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Content Item - Connecting Women Event: Women in Leadership Roles

Join City of Kingston for this exciting Connecting Women event with keynote speakers:

Cr Tamsin Bearsley, Mayor, City of Kingston and

Denise Langford, Managing Director, Australian Barbell Company.

This event is an opportunity to hear from two leading women in our local community about their personal journeys of leadership and will provide tips and advice for women striving for leadership positions.

Topics: business networking,  event melbourne


Content Item - New award category to recognise & reward the expanding service business sector

The continuing shift in focus from Australia’s manufacturing heritage to an expanding service-based business economy will be reflected in the introduction of a new Melbourne Business Awards category in 2016.

Topics: awards,  business awards,  service award,  business networking,  business events


Event - December Gala Breakfast

Melbourne Business Awards

Online Bookings are now closed please call 0412 836 767


With Christmas fast approaching, it is time to reflect on 2014 as we seek to recognise and reward outstanding and diverse businesses across our dynamic patch of southeast Melbourne.

From bayside to Braeside, we’re celebrating manufacturers that have forged new ground and own their niches; from food companies with humble suburban beginnings to businesses that have built success overseas as much as at home.

Join us for our annual awards Gala breakfast on December 5th and help us applaud Australian and Victorian enterprise at its very best. As well as awarding the Business of the Year title, we’ll be rewarding those companies and individuals that showcase their leadership potential when it comes to empowering young employees.

And guest speaker Andrew Fuller, a psychologist and scientific adviser to the ABC TV series Whatever: the science of teens, will also provide some fresh perspective on how to “Deal with Tricky People” in a workforce context.

To avoid disappointment, book your seat today!

Networking from 6.30am, formal proceedings begin @ 7am.

The Award: Nomination for the annual "Business of the Year" Award Winner are open from January to September each year. From all nomination 8 Award Nominees are chosen via a committee and selection process. At each of the Breakfasts throughout the year, 2 of these Award Nominees present to the audience and broadly outline the secrets behind their success. During the final Gala Breakfast at the end of the Year the "Business of the Year" Award Winner is announced. 






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Event - September Business Breakfast

Melbourne Business Awards

"When you are powered by passion all things are possible"

Guest Speaker: Stacey Currie, Managing Director of Brand Print Australia

By rights, Stacey Currie should be dead, in jail or somewhere else. Anywhere but in business.

After a young life as a victim of domestic abuse, abandonment, teenage pregnancy, homelessness and worse, few would bank on her ever becoming anything other than another statistic blighting society’s conscience.

Instead, despite no prior business experience, Stacey defied her circumstances to transform a $100/month pay cheque into a multi-million dollar company. Join us at the September 5th Breakfast Event as Stacey shares her inspiring journey from extreme hopelessness to the highs of success building an award-winning print, packaging and signage business.

Networking from 6.30am, formal proceedings begin @ 7am.

Hemisphere Conference Centre

Topics: networking events,  melbourne business events,  business networking,  awards


Event - July Networking Breakfast


Guest Speaker: Alex Commins, Managing Director of Colorpak



Lessons for all businesses and bucking the bad news story trend


 When manufacturing minnow Colorpak ( swallowed an industry giant in 2010, it was billed as an industry game-changer and, not unexpectedly, came with numerous challenges.

The mid-tier industrial packaging player’s acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey’s folding carton operations was a bold move at a time when manufacturing was feeling more than the pinch.

Job losses and site closures followed as Colorpak restructured to improve its competitive position, further fuelling the negative headlines about the death of Australian manufacturing.

Yet, shareholder returns of 120%; 9-12% growth year on year; a doubling of operational capacity underline a success story that combines the mantras, ‘survival of the fittest’ and ‘who dares wins’.

Join us at our July breakfast to hear Alex Commins, Managing Director of Colorpak (2004 winner of the Business of the Year), as he expands on the challenge of surviving seismic shocks to the manufacturing sector and the lessons for all types of businesses.

Networking from 6.30am, formal proceedings begin @ 7am.

Topics: networking events,  melbourne events,  business events,  business networking