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Our weekly 30 minute podcast helps you, a small business owner with 5 to 30 team members, take your company to the next level. The Grow A Small Business community, weekly cast, blog and leadership email supports leaders get through the pain of growth.

With insights, lessons learned, books and tools as well as habits these experienced small business owners suggest you develop, our interviews unearth tremendous value for anyone wanting to grow their business with less stress.

Grow A Small Business Podcast Troy Trewin

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Our weekly 30 minute podcast helps you, a small business owner with 5 to 30 team members, take your company to the next level. The Grow A Small Business community, weekly cast, blog and leadership email supports leaders get through the pain of growth.

With insights, lessons learned, books and tools as well as habits these experienced small business owners suggest you develop, our interviews unearth tremendous value for anyone wanting to grow their business with less stress.

    QFF: Driving Green Growth: Renate Crollini's $2M Revenue Triumph at Brownie.io. Revealing the Secrets of How a Small, Passionate Team Masters Eco-Friendly Practices, Inspires Talent, and Fuels Small Business Growth. (Episode 529 - Renate Crollini)

    QFF: Driving Green Growth: Renate Crollini's $2M Revenue Triumph at Brownie.io. Revealing the Secrets of How a Small, Passionate Team Masters Eco-Friendly Practices, Inspires Talent, and Fuels Small Business Growth. (Episode 529 - Renate Crollini)

    In less than 20 minutes a week, we'll introduce you to an expert or business owner with deep experience in what they do. Grow you, grow your team, grow a small business.

    In this episode, host Rob Cameron interviews Renate Crollini, founder of Brownie.io, a successful sustainability consulting firm generating $2M in revenue. Renate shares insights on how their 10-member team specializes in eco-friendly practices, attracting passionate employees, and driving growth for small businesses.

    Key Takeaways for Small Business Owners:

    Embrace Sustainability as a Business Mindset: Renate emphasizes that adopting sustainability practices is not only good for the environment but also offers a competitive business advantage. Small businesses should view sustainability as a pathway to address issues like reducing energy costs, increasing revenue, and attracting passionate staff and consumers.
     
    Start with Simple Actions: The journey towards sustainability begins with small, actionable steps. Renate advises businesses to start with what they already have in place, such as renewable energy, recycling, composting procedures, or flexible working policies. These steps demonstrate that sustainability doesn't have to be complex or costly.
     
    Effective Communication and Stakeholder Buy-In: One of the success stories shared involved a bakery that achieved stakeholder buy-in and developed an effective communication strategy with their staff. This led to successful adoption of sustainability initiatives and even attracted a new staff member passionate about sustainability.

    Our hero crafts outstanding reviews following the experience of listening to our special guests. Are you the one we've been waiting for?
     
    The Role of Brownie in Supporting SMEs: Brownie, the platform co-founded by Renate, provides tailored recommendations to help small businesses implement sustainable practices. It simplifies the process, making it easier for businesses to take immediate, impactful actions.
     
    Continuous Improvement: Sustainability is an ongoing journey. Businesses should not aim for perfection from the start but should continue to take incremental steps and build on their successes.
     
    Resources and Contact Information: For those interested in learning more or seeking guidance, Renate encourages connecting via LinkedIn or visiting Brownie’s website at brownie.io. She also offers her email for direct inquiries: renata@brownie.io.
    One action small business owners can take:

    One action small business owners can take is to start implementing sustainable practices, such as recycling, energy conservation, and waste reduction, within their operations. By making these changes, businesses can reduce their environmental impact, attract eco-conscious customers, and improve their overall sustainability.

    Do you have 2 minutes every Friday? Sign up to the Weekly Leadership Email. It's free and we can help you to maximise your time.
     
