MBN COVID-19 Statement & Resources


The Melbourne Business Network is monitoring the COVID-19 situation very carefully. The safety and wellness of our Members and community is at the forefront of our decision making and as such, we have postponed our face-to-face activities until we have greater clarity on when it will be safe to resume. For this, we will follow the Government and WHO as to when to organise those events.

Until that time, we will be hosting a number of webinars on topics chosen to provide assistance on business-critical issues at this time. Additionally, if you have a topic that you would like to know about, then please let us know. Meanwhile, review our events page for more details on our upcoming events.

If you have any questions or would like to contact us, please email Anita Bowtell

We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. Thank you for your support and understanding in this time of uncertainty.

Wendi Dawson
President, Melbourne Business Network
27 March 2020



City of Melbourne | New Business Grants Now Open – Apply here
The CoM are offering $5 million in new grants for businesses located within the City of Melbourne. Invest in online and e-commerce, do training and  professional development, and undertake capital works. Designed to support businesses affected by COVID-19.

City of Melbourne | COVID-19 Business Concierge HotlineCall 9658 9658 and press 1 for business
Got questions? Get one-on-one advice from the City of Melbourne’s COVID-19 Business Concierge Hotline. Businesses and organisations can access support and important business information, and ask about the CoM local economic support package

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MBN Update | PM Club postponed 16 March 2020

Update: 16 March 2020

Dear MBN members and guests

Unfortunately our event on Tuesday evening 17 March 2020, has been postponed with respect to all attendees, as Michelle Redfern is confined to self-isolation due to a respiratory illness causing her to fall into the vulnerable category for COVID-19.

We will move all bookings as a credit to a TENTATIVE date of Thursday 23 April 2020 and will communicate directly with you when this date is confirmed. We have a complete list of attendees so there is no issue with us remembering who has paid and booked.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the Melbourne Business Network (MBN) is working to the City of Melbourne management policy. See link

As we typically do not run mass gatherings, our other events will go to plan pending speaker comfortability and availability, starting next month.

We will endeavour to secure large spaces that provide capacity which will assist in managing social distancing and will only work with venues that provide a COVID-19 policy while this is still flagged by our government as an issue.

To assist with our networking, we will be discouraging the usual physical contact by way of handshakes and the exchanging of business cards. Instead, we will be using social media tools such as LinkedIn to connect and share details.

The monthly MBN Committee Meeting is being held tonight, 16 March 2020 where our risk mitigation strategy and a more immediate statement regarding contact at our events will be finalised for distribution.

Wendi Dawson,
President, Melbourne Business Network

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Heather Moloney – Contactpoint

It’s great to see this article in the Small Business Victoria website about Heather Maloney of Contactpoint. She was this year’s winner of the Melbourne Business Network’s B3000 “Female Entrepreneur of the year” Award.

“Not only was the timing right to get exposure for the business, but I was keen to promote the IT sector to young people, particularly young women, as a career pathway.”    – Heather Maloney

Read more here

B3000 Awards Launch 2018

BlueRock was host of the 2018 Business 3000 Awards Launch held on 22 February 2018.

Councillor Susan Riley, City of Melbourne, launched the B3000 Awards before introducing the key note speaker Dr Elaine Saunders. Dr Saunders MD of Blamey Saunders Hears spoke of her passion for innovation particularly in her field of audiology. Elaine is the Ambassador of the 2018 B3000 Awards. Co-CEO of Starez Adele Knipe, who are sponsors of the Innovation Award, spoke of the amazing growth and journey of their company since the days of winning the B3000 Award in 2014. She also touched upon the family nature of the business and inspiration of her father Alan, founder of the business. CEO of Victory Corporate Serviced Offices (VSCO) Dan Baxter, sponsor of this year’s Small Business Award, spoke of the drive required to be in business and the entrepreneurial spirit. Managing Director (Law) of BlueRock Bruce McFarlane gave an overview of the BlueRock business philosophy. BlueRock is the sponsor of the 2018 Business of the Year Award.
Our thanks also to go the other awards sponsors: The State Government of Victoria (Female Entrepreneur Award), Moral Fairground (Sustainability Award) and The RACV Club (Social Enterprise Award).

