Wholehearted Biz Builder Mentoring Program

A 5 month intensive marketing program for small “wholehearted” businesses.

Are you ready to create lasting business success?

Whether you are just starting out, a couple of years in, or even if you’ve been in business for a while, creating the business of your dreams can often feel elusive and overwhelming. The questions start rolling around in your head… “am I doing the right thing?”, “how can I get more people to know I exist?” and “why does it feel so hard?”

What you want is to experience more joy in your business doing work that you love. You want to attract the right customers, be valued for your skills and experience, and ensure that you are getting the best return on your investment in time, money and energy. And then there’s that whole “life/balance” thing!

Having worked now with dozens of small businesses, I still see small business owners making the same mistakes and learning the hard way. Quick fixes and magic formulas are not enough. I believe they need a more “wholehearted” approach to achieve the success they dream of.

Which is why I created the Wholehearted Biz Builder program.

About the Wholehearted Biz Builder program

The Wholehearted Biz Builder Program (originally piloted as My Wholehearted Biz) is a 5-month intensive mentoring program for small/micro business owners who would like to better understand business and marketing strategy and develop and implement a simple, effective and strategic action plan to help them achieve their business and life goals.

In this program, we delve beyond the basics of marketing promotion to help you more deeply understand the key drivers of your business, including vision and purpose, product development and innovation, building a tribe, pricing and value, sales funnels and marketing touchpoints. We’ll then help you develop a marketing action plan that you can actually implement! You’ll also benefit from the ideas, knowledge and support of other like-minded entrepreneurs who are on the same journey.

Each month we run two sessions.

One session per month is a 2 hour interactive workshop covering each of the BIG marketing questions below. This session aims to build your understanding of marketing and business in general, and relate these ideas to YOUR business – to ask the difficult questions and explore potential solutions. We will workshop ideas interactively, drawing on the skills and experience of the whole group, to build a strong, supportive community. Our final workshop will be a bit longer to allow time to prepare your marketing plan, ready for the year to come.

The other session each month provides each participant a chance to have a 20 minute brainstorm with their mentor and other members of the group and set accountability tasks for the month – which of course, will be followed up on! The length of this session will depend on group size (maximum group size is 6). These sessions are held online via Zoom.

At only $675* this program is not only significantly more affordable than most other popular small-business coaching programs – it also provides an intimate, small group mentoring experience in a safe, nurturing environment. That said, I realise this may represent a significant investment for many small business owners. To decide whether the program is worth this investment for YOUR business, please feel free to call me on 0412 602 284 to discuss.

Program Topics

Topic 1 – My Purpose
WHY are you doing this? What is your vision for the business and how will that help you live a purposeful life? What are your financial goals? What are your lifestyle goals? Do you honestly have the right skills, knowledge, experience and passion to do this? Are there other opportunities available that may be more aligned with your purpose?

Topic 2 – My Tribe
WHO do you wish to serve? Is there a viable market niche for your idea? How can you build a tribe of raving fans and create solutions that solve their problems? How can you find out what they REALLY want and what they are prepared to pay for it? How can you work with others to build your business – through referrals, outsourcing partners and suppliers?

Topic 3 – My Offer
WHAT new product and/or service solutions can you create to solve your ideal customers’ key problems? Do you retain all of your current offers, or should you let some of them go? How can you build innovation into your business so you can test new ideas and bring them to market faster? WHERE should you sell your products or services? How will you build your distribution networks and what platforms are most effective for your business, now and into the future? HOW MUCH should you charge? How can you optimise your offer to reach your financial goals?

Topic 4 – My Message
HOW do you connect with your Ideal Customers and other members of your tribe? What is the essence of your brand, and how do you best represent that in words, images and video? What are your key messages and how can you effectively communicate them, so that your tribe grows to know, like and trust your brand? What marketing channels are the most likely for potential customers and referral partners to find out about you? How can you convert interest in your offer into actual sales?

