International Rural Womens Day Lunch
Oct
14
11:00 AM11:00

International Rural Womens Day Lunch

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After last year's successful event at Factory & Field Cohuna we are delighted to advise that we will be meeting again this year at Simply Tomatoes, Boort with another fabulous panel of female entrepreneurs, a delicious lunch, and great conversations.

Tickets $30. Profits will be donated to a local charity by popular vote.

 Be inspired by three rural women in business Marilyn Lanyon, Elise Brown and Toni Barton

Be inspired by three rural women in business Marilyn Lanyon, Elise Brown and Toni Barton

Marilyn Lanyon, Simply Tomatoes & Aussie Wool Quilts- Boort Over almost thirty years of growing tomatoes, Marilyn developed a standout recipe that led to the creation of Simply Tomatoes in 2002. It has been an exciting journey that put Boort on the global map as it led into the export market. The purchase of yet another business - Aussie Wool Quilts Boort - also created 18 body shaped therapeutic from their wheat and wool, and resulted in tourism awards. At the forefront of agribusiness in the Loddon Shire, we look forward to learning from Marilyn's wisdom.

Elise Brown, Fair Dinkum Dog Coats At 19 years of age Elise purchased this small wholesale manufacturing business with the help of a family loan in her home town of Castlemaine. Within a year she'd paid back the loan, and within three years she transformed it from wholesale into a totally online business that won her an award and gave her the flexibility to raise a family. How easy is it to scale a business up and down to suit your family commitments? We look forward to hearing Elise's thoughts.

Toni Barton, The Original Lamb Bacon Co Toni breeds Australian White Lamb, considered the Wagyu of lamb meat, at Nulla Vale. Through a collaboration with experts in the field, she created lamb bacon which is now sold through restaurants, retail outlets and Farmers Markets at premium prices. What happens when you challenge traditional views of a staple food item? Can't wait to hear how Toni dealt with a significant road block.

Secure your tickets and start planning that road trip to the Loddon Shire with your besties.

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Bendigo Inventor & Innovation Festival
Sep
3
9:00 AM09:00

Bendigo Inventor & Innovation Festival

What a delight to be a part of this inaugural festival talking about entrepreneurship and running a mini Innovate or Suffocate workshop. Looking forward to this week long festival growing even more in 2019.

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SMALL BUSINESS: Innovate or Suffocate
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

SMALL BUSINESS: Innovate or Suffocate

Join Kerry Anderson in a practical workshop for small business owners this August as part of the Small Business Festival.  Swan Hill 8 August and Geelong 29 August OR contact Kerry to discuss bringing this workshop to your town.

Is your business innovating or suffocating?

If we don't even bother to think about how relevant our business is in a rapidly changing world, then there is the potential for either missing out on a great opportunity or looming disaster!

This practical workshop will take you through a simple 'health check' and explore strategies to strengthen your business into the future.

Led by Kerry Anderson, business advocate and author of ‘Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business’, this practical workshop will enable you to take a fresh look at your business.

All participants will receive a copy of Kerry's latest book. Finger food and light refreshments will be provided.

To book your place follow the below links:

SWAN HILL - 8 August 6-9pm

GEELONG - 29 August 6-9pm

MORE ABOUT KERRY ANDERSON

A big thank you to Tim Tim the Entertainer for use of his awesome photograph. You can find out more about Tim Tim here:  http://timtim.com.au/

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Global Entrepreneurship Week
Nov
13
to Nov 19

Global Entrepreneurship Week

7 free webinars over 7 days especially for rural Australians!

Mon 13 Nov  8.30-9.30pm

Valuing our entrepreneurs: What are the attributes of an entrepreneur?  Am I one or is it a student in my class? Why are they so important?


Tues 14 Nov  8.30-9.30pm

Overcoming start up barriers:  Got a great business idea but the challenges seem overwhelming?  Join us as we discuss some of the ways that these challenges can be overcome.


Wed 15 Nov: 8.30-9.30pm

Want to own a business? Why not buy an existing small-medium sized business?  Start Ups are a great way to get into business. But they aren’t the only way according to Michael Kerr from Kerr Capital. There are incredible opportunities to buy existing and proven small to medium sized businesses, Listen in to find out how and where you find these opportunities.


Thu 16 Nov  8.30-9.30pm

Capitalising on the digital era:  Can you afford not to be on the internet?  How can you take your business further?  Elise from Fair Dinkum Dog Coats will explain how she transformed her wholesale business into an online retail platform.


Frid 17 Nov  3.00-4.00pm

Collaborating and Cooperatives: No business is an island.  Why is collaboration essential in a rural town?  How can a group of people collaborate to make a business a reality?  Join Ann Durie, a partner of the award winning Bakery on Broadway, to discuss how they did it.  We will also share how a rural community retained their hardware store by forming a cooperative.


Sat 18 Nov 3.00-4.00pm

Is your rural community ready to establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem?  How can we create a collaborative culture where entrepreneurs are valued, nurtured and supported?  Operation Next Gen was put up against world best practice in June this year and proved itself worthy.  Sonia Wright will share her thoughts on what difference ONG has made in her community of Cohuna.


Sun 19 Nov 3.00-4.00pm

Q & A Session:  Wrapping up a week of fantastic discussion tailored for rural communities.  What else do you want to know about small business and entrepreneurship?  Ask your questions!

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International Rural Women's Day
Oct
15
10:30 AM10:30

International Rural Women's Day

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!

Get Your Backside Creekside in Cohuna, where the Operation Next Gen conversation began, for a networking lunch and to hear three inspiring rural entrepreneurs talk about their personal journey and unique businesses.

