I attended the Melbourne Central Business Forum hosted by the Business Builders Group (BBG).
The breakfast event was ran from 8am-11am and held at the Australian Institute of Company Directors on Collins Street.
Business Builders Group is a networking group who meetings monthly. It is aimed at business owners that would like to grow through collaboration and learning. Emphasing on forming meaningful connections.
The event was run Business Builders Group Manager, Geoff Kelly and had up to 12 attendees. There are 35 members in the Melbourne Central Business Builders Group.
The event began with breakfast in a smaller room, a selection of croissants, tarts and fruit were on offer . The Australian Institute of Company Directors also provided tea, coffee and hot chocolate. This was the perfect opportunity to introduce myself to the attendees and network with like-minded individuals. The majority of attendees were business owners in industries such as financial services, printing services and a business coach. Each attendee regularly attends the Business Builders Group so they are quite familiar with each other. However they were extremely accommodating to myself as a newcomer!
A typical Business Builders Group event is structured with introductions of each member, followed by two key speakers who share their knowledge to the audience. This is called ‘Hot Seat’.
The first speaker was Kate Engler a PR Guru who owns the Publicity Princess. Her discussions were really engaging and I left with a new found knowledge of the PR Industry. She discussed the importance of publicity as a tool in your business to gain awareness. The second speaker was Ian Bosler, the CEO of Intertype, a marketing, sales and printing service who discussed a new product he was developing and was interested in our feedback as consumers.
As it was a seated event, there was an opportunity to network during the breakfast as well as after the presentations.
As I hadn’t attended a BBG event before, I found the discussions interesting and really enjoyed the relaxed environment in which the event was held.
I found the attendees had a genuine intent in coming to the monthly breakfasts and a desire to learn. Unlike other breakfast events which I have attended, where attendees rush out of the door at 9am to go to work. All attendees stayed at this event until 11am.
Things to Note:
- Location: Port Phillip Room, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Level 26, 367 Collins Street, Melbourne
- Highlight: The food is delicious and I learnt some great ideas from the key speakers
- Cost: $29.96
- Hot Tip: Arrive early so you have extra time to network
- Venue: 4/5
- Catering: 4/5
- Speaker: 4/5
- Networking Opportunity: 3/5
- Total: 15/20