Southland Business Owner Academy – NEW

Following the success of the Southland Leadership Academy, the Southland Business Chamber is introducing the Business Owners Academy – a capability development solution for Southland Business Owners. This is a practical three-month academy for Business Owners – where you'll have the opportunity to work together to learn new business skills, make connections, network, and redesign your business for the future. 

The academy is delivered in partnership with Icehouse. The Icehouse exists to help grow the engine room of the New Zealand economy – our SME businesses. They do this by accelerating the capability development of its business owners and leaders throughout all industries, all across the country with their dedicated Kiwi business focused programmes and workshops.

Designed for
The programme is designed for owners of SME businesses with revenue of $1M plus. 

What is it?
The Business Owners Academy provides a unique learning environment for owners of Southland businesses. The programme will provide you with the tools, support, and connections to drive progress and create a better business.

Owners will learn new skills to run their business including:

  • Deciding where the business will operate and how it will win in the future
  • Driving growth from the top – Leadership, Mindset & Resilience
  • Building a high performing team and culture in the business
  • Transforming how the business wins sales and why customers choose them
  • Generating growth through digital / social media channels
  • Understanding of accounting and finance principles
  • Building a Business Growth Plan to keep focussed.

What will be covered in this programme?

  • Improving leadership, communication and management skills
  • Driving growth from the top and through digital channels
  • Develop tools for your mindset and personal resilience
  • Prepare to exit or sell the business.

What do I get?
Begin the programme by completing Centrigrade™ online to learn about the strengths and opportunities for growth in your business. In addition to the three (3) monthly workshops, you’ll meet with an Icehouse business coach at the close of the programme for a 1-hour one-on-one session to help you focus on the next steps for your business. Business Owners will also be invited to become a member of the Southland Business Owner Academy. 

Three full-day in-person group interactive sessions, held a month apart

  • Workshop 1 – 1 February 2023
  • Workshop 2 – 1 March 2023
  • Workshop 3 – 29 March 2023

Followed by a virtual one-on-one coaching session.  
Facilitator – Jamie Brock
Jamie Brock works with a number of Icehouse SME customers, helping them to improve their business performance. He challenges business owners’ thinking, pushing and encouraging them to go further than they thought possible.

Jamie is an experienced senior executive, who prior to joining The Icehouse led some of New Zealand’s largest sales and marketing teams. Jamie’s clients value his practical experience gained hands-on across several industries and companies.

"My approach is to help teams to get aligned on where they are wanting to take their business, how they need to behave and what strategies they need to implement."  Jamie Brock, Icehouse Coach and Facilitator 

Members: $1,500+gst per month ($4,500+gst three-month total) 
Guests: $1,990+gst per month ($5,970+gst three-month total)

Regional Business Partner (RBP) Capability Voucher Fund
Application has been made to register this programme with the RBP Capability Voucher Fund. To explore if your business is eligible for support contact your local Regional Business Growth Advisor at or register your business here. Your Regional Growth Advisor will advise you on your eligibility for capability development funding (up to $5,000 per annum). 

Click here to download brochure (PDF).
Please note that upon registration, the Icehouse team will verify the registration criteria, and ask you to complete a pre-course survey.

Your next learning step
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Don't delay, join The Southland Business Owner Academy to accomplish your biggest goals yet!


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