Welcome

The Community Entrepreneur®  has a global perspective, supporting skills, information and mutual exchange of experience to lead, adapt and sustain change in the community from the inside out.

We work with not-for-profit Boards and managers to redefine their business and to connect them with the communities they serve.  We have written guides on grant writing, governance, project management and working in partnerships and continue to develop our portfolio of practical resources.

Through encouraging and supporting entrepreneurial thinking,we work with the whole organisation to remove blockages and to create sustainable change. 

The Community Entrepreneur®

About Us

Through encouraging and supporting entrepreneurial thinking:

  • We work with not-for-profit boards and managers to redefine your business and to connect them with the communities you serve. 
  • We motivate you to step outside of their everyday spaces to think and plan to take their businesses to the next level. 
  • We work with the whole organisation to remove blockages and to crate sustainable change.

Who Are We and What Are We Here For?

We are highly skilled community development professionals with a marketing and technology flavour. Our vision is to see the results of our actions through confident not-for-profits and life-changing community activities. Our support has assisted not-for-profits to get organised, understand and manage their roles, plan for the future, access funding and build stronger connections with their communities.

Coming from a background where competitors became allies that shared their resources and knowledge, we have witnessed the positive impacts on the community they served. We set up The Community Entrepreneur in recognition of the energy and passion that makes positive changes throughout the community. We want to help you to recognise, build and share your skills - so that by your actions, your community comes together, supports each other and creates a better life for all.

About Patricia Grosse - Founder of The Community Entrepreneur®

Having worked for ten years in a team charged with earning their salaries two years in advance in order to stayed employed, Pat has developed an entrepreneurial streak that she now uses to motivate not-for-profits to step outside of their everyday spaces and to think and plan to take their businesses to the next level. 

Pat worked for a leading provider of professional development programs in the UK for ten years before taking up a role in Australia where she held a white hat auditor role, monitoring not-for-profits for a funding body and seeking out opportunities to guide them through change.  In 2010, she stepped out of the role to use her skills to mentor and support organisations to adapt and grow.

 Pat has spoken to a variety of audiences, incorporating examples of client achievements to illustrate what they too can achieve.  Pat is also known as a million dollar grant writer by successfully working with clients to improve grants success. 

Examples of our work

Business Planning

We have facilitated a number of strategic and business plans for not-for-profits from diverse backgrounds, including:

  • Neighbourhood Houses
  • Community Education Centres
  • Multicultural Organisations
  • Theatre and Arts Groups
  • Farmers Markets
“Your professionalism and knowledge of governance and strategic planning made it possible to develop a quality user friendly and workable document. I especially found your mentoring regarding business planning and governance invaluable” Fiona Fenton, Hume Murray Food Bowl

Systems and audits

Getting the systems right is important. Without processes that are applied and work, there is no foundation and organisations head to failure. We provide a service to audit internal processes and to advise on quality improvements. Not-for-profits that have taken our recommendations have reported that these changes saved them time, money and stress.
We have also collected a library of templates, policies and procedures that we adapt to the specific needs of our clients.
We also provide internal systems audits for registered training organisations.

Governance

We specialise in mentoring committees and managers to navigate the complexities of managing not-for-profits.

Our Executive Board has developed a strong relationship with Pat and her team; a relationship that has supported us through lean times and rapid growth. We have been able to smoothly navigate through changes to our constitution, redefining our strategic directions and improving our governance. As a peak body for multiculturalism, we take our role seriously and value Pats wealth of knowledge and know-how. Rozi Parisotto North East Multicultural Association

E-Learning

We have been involved in a variety of e-learning initiatives including:

  • e-learning mentor for adult education centres across North West and North East Victoria
  • Audit of National Flexible Learning Framework Toolboxes
  • Updating of Toolboxes
  • NELNET –a partnership project of learning centres
  • Strategies for embedding e-learning into the aged care workplace

Grant Writing

We have assisted all kinds of not-for-profit groups to access grants – through our mentoring support and also by writing the submissions on their behalf. We have developed a self-paced training program to compliment our one-day workshops. We have built close relationships with groups along the way to make sure they have the capacity to deliver, continuing, in some cases, to provide project mentoring support or evaluation support. Grants have been from as little as $5,000 to large, multi-year grants for:

  • Multicultural groups
  • Neighbourhood houses
  • Adult education centres
  • Community partnerships
  • Community welfare providers
  • Charities
“Pat’s ability to take our concept, ideas and fit them with a suitable funding grant is exceptional. She understand our vision, organisation and always encourages us to look a further opportunities. Pat’s manner, understanding of people, organisation and funding requirements is a credit to her” Karen Marsh St John’s Village (Aged Care)

Community Research and Development

There’s nothing more gratifying than watching a new community activity take shape and knowing we had a part in helping the not-for-profit rise to the challenge. For our part, we may have been involved in a feasibility study, carried out community surveys, interviews and focus groups and even done some mentoring on the way. Examples of our activities include:

  • Burnley Backyard
  • Hume Murray Farmers Market
  • Engaging men in learning (Tatura)
  • Business and Employment Outlook (Murchison)
  • Multi-site delivery (King Valley)
  • Business and Community Training Needs (Various)
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