Monthly Archives

September 2017

The Missing Piece Event Series: ‘How to Grow Revenue’

By Business

We are pleased to announce that we will be launching an event series specifically designed to facilitate and energise small and medium business owners to grow their businesses.

Business growth at the end of the day comes down to developing strategies on how to grow revenue. Our event series is designed around seven key areas we believe that every business owner needs to understand to be able to grow their business.

As a marketing business the customer is central to our approach when we help businesses grow, this is why our first event will focus on how to find and attract the right customer’s. We will also provide time for you to get to know and form meaningful connections with other attendees.

The details:

Date: 26/10/2017

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Location: Syneka House, 204 Bank Street, South Melbourne


Further information: call Ruby on 1300 965 985


The Simbisa Session Review: ‘How Businesses can Avoid Issues’

By Business

The event was to recognise the issues faced by businesses today and how to avoid these issues within your own business.

This event was held at the Cluster on Queen Street from 6pm to 9pm. The event featured light refreshments before sitting down to listen to the Co-Founders of Simbisa Law, Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea.

The Co-Founders and hosts of the event Rugare Gomo, a solicitor and Luke Galea, a business coach presented discussions and ideas to the audience in an engaging and unique way.
The main discussions were about the many issues faced by businesses today and the solutions to avoid these issues. These discussions included how to avoid a bad partnership and the steps taken to work effectively with your co-founders and your shareholders in your business.
Rugare provided the audience with examples of business issues from their past client which Simbisa Law had deal with and the outcomes of these business issues.

The informative workshop followed by an open Q&A session from the audience to ask questions.

The attendees of the event were a mix of business coaches, lawyers, accountants and business owners. There was a small opportunity to network before and after the event.

Location: The Cluster, 17/31 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3004

Cost: Free

Highlight: The discussion was engaging and the food was good.

Hot tip: Get in early as there is food at the event. There was limited time to network before and after the event

Rating: 1/5

Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea presenting at the Simbisa Session

Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea presenting at the Simbisa Session

Australian China Business Council Luncheon Review: ‘The Impact of Visa Regulations and New Citizenship In Australia’

By Business

Hosted by the Australian China Business Council in Victoria, the luncheon seminar from 11.45am to 2.30pm was held to bring like-minded individuals together.

The main discussions were focusing on the impact of the visa regulations and new citizenship in Australia.

The event was held at Hall & Wilcox. There was time before the event started to network with the other attendees. The event was a sit down informative seminar whilst listening to a panel of speakers discuss interesting topics such as the insights into the amended legislation, the Western value propositions regarding philanthropy and how this will affect the Chinese living in Australia.

The panel discussion included Eric Gao (the Founder and Managing Director of BMYG) and Edward Buckingham (the Director of Monash Business School) followed by the key speakers who were Sandra Jacobs (the CEO of Bennelong Foundation) and Kristopher Kunasingam (Lawyer and Migration Consultant at Hall & Wilcox). There was an opportunity at the end for the audience to ask the panel questions.

The luncheon selection of food was very good and filling.

Attendees of the event were a mix of lawyers, Migration and Education professionals, finance managers and business owners who had business in China.

Location: Hall & Wilcox, Level 11 Rialto South Tower, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Cost: $75

Highlight: The panelist were extremely interesting and the food was very good

Hot tip: Be ready to discuss Chinese business within Australia

Rating: 3/5

Women in Franchising Breakfast Review: ‘Bringing Women in Franchising Together’

By Business

To recognise RUOK day the Franchising Council of Australia held an event to bring women together who work in franchising or support franchise based businesses.

The event was held at Sandringham Yacht Club. There was time before the event started to network with other attendees. The event featured a sit down breakfast whilst listening to a panel of women who were in the franchising industry. These women spoke about their personal experiences in dealing with staff who have depression and other mental health conditions. Mental health is not a barrier to running a successful business, and it was evident from the discussion that it is something that needs to be managed rather than ignored.

Attendees of the event were a mix of franchisees, franchisors  and industry professionals who support this industry. Given the Franchise Council of Australia is a member based organisation it seemed as though a lot of people in the room knew each other, which made networking quite difficult as someone new to these events.

The food at the event was good, however the portions were very small.

Location: Sandringham Yacht Club, Jetty Rd, Sandringham VIC 3191

Cost: $60 for non-members

Highlight: We were given show bags that featured a range of products designed to help women pamper themselves.

Hot tip: Be ready to discuss franchising and get to the event early so you can fit in networking.

Rating: 2/5

Bayside Business Network Breakfast Review: ‘Starting a Successful Business’

By Business

In it’s last breakfast event of the year Bayside Business Network hosted Frances Bender, the CEO of Huon Aquaculture who spoke about starting one of Australia’s most successful salmon enterprise. Frances spoke candidly about the  courage it has taken her and her family to keep the business in operation and at the forefront of innovation, as well as the mistakes that she has made along the way. It was clear that Frances is very humble when considering her success, and puts her family and her staff first.

The event was held at the International of Brighton. There were over 300 people in attendance and breakfast was provided – interestingly no salmon was served. There were also great prizes to be won. I was on a table where we had a prize winner and it definitely looked like it was worth winning.

The event did not provide a considerable amount of time to network and would be more suitable for businesses who are looking to network with existing clients and contacts or provide staff with the opportunity to see an engaging speaker that is known in a particular industry. The group is quite difficult to break into for a first timer, as it is clear that some people have been attending the events for a considerable amount of time and have formed existing relationships.

Location: The International of Brighton, 81 Bay St, Brighton VIC 3186

Cost: $65 for non members, free for members

Highlight: The speaker spoke openly about how she was able to grow her business

Hot tip: Make sure you go to this event with a friend or colleague, it’s not one you want to go to alone.

Rating: 3/5

Lord Mayor’s Melbourne Day Oration & Cocktail Soiree Event Review

By Business

This event was to celebrate Melbourne Day. Robert Doyle, the Mayor of Melbourne spoke at the event about the future of Melbourne and also reflected on achievements within the municipality over the past year.

The event was organised by the Melbourne Business Network, was held at The Trust, a bar that is located in a heritage style building on Flinders Lane. Catering and the layout of the event provided a friendly and welcoming setting for networking.

The aim of the event was to provide small business owners to network with corporate organisations and discuss all things Melbourne. There was a wide mix of people in the room, with most attendees either being small business owners or Business Development Managers from corporate organisations. Most small business owners were either start ups or had their business for a considerable amount of time.

It was quite easy to network at the event as Melbourne Business Network provided the opportunity during the event to network with people that you may not know.

Location: The Trust, 405 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Cost: $40 for members, $60 for non members

Highlight: The event was well catered and the location was spectacular!

Hot tip: The Mayor spoke for a considerable amount of time – so if you attend this event in the future make sure to get in 15 minutes before the event starts so you can network with other participants.


Rating: 3/5