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Club 3004 July 2018 Networking Event

By Business

I attended the Club 3004 July networking session at Lakeside Business Centre. Club 3004 is a networking group aimed at business owners based in the 3004 postcode precinct. The business network also attracts business owners based in surrounding suburbs and has been in existence for a substantial amount of time.

The event commenced with networking where we got to know other participants at the event. There was a large spread of cheeses and snacks available as we networked. I had previously attended Club 3004 about a year or so ago. Most people at this event were the same as those that had been there previously.

We were then ushered into a boardroom at the event where Mike Williams from Exit Value Advisors spoke about how business valuers evaluate the value of businesses. The discussion was insightful and raised important points around exiting a business, including the fact that there is a difference between a business valuation and the way that a business broker values a business. Most attendees at the event were service based business and Mike mentioned how these businesses need to separate the value that the business owner provides from the ability for the business to function on its own.

Once the formalities of the event finished, there was more time for networking, with most attendees choosing to remain at the event.

Over the years, Club 3004 has transformed from being a business group to very much a social group – where business owners can catch up for after work drinks.

Things to Note:

  • Location: Lakeside business centre, 4/150 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205
  • Highlight: Topic covered was universally useful to all business owners
  • Cost: $25.00
  • Hot Tip: If you are a local business looking for an outlet – this is a great networking group for you


  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 4/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 2/5
  • Total: 15/20

Anton Nekic and Craig Rispin Present: Albert Park Chamber of Commerce Event Review

By Uncategorized

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