    Enjoyed the podcast? Please leave a review on iTunes or your preferred platform. Your feedback helps more small business owners discover our podcast and embark on their business growth journey. 👇
     
     
    Quotable quotes from our special Grow A Small Business podcast guest:

    Sustainability isn't just a trend; it's a fundamental shift in how we do business – Renate Crollini

    Every small step towards sustainability counts, no matter how small – Renate Crollini

    Don't wait for perfect conditions to start. Begin with what you have, where you are – Renate Crollini
     
     
     

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    From Startup to $1M Success: Laura Hindson of Tiger Nut Milk on Building a Sustainable Brand with a Dedicated 6-Member Team, Embracing Challenges, and Balancing Family Life in the Competitive Dairy Industry. (Episode 528 - Laura Hindson)

    From Startup to $1M Success: Laura Hindson of Tiger Nut Milk on Building a Sustainable Brand with a Dedicated 6-Member Team, Embracing Challenges, and Balancing Family Life in the Competitive Dairy Industry. (Episode 528 - Laura Hindson)

    In this episode of Grow a Small Business, host Michael Denehey talks with Laura Hindson from Madame Tiger. Laura shares insights on building a strong brand, balancing work and family, and fostering a sustainable company culture. With her business generating significant revenue and a growing team, she emphasizes the importance of hiring passionate people and leveraging a robust support network for success.

    Why would you wait any longer to start living the lifestyle you signed up for? Balance your health, wealth, relationships and business growth. And focus your time and energy and make the most of this year. Let’s get into it by clicking here.

    Michael delves into our guest's startup journey, their perception of success, industry reconsideration, and the pivotal stress point during business expansion. They discuss the joys of small business growth, vital entrepreneurial habits, and strategies for team building, encompassing wins, blunders, and invaluable advice.

    And a snapshot of the final five Grow A Small Business Questions:


    What do you think is the hardest thing in growing a small business?

    Laura Hindson believes the hardest thing in growing a small business is that "every problem is my problem." This encapsulates the challenge of being a business owner, where the responsibility for solving all issues ultimately falls on the owner's shoulders.


    What's your favourite business book that has helped you the most?

    Laura Hindson's favorite business book that has helped her the most is "How to Build a Billion Dollar Business" by Radek Sali. She found it incredibly helpful for its honest perspective on the highs and lows of building a successful business.


    Are there any great podcasts or online learning resources you'd recommend to help grow a small business?

    Laura Hindson recommends "The Imperfects Podcast" by Hugh van Cuylenburg, known for The Resilience Project. While not strictly business-related, Hindson finds its focus on resilience valuable for small business owners, as resilience is crucial when facing challenges in entrepreneurship.


    What tool or resource would you recommend to grow a small business?

    Laura Hindson recommends two essential tools for small businesses: Xero and Shopify. She finds Xero helpful for its accounting capabilities, simplifying financial management. Shopify, on the other hand, allows even those without web development skills to create and manage their online store, providing an easy-to-use platform for businesses.


    What advice would you give yourself on day one of starting out in business?

    On day one of starting out in business, Laura Hindson would advise herself: "No matter how hard it gets, you'll make it." She emphasizes the importance of perseverance and resilience in facing the inevitable challenges of entrepreneurship, acknowledging that while the journey may be harder than anticipated, it's still worth pursuing.


    Book a 20-minute Growth Chat with Troy Trewin to see if you qualify for our upcoming course. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your small business to new heights!

    Enjoyed the podcast? Please leave a review on iTunes or your preferred platform. Your feedback helps more small business owners discover our podcast and embark on their business growth journey.
     
     
    Quotable quotes from our special Grow A Small Business podcast guest:

    Resilience is crucial when facing challenges in entrepreneurship – Laura Hindson
    Prioritize growth and focus on moving forward – Laura Hindson
    The journey may be harder than anticipated, but it's still worth pursuing – Laura Hindson
     
     
     

    • 41 min
    From Humble Beginnings to a $500M Empire: Dive into the journey of GoodJob, a tech business founded by an inspiring entrepreneur. Learn how they built a dynamic team of 130 members and achieved explosive growth. (Episode 527 - Stephen Johnston)

    From Humble Beginnings to a $500M Empire: Dive into the journey of GoodJob, a tech business founded by an inspiring entrepreneur. Learn how they built a dynamic team of 130 members and achieved explosive growth. (Episode 527 - Stephen Johnston)

    In this episode of the Grow a Small Business podcast with host Troy Trewin, we delve into the incredible journey of Stephen Johnston from Good Job. With over two decades of business experience, Stephen shares insights on achieving significant growth, building a successful team, and generating $500M in revenue.


