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Reserve your spot at Maroondah BizWeek 2019!

Published on 11 April 2019
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Become one of the hundreds of people and businesses to have gained invaluable insight, tips and tools on running a business by booking your spot for Maroondah BizWeek 2019, from Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May.

From great networking opportunities to learning essential business skills, Maroondah BizWeek offers 40-plus events, workshops and business mentoring sessions covering a range of topics that will help you to grow, learn and innovate. 

Maroondah Mayor, Councillor Rob Steane said now in its 19th year, Maroondah BizWeek is the must-attend business event of the year.

“BizWeek’s longevity and strong attendance each year is a testament to its value and I’d encourage business owners, operators, people who are thinking about starting their own business, or anyone wanting tips to gain that competitive business edge, to browse this year’s program of events,” Cr Steane said.

“From workshops on getting a new business off the ground, creating effective digital content, cyber security, understanding and dealing with stress, and strategies to accelerate business growth, there will be something that’s just right for you and help you take your business forward.

“This is a chance to be inspired, connect with other small businesses, gain tips from industry experts and to hear from inspirational speakers,” he said.

This year’s BizWeek theme – Innovation & Wellbeing – focuses on workplace mental health and how this can impact on business sustainability.

A highlight of this year’s BizWeek calendar is the Eastland Experience Lunch.

“The BizWeek Eastland Lunch, on Wednesday 29 May, is our premier event and once again we have secured a very special guest speaker, who is sure to inspire the audience.

“Over a networking lunch participants will create connections with like-minded people in business, and be inspired by Nicole Eckels, founder of multimillion-dollar candle brand, Glasshouse Fragrances,” Cr Steane said.

Since launching her business in 2006 with no technical experience, Nicole has built an empire on the back of bold strategies and a unique approach. This enabled her to quickly gain a foothold in her industry. Nicole now controls over 25 per cent of the $200m Australian fragrant candle market.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Nicole’s incredible story, ensuring you go home with some tips on how you can seed your next business success from a spark of imagination,” Cr Steane said.

Another highlight of the week is the Melbourne East Region Business Breakfast, on Tuesday 28 May.

“This is an opportunity to join with businesses from across Melbourne’s east at this regional business breakfast featuring two of Australia’s leading authorities on digital technologies, Amanda Gome, founder of Smart Company, and journalist and author Brad Howarth for BRW,” Cr Steane said.

“Find out what rapid technological change and digital discretion means for your industry and how your business can adapt to take advantage of the changes happening right now.

“We also have an important event for men this year with BizWeek’s Men’s Health Lunch - for Men in Business, on Friday 31 May.

“As men in business, we can often get caught up in the “busy-ness” of life that we rarely make the time to stop, connect with our mates, have some fun and address the real issues of life.

“BizWeek’s Men’s Health Lunch is a chance to clock off from work early, enjoy lunch and an afternoon of networking, and hear from AFL legend and mental health advocate, Wayne Schwass.

“Having battled silently with his own mental health for much of his sporting career, Wayne is now a dedicated mental health advocate and is committed to raising awareness about mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention.

“This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear from Wayne Schwass speak candidly about mental health, and about empowering business owners and employees to develop the tools and strategies to maintain emotional wellbeing,” he said.

Over the course of the week local businesses will also have the chance to network and update their skills to gain that important competitive edge.

“This is a chance to raise your business profile and spend the week reflecting on where your business is now and where you see it heading in the future,” Cr Steane added.

Other events throughout BizWeek will include:

For a full list of events during BizWeek 2019, and to reserve your spot, visit the Maroondah BizHub website

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