Starting a new business is as exciting as it is challenging.
There is a lot to do as a start-up. You need to refine your product or service, research your target market, build your sales techniques along with your materials and develop both your financial systems and business processes. Whew!
How can you speed up the learning process?
…Make fewer mistakes (especially the costly ones) and build a supportive referral network which will allow you to connect with your customers.
Grow Vantage is a program that helps you do all that – and reach profitability sooner. This program is how a ton of small business owners have become confident, grown their businesses and reach profitability sooner.
- By getting advice from experts,
- Putting great ideas into action,
- Finding a clear direction and,
- Developing the skills to better manage the businesses, and avoiding the pitfalls that you don’t see coming in your first years…
Just ask the more than 1300 businesses who have taken part since Grow Vantage began over thirteen years ago.
Join a community…
Whether your community is local (or coming soon…online), learn from experienced and successful entrepreneurs, and get advice from your business coach as part of the program.
What does that mean?
It means you aren’t alone as you try new things to make your business fly. It means you can collaborate with other business owners to create and test ideas, do business together or refer to one another.
All the ingredients you need to build a successful business.
What do Grow Vantage grads have to say?
Grow Vantage hooked me from the first night. Amazing energy, usable information, rewarding contacts, incredible networking.
Organize, operate, grow, learn importance of networking, create relationships forever. Grow Vantage.
...best investment I could have made; best contacts and friends that I know.
Grow Vantage has been a tremendous tool for my business to soar, not just with the networking and education pieces during the course itself, but more importantly, after the classroom portion is done, there is a multitude of networking opportunities to take advantage of! I moved to Barrie in 2000 and until commencing CRAZY BITCH BBQ SAUCE and Grow Vantage, I didn’t know a soul here. Now, I have tons of support and connections & I feel like I have always been here!
We were terrified to go out on our own. You gave us courage and help.
Business Mentor, Grow Vantage, and Inciteful Solutions.
Patricia is a business mentor who works with entrepreneurs to design, grow and improve their businesses. She is the business mentor who owns Grow Vantage and Inciteful Solutions, and is a sponsor of The Creative Space, a co-working entrepreneurial incubator in Barrie, Ontario, the community which she adopted in 2009.
Grow Vantage is a program that helps entrepreneurs learn to successfully run their business, maximize profitability and avoid the pitfalls that can cause early business failure. Patricia coaches entrepreneurs on developing, designing, launching and growing their businesses, and works with successful entrepreneurial colleagues to teach business owners what they need to know to become successful entrepreneurs in one-on-ones, masterminds, and workshops. She is also a co-founder of Small Business Connect, a grass roots organization that fills a gap for low-cost small business networking in Simcoe County.
Patricia has over 25 years of experience working in all sizes of companies in marketing, customer relationship management, operations, revenue-building and project management. She has developed and delivered strategic business growth initiatives across multiple sectors in for profit, not-for-profit and start-up organizations.
She is currently on the Board of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, and Sweet Charity (an organization that trains dogs to detect and alert their partners with Type 1 Diabetes when their blood sugar levels fall dangerously low). She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, Marketing Certification from Ryerson University and holds designations in coaching in addition to event and customer relationship management certifications.
Patricia lives with husband Rob and 2 golden retrievers (Belle and Sprocket) who were originally trained as service dogs. She has two lovely daughters (Erinn and Luna), a son-in-law (Steven) and an amazing grand-daughter, Isabel.