Keen to grow and regenerate your business?

Apply for the 2021 Innovate to Regenerate Business Growth Program if you would like support to develop a business growth plan and emerge as a stronger business post COVID-19.

This popular FREE program will be the seventh in Wyndham City’s unique ‘Innovate’ series.

When:  24 March 2021 to 28 May 2021
Participants: 10 local businesses will be selected
Program Structure:  6 group sessions plus 20 hours of individual business coaching per business.

We are looking for motivated, committed and ambitious business owners who can commit the time to the program and are open to business coaching. 

We are particularly keen to support those businesses that were in growth mode before the pandemic and now see the opportunity to turn the current, challenging circumstances into a commercial opportunity and to their business advantage.

Only one business owner per business can participate in the group sessions.  However, by arrangement a business partner may be able to join you in the business coaching sessions.

By the end of the program you should have a clear growth plan for your business. Download a program flyer for further information.

Apply

DATES

Start date: Wednesday 24 March 2021 (first group session)
End date: Friday 28 May 2021

 

KEY DATES*

 

Activity

Date

Time

Selection of Candidates

Applications open

Monday 18 January

 

Applications close

Sunday 14 February

Midnight

Online interviews with shortlisted applicants

Wednesday 3 March & Thursday 4 March

During business hours

All applicants notified

Friday 12 March

 

Information Sessions

Information Session 1

Tuesday 2 February

9.30am to 10.00am

Information Session 2

Wednesday 10 February

1.00pm to 1.30pm

Online Group Workshops

 

 

Group Workshop No. 1:
Introduction

Wednesday 24 March

8.00am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 2:
Growth Planning

Wednesday 31 March
 

8.00am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 3:
Innovation Mindset

Wednesday 14 April
(during school holidays)

8.00am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 4:
Investment Mindset

Wednesday 28 April

8.00am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 5:
Engagement Mindset

Wednesday 12 May

8.00am to 10.00am

Group Workshop No. 6:
Presentation Skills

Wednesday 26 May

8.00am to 10.00am

Business Coaching

(20 hours per participant)
 

Business coaching with each participant

From Monday 29 March to Friday 28 May 2021

Days and times to be agreed.

* While this is the anticipated schedule, it is possible that dates and times may need to change. 

MORE INFORMATION

Wyndham City Council – Economic Growth Unit
business@wyndham.vic.gov.au or phone 9742 8170

Program content and structure

Group Sessions

The six group sessions will cover business planning, marketing, business mindset, communication and presentation skills.  For a list of the group session dates refer to the key dates table.  Note they will be held on Wednesday mornings from 8.00am to 9.30am, either online or face-to-face depending on the circumstances.

Business Coaching

In the one-on-one business coaching sessions, you will have the close support of a business coach to review your business, develop business growth strategies and plan their implementation.  Twenty hours will be allocated to each business and the coaching sessions will be held each week during business hours at a time agreed between you and your coach.

 

Eligibility

To be considered for the program your business must meet the following requirements:

  • Based in Wyndham
  • Hold an ABN
  • Been operating for at least 12 months
  • Employ staff (this is not essential but preferred)

Businesses in all industries are welcome to apply. 

Program Facilitator

Wyndham City has appointed Adrian Jobson of Acculture & Associates as the lead coach and facilitator of the program. Adrian is a qualified organisational development consultant, coach and mentor with many years’ experience helping small and medium businesses realise their potential.  His expertise includes strategy, people and brand development.

Business coaches Lisa Guglielmino – Innoviant Coaching  and Dean Mason – Enakt will also support Adrian Jobson to deliver the program. 

The Acculture team has delivered the Innovate program series of programs for Wyndham City since 2018.

Information sessions

Find out more by attending an optional information session on:

  • Tuesday 2 February 2021 – 9.30am to 10.00am       Register
  • Wednesday 10 February 2021 – 1.00pm to 1.30pm  Register
     

How to apply

Applications are now open and close on Sunday 14 February. 

If you are shortlisted, you will be required to attend a brief online interview.  This will assist with the final selection of 10 program participants.

Apply

Testimonials

Testimonials from graduates of the 2020 Innovate to Regenerate program include:

An amazing opportunity to collaborate with such incredibly knowledgeable people such as Adrian who created a supportive space to challenge your boundaries and beliefs in your business to the next level and beyond. All whilst experiencing a turbulent world with the closure of our business due to the Covid pandemic and creating hope and excitement on the other side.

Leanne Taylor-Leckie
Health & Movement Group

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The Innovate to Regenerate initiative by the Wyndham City Council has been one of the few highlights of the last few pandemic months. In an otherwise gloomy and economic environment, this program has helped me focus on positive and strategic opportunities to emerge from the lockdown; network with fellow business professionals and interact with coaches and trainers who are helping me grow from a manager to a leader.

Duncan Vincent, MBE Point Cook
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This is such a wonderful program to support the local business community. With one-on-one sessions and great advice from the coaching team, it has helped my business get the right tools to grow.

Lily, Mademoiselle Organic

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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of 2020 Wyndham City Innovate to Regenerate Program. It has been an excellent opportunity for someone wanting to grow, evolve, adapt and is not afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone to challenge themselves in order to grow personally and professionally. The program has allowed and triggered me to think outside the box and look at my business in other perspective. The whole program was very well organised and engaging. The best part was, the learning has not only benefitted myself, but my team too.”

Amol Kasaju, Quest Werribee

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I found the Innovate to regenerate program run by Wyndham City Council was exactly what my business needed to put a growth plan in place so we can achieve our goals for the future.

Emily, Perfect Party Supplies
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Covid-19 helped us to pivot from being a traditional printing business to a boutique greeting cards firm. The Innovate to Regenerate program business coaches helped us to focus our efforts in gradually scaling the business by cautiously choosing the right sales channels. Using our unique ability to print on wood veneers we partnered with design agencies and created a new range of products in the market. The program also gave us an opportunity to connect with other local Wyndham businesses!

Vivek Panchakshari Director of Greenigo, an eco-friendly printing on wood veneer firm

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This program has been invaluable for our business, not only in gaining knowledge but also realising our potential. It has given us clarity as to where we are currently and where we want and can be in the near future as well as long term. Innovate to Regenerate has helped us identify our existing assets and develop from these; it has also provided the necessary tools to make better decisions, enhance our performance, and how we can best implement improvements for growth in order to leverage our business.

BabyScent Natural Skincare & Nature Lab Skincare

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Find out what participants said about an earlier Innovate program in this video.

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