On-line food, a free drink, a pat on the back and lunch.
A business event doesn’t really get any better.
Especially, if you are a reporter, and you walk out well fed and with enough stories to keep you busy for a few days. Or more.
Which we have to admit was unexpected.
We shouldn’t have been surprised, Goondiwindi always throws up interesting stories, but at a business lunch?
So here’s our tip after attending a Business Week get-together organised by Engage and Create Consulting.
Don’t underestimate what you can find and learn just by making the effort to go.
It could also mean money in your pocket.
Here’s just a few things we discovered:
The Goondiwindi Co-op has an on-line ordering and delivery service.
It was suggested by Kay Rohdes, they add a delivery service for the elderly.
Co-op members can still receive rewards – like many we thought they had been cut. (Watch out for a detailed story later in the week)
Organiser Julia Telford said taking time out to discover what you, as a business, is doing right, or wrong, is important.
‘Don’t be scared to ask,” she said.
We also discovered how much we didn’t know about new and existing businesses.
Just one is Connect Occupational Therapy.
Jane Webb would be known for her work at the Goondiwindi Hospital.
She left to focus on her own practice and the work she “loves”
For Jane that’s hand therapy for those suffering from conditions such as arthritis and recovery after surgery .
There’s 17 year-old Jed Eglington, a 17 year-old fresh out of high school who’s begun his own business.
He runs a film production crew which does promotional work.
There’s Yasmin Eelkema from Jewel Paper Co who has built up a wonderful reputation for stylish designs and calligraphy.
But all three talked about getting the message out to the wider community.
“People still think I am at the hospital,” Jane said.
Despite wanting to learn how best to promote their own businesses, one thing they are doing well, is inspiring other business owners.
Ann Willis is a “veteran”. She began Bizclean Mats and Hygiene Srvices in Warialda more than 20 years ago.
“I am just so impressed with the amount of young business owner Goondiwindi has,” she said.
Julia said Business Week has enabled regional business to learn from each other, to build up a network of connections within a community which cares.
The next Business Week event is a Tax Chic Tool Box with Goondiwindi accountant Vanessa Mendes.
It’s on Friday at the Town House restaurant at 4.30pm.
The topic is “Salary packaging regional housing costs”.
“Salary packaging regional housing costs is an exceptional strategy that provides massive benefits, not only for business owners and employees, but also to the local economy as families reinvest back into the community.
“Remote area benefit is extremely under-utilised, not only in the Goondiwindi region, but Moree, St George, Millmerran and the list goes on.”
The session is free.
Look out for more stories later in the week.
Oh and for all those interested in what we had from the Town House for lunch...A fantastic beef and mushroom pie. We also saw a hot-chicken caesar salad, crumbed fish and sticky pork noodles. We didn’t hear any complaints.