    Why would you wait any longer to start living the lifestyle you signed up for? Balance your health, wealth, relationships and business growth. And focus your time and energy and make the most of this year. Let’s get into it by clicking here.
     
    Troy delves into our guest's startup journey, their perception of success, industry reconsideration, and the pivotal stress point during business expansion. They discuss the joys of small business growth, vital entrepreneurial habits, and strategies for team building, encompassing wins, blunders, and invaluable advice.
     
    And a snapshot of the final five Grow A Small Business Questions:
     
    What do you think is the hardest thing in growing a small business?

    According to Stephen Johnston, the hardest thing in growing a small business is being prepared to make significant sacrifices. He emphasizes that success often requires more than anticipated and involves navigating challenges and market influences beyond one's control.


    What's your favourite business book that has helped you the most?

    Stephen Johnston's favorite business book that has helped him the most is "Good to Great" by Jim Collins. This book has provided him with valuable insights into building successful companies and understanding what differentiates good companies from great ones.


    Are there any great podcasts or online learning resources you'd recommend to help grow a small business?

    Stephen Johnston recommends several great podcasts and online learning resources to help grow a small business. He enjoys John Gordon's podcast for leadership tips, Patrick Lencioni's management podcast, and John Maxwell's podcast. He often listens to these based on friends' recommendations, finding them valuable for business insights.



    What tool or resource would you recommend to grow a small business?

    Stephen Johnston recommends using Excel to grow a small business. As a self-proclaimed spreadsheet nerd, he believes that strategic planning should always start with the numbers, making Excel an invaluable tool for organizing and analyzing business data.


    What advice would you give yourself on day one of starting out in business?

    Stephen Johnston advises his day-one self to be prepared for sacrifices and to keep an open mind. He emphasizes that success often involves unexpected challenges and learning from both failures and successes. Naivety helped him initially, but being aware and adaptable is crucial.
     
    Book a 20-minute Growth Chat with Troy Trewin to see if you qualify for our upcoming course. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your small business to new heights!

    Enjoyed the podcast? Please leave a review on iTunes or your preferred platform. Your feedback helps more small business owners discover our podcast and embark on their business growth journey.
     
     
    Quotable quotes from our special Grow A Small Business podcast guest:

    Embrace the unknown; it's where true growth happens – Stephen Johnston
     
    Sacrifice is a given; be prepared to give it your all – Stephen Johnston

    Stay naive, stay curious, and always challenge the status quo – Stephen Johnston
     
     
     

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    QFF: Married entrepreneurs Kay Lee and Robert Fukui, with over 20 years of experience, share strategies for six-figure revenue success focusing on collaboration, strategic planning, and resilience. (Episode 526 - Kay Lee & Robert Fukui)

    QFF: Married entrepreneurs Kay Lee and Robert Fukui, with over 20 years of experience, share strategies for six-figure revenue success focusing on collaboration, strategic planning, and resilience. (Episode 526 - Kay Lee & Robert Fukui)

    In less than 20 minutes a week, we'll introduce you to an expert or business owner with deep experience in what they do. Grow you, grow your team, grow a small business.

    In this episode of the “Grow a Small Business podcast”, host Rob Cameron interviews Kay Lee & Robert Fukui from Married Entrepreneur. With over 20 years of experience, they share invaluable insights into achieving work-life balance and generating six-figure revenues. Tune in to learn their strategies for success!

    Key Takeaways for Small Business Owners:

    Regular Meetings: Kay Lee & Robert emphasize the importance of weekly meetings to synchronize schedules, set expectations, and plan personal time, fostering harmony in both business and personal life.

    Time Efficiency: Conduct a task audit to identify high-impact activities. Focus on your "zone of genius" and delegate or automate other tasks to maximize productivity.

    Utilize Technology: Leverage technology to streamline operations and save time, allowing for a more efficient use of resources.
    Our hero crafts outstanding reviews following the experience of listening to our special guests. Are you the one we've been waiting for?

    Delegate Tasks: Delegate tasks to team members who are better suited for them, freeing up time to focus on strategic activities that drive growth.

    Long-Term Goals: Allocate time for long-term strategic activities like research and development, which are crucial for sustainable growth.

