Leading a business can be a lonely job. There are often issues inappropriate to discuss with friends, employees, or family members, so even experienced business owners can feel isolated in business decisions. Until you have experienced it, you may find it difficult to imagine the value of having a group of peers who can exchange ideas with you, brainstorm solutions to your nagging business problems, and use the experiences and strengths of others to make us better leaders.
These are not networking groups. No sales are allowed. To help you get the most relevant, useful value for your business, a Roundtable is a structured conversation about challenges and opportunities faced by each business (including yours) and the group’s collective ideas to help each business.
There are two levels of Roundtables based on the unique challenges of those who attend:
A Roundtable brings together business leaders to offer each other real-world perspectives, candid advice from experienced company owners, and help with critical decisions. They help you tackle pressing issues relevant to your business, address nagging long-term problems, and increase your own level of performance.
Our mission is to help business owners grow their companies. To this end, we facilitate Roundtables in communities throughout the Twin Cities.
If you are a CEO or owner of a company with at least 20 employees, contact Aaron Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org about joining a Roundtable.
In short, a Roundtable is a group of business owners or CEOs who meet routinely to get advice on building their business in exchange for offering advice to other business owners.
These types of groups go by many names including “executive peer group,” “peer advisory group,” “peer board of directors,” “mastermind group,” “CEO peer advisory group,” “mastermind group,” “peer-to-peer advisory group,” and related terms.
You will meet with other business owners and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas to build your business.
You will discuss challenges and issues with your business peers who have built companies themselves, and learn from their insights and experiences.
Running a business may leave you making decisions alone at the top. If you are like most business owners, your family and friends cannot fully appreciate what it takes to run and grow a business.
As a business owner, you face challenges that are common to business owners. We recognize the value of learning from each other (which is cheaper than hiring consultants). That’s why we formed these “executive peer groups.”
Come discuss challenges and issues with your business peers who have built companies themselves, and learn from their insights and experiences. Meet with other business owners and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas to grow your business.
In short, draw on the experience, advice, and knowledge of your peers. Don’t do business alone. A Business Owner Roundtable empowers you with insights and perspectives you cannot get on your own.
Key benefits include:
Other benefits include:
To attend, you must be a business owner. This is not a networking group. No sales please.
Our promise to you:
Our request for you:
There is no membership cost, but some locations require a small fee to help cover the cost of room rental and restaurants generally require those attending to purchase food and/or drink.
Discussions include sales, legal, marketing, human resources, finances, and technology topics including:
These roundtable discussions are conversations about the challenges of growing a business:
Business Financing – Angel Investors / Venture Capital, Bootstrapping, Funding, Loans
Business Models – Brick-and-Mortar, Choosing a Business Model, eCommerce, Online Business, SaaS, Part-Time Business, Social Entrepreneurship
Business Planning – Startup Costs, Business Structure, Choosing a Business Idea, Pivoting, Exit Strategy, Legal, Market Research & Analysis, Mentors and Advisory Boards, Starting Up, Strategic Partnerships, Joint Ventures, Writing a Business Plan
Business Technology – Hardware, Integrated Systems, Mobile Communications, Networks, Security, Software
Inventing – Market Your Invention, Patents & Trademarks, Protect an Idea, Prototyping
Web-based Business – Building a Web Site, eCommerce, Search Advertising, SEO, Site Analytics, Smart Web Solutions, Web Site Promotion
Life Planning – Business Failure, Dealing with Stress, Hate My Job, Inspiration to Start Up, Personal Finances, Social Entrepreneurship, Starting a Business after Retirement, Taking Time Off, Work-Life Balance, Write a Life Plan, Young Entrepreneurs
Running a Business – Accounting and Financial Management, Business Ethics, Business Insurance, Business Partners, Business Taxes, Business Travel, Doing Green Business, Employees, Foreign Markets, Getting Organized, Growth Strategies, Healthcare & Insurance, Inventory Management, Manufacture a Product, Measuring Success, Minority Businesses, Outsourcing, Real Estate, Shipping, Staying Inspired
Sales – Customer Service, Sales Proposals, Sales Strategy
Small Business Marketing – Advertising and Promotion, Affiliate Marketing, Branding Strategy, Business Blogging, Direct Marketing, Email Marketing, Grassroots Marketing, Marketing Plan, Networking, Niche Marketing, Online Marketing, Public Relations (PR)
There are a number of peer advisory groups in the United States including
As you may know, most of these (perhaps all) have a significant monthly or annual fee. We earn revenue from legal services, so we do not charge membership fees for our Business Owner Roundtables.
You know your challenges better than anyone:
One study showed that the top three challenges of all business leaders were
The New York Times noted:
Not surprisingly, peer advisory sessions can feel like group therapy for high achievers. In structured sessions, owners take turns presenting their business problems to a dozen or so peers, owners of local but noncompeting businesses. After each presentation, the other members ask questions to extract more details and get at the “real” issues. They help the owner devise a plan to address the issues. Finally, the owner sets a deadline and designates someone in the business or in the group to see that the plan is carried out.
We invite you to try out a Business Owner Roundtable near you.
To learn more, contact Aaron Hall at email@example.com.