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The way we do business is in a constant state of change. It takes skill and good planning to ride through the impacts of change, and with the right mindset, the insights of others and the support of the broader business community, we can not only thrive in times  of change, but also prosper together.
This Business Expo is designed to be flexible in attendance so you can choose the topics and speakers that suit you best. We do encourage you to consider attending for the entire afternoon to gain the most benefit and join us for a social/networking session at the end.
There are different aspects to the afternoon:

  • Speakers – A handpicked agenda of interesting and topical business leaders will share their insights and experiences for better business during change

  • Workshops – Breakout sessions on a variety of topics that will focus on quick wins and planning for the future 

  • Online Presence Health checks - Speak with an expert about practical ways to improve your online presence. (15 min slots, first in best dressed)

  • Networking – Throughout the day and at a post-event drinks catch up

All conveniently located at the Arts Centre in Warburton. 

Network throughout the day and at a post-event "Cheese and Chat' drinks catch up - find out more about the people behind the businesses in your region, make new connections and enjoy the buzz of a thriving business community.

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1pm    Arrivals/ checkins and welcome

1.30pm Workshop 1 (45 mins) – Can I get a grant and what does it take to be successful? with Stephen Dowling 

2.30pm Workshop 2 (45 mins) – HR : Implementing purposeful and effective wellbeing processes to engage staff and help them to flourish with Peter Maguire from Ridgeline HR

3.15pm Afternoon tea 

3.30pm Workshop 3 (45 mins) – Digital Marketing with Clarissa Harris from True Tribe

4.30pm Keynote speaker  (45 mins) - What do you want to achieve, and by when? with Marcus Barber – Strategic Futurist

5.15pm  WVCEDA Thank you and update

5.30pm Networking (drinks and finger food in gallery)

7pm  Finish

  • All afternoon Social/online health check appointments book your spot when booking your ticket.

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Need to know

DATE: Wednesday 17 May 2023
TIME:   1pm to 7pm
LOCATION: Warburton Arts Centre and Mechanics Hall

This is a FREE event. 

This Business Expo, for the first time, brings together business and services across the Warburton Valley to meet, interact and learn from one another, and a dynamic selection of industry leaders and experts. It is a practical and hands-on afternoon where attendees can walk away with new connections, inspiration to guide planning, and action points that can be put immediately into improving your business.
It is suitable for existing and new business owners and staff, and is open to all members of our community, not only CEDA Members.

Bring your Business Card to participate in the door prize draw.

With gratitude to our Event Sponsors:

  • Yarra Ranges Council - Business and Trader Group-Led Recovery Grant

  • Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centre



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Stephen Dowling

During this workshop Stephen Dowling will guide you through the key steps to write a winning grant and help you undertake this for your business.

Steve has more than 30 years’ experience working with businesses in Australia and internationally to help them grow revenues, deliver innovative projects, and build a prosperous future.
With over a decade of specialist experience in government grants, Steve understands the finer points of grantsmanship.  He knows how to seek out and secure grants for great businesses that know they want funding, but don’t know how.

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Clarissa Harris

Clarissa Harris from True Tribe will be offering 15 minute one on one sessions with participants providing feedback on quick wins and practical improvements you can make to your online presence. First come first served basis, Book your times slot when booking your day ticket. (Clarissa is also presenting workshop 3.)

True Tribe is a boutique creative communications agency offering end-to-end creative thinking in PR, social media, content production and event-throwing. Clarissa Harris is a warm and charismatic PR consultant with aeons of experience, she's honed her storytelling skills in both in-house and agency roles across corporate, not-for-profit and lifestyle brands. She's drawn to purpose-driven brands (with a bit of flavour), finding a common thread through her clientele in the hospitality, lifestyle and tourism industry. Your brand will find soul and sanctitude in Clarissa's hands.

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Marcus Barbar

What resilience likely requires in a newly emerged business environment, and what might your customers now be expecting as they also settle into new expectations. 

Utilising a wealth of process methods, Marcus’ world class facilitation & consulting skills enable Boards, Senior Management teams and diverse stakeholder groups to gather insights aimed at answering a core question: ‘What do you want to achieve, and by when?’ Marcus is a Strategic Futurist and Value Systems specialist assisting clients with strategy, foresight and strategic planning, risk profiling and innovation programs. 

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