Impact Retreat

Your chance to connect with top-level business owners,
entrepreneurial thought-leaders and small business game-changers

Not just a Retreat! A life-changing business transformation…

The Breakthroughs Retreat is not just a retreat. It's a capstone event … an annual gathering of an elite group of entrepreneurs doing what many dream of and never make happen … designing a sustainably profitable business that gives you more time for what matters most and more money in your bank account than ever.

You’ve heard the statistics…

The majority of small businesses fail within the first 3 years. Of those that survive, 85% are not profitable, barely breaking even, or worse, losing money year after year. Most entrepreneurs work 60+ hours per week, year after year, chasing an illusion of freedom that always seems just out of reach…

This is the experience of MOST small business owners, but NOT ALL.


They are TRAILBLAZERS, changing the story of small business, proving that WORK SUPPORTS LIFE, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

These entrepreneurs are building profitable, sustainable businesses that do not depend on their daily involvement.

These entrepreneurs are empowering teams to make decisions and carry out the operations of the business.

These entrepreneurs are designing their businesses to create a legacy for their families, their team members and their communities.

These small business owners gather once per year at an exclusive Retreat… sharing cutting edge best practices in leadership, team building, efficiency and profitability.

Hosted by entrepreneurial thought leaders and authors, Dr. Sabrina Starling and Mike Michalowicz, this gathering is a breakthrough experience unlike any other…

What Special About the Breakthroughs Retreat

Deep, Real Connection

Get Ready to…

Address ALL aspects of being an entrepreneur … from the nuts and bolts of running a business … to the impact on your life.

Receive encouragement and support to live your best life. 

Feel seen and heard.  It's safe to be vulnerable and let it all hang out if you choose to do so.

Experience the support from others like you, in a relaxed setting, gets you out of the daily grind.

Tap into internal resources normally not available when you are in your normal environment. 

Imagine sitting with a board of directors with a wealth of insight and insider information to which you get to be privy. 

You will leave FULL, not depleted like most events.

The best part is you have real plans of what you are going to do… not just ideas with no idea of how to execute. 

Our motto is to lead with love, shine bright, be a gift.

You will experience all of that and more!

Now imagine your team of super hero employees — so loyal they would take a bullet for your business. They eagerly show up day or night to do what is needed to take care of your customers.

Every day your team surprises and delights you.

They go the extra mile.

You trust them.

You count on them.

They have your back and they know you have theirs.

Your team eagerly serves it up to them.

Imagine smiling every day you go to work and jumping for joy on the days you choose not to.

When your business can run without your daily involvement, it has real value if you choose to sell it.

And you may choose not to sell it. Maybe you continue to grow it and reap the profit.

Regardless, when your business can withstand you going on a 4 Week Vacation, you have real FREEDOM.

Our 4 Week Vacation® program is more than the Retreat. If we accept you into the Retreat, you are also invited to join our Exclusive Small Group Coaching Program and our full suite of services to support you in every aspect of transforming your business to grow and thrive while you go on vacation … from developing your leadership, putting your team of loyal A-Players in place, to identifying and systematically delighting your top clients and customers, and even putting a profit system in place so you can easily afford your 4 Week Vacation!

Your registration is not just registration to attend a Retreat. It's your commitment to transforming your LIFE!

At The Breakthrough IMPACT Retreat…

You'll strategize with the Best!

In a warm, welcoming, life-affirming space where magic can happen because you feel seen, heard, understood, and supported.

Being an entrepreneur is a whole-self journey.

You will get to experience the transformational power of being in a space where there are no pretenses, where the people around you are introspective, emotionally intelligent, and willing to lead from the inside out.

Don't expect a hand shake at the door and it stops there. Expect to receive a hug and give a hug, to think more deeply about life and work and team and community.

These are relationships to carry with you into the future.

These are relationships to carry with you into the future.

If you aren't growing externally, it is time to grow internally.

The Breakthroughs Experience

Designed by The Business Psychologist™, Dr. Sabrina Starling, this retreat experience is crafted to laser focus your attention on action steps customized to your business that generate the greatest impact.

Unlike other coaching and training companies, Tap the Potential LLC is renowned for it’s attention to impactful, actionable learning, specifically designed for entrepreneurial business owners eager to advance their companies, while dealing with the daily complexity of a growing business, juggling multiple responsibilities, and excessive demands on your attention.

Your Hosts

Dr. Sabrina Starling

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business PsychologistTM and author of the How to Hire the Best series is the founder of Tap the Potential.

At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business. We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life™ coaching program have more time and more money than they’ve ever had before. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to Get Their Life Back!

Never one to accept status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses — no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing — and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

Her newest book (Nov 2020), How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees is truly the mothership book of the series, catering to ALL entrepreneurs in every industry. From decades of work and research, Dr. Sabrina shares crucial hiring strategies to transform small businesses everywhere AND improve personal lives.

As The Business Psychologist™, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of an owner’s biggest investment—team members.

