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VCCI Speed Networking: Event Review

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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

 

 

VECCI Fast Forward Speed Networking Event Review

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The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) held its speed networking event on Wednesday 11th of October.
The event was from 5.30pm-8pm at Citadines on Bourke Street.

VECCI Fast Forward Speed Networking event is quite similar to a speed dating event where you sit across from an individual, you are given a total of two minutes to network with the business owner before moving onto the next business contact.

The attendees are the Fast Forward event contained a mix of business development managers, small business owners and relationship managers from corporate organisations such as banks and Universities.

The venue at Citadines had high ceilings and when all participants spoke at once, the event become very loud. Don’t forget to bring in a glass of water in as you are speaking quite fast and loud.
Overall, you meet up to about 20 people throughout the night.

There is the opportunity after the formal networking rounds are finished, to further network with like-minded individuals over drinks and canapes until the event ends.

Location: Citadines on Bourke Street, 131/135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: $60 members, $80 non members

Highlight: Being able to meet a selection of interesting businesses in one night

Hot tip: To remember to bring a lot of business cards to the event so you don’t run out

Rating: 2/5

 

 

Attendees at the VECCI Fast Forward Event

Attendees at the VECCI Fast Forward Event

Attendees at the VECCI Fast Forward Event

 

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

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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

The Simbisa Session Review: ‘How Businesses can Avoid Issues’

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The event was to recognise the issues faced by businesses today and how to avoid these issues within your own business.

This event was held at the Cluster on Queen Street from 6pm to 9pm. The event featured light refreshments before sitting down to listen to the Co-Founders of Simbisa Law, Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea.

The Co-Founders and hosts of the event Rugare Gomo, a solicitor and Luke Galea, a business coach presented discussions and ideas to the audience in an engaging and unique way.
The main discussions were about the many issues faced by businesses today and the solutions to avoid these issues. These discussions included how to avoid a bad partnership and the steps taken to work effectively with your co-founders and your shareholders in your business.
Rugare provided the audience with examples of business issues from their past client which Simbisa Law had deal with and the outcomes of these business issues.

The informative workshop followed by an open Q&A session from the audience to ask questions.

The attendees of the event were a mix of business coaches, lawyers, accountants and business owners. There was a small opportunity to network before and after the event.

Location: The Cluster, 17/31 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3004

Cost: Free

Highlight: The discussion was engaging and the food was good.

Hot tip: Get in early as there is food at the event. There was limited time to network before and after the event

Rating: 1/5

Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea presenting at the Simbisa Session

Rugare Gomo and Luke Galea presenting at the Simbisa Session

Small Business Festival: VECCI Fast Forward Networking Event Review

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For the Small Business Festival Victorian Chamber held its speed networking event at Citadines on Bourke Street.

Fast Forward is a similar style event to speed dating where you have a total of four minutes to network with other business owners. Overall, the Fast Forward events you see about 25 people.

The event for the small business festival was well attended and contained a mix of small business owners and business development managers representing corporate organisations who have packages for small businesses. The venue had very high ceilings and this made the event very loud. For someone such as myself who has a soft voice, I found this event very challenging to attend. I even had a participant leave me mid networking to get herself a glass of water. This networking event is not for someone who get’s easily offended.

Location: Citadines on Bourke Street, 131/135 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: $60 members, $80 non members

Highlight: Being able to reconnect with regular attendees – that’s where the real value is

Hot tip: If you have a soft voice make sure that you follow up leads a day or two after the event as people may not have heard what you said

Rating: 1/5