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


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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

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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)


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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

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MBN presents 3 Networking Events at the 2017 Small Business Festival

Small Business Festival Victoria (Aug-Sep)
The 2017 Small Business Festival Victoria has 500+ events to help you start or grow your business, learn new skills and get involved in exciting new opportunities. The Melbourne business network proudly presents three events:

  • Small Business Festival: Networking Breakfast
  • Small Business Festival: Womens Event
  • Small Business Festival: Get Connected Event

Small Business Festival: Networking Breakfast
Date: August 3, 2017 .
Venue: General Assembly Melbourne, 45 William St.  Book here
A Melbourne Business Network – Small Business Festival Event “How to sell and network better to win more business in the 21st. Century” This interactive Breakfast will be facilitated by Sue Barrett of salesessentials.com  Sue is like the renewable energy sector versus fossil fuels when it comes to helping people and businesses sell better. A light breakfast will be served with ample opportunity to practice your networking skills.

Small Business Festival: Celebrating Women in Business
Date: August 17, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm.
Venue: The Cluster (level 17). Book here
Be inspired by a panel of top women in business who’ve faced the challenges that can hold women back from achieving in their business. This will highlight the success stories and how they not only broke through these barriers but inspired others to do so. Learn, be inspired, meet other women in business and build your knowledge on how others have made an impact on their business to achieve success.

Small Business Festival: Get Connected Event
Date: August 31, 2017 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Donkey Wheel House (Level 2). Book here.
‘Get Connected’ – Powerful tips to grow your business through networking
Networking is not just about schmoozing or handing out business cards. It’s about building meaningful relationships, establishing trust and knowing why you’re in business….what’s your passion? It’s about the art of giving rather than taking. Networks, whether through social media or in person are critical for growing a small business. Creating powerful connections to expand, showcase and build your business is a crucial part of everyday in a small business.

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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

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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.

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