Work on Your Business Retreat


Marketing Strategy
for Small Business Owners

    • Clarify your message, know your audience, and bring your brand to life.
    • Create marketing strategies to grow your business.
    • Set up your website with SEO strategies so your ideal customers can find you.

    Maximum of 10 participants  *Must be fully COVID vaccinated

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    Small Business Marketing Ideas to Get Clients

    Create a Custom Marketing Strategy in 3 days

    As a small business owner, you work hard for your clients every day. You have grown your business and seen success through referrals, but you know your business can have a larger impact. You need to step back, look at your business from your customers’ perspective, and develop marketing strategies to move forward.

    You’re not alone, and you don’t have to do the work on your own. The Work On Your Business Retreat is your opportunity to learn, apply, collaborate, refine, and plan. Experts will teach you strategies to refine your message, define your brand, and identify SEO strategies so that your website can be found. The interactive sessions provide opportunities for you to apply marketing and website strategies to your business. You’ll receive real-time feedback from the other participants, and the experts to help you refine. By the end of the 3 days, you’ll have an action plan with strategies, tactics, chunked-out actions, and timing to continue the progress and momentum you gained during the retreat.


    The 3-day Work On Your Business Retreat will help you get back to doing what YOU love.

    Retreat Overview

    What to Expect



    This is an intense retreat where you will be doing the work you need to do over a long weekend. With experts there to lead you, guide you, and work with you, this is time for you to learn, workshop, and get strategies and action plans in place so that when you leave, you are ready to execute your new marketing and web strategies.


    The actions you take today, create your business of tomorrow. This is the time you need to work ON your business, instead of getting stuck working IN your business. We understand how it happens, you get focused on delivering results to your current customers or you run the risk of an unhappy customer.  If you don’t do something differently, your business will stay the same. You know your business has more growth in it. Now is the time to get the strategic work done.


    This retreat is about your business. We are limiting the capacity to a maximum of ten participants, plus two experts. Keeping a low ratio, that enables you to access an expert when you need us throughout the weekend, and also learn from and contribute to your peers. We’ll have a variety of sessions: expert-led, interactive workshops, breakouts, one-on-ones, Q&A, and individual work/reflection. We’ll also have some fun, delicious and healthy meals, and evening activities to get to know each other (more on the retreat side).


    You have worked hard in your business, whether you’re just emerging from the Launch years, or you are a seasoned pro with decades of entrepreneurial success, you know you have to invest time into your business. Two key areas to address to improve your marketing efforts are strategic marketing and website strategies. Investing time in these areas will help your business grow, save resources, and see an improved marketing ROI.  

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    Chicago Western Suburb


    Lemont, IL

    We are hosting the retreat at a mansion in Lemont, Illinois that has over 6500 square feet of finished space on 3 floors with a walkout basement. The property is on 2 private acres of land with breathtaking views of massive trees and a rolling landscape.  The location is near major highways Interstate 55 and 355. 


    All meals will be provided.  If you have any allergy or religious restrictions, please let us know.  


    Take a break from your hard work.  Enjoy some team-building activities or some just plain fun.  Explore the grounds, relax on the deck, or get to know your fellow participants better.  You deserve to relax and enjoy life.

    Ready to Grow your Business?

    Marketing Experts

    Meet Your Hosts

    As small business owners ourselves, we want other entrepreneurs to succeed. Your business may already be on the path to success, and we want to help you get there faster.

    There’s always more you can do. So why is finding the time to work on your business so hard? We get it. We’ve been there. We know what we should be doing to get more clients, but we weren’t doing it. That’s why we put our businesses and our joint venture through our retreat.

    We gained clarity, focus and a plan to share our message. Working through our marketing strategies, as we soundboard ideas, we were able to clarify our stories in one long weekend versus several months of squeezing in a few hours here and there. Focusing on one thing only, marketing strategy for small business, allowed us to spend our time productively. We even had a little fun.

    This fall, you can jumpstart your marketing strategy with nine other business owners. We will help you create a focused strategic marketing plan in one long weekend that will save you time, effort, and resources. You’ll walk away with an actionable plan to make your business goals become reality as a result of our intense Work On Your Business Retreat. After the weekend, we continue to support you during accountability sessions to answer your questions and keep you on track to achieve your goals.

    Alexis Rago

    Alexis Rago

    Big Kahuna, Marketing Mana LLC

    Alexis Rago provides marketing strategies and plans for small businesses. Alexis brings a diversified industry experience in retail, eCommerce, CPG, finance, travel & leisure, telecom, technology, non-profit events, pharmaceutical, and entertainment industries

    Understanding your consumer, who they are, what life stage they are in, how they interact online, what’s important to them, what media they consume, builds a solid foundation for you to connect your brand with their needs. She is passionate about the consumer decision-making process and integrated brand strategies for consistent messaging. 

    Learn more about Alexis at

    Trish Bovell

    Trish Bovell

    Owner, Savvy Web Woman

    Trish Bovell helps women small business owners take control of their online presence in an easy-to-understand, compassionate way.

    Trish believes that effective websites should be and are available to all entrepreneurs. Demystifying web design, SEO & other technology through an easy-to-understand step-by-step process is her philosophy.  

    She has over 20 years of experience in the web business, working with both large and small businesses.  

    Learn more about Trish at


    We will teach and workshop the topics in various styles, including presentations, group work, small group work, one on one, individual, and encourage respectful real-time feedback.
    We know good work is easier on a full stomach; there will be meals & snacks provided and breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon.


    • Data gathering 
      • Business goals for the year
      • Customer data
      • Sales 
      • Marketing materials
      • Site map
    • General mission and vision statement 
    • Pre-retreat coaching kickoff call 
      • Set SMART goal 
      • Core Values 

    Day 1

    5:30 PM: Check-in, Happy Hour, Welcome & Introductions

    6:00 PM: Core Values

    6:45 PM: Vision

    7:15 PM: Dinner 

    8:15 PM: Evening Activity

    9:00 PM: Day 1 finished


    Day 2

    7:00 AM: Breakfast

    8:00 AM: Mission

    9:00 AM: Branding

    11:30 AM: Lunch

    12:30 PM: Customer segments

    2:15 PM: Customer Journey

    3:15 PM: Relevant Messaging 

    5:00 PM: Action Plan Kickoff

    6:00 PM: Dinner

    7:15 PM: Evening Activity

    8:45 PM: Day 2 finished 

    Day 3

    7:00 AM: Breakfast

    8:00 AM: Website Strategies

    Website User Experience

    11:30 AM Lunch

    12:30 PM: SEO

    Search Engine Visibility

    Maintenance & Content Creation

    6:00 PM: Dinner

    7:15 PM: Evening Activity

    8:45 PM: Day 3 finished 

    Day 4

    7:00 AM: Breakfast

    8:00 AM: Finalize Action Plan & Accountability Plan

    10:30 AM Day 4 finished


    Your Customers will thank you.

    Take a break from the daily grind at the Work On Your Business Retreat. You and your business deserve this intense look at your marketing and website SEO.