On Tuesday the 13th February, I attended the Albert Park Chamber of Commerce event. The event was held at Priscilla Jones at Gasworks from 9:15 – 10:30am, which was great for a mid-morning coffee and chat. The event focused on providing an opportunity to discuss how businesses can work together to create mutual value, and a better community.
The meeting was organized by Anton Nekic, Chairman of Brighton Chamber of Commerce and Craig Rispin, Business Futurist. However, Craig was absent and only Anton hosted the event. The event was of interest to Business Growth Partners, as we believed we would be able to network with small businesses in the local area that make positive contributions to the community.
Anton was an attentive host and great communicator, bringing attendees together to talk about business and our community. He believes that all businesses in Albert Park and surrounding suburbs can help to grow each other’s businesses, creating a healthier and more connected community.
During the meeting, each attendee introduced their business and the projects they are currently working on. Together as a group, we then all discussed how each business and project could be improved, and most importantly, how we could help each other to improve our businesses. To improve the community, Anton suggested a system of referrals whereby when a business refers a client to another business, the cost of referral will be donated to an institution that is working to build and foster the community.
Unfortunately, for the first 45 minutes of the event, there was only 3 attendees including myself, however another 2 arrived towards the event. Even though there was a small number of people present, every attendee was able to bring a different opinion to the table as we were all involved in a variety of industries.
Anton is hoping to further build and improve the event to bring all businesses in Albert Park and surrounding suburbs together to foster a growth in the region’s businesses as well as a happy, healthy and thriving community.
In conclusion, the event had a very positive and practical intention, it only lacked the appropriate number of attendees to be able to turn the great ideas said at the table into actions.
Things of note:
- Location: Priscilla Jones at Gasworks
- Cost: FREE
- Highlight: Engaging conversations.
- Hot tip: Bring along others you think would benefit.
- Networking opportunity: 2 / 5
- Speaker: 4 / 5
- Venue: 4 / 5
- Food: 0 / 5 (no food present)
Total: 10 / 20