A Two Feet Retrospective: BE Enterprise

In the lead up to Two Feet 2017, we want to look back on some of the incredible work our alumni are doing.


This week, we look to BE Enterprise, a Logan QLD based enterprise working with Logan Women to promote health and wellbeing in business. Through its yoga and meditation for staff, counselling for individuals and professional development services for the organisation, the enterprise is revolutionising the way we look at workplace health and wellbeing.

We spoke to BE Enterprise leader, and Two Feet 2016 participant Stacey Ross about her business and how TDi helped.


Hi Stacey! Tell us, how did BE Enterprise evolve throughout the Two Feet program?

BE was able to really identify what needs to be done and how we go about doing it. It also identified the possibilities and options, which helped us refine our work.

 

How did you change and grow as an entrepreneur or business leader?

It was a really crazy time for me as a leader as our head office was moving and we were renovating a house for the centre to move into. So with that on top of taking in all of the incredible knowledge given throughout the six months of the Two Feet Program I was pushed to step up and grow. I knew it was going to be a lot of hard work but it was worth it and we are in a really great space leading into 2017.

 

What tools, skills or knowledge did you gain through the Two Feet program that you continue to apply to BE Enterprise today?

Value proposition!!! I just can’t get those two words out of my head, also just how important it is to have a really good value proposition. I feel that it is the foundation of everything for a social enterprise, we need to be able to tell the story well and get the message out there loud and clear and having a good VP will help right from the start in achieving it. I don’t think we have it yet for BE but it is at the TOP of my TO DO list.

 

Where is BE Enterprise going in 2017?

Great question and it gets me really excited thinking about where we are going to take BE… I can’t divulge too much just yet, but watch this space!! We are stepping outside the comfort zone, throwing caution to the wind and just going for it.

 

What would you say to an entrepreneur considering Two Feet 2017?

Firstly I would say, do not plan on buying property, renovating and then moving your entire office in the middle of participating in the Two Feet Program! I would then say SIGN UP NOW and immerse yourself in the knowledge given by leaders in this field. It is a fantastic program for anyone interested in changing the social and business sector.

 

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