See below for testimonials from former and current GroYourBiz members!
“GroYourBiz has brought such structure and growth to my business. Most importantly for me, though, is the beautiful balance it brings to my family. I have managed to grow the business while still working the same hours I did before. This is all due to improving processes each month to make the best use of my time.”
Bridget Jensen, Sleep Consultant, Better Bedtime
“Our firm has benefited enormously from a number of value added services of GroYourBiz Ltd. We found the input insightful, relevant, well presented and immediately effective, adding to group buy-in, support and performance.”
Carolyn Cross, Chairman & CEO, Ondine Biomedical Inc.
“Living and running a business in a remote community provides many challenges, winning this scholarship is a real blessing, in that it gives me access to other business owners across Canada. Getting support, knowledge and advice from other business people is something that I don’t get access to living in a remote community. We have met twice and already I have connected with others, and although we are in very different businesses and situations the conversations have helped me clarify some of my issues. I am excited for the year ahead to learn and grow my business.”
Carol Bulford, Owner, Advantage Print & Design
“For many years I provided creative design services in the AV industry, but when I went out on my own I was eluded by business operations and learning to deal with a new kind of work/life balance. There are endless on-line references and groups to help, but I needed somewhere to go where I could really dig deep and focus into the heart of my company to help it succeed. GroYourbiz is like having your own board of directors. It’s a safe place to really talk in detail about challenges and ideas that perhaps your business partner, spouse or family wouldn’t understand. It’s a group that will listen and advise, no matter how serious or insignificant the issue may seem. I have to mention too, that I’ve met the most amazing women through GroYourBiz who are thoughtful, trustworthy and appreciative of my work experience and perspective. I have formed several close friendships, which is an important piece of the mix for all business women. GroYourBiz is not only inspirational, it’s roll up your sleeves and be accountable for actions that will GROW YOUR BUSINESS.”
Marjorie Neilson, Graphic Designer, Radically Creative
“The opportunity to join GroYourBiz came at a time when I was working through challenges brought on by the rapidly changing business climate. As a seasoned business owner, I needed new strategies and the support of knowledgeable and experienced women business owners to reassess my business model and transform my business. Different from the myriad of typical networking groups, the GroYourBiz model with high standards for professionalism, peer commitment, and strong facilitators continues to support me personally and professionally as I realign my business for manageable and sustainable growth”
Patricia Muir, PCC, Maestro Quality Inc.
“Thank you GroYourBiz members for your support on my business challenge. Through your questions, comments and suggestions I was able to gain a new perspective. Your experience, expertise and insight has helped me to clarify next steps in terms of developing a training team.”
Cheryl Dawn Smith, President, dba Horty Girl
“My 8 months with GroYourBiz has been timely and valuable. Building relationships with other business women, having a safe forum to share concerns and receive valuable suggestions or hearing other’s issues and being challenged to offer wisdom from one’s own knowledge and experience – it has been time well spent. As a small business owner, it has encouraged me to stay on track with my own goals and vision, by the monthly exchange of ideas, accountability and motivation. I would highly recommend it!”
Janie Anderson, Owner, Pistachio Boutique Inc.
“Business is booming, and as a result of all the ground work I did with Grow Your Biz last year, it’s lead to my busiest January ever. My income has increased dramatically, and my networking has lead to three planned upcoming talks, a teaching engagement, and a new Board position. Gro Your Biz has also positively influenced my personal life, and helped me focus my energies on being the best I can be. ”
Susan Lahey, President, Eastern Art Consultants Inc.
“I have joined the GroYourBiz Linked In Group and look forward to being an active part of GroYourBiz. It is a wonderful supportive environment and provides the focus on acceleration we all need to take our businesses to the next level. Thank-you!”
Sonja Salmon, Owner, Ebby Rane
“Previous to joining GroYourBiz, I found it impossible to find a networking group where (growth oriented) six figure business owners were getting together and helping each other. Partly as a result of the relationships, strategies and advice I got from my group, I tripled my business in one year. The ability to connect on a regular basis with consistent access to a professional space and advice about anything to do with money has made all the difference to my biz!”
Chala Dincoy-Flajnik, CEO, Coachtactics
“I purchased a franchise in March of 2012 and was having a tough time growing my business at the pace that I had originally planned. In May 2013, GroYourBiz was recommended to me by a colleague. I liked the strategic growth orientation of the group and I have not been disappointed with the results. Partly as a result of the relationships, strategies and advice I have gotten from this group, I was able to purchase a second territory enabling me to grow my business to twice it’s original size. The ability to connect on a regular basis with consistent access to a professional space and advice has made all the difference to my business!”