    Resource Utilization: Visit their website for resources including their podcast "Thriving in Tandem" and their book "Tandem: The Married Entrepreneurs' Guide for Greater Work-Life Balance" for further insights and tools.

    One action small business owners can take:
    One action small business owners can take is to schedule regular weekly meetings to synchronize schedules, set expectations, and plan personal time. This practice can help maintain harmony in both business and personal life.
     
    Do you have 2 minutes every Friday? Sign up to the Weekly Leadership Email. It's free and we can help you to maximise your time.

    Enjoyed the podcast? Please leave a review on iTunes or your preferred platform. Your feedback helps more small business owners discover our podcast and embark on their business growth journey. 👇
     
     
    Quotable quotes from our special Grow A Small Business podcast guest:

    Balance is not something you find, it's something you create – Kay Lee & Robert Fukui

    Success is not the key to happiness; happiness is the key to success – Kay Lee & Robert Fukui

    Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. – Kay Lee & Robert Fukui
     
     
     

    • 18 min
    Achieving Success with the Founder of SheMentors, on Empowering Women in Business Through a Tech Platform, Overcoming Gender Barriers, Achieving Growth, and Driving Change in Australia and Beyond – (Episode 525 - Ali Adey)

    Achieving Success with the Founder of SheMentors, on Empowering Women in Business Through a Tech Platform, Overcoming Gender Barriers, Achieving Growth, and Driving Change in Australia and Beyond – (Episode 525 - Ali Adey)

    In this episode of the Grow a Small Business podcast, host Michael Denehey interviews Ali Adey, Founder of She Mentors. Discover the remarkable story behind Ali Adey's global tech platform, empowering women to share knowledge, skills, and experiences online. With a bootstrap beginning and a only six contractors, Ali reveals the strategies for growing a membership platform while balancing the demands of raising a young family.

    Why would you wait any longer to start living the lifestyle you signed up for? Balance your health, wealth, relationships and business growth. And focus your time and energy and make the most of this year. Let’s get into it by clicking here.
     
    Michael delves into our guest's startup journey, their perception of success, industry reconsideration, and the pivotal stress point during business expansion. They discuss the joys of small business growth, vital entrepreneurial habits, and strategies for team building, encompassing wins, blunders, and invaluable advice.
     
    And a snapshot of the final five Grow A Small Business Questions:
     
    What do you think is the hardest thing in growing a small business?

    Ali Adey mentioned that managing cash flow is one of the hardest things in growing a small business. She highlighted that it's especially challenging when bootstrapping, as it can be day-to-day. However, she also emphasised the importance of discipline and having clear boundaries in place, such as time blocking, to help manage this aspect of the business.


    What's your favourite business book that has helped you the most?


    Ali Adey's favourite business book is "Scaling Up" by Verne Harnish. She finds this book to be very helpful, as it sets up businesses for success, providing valuable insights and strategies for growth.


    Are there any great podcasts or online learning resources you'd recommend to help grow a small business?

    Ali Adey recommends the following podcasts and online learning resources to help grow a small business:

    Grow Small Business Podcast (hosted by Troy Trewin): This podcast provides valuable insights and tips for small business growth.

    The SaaS Podcast (hosted by Omar Khan): She finds this podcast helpful for professional development, particularly for gaining insights into software as a service (SaaS) businesses.

    Diary of a CEO (hosted by Stephen Bartlett): Another podcast Ali listens to, likely offering broader insights into entrepreneurship and business leadership.


    What tool or resource would you recommend to grow a small business?

    Ali Adey recommends ClickUp as a project management tool for growing small businesses, emphasising the importance of getting granular with task management, especially with a larger team.


    What advice would you give yourself on day one of starting out in business?

    Ali Adey would advise herself on day one of starting out in business to believe that she has everything inside her needed to succeed and not to let anyone tell her she can't do it, encouraging herself to go for it.
    Book a 20-minute Growth Chat with Troy Trewin to see if you qualify for our upcoming course. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your small business to new heights!

    Enjoyed the podcast? Please leave a review on iTunes or your preferred platform. Your feedback helps more small business owners discover our podcast and embark on their business growth journey.
     
