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Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce: Event Review

By | Business

I attended ‘Embracing Disruption as an Opportunity’ on the morning of Wednesday 25th of July. The event was run by the Canadian Australia Chamber of Commerce (CACC) in conjunction with C2. The purpose of the event was to promote C2 as well as creating an environment to network, engage and explore ideas that enhance your business.

The breakfast event was held at Cargo Hall on South Wharf Promenade and ran from 7.30am-10am. I arrived at 7.30am with the room already packed with Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce members. Majority of the attendees were members of the Canadian Australia Chamber of Commerce. There was a long table filled with breakfast items including hot and cold pastries, fruit and muesli as well as tea, coffee and orange juice on offer.

Previously, I have attended another CACC event back in May and the selection of food was absolutely delicious. The Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce do not fail to disappoint with their catering.

This was an opportunity to network with the attendees. There were a mix of small business owners such as accounting firms and leadership coaches to large corporate firms such as Telstra, Porsche and Melbourne Airport.

 

After 30 minutes of mingling with the attendees and eating breakfast. We were moved to a dark room seated in a circular format with the panel standing in the middle of the audience. There were four members on the panel. The panel included the Martin Enault, the CEO of C2, Michele Levine, the CEO of Roy Morgan, Mike McGrath, the Chief Marketing Officer at PwC and finally Laura Anderson, the Chairman of SVI Global.

The panel discussed some interesting insights into the world of business and being disruptive.

 

The CEO and host of the event, Martin Enault then gave us an insight into what the ‘C2 Experience’ was.  As there was up to 80 attendees, we were asked questions about the future of work and what elements of business would be most affected by digitisation. This gave the attendees an opportunity to discuss our opinions with each other.

 

The C2 experience wants to explore and transform the way people think about the role of creativity in a business.  C2 is hosting a Melbourne first event on October 17-19th.  The event is priced at $2495 for the 3 day event.

 

Overall the event was entertaining to attend.  It wasn’t really much of a networking event but more of an introduction to C2. It was an entertaining to gain some insight into C2. There was quite a hype around C2 and their way around networking events. It was great to learn a bit more about what C2 does and how they run these type of events.

I really enjoyed listening to the speakers as they were quite high level in their roles and found their discussions interesting. However I don’t think I will be paying $2495 for a 3 day networking event in October.

 

Things to Note:

  • Location: Showtime Events, Cargo Hall, 39 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, VIC, 3006
  • Highlight:  The panel discussion
  • Cost: $30
  • Hot Tip: Be ready for a different type of networking

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 5/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 16/20

 

VCCI Speed Networking: Event Review

By | Business

Lachlan and I attended the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry ‘Fast Forward Speed Networking’ event.

The event was held on Wednesday 13th of June from 5.30pm-8pm. Located at the RACV City Club on Bourke Street, it was a perfect venue for a large networking event.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, otherwise known as VCCI host regular networking events throughout the year for like-minded individuals to meet and form connections.

Business Growth Partners are members of the organistion. We often attend their events as we find its a great way to meet people and form meaningful business relationships.

The idea of speed networking is that you have two minutes to chat to the business contact in front of you. Before moving onto the next business contact.

This quick 120 second conversation allows you to introduce yourself, your business and discuss who you are and what your business does.

After the formal speed networking ends, there is an opportunity for all attendees to continue to network over drinks and canapes. The RACV Club served up a delicious section of food and beverages.

The type of businesses that attend the Speed Networking event was a mix. There were business owners from different industries ranging from small businesses to large corporate firms such as the big Banks and education providers. There was quite a lot of business development managers at this event.

Overall, I’ve attended a few speed networking events over the past few months and I find them quite enjoyable.  It’s loud, fast paced and quite an interesting way to meet a large selection of businesses. It’s also a great way to perfect your elevator pitch.

Things to Note:

  • Location: RACV City Club, Level 2, Club Pavilion, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
  • Highlight:  Meeting a selection of new businesses
  • Cost: Complimentary ticket with new membership
  • Hot Tip: Bring a lot of business cards

Ratings:

  • Venue:  5/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 2/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 16/20

 

 

Rankin & Co: Women in Fashion and Design: Event Review

By | Business

Megan and I attended the Rankin & Co ‘Women in Fashion and Design’ drinks and networking event on Thursday 3rd of May. The event was held at Misuzu’s, an authentic and delicious Japanese restaurant in the heart of Albert Park.

