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Yesterday we had over 100 members take time out of their business to work on their business and attend our 2018 un-conference yourself business development day held at the Geelong Conference Centre.

We started off the day with Nasir Sabhani who is affectionately known as The Streets Barber. 

When Nasir first started cutting hair he couldn’t get enough of it. It was a monumental turning point in his life. He realised that if he could help encourage this feeling of change in someone and all he had to do was exactly what he loved to do, then maybe he should keep doing it. That’s how the, ‘Clean Cut, Clean Start’ initiative came into being.

Click here to see and hear more about Nasir’s work.

Next we heard from Mel Stewart who got us heated up for social media marketing in summer. She looked at the before, during and after summer processes businesses can take enhance their social media. With more than 10 years of experience working in all facets of hotel and tourism marketing, Mel Stewart has developed a serious thing for tourism, social and digital marketing. 

Click here to see Mel’s presentation.

In our hour of power we heard from Paul Grey (Harwood Andrews) and Rachel Patterson (K-Rock) on their experiences in the industry. 

Paul is a Principal Lawyer at Harwood Andrews. He brings a commercial approach to the law from a broad set of experiences as a business owner, private legal adviser and in-house counsel, and having worked with management teams over many years

Click here see Paul’s presentation. 

Rachel is Currently the Sales Manager for K rock and Bay 93.9 in Geelong and has been for the past four years, prior to that Sales Manager for Nova and Smooth FM, Melbourne.

Click here to see Rachel’s presentation.

We then went touring around with George Josevski from Bunyip Tours who talked us through his journey of working with group tours and international tourism and identifying gaps for visitors who were seeking a more authentic and immersive Australian tour experience.

Click here to see the presentation.


Christine Smith from Great Ocean Stays then shared her story of creating more accessible region. Great Ocean Stays has won three at the Geelong Business Excellence Awards – and also took out an award and was a Business of The Year Finalist. Christine looks to inspire other business owners to disrupt the status quo around accessibility of their own businesses. 


After a delicious lunch hosted by The Geelong Conference Centre, we had two panel break off sessions.

The first was on every day business trends – our panel members were Vittoria De Stefano (Harwood Andrews), Emma Atkinson (The Q Train), Despina Karatzias (Institute of Excellence), Judy O’Connell (Victorian Small Business Commissioner) and Anthony Turner (Small Business Mentoring Service).

Concurrently we had the Business Events panel where members heard from experts as they provide real life insights into the lucrative corporate market and break down the myths about what they should be doing to get it right. This was MC’d by Chris Porter (Business Events Victoria), his panellists were Liliana Sanelli (Perfect Event), Nicole Hill (Melbourne Star Observation Wheel) and Mark Day (Business Events Geelong).

We closed off the day with Michelle Winckle from Hayeswinkle Real Estate who shared her inspiring journey of being a single mum of two wearing a suit bought with borrowed money to a real estate dynamo – Michelle Winckle has never let get convention get in the way. One-half of the powerhouse Hayeswinckle partnership, Michelle smashed through boundaries believing that anyone – absolutely anyone – can choose to live their dream.

Click here to see her presentation.


We also used the day promote our partnership with Geelong Mums who work to waste less, share more and care for every baby and child. Thank you to all who bought things for us to donate.




It was a fantastic day and we hope all those who attended left feeling inspired, innovative and informed.

Click here to see all the photos from the day.