Lisa Lloyd, Owner, BB Commercial Solutions | Budget Blinds
“I wish to thank you for all of your support & generosity over these past three years. GroYourBiz and the women involved have served as a lifeline for me. Many days I thought I was drowning but you all pulled me forward and through the “muck” to solid ground where I stand today. My sincerest gratitude.”
Susan Feil Nyikes, Little Vienna Bakery
“Several of my staff have mentioned that they admire me for belonging to a business group that is helping me to develop and grow as the company does. They also like that I have my own ‘go to’ people for back up when they are asking big questions that obviously put me under pressure to make crucial decisions. I think this shows good leadership and sets an example for them to work hard on themselves to improve. I am not asking them to be better at their jobs without taking my own personal responsibility to be a better owner and manager.”
Lynn Robinson, The Robinson Group Training & Consulting Corp.
“Just want to say thank you to you all for my round table session, I did receive some valuable info, insights, and good ideas. It’s so important to receive information like this from a totally honest point of view of trusted people. (Even though I sometimes might have had a “deer in headlights” look on my face).”
Linda Zaurrini, Director/Owner, LaVigne Organic Skincare
“I came to GroYourBiz as a way to expand my company and have been a cheerleader for what Barbara Mowat accomplishes through GroYourBiz by impacting our companies with her wisdom, leadership, intelligence and her ability to dig deep and ask hard questions that need real answers! The monthly discussions with business women who are struggling with the same issues is essential to our growth as women entrepreneurs and each little success is shared and applauded within our group! I cannot begin to place a value on what I have learned and I look forward to continuing to “Gro my Biz” with each businesswoman and Barbara Mowat as the leader!”
Tracy Dueck, Owner, Tracycakes Bakery Café
“As a professional interior designer operating as a sole proprietor I never really thought of myself as a business owner. Growth was never part of my mindset. When I first heard of GroYourBiz I was hesitant. I did not believe that I was a candidate for owning a company that could actually grow and flourish. In a bit of a business standstill, I decided to try it out for 1 year. What a brilliant move! I learned very quickly how wonderfully supportive GroYourBiz members are. I love connecting with these like-minded dynamic women on a monthly basis. The best part is that even though it’s only been 9 months I am already enjoying tangible results. My income has increased dramatically and because the projects are coming in faster than I can produce my business has expanded to include associate designers. It’s a great feeling!”
Linda Makins, Principal, MAKINSAHCANGE Creative Environments Inc.
“GroYourBiz is an organization which offers a great forum where women entrepreneurs can openly and confidentially discuss what is going well and “not “ going well in their own organization. By making oneself accountable in every meeting is a fresh approach in a small business.”
Veve Tas, ChocolaTas
“I’ve been a part of GroYourBiz coming up to two years in March, I was referred by someone member who thought that this would be a great investment and sure way to help my business with the stepping stones of creating and maintaining a sound and successful business. And true to her word I have learned many valuable techniques and received an out pouring of ideas and accountability support that extends way past our monthly meeting from almost every member of our Board. I have to mention the continued words of wisdom and patience that my Chair has had with me has helped me develop and expand into a successful business women. I appreciate the use of a professional boardroom on a consistent monthly basis where we are free to discuss our matters in a confidential environment”
Georgette Dehaney, Owner, Georgie Porgie Cakes & Gifts
“I have been participating in GroYourBiz for over a year and have found it to be a motivating, educational and challenging experience. GroYourBiz keeps me from falling into the trap of only working IN my business without taking time to work ON my business. BMO has been instrumental in their support by providing the physical space necessary to develop a cohesive business Advisory Board. They have also offered our membership opportunities to network within our local business community and exposure to experts in the entrepreneurial and financial sectors. I’m impressed by the commitment they have demonstrated to women entrepreneurs in our city.”
Peg Bradshaw, The Office Organizers Inc.
“Here is to MANY MORE SUCCESSFUL OPENINGS! I am one Satisfied GroYourBiz member who truly enjoys and benefits from my monthly meetings and sister GroYourBiz members. I think GroYourBiz is a wonderful service to Women Entrepreneurs who want support in growing their business. I recommend it highly.”
Maxine, Owner, MaxineWarsh Facial Rejuenation
Remember it is NOT the time to “give up” but to STEP UP and continue to pivot and GroYourBiz!