Planning for Success Workshops
Helen Cowley helped me so much during our time together. As a new small business owner, she was able to provide clear and calm answers to my many frantic questions about an array of issues from financial reports to merchandise ordering and customer liaison. She was unfailingly helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. I have already put many of her suggested strategies into action with great results. I now feel much more equipped to operate my business into the future.
Carol Haffke - Owner, The Shoe Garden www.shoegarden.com.au
Beyond Networking Program
Like all single person businesses, I do not have a partner or managers to discuss issues and plans with. My Beyond Networking group is my Board of Directors. Every month I report on my progress and plans. The small group is ideally suited to allowing for open and frank discussions about each member's business and the direction they are going.
As a result of the goals that I have set, my Beyond Networking group and the monitoring of those goals, my business has developed in leaps and bounds. over the last 18 months. It requires commitment to your business and a strong desire to want to grow it.
If this is something you want to do, then I would strongly recommend that all small business owners be a member of a Beyond Networking group.
When I first met Helen seven years ago, I was a bit intimidated as I just didn't think at that stage that my business needed a business coach, as I knew where I was going and what to do. Eventually it dawned on me that having someone help you keep on track is essential to business growth. Unfortunately as a very small business, I just couldn't afford a business coach. Then I came across Beyond Networking. My business has been a member since the program first started, and the group, and Helen, are now key parts of my business. Helen is keeping me and my business on track.
Rachelle Williams - AnYi Pty Ltd www.howsafeisyourfood.com.au
Small Business Solutions Program
I have been with the Small Business Solutions Mentoring program for nearly 12 months now and I must say that I could not recommend this program highly enough for other Small Businesses. Not only does it provide you with a chance to have constant contact with an expert Business Mentor (at a very reduced rate I might add) but it also gives you the opportunity to formalise your skills by way of gaining TAFE qualifications. I have so far gained my Certificate IV in Small Business Management with the hope of getting my Diploma within the next 6 months.
The trials and tribulations of running your own business is not something anyone else can understand unless they are current or past business owners themselves. The Small Business Solution Business Mentors are all experts in their field and it doesn’t matter what sort of business you own, as the basic businesses principles can be applied across all industries. I have had the privilege of working with Helen Cowley for my duration with this program and she has guided me to focus, plan and implement so many new strategies and policies within my business that my business has been able to grow from three staff members to seven, in a little less than a year.
Kelly (Carpenter) - Dan the Sparky
We wanted our business plan to be an in-house project with guidance and direction from a professional source. [SBIS]’… knowledge and understanding of the small business environment has proved to be excellent and as such[they have] achieved a remarkable result. Producing and excellent result with the business plan, and a policies and procedures manual which is a much needed document with will be well used. The result of this process has exceeded our original plans and gives the company the building blocks to plan for, and grow in the future.
John Kemp (Director) - Pump Services Industries www.pumpservices.com.au
Planning for Success Workshops