Back to Business Post COVID19

The Australian economy has seen the largest disruption in a generation. Now is the time for business owners to rethink and revamp, to adapt and transform, and get back to business in a changing world.

The Owner Manager Program (omp) is a unique program that forces business owners to step back, analyse and adapt every aspect of their business to ensure they are "on the money" particularly in the changing world post COVID19.

About the Owner Manager Program

The Owner Manager Program (omp) is designed for and exclusive to the owners of mid-sized Australian businesses ($3m - $100m)...

It’s like a residential business education, coaching, networking, mentoring, and advisory program that follows a proven philosophy and process that has been tested and refined for more than a decade. The program grew out of work at the University of Queensland and the Icehouse (Australasia's leading business accelerator). 

The core of the program includes five x 3-day residential monthly workshops where business owners are challenged by their peers, facilitators, subject experts, coaches and mentors.
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NAB Support

NAB are offering their business banking customers a limited number of part scholarships for the Australian Owner Manager Program.

As Australia’s biggest business bank, NAB has been acutely aware of the challenges facing the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector post COVID19 and recognises the critical role these businesses play in the health and growth of Australia’s economy moving forward. NAB are keen to support these businesses and help tackle the challenges the sector faces post COVID19.

One mechanism to help businesses adapt to these challenges is the Owner Manager Program. Omp has produced enormous benefit for those NAB customers who have participated so far. It provides owners with the critical skills and network to help them really challenge and transform their business operations moving forward.
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NAB Support

NAB are offering their business banking customers a limited number of part scholarships for the Australian Owner Manager Program.
As Australia’s biggest business bank, NAB has been acutely aware of the challenges facing the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector post COVID19 and recognises the critical role these businesses play in the health and growth of Australia’s economy moving forward. NAB are keen to support these businesses and help tackle the challenges the sector faces post COVID19.

One mechanism to help businesses adapt to these challenges is the Owner Manager Program. Omp has produced enormous benefit for those NAB customers who have participated so far. It provides owners with the critical skills and network to help them really challenge and transform their business operations moving forward.

What type of businesses/ owners benefit from the Program?

The business owners on omp are running good businesses, but have a recognition that they and their business can improve and transition in some way.

In normal conditions these are factors around growth, exit, succession, new markets/ products, or just personal motivation and wellbeing. Following COVID19 these factors are particularly relevant as the program provides an excellent context and process to help owners revamp their business. Business owners on the program tell us:

I see great potential and
opportunity for my business

I want to spend more time
working on the business
rather than in it

I want to learn and grow
myself and the business

I need to be challenged and held accountable 

I feel isolated and want to
know where to next for my business

I need to revamp and
transition my business 
in
some way post COVID19

I want clarity, confidence
and motivation

I have been working really long hours and
have poor life/ work balance

I need to lead well and
keep my team engaged
and successful


What type of businesses/ owners benefit from the Program?

The business owners on omp are running good businesses, but have a recognition that they and their business can improve and transition in some way.

In normal conditions these are factors around growth, exit, succession, new markets/ products, or just personal motivation and wellbeing. Following COVID19 these factors are particularly relevant as the program provides an excellent context and process to help owners revamp their business. Business owners on the program tell us:

I see great potential and
opportunity for my business

I want to spend more time
working on the business
rather than in it

I feel isolated and want to
know where to next for my business

I want to learn and grow
myself and the business

I need to lead well and
keep my team engaged
and successful

I want clarity, confidence
and motivation

I need to revamp and
transition my business 
in
some way post COVID19

I work long hours and
have poor life/ work balance

I need to be challenged and held accountable 


Program Feedback

Almost 200 business owners have completed the program in Australia and all swear by how it has helped them step back and be challenged on every aspect of their business. Below are a few short videos from business owners that have completed the program.

Ross Larsson

Ross Larsson from Mara Global Foods shares a few reflections on the Australian Owner Manager Program.

Rob Kneebone

Rob Kneebone of the ABP Group sits down to discuss how he and his business benefited from the Owner Manager Program.

Kelvin Macdonald

Kelvin MacDonald from ADMA Group who recently completed the Owner Manager Program talks about the benefits he and his business have already noticed.

How do the NAB part scholarships work?

NAB are offering selected clients and high growth businesses a $5,000 + GST part scholarship towards the program fee. There are also some additional part scholarships available for female business owners. 

To receive more information about the Program (dates, costs etc) and register your interest in potentially receiving a NAB part scholarship, complete the form below. You will be sent more information and your NAB bank manager will be notified of your interest.