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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

 

Rock your Revenue: Event Review

By | Business

Maddie and I attended Rock Your Revenue on Thursday 7th of June.

Rock Your Revenue was a networking event, primarily about sales and the tips to improve your sales game for businesses.

The event was held at YBF Ventures on Bourke Street, a large co-working space designed for tech start-ups, investors and small businesses.

The event begun with an hour of networking and meeting like-minded individuals. Followed by a panel discussion on sales and tactics.

The three panelist were Sally McKenna, the Sales Director at HROnboard, Trent McLaren, Head of Accounting and Sales at Practice Ignition and Dean Paquola, the Sales Manager at Ento. I found Sally an interesting speaker as she spoke with more experience and had value to what she was suggesting in regards to sales tips.

The key speakers made an interesting points about being on top of your sales game. All three panelist agreed about being persistent and consistent when contacting your prospects. Touching base regularly is the key for a better conversion rate.

The type of attendees were a range of IT start ups and small business owners. Maddie and I met a range of small business owners. Most of the attendees actually had a personal relation to the key speakers and came to support their sons speak!

There was wide selection of Crust Pizza’s as well as drinks on offer which was a perfect way to end a Thursday night after work.

The event was a interesting one to attend, the catering was very good and I left feeling that I have learnt some new sales techniques. However I don’t think I will attend another event by Rock Your Revenue in the future.

Things to Note:
Location: The Ballroom, YBF Ventures, 520 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
Highlight: The food
Cost: $16.91
Hot Tip: Bring a notebook and pen to take notes

Ratings:
Venue: 4/5
Catering: 5/5
Speakers: 2/5
Networking Opportunity: 1/5
Total: 12/20

 

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

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

 

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.

Ratings:

  • Networking opportunity: 2 / 5
  • Speaker: 4 / 5
  • Venue: 4 / 5
  • Food: 0 / 5 (no food present)

 

Total: 10 / 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

BNI Limitless Networking Meeting Tullamarine

By | Business

I attended the BNI Limitless meeting in Tullamarine. The event was held at the Quality hotel.

BNI is a referral based network that has many chapters across Melbourne. I attended this chapter by invitation through my contact Jane from KISS Print Services. Jane and I often attend networking events together. Jane is a member of this BNI chapter.

It is often a good idea to attend networking events with someone that you know. It helps provide reassurance that you are not alone at the event and also makes networking easier as it is sometimes easier to approach a group rather than an individual person.

BNI groups are a useful tool for businesses that provide transnational services such as printing, trades or property services to get together. BNI groups provide attendees with the ability to network with a range of people from their local community. It also provides a structure support network for these businesses. I have been to a few BNI groups in the past, and this group I have to say is one of the friendliest that I have been to.

At BNI Tullamarine

At BNI Tullamarine

To be able to fully experience a BNI you need to go to it, as it is not for everyone.

While this was an event that generally falls during breakfast, there was no breakfast provided with the event – so if you do attend this make sure that you eat before. It also took about an hour to get there via Uber – there was no way of easily leaving the BNI and I was fortunate that one of the attendees as able to offer me a lift back. Otherwise I would have been stuck on public transport for around 2 hours.

Location: 265 Mickleham Road, Tullamarine, VIC 3043

Cost: Free

Highlight: Speaker – discussing plumbing services  – learned things about plumbing that I never knew

Hot tip: Eat breakfast before you attend

Rating 3/5