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Neil Waterhouse: eBay and Amazon Australia – Winning the Game in 2018 Event Review

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On Tuesday the 21st, myself and Business Growth Partners Director, Natalia, attended the Winning the Game on the New eBay – What’s working in 2018. The event was hosted by guest speaker; Neil Waterhouse, a multi-million dollar seller and author of Million Dollar eBay Business From Home. The event was held at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000.

Unfortunately, our experience did not start off positively. Natalia and I arrived at the venue at 6:30pm to find that we were unable to use the elevators and there was no one in the lobby floor to guide us to level 3. We walked around the lobby floor but could not find an alternative way to get to level 3, or did we see any signage to direct us.

After this, we were slightly annoyed and decided to recheck the Eventbrite event page as well as the tickets we pre-purchased. We had the address, date and time of the event correct. 20 minutes had passed since we’d first arrived and we were close to leaving when Natalia spotted “level 18” in one of the last paragraphs on the event page. We were confused, as both the tickets and the location listed on the event stated “level 3.” Fortunately, the elevators carried us to level 18 without an incident.

Our evening’s bad start was indicative of the event ahead. Frustrated with the unprofessional management of the event, we slipped into the room which was set up as a lecture hall, and took our seats. Neil Waterhouse, the guest speaker was already underway with his presentation. Although it seemed as though he was extremely knowledgeable and experienced in developing a business model around selling on eBay and Amazon, he was not a very engaging speaker.

Almost immediately, Natalia and I realised that the people attending the event were those who were looking to make a quick dollar online, rather than small business owners that were invested in their businesses and looking to develop another channel to market. We also realised, that there wasn’t going to be a networking segment of the event, as much of the time was being taken by tedious questions from the crowd. At 7:10pm, we decided it was a waste of time and left.

In conclusion, we were disappointed with event. The management of the event was unprofessional, the speaker was unengaging and there did not appear to be any attendees that we would be able to create an exchange of value with.


Summary of event

  • Location: Institute of Chartered Accountants Level 18, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Cost: $10 per person
  • Highlight: No highlight.
  • Hot Tip: Do not attend this event if you want to network.



  • Networking opportunity: 0/5
  • Speaker: 2/5
  • Venue: 2/5
  • Food: 0/5


Total: 4/20

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

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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


End of Year Christmas Celebrations – December 2017

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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’

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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