- 29 March 2018
The very first Goulburn Connect was held on Tuesday night at The Collective, with over 50 people attending the business networking event. Positively, there was a diverse mix of businesses in the room; from old-timers, to newly established businesses, to businesses from outside of Goulburn, and even some Government representatives.
Goulburn Connect is an initiative run by business for business. The informal catch-ups are run across the Southern Inland Region and allow businesses to engage with each other, discuss potential collaborations or ideas and speak to government representatives.
The night began with an introduction from Marcus Dawe, from Canberra Innovation Network, and Cameron Thompson, from BDCU Alliance Bank. A few simple rules were outlined; talk to people you don’t know, test ideas on other people and make sure that when you pitch, you make the most of it.
Greg Bonett, from Chicago Freight Car Leasing (CFCL) Australia, was up first and used his 60 second ‘pitch’ to inform the audience about their Goulburn facility. CFCL operate an Intermodal Freight Terminal from Goulburn, sending primary products every week from Goulburn to Port Botany, bound for countries such as Sri Lanka and China. As well as assisting with export, products are also imported from around the world.
Michelle Beard, who provides personal home care for the elderly, asked the audience to consider a market they may not have yet considered; elderly residents. Considering the rising age of the Goulburn population and the difficulty many have accessing services, Michelle’s ‘pitch’ certainly made a lot of businesses in the room ponder.
Jo McCauley from the Goulburn Chamber of Commerce was up next to discuss the Goulburn Business Excellence Awards. The Awards will be held on the 11th August and applications close on the 22nd June. There will be 11 awards this year for business and employees, with a special new award this year – The Start-Up Superstar Award.
Michael Sharpe from Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, then spoke about the exciting transformation happening in the manufacturing space and his organisation’s role in helping businesses transform into the digital world. Michael highlighted an exciting example in the dairy industry, where farms are now using new technologies and robotics to milk cows and measure important data, including milking yields.
Jaemin Fraser, a personal development coach, began his ‘pitch’ with this thought-provoking statement; “the harder you work, the less you earn”. His business centres around helping people deal with their insecurities that hold them back.
Stuart Joyce, from Goulburn Solar, then introduced his local solar company where four years is the expected return on investment. Finally, Daniel Basalamah, from Daniel’s Auto wrapped up the ‘pitching’ and spoke about his newly acquired business. Daniel is now the new sole owner of Goulburn Ford and Goulburn City Kia and is looking to support local businesses through offering fleet discounts.
Following the one-minute ‘pitches’ (wrapped up in under 10 minutes), guests were able to enjoy the delicious food provided by Harvest Goulburn and outstanding local wine, generously provided by Howard and Elly from Kingsdale Wines.
The next Goulburn Connect will be held on the 1st May 2018 from 5.30pm at The Collective. All local businesses are encouraged to come along – it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded businesses and discover new business opportunities.
Goulburn Connect is proudly supported by RDA Southern Inland, Goulburn Chamber of Commerce, AusIndustry, CBRIN (Canberra Innovation Network), The Collective, Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Workspace 2580.