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



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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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