your business?

How do other small businesses make decisions and move to adapt and change so fast?

The Scaling Up – A smarter way to business growth program delivers the skills to drive your business forward.

We make it easy with standard templates to turn your strategy into a monthly routine, that is built by you.

Ensure your plan is top of mind, stay on track to the goals you set and keep your strategic thinking all in one place. 

This program is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council with a business contribution of $595 to join the program. Up to 2 members of the business can join the program for this contribution fee   

What will we do?


  • create a 3 year strategic plan and map the plan to execute
  • make strategic decisions for your business that you can focus on today
  • refine your business purpose and values
  • understand the core levers of your business success and where to use your resources
  • grow your business network with speed networking
  • build a business performance management routine and KPI measures
  • problem solve challenges or opportunities in your business with confidence 
  • work with businesses in your industry segment such as food and agribusiness, manufacturing and technology 

    Supported by

    Meet the Team

    Tara Jacobsen

    Tara Jacobsen

    Program Facilitator

    Tara has over 25 years experience in innovation education and regional business growth. As co-founder of Groei – an innovation education organisation, she has supported and mentored thousands of business owners and start-ups across regional Australia including being the program designer and facilitator of the award winning USQ Wire Program. This program has connected hundreds of geographically isolated women to start new or expand existing businesses, in turn creating jobs for their drought-ravaged regions. Tara has founded four businesses herself, one of which was an RTO in the Pilbara,  the first of its kind in the region. She lectures in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, Decision Making and Creativity for a number of leading Australian institutions and is currently undertaking her PhD on social and entrepreneurial capital .

     Tara is currently on the board for the International Social Capital Association and has recently been appointed as the Australian Chair for leadership and entrepreneurship education to the G100 a global group of female leaders that provide thought leadership to the G20 and policymakers. On the sunshine coast she mentors for youth innovation accelerators Generation Innovation, The Telstra Mayors Innovation awards and is a judge for the Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

    Amanda Cole

    Amanda Cole

    Program Facilitator

    With over twenty years of working closely with entrepreneurs from business startup to maturity, Amanda Cole has seen her clients win awards, build strong and sustainable businesses and attain significant personal goals. As a leadership coach and strategy facilitator with Spark Consultants she has worked closely with business leaders to enable them with the tools to grow their business. Amanda is also Non-executive company director, and currently Chairman of four private company advisory boards including Shadforths Civil Construction and Sunfresh Linen.

    She is also Australia’s first and longest serving female Chairman for leading peer mentoring organisation The Executive Connection. Amanda is the recipient of the Centenary Medal for business and winner of the Telstra Young Business Woman’s Award (Qld) in 2000.

    What’s in it for me?

    Navigating the choices to grow your business can be overwhelming. 

    Here’s what you’ll get after the Program 

    Get focussed

    Set clear goals and get the focus on the right activities that will make it happen 

    Align your team

    Build a plan together so there’s buy in from the whole team.  

    Feel more confident

    Having a plan takes away the overwhelming feelings and having a routine puts you in charge.  

    Measure the right things

    Performance measures are often difficult to clarify and hard to implement. We provide a structure and the tools to easily measure your progress. 

    Introduce discipline

    The management routine helps you stay on track, manage change and holds you accountable to your commitments.  

    Be proactive

    Stop fighting fires and work on your business to make the time to decide on a permanent fix to your problems.    

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much time will I need?

    The program runs over a 90 day (12 weeks) sprint. There are 3 face to face sessions of 3-6 hours each and then on the other weeks there is a virtual 90 minute session. To get the most out of the program and implement the learning you’ll need to do some extra work. How much work you do in between sessions is up to you, however we would recommend you spend at least an hour a week working on your business and dedicate an hour monthly for a team meeting to report on your success measures.  

    When do we meet?

    Every week on Friday via Zoom from 7 – 8.30am Qld Time. Dates for the face to face sessions are BOOTCAMP: 10th March (9.30 – 3), Mid Program Session: 21st April –  9 – 2.30 and Graduation on 8th June  from 3.30 – 7.

    The first weekly Zoom session is on the 17th March.


    What’s the class size?

    Each cohort starts the meeting in a Zoom meeting group of a maximum of 42 (generally groups of 24) . You do the work in breakout groups with your colleagues from your business.  

    What preparation will I need to do?

    We will guide you through the preparation for the sessions in our onboarding modules.  

    What kind of support will I get?

    Your groei mentor is there to help you apply the material to your business and are available on chat via groei.Us and you will have access to your peers through our groei.Us community platform. You will also get 4 x 30 mins coaching sessions throughout the program from your groei facilitator.

    What if I miss a session?

    All our workshops are recorded so you can circle back if you can’t make the Live event. We strongly encourage you to prioritise the workshops to ensure you maintain the routine.  

    How do you protect confidentiality?

    All participants accept our confidentiality agreement as part of their conditions of membership. Chatham House rules apply during all workshop sessions.  

    What if I want to leave the program?

    The program is designed to be delivered over 12 weeks so please get in touch if you find the process does not work for you. Refund requests will be at our discretion and will require 90 days notice. Refer to our T&C’s for full membership conditions on our website.  

    Do I get a certificate?

    Yep – you need to have completed all the workshops to be eligible.  

    Do I keep the tools after the program finishes?

    Yep…you retain ownership of the trello boards however to continue to access Lessons you will need to maintain your groei.Us subscription.  

    Need more help?

    Places are limited – complete an expression of interest form here

    EOIs must be submitted before 24th Feb

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