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  • 21 Oct 2019 9:25 AM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    The story of Ark clothing is one of the wonderful success stories of friendship, starting from scratch, and flexing the business in different directions as your customers give feedback. Our entertaining speakers provided gems of wisdom and humour gained through their journey from a small home-based business selling product at markets to a 12million turnover business they sold .

    Key quote from the evening:

    You don't have a product you're selling, you have a product for people who want it!

    Become a member of SBWN to see all the notes from this evening, and receive additional member benefits as well. Join Us today

  • 24 Jul 2019 5:34 PM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    The Warragul Library will be hosting a Positive Psychology event with local speaker and founder of Mind Insurance, Mel Neil.

    Mel consults to businesses and groups on cultivating and developing positive psychology and is in demand as a practitioner and speaker. Her research and applied knowledge on the subject led her to develop the Mind Insurance program (

    Bookings are free but essential via Eventbrite:

  • 24 Jul 2019 5:09 PM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    Dr Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life-affirming speakers in Australia.

    She is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist bombings on July 7, 2005. She survived but suffered severe and permanent injuries, losing both legs from just below the knee.

    There are few people who have endured such unimaginable trauma and are able to rejoice and celebrate just being alive. Equally there are few people who can speak about a tragic event in such an engaging and uplifting manner. Her appreciation and gratitude is infectious and offers a brilliant reminder of just how precious our lives are.

    Inspiring is a word often overused, but Gill Hicks' remarkable courage and determination to truly triumph over tragedy is nothing but inspirational.

    An impressive career, pre the bombings, included Gill being at the helm of some of the UK's most prestigious and respected institutions - including Publishing Director of the architecture, design and contemporary culture magazine, Blueprint, Director of the Dangerous Minds design consultancy, and Head Curator at the Design Council.

    It wasn't until after the bombings that Gill decided to dedicate her life to being an advocate for peace.

    WHEN: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Thursday 5 September 2019

    WHERE: Premiere Function Centre, Grey Street Traralgon

    COST: $110 pp. inc GST (includes 3 course dinner)

    We will be raising funds for an Australian based charity Sight for All that is close to Gill's heart.

    Visit to learn more about the amazing work they do to restore sight. $10 from every ticket purchase and all proceeds from raffles will be donated.

  • 24 Jul 2019 1:25 PM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    Do you want to improve your leadership skills or learn what it’s like to sit on a board?

    Perhaps you are an experienced leader but don’t feel you’ve reached your full potential?

    Now is the time to consider applying for a funded place in the 2020 Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program.

  • 15 Jul 2019 11:18 AM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    Gippsland Business Festival is pleased to invite you to The Power of Influence with Chris Helder. Chris is a highly sought after speaker sharing his skills in communication, influence, human potential, leadership and customer service.

    Chris will guide you to master your mindset, create genuine connections with customers and take your business to the next level. His knowledge and experience will inspire you to reach new heights and turn your thoughts into action.

    This high energy session will be held at the Leongatha RSL on Tuesday 6 August from 6.30pm Be part of the journey, and book your spot today!

  • 15 Jul 2019 11:09 AM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    This workshop will put your business on the path to long term success by taking you step by step through the vital process of building a business plan to drive your business forward.

    Learn how to map out a plan that will show where your business is right now, where you'd like to be in future and, most importantly, help you develop a clear vision of the next steps and strategies that will take you there.

    This essential workshop will be on Monday 26 August from 6.00 to 8.00pm in the Council Chambers in Leongatha.

    Book Now

  • 05 Jul 2019 12:06 PM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)
    The Andrews Labor Government Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships are now open to young farmers looking to access study and training. Up to $10,000 is available per scholarship. The scholarship program is designed to be flexible, to fit with the demands and ambitions of young farmers and farm workers.
  • 05 Jul 2019 10:54 AM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    The Victorian Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from November 2019.

    Is your business ready?

    The ban applies to ALL retailers - including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets, and many more.

  • 05 Jul 2019 10:49 AM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    Save the date for the main event on Tuesday 6th August 6.30-8.30pm at the Leongatha RSL. More details to come, but click below to preview our international best selling author and speaker for the night, Chris Helder.

    We will also be running a workshop on Monday 26th August 6.00-8.00pm - Business planning essentials: How to build a road map to success . This will be held in the Council Chambers, Leongatha.

  • 01 Jul 2019 1:03 PM | Margaret Ornsby (Administrator)

    With applications closing on Monday, 8 July at 5.00pm, don't miss your chance to lodge an application in the 2019 Bass Coast Business Awards or to vote for your favourite business in the People's Choice Awards!

    If you know am inspirational business operating in the Bass Coast region, then why not tap them on the shoulder and encourage them to enter the Awards, or vote for them in the people's Choice Awards today.

    For those of you already in the process of lodging an application - don't forget to press that 'submit' button before the closing date!

    Head to for more information and to get started on your application.

    Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner at RACV Inverloch Resort on Friday, 23 August 2019. Tickets are $65 per person and include a complimentary local wine on arrival, canapés and a two course meal. The Awards Presentation Dinner is a great opportunity to network and thank your staff.

    To book tickets to the Awards Presentation Dinner simply:

    Book online at

    book and pay at any Bass Coast Shire Council Customer Service Centre

    All businesses are eligible. If you have any enquiries, please contact Tricia Hogan on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or

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