Her last book, How to Hire the Best: The Contractor’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees, was an International Best Seller on Amazon!

Mike Michalowicz

By his 35th birthday MIKE MICHALOWICZ (pronounced mi-‘kal-o-wits) had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies.
Confident that he had the formula to success, he became a small business angel investor… and proceeded to lose his entire fortune. Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Mike has devoted his life to the research and delivery of innovative, impactful entrepreneurial strategies to you.

Mike is the creator of Profit First, which is used by hundreds of thousands of companies across the globe to drive profit. He is the creator of Clockwork, a powerful method to make any business run on automatic. In his 2020 release Fix This Next, Mike details the strategy businesses can use to determine what to do, in what order, to ensure healthy, fast, permanent growth (and avoid debilitating distractions). His latest book Get Different (released September 21, 2021) will give you the tools to stand out in any market.

Today, Mike leads two new multi-million-dollar ventures, as he tests his latest business research for his books. He is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and business makeover specialist on MSNBC. Mike is a popular main stage keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics; and is the author of Get Different, Fix This Next, Clockwork, Profit First, Surge, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur.

Fabled author, Simon Sinek deemed Mike Michalowicz “…the top contender for the patron saint of entrepreneurs.”

Slow down to Speed things up!

Engage in high-level strategic thinking with other forward thinking business owners like you.

Don't be fooled… the magic happens when we slow down, rejuvenate and experience good conversation with quality people while enjoying world-renowned Cajun food!

Arrive in the afternoon

March 1

We will gather for an informal dinner so it's ideal to arrive prior to 5 pm if possible.

Depart Afternoon

March 5

Depart after 12:00 pm

(trade your cabin fever for the warmth of early spring in Central Louisiana)

What’s included

Comfortable and private accommodations in a uniquely Louisiana boutique hotel

All of your meals (we’ll do our best to accommodate special dietary needs, so just let us know!)

Transportation from airport to hotel and Retreat location

All you have to do is purchase your plane ticket to Alexandria, LA. This all-inclusive retreat experience is virtually unheard of in the business world!

What will the Retreat be like?

This is not several days of meeting in an over-air-conditioned conference room at a hotel. This is an intimate gathering in a comfortable home, with a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy as the weather permits.

Breakthroughs provides what is missing from so many other events – real “one on one” time and opportunities for conversations to take place to tap into the treasure trove of wisdom, experiences and resources other business owners can share.

At this retreat, these individuals and their experiences are treasure troves. Most are eager to share their knowledge. The key to this learning is to ask the right questions and then the hardest part – become a great listener. Ask a question, take a few bites of food. Then ask the next question.

Mark Hunter
Owner, Hunter’s Furniture & Appliance
Breakthroughs on the Bayou Retreat Alumnus

Is Breakthroughs Retreat for me?

Are you a life-long learner?

Is it important to you to shorten your learning curve by learning from other entrepreneurs’ experiences?

Do you enjoy sharing with, supporting and helping other entrepreneurs on their journey?

Would you thrive in a community of like-minded entrepreneurs who are as invested in your success as you are in theirs?

Are you willing to venture outside your comfort zone to learn what you don’t know you don’t know?

If so, Breakthroughs Retreat is for you!

What Others are Saying

Join us for our VIP Boutique Training

(included in your registration!)

Enjoy time to mingle with your peers, while engaging in breakthrough learning and conversations!

During our VIP Boutique Training you will:

Take a deeper dive into understanding your strengths.

Learn how to leverage your strengths, and the strengths of those on your team, to deliver extraordinary experiences and results for your clients and customers.

Darren Virassammy

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Darren Virassammy is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of 34 Strong, comprised of a team that believes everyone deserves a great place to work and that any workplace can be great. A leading expert in the global employee engagement community, the 34 Strong team leverages the Strengths-Based approach to human development to create massive shifts within organizations, both culturally and on the bottom line. He and his team have created sustainable change in small microbusinesses, all the way up to large organizational teams at the FDA, Bank of America, and The California Department of Public Health. Recently, Darren has keynoted for Hitachi Global Women's Conference, The Rotary World Peace Conference, The Professional Grounds Management Society, and Author Mike Michalowicz' Profit Con. Darren's 34 Strong Business partner, Brandon Miller is the co-Author (with his wife Analyn Miller) of a Strengths-Based Parenting book titled: Play to Their Strengths due out in July of 2019.

Creating IMPACT through Strengths

What’s possible when we focus on what’s right with people?

What’s possible when we start managing around our areas of weakness?

We’ll be digging deep to discover what it means to create a strengths-based organization?

What does it mean to focus on your own strengths and then lead from that place of strength?

How can we better tap into our potential, individually and collectively, to realize the dreams we have for ourselves and for our organizations?

Your Investment



Early Bird


Exp: Friday, November 20, 21

Super Early Bird


Exp: Friday, October 16, 21

Not just a Retreat!
A life-changing business transformation…

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