The purpose of the SBO (Small Business Owners) Cohort is to leverage the experience each SBO has to help others find greater success and insight. It has been well said that all of us together are wiser than any one of us. The goal of the process outlined below is to bring experienced counsel and training together in a well-defined way to support SBOs in a safe, confidential environment.
Being a business leader can be a lonely job and we need to be around other business owners. Many times it’s not possible to have an open conversation about your concerns, challenges, and unknowns without causing stress and fear on the part of the employee you are speaking with.
This cohort is a confidential, safe, and open place to talk about and learn from other leaders and how they process and work through their business challenges. There’s no other place like this to be around other business owners and learn from each other in an intimate and respectful environment.
Small group education, workshops, and training are provided on topics of interest to the cohort so that you aren’t wasting your time. Your cohort sets the topics while the facilitator(s) find experts on the topic to train the cohort, while not selling you their services, to help you run your business even better.
Focus: engagement in this group is for business owners who are located in Cyprus in like-sized businesses. Each business should be non-competitive with the others, unless approved by both companies and other member business owners to be in the Cohort. Businesses for this cohort should be in the late startup phase (not in ideation but have a written business plan and are starting to execute it) or are currently in business with 10 or less employees.
Cohort Goal: The goal is to help each cohort member through confidential, peer business advice, issues/problem/opportunities processing, advice and resources/relationships that can help each business grow and stay focused on their key initiatives. Each cohort will tap into the body of experience and skills among members, receiving and giving real, practical insight.
Facilitation: Each group will have a professional business coach/facilitator who has been through or has seen many business startups. His or her job will be to help facilitate the conversation for the meetings, find resourcing, and help the group, as needed. The Facilitator will also provide the technology used for the group (i.e. Zoom or Google Meet) or help determine a location to meet if the group will meet in person.
The value and benefit of this group is in the experience, knowledge, and insight the members bring.
Recommended twelve-twenty-four (2 per month) in-person or online group meetings annually for up to 2 hours (recurring day and time TBD based upon members preferences).
Optional: one-to-one individual focused support with one cohort facilitator/coach for up to 1.5 hours per quarter. (additional coach fees).
(TBD) Each member will host or find a location to host the meeting each month. Costs of hosting, snacks and beverages for the group are the responsibility of the host unless it’s a public location (i.e. restaurant, where snacks and beverages are the responsibility of each member). Recommendations of where or how to host can be provided, as needed.
Cohort size: 6-12 members
Actual expectations to be determined by the cohort members but initial expectations include:
3 Main Types of Cohort Meetings:
As we build out the first cohort, we should recruit based on similar business sizes to provide the greatest opportunity for similar business challenges and issues.
Member business size: 1-10 employees
Fill out the registration form below, and we will contact you about booking an onboarding call. During this call we will ask you the following questions:
All answers will be confidential and only shared with members of this group who also agree to confidentiality.