We were invited by Rob Roy Rankin, the Director of Rankin & Co, a law firm. At the event,  Megan and I met a range of his work colleagues. We were also introduced to Rob’s contacts and clients who had known Rob for years.

Rob often hosts these evening event throughout each year as it’s an opportunity for Rob to introduce some of his fashion and design clients to all the attendees as well as networking with like minded individuals.

The venue was a suitable choice as the event was quite intimate and relaxing. All attendees sat around a curved table sharing stories and enjoying delicious food and wine that Rob had organised for the night.

Megan and myself were fortunate enough to receive an attendance gift, a stila matte lipstick from MECCA which we were extremely grateful for.

Things to Note:

Location: Misuzu’s, 3/7 Victoria Ave, Albert Park, 3206

Highlight: The food and the MECCA gift

Cost: Free

Hot Tip: Be quick when circulating the tables to network

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 3/5

Speakers: N/A

Networking Opportunity: 1/5

Total: 8/15

DM Forum: Dando and LinkedIn Present: Event Review

By | Business, Uncategorized

On the first Tuesday in May, Business Growth Partners attended the DM Forum hosted by Frank Chamberlin. The event was held at the Monash Conference Centre on Collins Street from 6-8pm.

The DM Forum is an casual after-work function that is held quarterly on a Tuesday evening throughout the year.

The presenters for the event were Steve Crough, Founder of the Dando, as well as Helen Hollins, the General Manager of Dando.  A digital agency in Richmond. The second speaker was Kae Hum, Head of Enterprise Sales for LinkedIn.

Kae Hum was a great public speaker and kept the audience engaged through his presentation. LinkedIn has over 550 million members globally. ! As majority of individuals and business owners have a LinkedIn presence, it was interesting to learn about the tactics for businesses to reach their marketing objectives through LinkedIn.

The DM Forum is always great to attend, Frank makes such an effort to connect individuals and businesses owners together. Every time I go, I meet a selection of interesting attendees who are at the DM Forum out of interest of the speaker and enjoy the great event that Frank hosts.

The sandwiches are a favourite and a highlight with the crowd.

There is limited time to network at the event – it is key to get to the venue before 6pm to have a opportunity to network with like minded individuals. The type of attendees were a lot of Monash marketing students as well as digital agencies. The key speakers tend to speak for about an hour and a half. In this case, make sure you get in early to network and to eat some of Frank’s sandwiches!

Things to Note:

Location: Monash Conference Centre, Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

Highlight: The sandwiches and speakers

Cost: $32

Hot Tip:  Get in early to network

 

Ratings:

Venue: 5/5

Catering: 5/5

Speakers: 4/5

Network Opportunity: 3/5

Total: 16/20

 

Steve Crough from Dando presenting

Kae Hum from LinkedIn presenting

Leadership Skills – How to Motivate and Inspire: Event Review

By | Business

I attended the event Leadership Skills – how to Motivate and Inspire on Wednesday 18th of April.

The event was run by She Mentors; a space for women in business to come together to inspire, connect and support each other.

The event was held at Inspire 9 in Richmond, a co-working space in Richmond predominantly for creatives, entrepreneurs and freelancers. This space was a suitable venue for this after-work event as it was spacious and provided us with an idea of what working in a co-working space would be like.

The guest speakers were Kylie Lewis, who owns a platform where Kylie conducts consulting, coaching and workshops for businesses in social media, as well as digital and content marketing. She has had previous experience as the Head of Digital for Kikki K and is now an entrepreneur.  I was particularly interesting in listening to Kylie speak due to the fact that I enjoy Kikki K’s products and wanted to learn more about the brand.

The second speaker was Sherryn Bowers who is a women’s leadership coach focusing on building up our strengths and skills of women in leadership positions.

The attendees of the event were members of the She Mentor space that attend regular events, as well as small businesses and creatives. Sherryn attracted quite a crowd as majority of the attendees came to this event because of their admiration for her.

The two speakers discussed their success stories and challenges in the workplace. They both had similar views on the difference between ‘leaders’ and ‘managers’. They highlighted the importance of challenging yourself every day within your workplace as well as to not be afraid to take risks!

 

 

Things to Note:

Location: 41 Stewart Street, Richmond

Highlight: The speakers

Cost: $11

Hot Tip: Bring a note book and pen as speakers are interesting!

