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Creating Momentum

We launched Navig8Biz to empower you to achieve the success you’ve always hoped for and run the business of your dreams. 

Knowing that only 20% of businesses will survive the first five years wasn’t good enough for us. We had both spent years mentoring, educating, and coaching business owners, when we decided to come together and make a change.

Navig8Biz was born from a simple need: Business owners need support, experience, empathy, community, and guidance from those who had travelled the business road many times before.

They needed to understand how to grow their business, and strategically map out those steps from start to finish.

Everyone else was teaching business owners how to start a business. No one was showing them how to follow through.

We stand for those who have been in business for many years, and those who have recently launched and don’t know what to do next.  We help you redefine your purpose, re-energise profits, establish goals, ignite innovative ideas, and connect you with other business owners and the world at large.  

From start up to scale up, our mission is to increase the success rate and improve profitability for businesses the world over.  

We are:

  • An online business community
  • Empowering business owners
  • A gateway for connections and collaborations
  • Providing empathy, guidance, and support
  • Offering innovative learning experiences
  • Creating momentum for those in business
  • Inclusive and diverse
  • Experienced and wise

– Nick and Joanne 

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Nick Barnsdall

Nick Barnsdall is the owner and director of 13 different companies, some of those self-founded, reaching an annual turnover of over $100m. He now specialises in mentoring and building SME businesses to reach their full potential, and has been dubbed a superhero when it comes to launching and overhauling businesses.

Nick bought his first investment property in 1991 at the age of 16, and started his first company at the age of 19. Since then, he has founded, managed and built multiple small, medium and large businesses across several industries.

Nick is highly respected in his community and remains true to his character; down-to-earth, cheeky, likeable and authentic – traits that are evident in the Navig8Biz content. 


Founder of navig8biz

Joanne Brooks

Joanne Brooks’ persona is down-to-earth and her energy is contagious. She has spoken at many events, empowering and education women and business owners across the country. Jo is a leading specialist in the field of business education, having founded and built her own startup from zero to 30m in only 18 months. Among this, her personal story has been likened to a Hollywood screenplay – a story that must be told.

With a career spanning over 20 years in finance and banking, and a further 15 years in education, Joanne has also educated and mentored hundreds of clients in commercial lending, career development and business acumen.

“I love nothing more than the lightbulb moments I share with my clients; knowing I can transform businesses and lives is extremely rewarding.” 

Men of business


Helping Young Men Build Better Lives at the Men of Business Academy.

Nick works closely with the Men of Business Academy, mentoring, educating and supporting boys to become great men and reach their full unique potential.

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