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