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August 2017

Startup Grind Melbourne Networking Event Review: ‘Reasons for Business Success’

By Business

This month Startup Grind hosted Nick Bell the founder of Web Marketing Experts. Nick spoke about his journey in creating and eventually selling his business, as well as previous ventures. Having a strong sales approach seems to have been one of the primary reasons for the success of his business. Nick spoke openly and honestly during the discussion and answered some tricky questions that the audience posed to him.

The event provided networking opportunities prior to hearing Nick speak as well as after, there were also roving canapes and drinks on offer. Most attendees were at early stages of their start up journey, with some business owners being at the pre-startup phase. If you are looking for networking opportunities at Startup Grind make sure that you take a pen and paper with you to jot down people’s details or get them to connect with you via LinkedIn on the spot as hardly anyone brings business cards.

Location: Holding Redlich, 555 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: $30 per ticket

Highlight: Nick Bell speaking openly and honestly about his business and the sales process.

Hot tip: The speaker of the event usually sets the mood and tone for the event.

Rating: 3/5

Rankin and Co Networking Event Review: ‘Women in Fashion and Design’

By Business

I attended the Women in Fashion and Design event that was organised by Rankin and Co. The even brought together creatives and women working in the fashion industry in a relaxed setting at a Japanese restaurant in Albert Park. Given our office is in South Melbourne, the venue was easy to get to and was somewhere that I had been meaning to go for some time. I was impressed with the venue, it even had its own Koi pond.

There was ample time to network with the other women at the event and share a meal together.

Location: Misuzu’s, 3/7 Victoria Ave, Albert Park VIC 3206

Highlight: Meeting like-minded women passionate about design and fashion

Hot tip: The venue is a great place for dinner – the food was delicious

Rating: 4/5

Melbourne Business Network Small Business Festival Event Review: ‘Celebrating Women in Business’

By Business

As a part of the Small Business Festival’s Small Business Month Melbourne Business Network provided an event for women to network and come together. The event was held at The Cluster a co-working space in the Melbourne CBD.

Speakers at the event included a partner of an Accountancy practice, dietitian, jewellery designer and start up network founder. They did not have a headline speaker for the event – which I found odd given that there are so many well known female founders based in Melbourne. The discussion that the speakers had was more about gender related work issues rather than the founding and management of their businesses. Personally, given that it was the small business festival it would have been preferable if the discussion was more about their businesses.

Attendees of this event were primarily women with their own businesses. There were also some women who worked for corporate organisations who were thinking of starting up a business.

The venue and the catering was excellent and provided great scenic views of the Melbourne CBD, it was a shame that the speakers did not live up to the planning and hard work that Melbourne Business Network would have put into this event.

Location: The Cluster, 17/31 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: $25 per ticket

Highlight: City views

Hot tip: There were few men in attendance – this is not the best event to attend if you are a man.

Rating: 2/5

Small Business Festival: VECCI Fast Forward Networking Event Review

By Business

For the Small Business Festival Victorian Chamber held its speed networking event at Citadines on Bourke Street.

Fast Forward is a similar style event to speed dating where you have a total of four minutes to network with other business owners. Overall, the Fast Forward events you see about 25 people.

The event for the small business festival was well attended and contained a mix of small business owners and business development managers representing corporate organisations who have packages for small businesses. The venue had very high ceilings and this made the event very loud. For someone such as myself who has a soft voice, I found this event very challenging to attend. I even had a participant leave me mid networking to get herself a glass of water. This networking event is not for someone who get’s easily offended.

Location: Citadines on Bourke Street, 131/135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: $60 members, $80 non members

Highlight: Being able to reconnect with regular attendees – that’s where the real value is

Hot tip: If you have a soft voice make sure that you follow up leads a day or two after the event as people may not have heard what you said

Rating: 1/5