PowerUp Your Practice (TM)

Virtual Small Business Owner Professional Development Groups

Contact us regarding meeting schedules. Groups meet live and online, using a video platform. Application required.

PowerUp Your Practice groups are designed for you if you are a small business owner who believes professional development is your pathway to building a stronger practice NOW.  

You will work virtually with fellow small business owners across the country.   The primary goal of our groups is to help develop YOU, the business practice owner, to be the best you can be in your chosen field!

No excuses. Regardless of what is going on in the world, resolve to make 2020 your best small business year EVER! Wherever you are today, you can be stronger tomorrow.  

Group Makeup:

  • Entrepreneurs/small business owners who have been in business for more than three years and who are serious about their own professional development, which in turn will help them strengthen their practice.
  • We are exploring industry- and interest-specific groups (for example, financial advisors, insurance agents, aging-in-place specialists). If this type of growth group interests you, please indicate that on your application.


  • Groups connect monthly, online, for a 1.5-hour live meeting
  • Programs include a combination of facilitator-led “hot topic” discussions and speaker presentations – on the subjects chosen by the group
  • Meetings are interactive, encouraging lively discussion with and feedback from your fellow group members
  • Your facilitator organizes your meetings and maintains your member resource area so everything is easily accessible to you
  • An application and follow-up discussion are required to ensure, once accepted, you are placed in the group that is best for you and your fellow group members
  • A 12-month commitment is required
    • Payment may be annually, or you may make alternate arrangements
  • Speaker topics and facilitator-led discussions will be adjusted to fit your group’s needs, from both group interest and tract perspectives

Sample facilitator-led “hot topic” discussions:

  • Building Your Practice is Truly an Inside Job (It’s All About You!)
  • Diversifying Your Client Base
  • Where Did Your Self-Confidence Suddenly Go? Get Back Here!
  • Good Call, Bad Call — How to Remain Optimistic During a Day of Ups and Downs
  • How to Navigate Building Your Practice in a Man’s (or Woman’s) World
  • Courage?! Lessons from the Wizard of Oz Lion
  • Can You Do It All?  Is Work-Life Balance Real?
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Stress Management – Ways to Prevent, Relieve and Even Leverage Stress

Sample speaker topics:

  • Growth strategies
  • Effective communication
  • Marketing your practice
  • The power of a positive mindset
  • Conflict management
  • Legal and HR topics surrounding running and growing your business
  • Financial and management challenges 
  • Other topics of interest your growth group decides upon!

You will empower yourself and your group members by:

  • Building relationships with your member colleagues who have your back
  • Learning from each other – through your collective strengths and your collective weaknesses
  • Professional development
  • Leadership development
  • Cross-pollinating ideas with members in different regions of our country
  • Being part of an ad hoc advisory team, while often forming lifelong connections
  • Mentoring and being mentored – giving and gaining feedback on key areas of practice growth
  • Learning.  Learning.  Learning. 
  • Expanding your personal network and centers of influence
  • Setting SMART and STAAMP ™ Goals. and enlisting accountability partners
  • Gaining honest feedback, not “sugar-coated” responses that others think you want to hear
  • Accessing our resource area – your facilitator will maintain your resource area, which will include speaker presentations, member bios, contact info, and other resources your group chooses

As you consider joining us, it is also important to know what we are NOT:  We are not a lead share group and our purpose is not to sell to each other.  While business opportunities may be shared over time and you might choose to enter business transactions with other members, those are secondary or tertiary outcomes. Those types of groups are great and have their purpose…simply not here.

The primary goal of our groups is to help develop YOU, the business practice owner, to be the best you can be in your chosen field! No excuses. Wherever you are today, you can be stronger tomorrow. 

Please contact robin@startuptogrowth.com for PowerUp Your Practice TM growth group openings, days/times, and pricing.  An application is required.