     
    Quotable quotes from our special Grow A Small Business podcast guest:
    Success is not defined by your circumstances, but by your determination – Ali Adey

    Building a business is like building a community; it requires trust, respect, and collaboration – Ali Adey

    Your mindset determines your success; believe you can, and you're halfway there – Ali Adey
     
     
     

    • 42 min
    Revolutionising Sustainability: Discover Handprint's journey, a Nature Tech venture with 16 team members nearing profitability after a major business model shift. Learn strategies behind their remarkable expansion. (Episode 524 - Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx

    Revolutionising Sustainability: Discover Handprint's journey, a Nature Tech venture with 16 team members nearing profitability after a major business model shift. Learn strategies behind their remarkable expansion. (Episode 524 - Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx

    In this episode, Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx, Chief Vision Officer of an innovative company Handprint, shares insights on the challenges of growing a small business. He emphasises the importance of identifying the Ideal Customer Persona and making information accessible within the team. Dr. Schillebeeckx also reflects on his journey, offering valuable lessons on sales strategies and the role of thought leadership.

    Why would you wait any longer to start living the lifestyle you signed up for? Balance your health, wealth, relationships and business growth. And focus your time and energy and make the most of this year. Let’s get into it by clicking here.

    Troy delves into our guest's startup journey, their perception of success, industry reconsideration, and the pivotal stress point during business expansion. They discuss the joys of small business growth, vital entrepreneurial habits, and strategies for team building, encompassing wins, blunders, and invaluable advice. Also, he shares two insightful articles on growing a small business: "Get a Return from an Effective Chairperson of a Board" and "When Should a Growing Small Business Have a Board of Directors or Advisors?" Both articles emphasise key factors crucial for small business growth.


    And a snapshot of the final five Grow A Small Business Questions:
     
    What do you think is the hardest thing in growing a small business?

    Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx identifies the hardest part of growing a small business as defining the Ideal Customer Persona (ICP) and scaling effectively, especially when the ICP lacks a specific role or title. He also highlights the challenge of ensuring accessible information within the team for collective alignment and learning.


    What's your favourite business book that has helped you the most?

    Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx mentioned "The Challenger Sale" as a favourite business book that has been particularly helpful. The book focuses on the importance of educating clients and challenging their assumptions rather than simply listening to their needs, which is especially relevant for complex technology sales like the ones his company engages in.


    Are there any great podcasts or online learning resources you'd recommend to help grow a small business?

    Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx mentioned that he mainly listens to podcasts for relaxation but occasionally tunes into entrepreneurship podcasts. He relies on LinkedIn and advice from others for professional development, particularly in regeneration and sustainability standards.


    What tool or resource would you recommend to grow a small business?

    Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx recommends having an internal knowledge management system, highlighting the importance of platforms like Notion and Google Drive for organising information and facilitating team collaboration.


    What advice would you give yourself on day one of starting out in business?

    Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx would advise his past self to refrain from building anything until securing five or ten letters of intent (LOIs) to ensure a more successful and focused start. He also emphasises the importance of establishing oneself as a thought leader from day one in the industry through platforms like LinkedIn, Slack, or podcasts.
    Book a 20-minute Growth Chat with Troy Trewin to see if you qualify for our upcoming course. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take your small business to new heights!

    Enjoyed the podcast? Please leave a review on iTunes or your preferred platform. Your feedback helps more small business owners discover our podcast and embark on their business growth journey.
     
     
    Quotable quotes from our special Grow A Small Business podcast guest:

    Invest in coaching to grow your small business; mentors can be invaluable – Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx

    Success lies in understanding your ideal customer persona and effectively reaching them – Dr. Simon Schillebeeckx

    Become the voice of authority in your ind

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Stuey15273548 ,

Excellent advise for business owners

The information shared in Grow a small business are invaluable for business owners.

Shannah Kennedy ,

Mastering the Basics in Small Business

Thanks for the great chat Mick highlighting the value of staying on purpose in small business. Your podcast is an excellent resource for those in small business who want to be more profitable and not necessarily grow into such a big business.

Sofia E Lane ,

Valuable insights

Thank you to Troy and Mick for having me on the podcast in episode 488. As a small business owner of Samoedra, it’s always so wonderful to be able to give back and have the opportunity to help others who are on the same journey. Your podcast provides valuable insights that could make all the difference in someone else’s life. Looking forward to future episodes!

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