Small business owners often find themselves with their nose to the grindstone, doing so much and focused solely on getting work out the door. It’s important to break free of this mindset and connect with other leaders who are in the same space. You can go further when you find your tribe, the right community of people who are at the same stage of business that you are, who want to be engaged with others and growing together. The saying is true—if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Your ability to sustain your growth and momentum as a business owner is going to last a lot longer with the right business community.
There are a few important things you should keep in mind when you’re looking for a business community to join.
- Know what you need and what you don't need at this point. There are a lot of business communities out there, and this is key to finding the right one for you. They are not one size fits all.
- Decide what works for you and who you want in your inner circle. You deserve a community that fits your needs and to be surrounded by “Corner 4” people who build you up, give honest feedback, and help you grow to your highest potential. You are not joining a group to fill a slot and fit into their box.
- Understand what you’re getting for your investment. When it comes to unpaid business communities, sometimes you get what you pay for. Likewise, a small business owner may get lost in the crowd among big corporate accounts in the wrong paid community.
- Honor the value of community. We aren't created to do life or business alone. As the owner, you need a safe place to be vulnerable and work through your challenges.
The Inflection Point Hub
I’ve seen how powerful and inspiring a business community can be from the perspective of a member. And a facilitator. My experiences have been a driving force behind partnering with Jeff Heyer-Jones, president of SparkEvolve, to create The Inflection Point Hub. Our first cohort will be Ohio members so we can gather in person. They’ll all be small, but mighty, business owners positioned for intentional growth, giving them common characteristics and goals. Jeff and I are looking to build so much more than just another business community, however. We’re leveraging our extensive work with small business owners and deep understanding of what makes a peer advisory group most successful to bring our members exactly what they need to grow themselves and their business. I bring mindset and strategy and Jeff brings processes and systems, plus we bring in additional experts who understand what you need to be doing in your business at the stage it is at today. Applications help us build a strong community of small business owners who are ready to take action to learn and grow together.
If you’re looking for a community where you can find support and inspiration, The Inflection Point Hub is for you. Make this your year to have a defining moment, an inflection point, that significantly changes the trajectory and progress of your business. Apply today! Join our cohort starting February 28, 2023!