Ratings:

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 2/5

Speakers: 4/5

Network Opportunity: 2/5

Total: 12/5

 

 

Tim Smith’s Speed Networking Review

By | Business

I attended Tim Smith’s speed networking breakfast on Monday 19th of March. The breakfast was a early wake up, starting at 6.45am at the Little Collins Street cafe, Henry and the Fox.

I was invited by Tim, from Sable International who successfully ran this event.

Before we began in our speed networking, we sat down and ate breakfast. I ordered the smashed avocado and cherry tomatoes on toast which was delicious. It was a great chance to relax and get to really know the attendees. .

The speed networking was very fast paced and loud but the cafe, Henry and the Fox was a perfect environment for a event like this as we were placed in a back room.

Similar to speed dating, there were two long tables where you sit across the table from a partner and have 30 seconds each to introduce and chat about your business. This is where it is important to master your pitch as 30 seconds is a very quick time frame to discuss your business!

 

The turn out for Tim’s speed networking event was really good, with up to 45 people attending. A few attendees stood up and spoke about other networking events around Melbourne that they find useful to attend such as Fresh Hub networking, Your Time Matters events and South East Manufacturing Association (SEMA). They host regular networking events every fortnight.

This event is a perfect opportunity to network and meet like minded individuals for someone who is new to networking.

Tim has a wide selection of networks from different industries. It is recommended that you join his mailing list as Tim sends regular emails with upcoming events each month.

Things to Note:

  • Location: 525 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
  • Highlight: Meeting new people and learning about their business
  • Cost: $25 for breakfast
  • Hot Tip: Bring heaps of business cards and a pen

Ratings:

  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: 3/5
  • Networking Opportunity: 5/5

Total: 17/20

MATRADE: Hi-Tea and Business Networking Afternoon Event Review

By | Business

On Thursday 22nd of February I attended the launch of the new event management software, Evenesis.

The event was hosted by the IT Company, Y Us at the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation or otherwise known as MATRADE.

Y Us has become one of the technology experts in the Malaysia event industry and has developed an event management system called Evenesis.

 

Founded in 2009 by Yusno Yunos. The event management software now has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and about to be introduced into the Australian market.

Evenesis hope to improve the user experience on the day of the event and on-site by creating faster lanes and a smoother registration without any delay, this includes facial recognition.

 

 

The CEO and Founder, Yusno Yunos spoke and introduced Evenesis. His pitch was  interesting and he presented really well.

All attendees had the opportunity to check-in to the event through facial recognition.

Unfortunately the facial recognition did not work for my face when I went to try and check-in to the event. The Consulate General of Malaysia, Westmoreland Palon was also not able to use the software system himself as he has an identical twin!

 

The event was held on St Kilda Road from 3pm-5pm which was a convenient time as it was close to the end of the work day so all attendees were relaxed.

After listening to the speaker, we moved into the next room where there was a large spread of afternoon snacks and tea and the opportunity to network.

A lot of the attendees of this launch were actually involved within the company Evenesis and investors who had flown out from Malaysia to attend.

I had the chance to speak with Westmoreland Palon, the Consulate General of Malaysia attended and enjoyed conversing with him.

 

Things to Note:

Location: Level 7, 432 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3004

Highlight: Was a interesting product launch and the afternoon tea was delicious

Cost: Free by invitation

Hot tip: Make sure you get there earlier before speaker begins to introduce yourself to the attendees

 

Overall Rating

Venue: 4/5

Catering: 5/5 – There was a wide selection of afternoon tea

Speaker: 4/5

Networking opportunity: 1/5

Total: 14/20

 

End of Year Christmas Celebrations – December 2017

By | Business, Uncategorized

Business Growth Partners hosted a End of Year / Christmas party on Wednesday 6th of December. Celebrating the end of the busy year and sharing the experiences of 2017 – the year that was.

The event was held at our South Melbourne office.  Starting off at 4.30pm and finishing up at 8.30pm.

Our celebration allowed us to mingle with our current and past clients, our partners, friends and colleagues which was a great way to re-connect towards the end of a long year.

Hosting a prize draw towards the end of the night. The prize was a dinner for two voucher from the Kelvin Club, a 150 year old private club located in the City of Melbourne on Melbourne Place.

Fil Strati from TechSeek won the draw prize.

Food and refreshments were available throughout the night.