Topic 5 – My Plan
WHEN does all this happen if you also have a business to run? How can you develop good habits so that you are consistent and creative with your marketing promotion activities? How much or little should you tackle at a time? How do you build the skills you need to do this within your time constraints and budget, and when should you get help?
Includes additional time to prepare your marketing plan for the year ahead.

Register now for 2018!

The Wholehearted Biz Builder Program is a forum to totally express ourselves without judgement. As a mentor, Cath is very in-tune with our individual needs and makes it about us and not her. I find this really important in a group environment.

Cath has a great knack of getting in there and knowing exactly what each of us needs to help our business grow – and to gain the confidence to do so. She is very passionate about what she does and loves helping women in their business. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to better understand your Why, Who and What in your business.

Fiona Rhodes

Fiona Rhodes Design

After 3 years of running A Yen for Yarn, I felt my business was stagnating. The Wholehearted Biz Builder Program truly made me excited to be a biz owner again.

Cath’s program gave me the opportunity to workshop through the BIG QUESTIONS – Who? Why? What? Her workshops and online sessions were supportive and inclusive. This meant that I could work on my own biz challenges and help others with theirs – all under Cath’s expert guidance. To help meet our biz challenges, Cath has developed amazing planning tools that break everything down into practical steps. You walk away actually knowing what to do to make your biz work. THAT’S COOL!

After completing the program and using Cath’s planning tools, I have a new fee structure, more clients signing up for crochet classes, new people coming to my craft circle and more online sales.

Cath, my Biz and I thank you from the bottom of our yarny hearts.

Shona Menzies

A Yen for Yarn

Hi, I'm Cath Connell

Wholehearted Business Coach and Creator of Wholehearted Marketing

I often talk about Purpose in marketing and business - knowing your WHY – and WHY that matters.

It is MY Purpose to work with other small business owners to incorporate "wholehearted marketing" principles into their business practices. I love mentoring small business owners and joining them on their business journey as they implement their ideas, learn new skills and reach their goals.

My own small business journey has not always been smooth, but it has been incredibly fulfilling. With a little hindsight, I can see how many of the mistakes and challenges I faced in my early days in business were incredible learning experiences that I can now share with others. With over 20 years' industry experience, plus relevant business and marketing qualifications, I feel well positioned to support business owners on their own exciting business journeys – and hopefully help them avoid some of the nastier roadblocks and wrong turns that can hinder their success.

I believe that as small business owners we have an incredible opportunity to do great things in the world – not only within our businesses – but also in our families, communities and the world as a whole. I believe that together we can create a world where success is measured not by the size of our homes or the cars that we drive, but by how much happiness we share with others and how much joy and harmony we create in our lives and of those around us.

This is my dream, and WHY I created Wholehearted Marketing in first place.

The Important Details!

Wholehearted Biz Builder Program Groups will commence in July 2018.

For maximum personal attention, our groups are very small with only 4-6 people in each. To ensure privacy and encourage open, honest communication, industry exclusivity is considered.

The program includes:
5 x workshop sessions held in person (Melbourne only) or online via Zoom
4 x brainstorm/accountability sessions to be held online via Zoom
Ongoing support through via a private Facebook group
Printed (or for online groups, printable) worksheets

Our 2018 Groups

Group 1 – Scoresby
Commences Thursday 19 July, 10am-12pm
Monthly workshops to be held in Fort Knox Boardroom, Scoresby (easily accessible via Eastlink and Monash Freeway)
Monthly brainstorm and accountability sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Group 2 – Online
Commences Tuesday 24 July, 10am-12pm
All sessions will be held online via Zoom.

Alternatively, you may wish to gather together your own group of like-minded business owners within your business or local community. Please indicate this on your registration form and we will be in touch.

Investment: $675 (incl. GST)*

*Need an affordable payment plan? Register now and pay in monthly instalments of $145 (incl. GST). 

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