JENNI FINN - Factory & Field, Cohuna

ANDREA HARRISON, Kawaii Kids, Birchip

LAUREN MATHERS - Bundarra Berkshires, Barham

These creative, tenacious and resourceful ladies (who don't think of themselves as entrepreneurs but definitely are) will share how they gained the confidence to start a new business venture, overcome financial barriers, and balance their family life.  A fascinating conversation that will be of interest to everyone.

$25 includes morning tea on arrival, finger food lunch & glass of wine.

Proceeds will be donated to a nominated rural charity
selected by popular vote on the day

BOOK NOW - limited to 40 guests!

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Australian Regional Development Conference
Sep
11
to Sep 12

Australian Regional Development Conference

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I am delighted to be one of the nine keynote speakers at the 4th annual Australian Regional Development Conference. 

ABSTRACT:

At some point in time every regional city or rural town faces major change. In a world that is rapidly changing some traditional industries are no longer competitive in a global market and, as connectivity improves, services that used to be provided by employees of large corporations are now being contracted to freelancers.  An ageing population is also stressing an economy that desperately needs more business creation.

Change is good.  The trick is to anticipate that change and explore alternatives well before it happens.  And to keep your town strong and vibrant, it means the whole community has to work together.

Now has never been a better time for rural and regional communities to start thinking of entrepreneurship and self-employment as a mainstream option. It is a simple matter of changing the conversation from job seeking to job creation and asking ‘what can we do?’ as opposed to what the government should be doing for us.

Developing an entrepreneurial eco-system doesn’t happen overnight and requires a whole of community approach.  Business and community leaders need to work together with educators on a long term strategic approach.

Establishing if a community is ready to successfully take on this challenge is the very first step.  The future is all about being agile and adaptable.  Is your community willing to look at existing landscapes with fresh eyes in the age of the digital revolution?

Sharing examples from the successful Operation Next Gen Program and other initiatives from the inaugural E*Ship 2017 Summit held in the United States; author of ‘Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business’, Kerry Anderson will explain how communities can capitalise on the era of the entrepreneur and create new opportunities in rural and regional Australia.

MORE DETAILS

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Mallee Rising (Swan Hill) Small Business Festival
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Mallee Rising (Swan Hill) Small Business Festival

Rural vs City: Does size matter when creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem?

Fresh back from the inaugural ESHIP Summit in Kansas City, as one of 430 international delegates (and one of only two guests invited from Australia), Kerry Anderson is fired up about entrepreneurial ecosystems.  

 

As part of the Mallee Business Festival in Swan Hill (one of her favourite places to visit), Kerry will share her insights on how rural and regional communities can foster a collaborative culture that celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship. More importantly, she will explain why this is important and how community leaders, educators and the business sector in Swan Hill can help make it happen.

Tickets $15 including drink and nibbles.

REGISTER ONLINE

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Rare Birds Webinar
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Rare Birds Webinar

Join serial entrepreneur and founder of Rare Birds, Jo Burston, in conversation with Bendigo & Central Victoria Rare Birds Ambassador, Kerry Anderson.

Your chance to ask questions during this FREE webinar.

STAY TUNED FOR THE REGISTRATION LINK

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The Era of the Entrepreneur
Mar
9
5:30 PM17:30

The Era of the Entrepreneur

With the next 20 years being heralded as ‘The Era of the Entrepreneur’ it is in all our interest to know why.

Kerry Anderson, author of Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business, is passionate about changing the conversation from job seeking to job creation.  Businesses, educators, and community leaders are invited to join this stimulating discussion on how they can work together to ensure that Mildura and the Sunraysia is prepared for The Era of the Entrepreneur

VENUE: Upstart Co-working Space, 68 Bowrings Lane, Mildura

COST:  $30 including light refreshments. $50 including copy of book at discount price.

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Introduction to Governance Workshop - MILDURA
Mar
8
5:00 PM17:00

Introduction to Governance Workshop - MILDURA

Are you on a Committee or Board, or thinking of joining one?

How do you know that you are following correct procedure?  Are you meeting your legal obligations?  Are you protecting your members?  In the eyes of the law it is simply not an excuse to say "I didn't know!"

The good news is that it's not hard if you follow a few simple principles. In a return visit to Mildura Kerry Anderson will share her practical knowledge from many years on Committees and Boards, and as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Notes will be provided and there will be the opportunity for a complementary one-on-one mentoring session to be scheduled afterwards.

Please join us for a practical and information workshop from 5.00 - 6.30pm at the Mildura Eco Village on Wednesday 8 March, 2017.  Afternoon Tea provided.  http://www.kerryanderson.com.au/events/2017/3/8/introduction-to-governance-workshop

REGISTER ONLINE $25

Evening doesn't suit? 

FREE workshop same day at Lake Cullulleraine (10.00am to 2.00pm) DETAILS

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Introduction to Governance Workshop
Mar
8
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Governance Workshop

Are you on a Committee or Board, or thinking of joining one?

How do you know that you are following correct procedure?  Are you meeting your legal obligations?  Are you protecting your members? 

In the eyes of the law it is simply not an excuse to say "I didn't know!"

The good news is that it's not hard if you follow a few simple principles.

Kerry Anderson will share her practical knowledge from many years on Committees and Boards, and as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

VENUE:  Lake Cullulleraine Sporting Complex, Sturt Highway

FREE:  Hosted by the Millewa Advisory Group with the support of the Mildura Rural City Council.  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/introduction-to-governance-tickets-31176883899

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL:  0430 170 501 or email: werrimull8@gmail.com

Can't make this session? 

An express workshop will be conducted in Mildura from 5.00 - 6.30pm($25 cost).  REGISTRATION LINK

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