The food was all locally sourced from the South Melbourne Market, with an array of cheeses, dips, chips, biscuits, baked goods and fruit.  The refreshments were beer, wine and soft drink.

With approximately 60 attendees in the room joining in on our festive cheer, there was a variety of different business owners. Having the weather as an advantage with a sunny night. We were able to spread the celebrations outside the office and onto the front porch for more space.

The mix of businesses included business coaches, accounting firms, consultancy agencies, engineering and law firms, University professors, IT and web designers and start-ups.

There was an opportunity for attendees to network and form meaningful connections with like-minded individuals throughout the event. As well as to learn more about who Business Growth Partners is and to be apart of the festivities before Christmas.

We will be hosting a New Year event to kick off the business year in early 2018.

 

Co-Founder Natalia on the right

 

Party Attendees

The Missing Piece Workshop Overview: ‘Use Marketing to Attract the Right Customers’

By | Business, Uncategorized

On the 26th October we ran our first Missing Piece workshop, providing a preview for our 2018 event series.  The Missing Piece event series is specifically designed to facilitate small and medium business owners to grow their businesses. The first event in this workshop series focused on how to use marketing to attract the right customers. We decided to begin with this event because being able to identify the right customers is crucial to running a successful small business.

Our Co-Founder and Business Growth Specialist Natalia Perera facilitated the workshop and discussed the tools required to craft marketing to attract the right customers. Natalia outlined and provided tips and tricks for business owners on how to get better clients and demonstrate their value.

The workshop was run in an interactive format, with Natalia asking questions to the audience and facilitating group discussion. A focus of the event was to gain clarity on the value proposition which needs to be established to be able to attract the right customers. There were also activities that focused on the customer journey and customer experience.   There was also opportunity for attendees to network and form meaningful connections with like-minded individuals throughout and after the workshop.

With approximately 20 attendees in the room, there was a variety of different small business owners. The mix of businesses included business coaches, accounting firms, consultancy agencies, law firms, web designers and start-ups. Set up as an informal dinner party, the environment made for a fun and informative workshop. By the end of the night, all attendees left with some new found leanings and ideas for their own business.

Food and refreshments were available throughout the night. The food was all locally sourced from the South Melbourne Market, with a selection of cheese, wine, biscuits and fruit.

This event introduced the first of many workshops to come in 2018.

We will be hosting an End of Year Celebration / 2017 Christmas Party at Business Growth Partners.

The details:

Date: 6th of December

Location: Syneka House, 204 Bank Street, South Melbourne

For further information: call Ruby on 1300 965 985 or email us at events@www.businessgrowthpartners.com.au

Attendees at our Business Model Canvas Event

Attendees at our Business Model Canvas Event

 

The host, Natalia Perera facilitating the workshop

The host, Natalia Perera facilitating the workshop

 

Attendees discussing their business objectives

Attendees discussing their business

VECCI Small Business Summit Review: ‘Keeping Small Businesses Competitive’

By | Business

To recognise small businesses and jobs in Victoria, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) hosted an event.

This event was held at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins from 10am to 12pm. The event featured a sit down breakfast where there was a small muffin selection and a choice of a hot beverage to bring to your seat.

98% of Victorian businesses are small businesses with less than 20 employees. The key themes and discussions of this event were to explore what we need to do to keep small businesses competitive and create sustainable jobs in Victoria for the future. Discussing the importance of growth within Victorian small businesses into 2018 and beyond.

There was a panel of three who shared their views on the Victoria Summit Forum. These three business leaders who were on the panel were Tarah Barzanji (Principal of AlphaBeta Advisors), Matteo Pignatelli (Owner of Matteo’s restaurant) and Ray Keefe (Managing Director of Successful Endeavours).
The panel members discussed their perspectives on how to keep small businesses in Victoria competitive, what needs to be acted upon to encourage sustainable job growth and if the current education and training system meet the needs of the small businesses in Victoria. There was an opportunity for the audience to also ask questions to the panel.

The attendees of the event were a mix of industry professionals and small business owners. It was quite difficult to network as was a seated event and there was not much time before or after the discussion begun to meet someone new at the event.

Location: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: Free

Highlight: Listening to the panel discuss Victoria in the future

Hot tip: Get in early as it is a seated event. There was limited time to network before and after the event

Rating: 2/5

Panel discussions at the Victorian Small Business Summit