On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October, I had the pleasure to attend 2011 Sydney MyBiz Expo. This expo was based at the Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, just a hop step and jump from the city.
The building where the expo was held was the old Sydney train yards and still had all the old features of pulley systems, lifts and exposed beams. I’ve never seen an exhibition centre quite so charming or with so much character.
The MyBiz Expo kicked off on Thursday 6th with the launch of the exciting new SME Association of Australia. The SME Association of Australia is the first national body for small and medium businesses in Australia, and despite being new, is heavily supported by government. The aim of this association is to help grow small business, in turn benefiting all of Australia. So if you’re a small business check out their website for more info at www.smeaustralia.asn.au
The MyBiz Expo included a series of workshops and seminars throughout the day with inspiring speakers like Dean Mcvoy from Spreets and Peter Irvine, co-founder of Gloria Jeans. As well as the speakers, we also got to see budding companies pitching their ideas in a ‘Pitchfest’ hoping for the chance to win a $5,000 investment. The ideas from the Pitchfest were everything from a fleet of environmentally sustainable and healthy food trucks to a Twitter service helping stranded people. The overall winner was a start up company who had found a cost effective way to recruit people via video interviews, saving businesses time and money.
On Thursday night, I also attended the 2011 ActionCOACH My Business Awards Gala dinner. At this event, I got to meet the finalists and winners of these unique awards who were doing great things in their sector. Sitting with the team from e-Web Marketing, a dynamic youthful company who won the award for Best Employer, I couldn’t help but be overcome with their excitement. Gary, the CEO of e-Web Marketing has created a place where people want to come to work every day. It’s an engaging workplace where staff can’t get enough of the place, while at the same time, they’re achieving great things. Gary, made the comment that he was annoyed because it had been a long weekend in Sydney, meaning that he’d missed out on the a day of work!
The MyBiz Expo and Gala Awards showed me that there are so many amazing businesses out there doing great things everyday and it’s inspiring to hear and learn from these businesses. I’d encourage all people in the business world to attend industry conferences and expos, as it gives you a fresh perspective on what’s happening in the market and also gives you a chance to feel inspired again.
It was a whirlwind couple of days in Sydney, but well worthwhile. I’ll look forward to the event next year.
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