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.