The evening was introduced by Bev Friend, President and John Stock, Executive Director of Melbourne Business Network.

For more images see: 2018-b3000-awards-launch-bluerock


2017 Christmas Brekkie Club @ The RACV Club

A highly successful Brekkie Club was held on the 7th of December 2017 in the RACV Club Courtyard.
Over 60 members and guests of MBN celebrated Christmas at a buffet breakfast featuring Special Guest, Captain Brendan Nottle of the Salvation Army.

Centre Image: Captain Brendan Nottle with Bev Friend, President of Melbourne Business Network

Very Melbourne Brekkie Club at Blue Rock

The October “Very Melbourne Brekkie Club” was held at Blue Rock giving the members and guests an insight into a workplace of the future that is already here. Thanks and congratulations go to Blue Rock on being named the sixth of the “Top 100 National Best Places to Work” (2017).

Melbourne Business Network ‘Brekkie Club’ 5 October, 2017
at Blue Rock (Lonsdale Street, Melbourne)


SEAANZ 30th Anniversary Dinner

Bev Friend and John Stock, representing Melbourne Business Network, attended the dinner celebrating the 30th Anniversary of SEAANZ on 9th October 2017  titled “Looking back, looking forward: Imagining the future of small business in Australia”.
They were impressed by presentations from Liam McGuire, Opaquem Media Group highlighting augmented reality applications in the health and education space and Eric Pecks, Kookaburra Aerospaces  – integration in the Autonomous Airborne Vehicles Sector.
The Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand http://seaanz.org

MBN presents “The pointy end of Sales & Marketing” at the 2018 Small Business Festival

“The pointy end of Sales & Marketing” with James Tuckerman
Date: August 7, 2018
Venue: RACV Club, Level 2, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne.  Book here

Whether you’re in B2B or simply selling online, the closer you get to a commitment, the harder everything gets.  Discover how to convert more leads and close more sales at the ‘pointy end’ of the sales and marketing funnel.  With Anthill Magazine founder James Tuckerman.  A light breakfast will be served.

James is one of Australia’s most accomplished digital publishers. He’s an entrepreneur, angel investor, coach, speaker and growth hacker for hire.

Congratulations to the 2017 Business 3000+ Awards Winners

25th May, 2017
Melbourne celebrated the achievements, courage, entrepreneurship, initiative and innovation of small business at the Business 3000+ Awards at The Cluster on Level 20, with spectacular views across Melbourne’s skyline….no better place to showcase business at it’s best!

The night was opened by The Deputy Lord Mayor – Arron Wood and special guests included Barbara Cullen – Director of Small Business Victoria and Judy O’Connell – Small Business Commissioner.

The Winners of the 2017 Business 3000+ Awards:

Alan Knipe Innovation Award – sponsored by Starez:  Winner – MEEMEEP
New Business Award – Sponsored by Servcorp: Winner – CAPRIESS
Female Entrepreneur Award: Winner – HIDDEN SECRETS TOURS
Social Enterprise Award: Winner – WOMEN’S PROPERTY INITIATIVES
Disruption Entrepreneur Award: Winner – VERSATILE INFORMATION SOLUTIONS
International Award – Sponsored by Hope Earle: Winner – CHIN COMMUNICATION
Sustainability Award – Sponsored by Small Business Victoria Business Victoria: Winner – RIGHTSHIP
Business of the Year Award: Winner – MEEMEEP

Congratulations from Bev Friend – President, John Stock – Executive Officer and the Management Committee and our members and associates of Melbourne Business Network.
Award winners image: Photo courtesy of Sprott Photography www.sprottprophoto.com.au

1000th Brekkie Club attendee

The Melbourne Business Network congratulates Wendy Fauvel on being the 1000th attendee of the Very Melbourne Brekkie Club

On the 4th of May 2017, on the occasion of Melbourne Brekkie Club’s 3rd Birthday, Wendy became the 1000th attended to our monthly morning institution the ‘Very Melbourne’ Brekkie Club. With thanks to Caffé Duomo (Melbourne Block arcade) for their generous support.