day calendar

Free Business Mentoring

These free, one-on-one, confidential, one-hour business mentoring sessions have been designed to assist new and established local business owners to address challenges and explore opportunities.

Sessions will be held on the second Wednesday of each month. The service utilises accredited business mentors from Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre. Bookings are essential as places are limited. To book your place phone our Economic Development team on 9278 4814.

*This is a free service for local businesses.

SeniorPreneurs Meetup

SeniorPreneurs are people aged over 50 years who are starting new businesses and looking to self-employment as a way to continue to earn an income. Find out at this regular meetup on the third* Thursday of the month.

When: 5.45pm - 7.45pm

Cost: free (bookings 9278 4081)

Date Venue
19 January Blackwood Room, Camberwell
16 February Edward Rigby, Hawthorn
16 March Edward Rigby, Hawthorn
20 April Blackwood Room, Camberwell
18 May Blackwood Room, Camberwell
22 June (*4th Thursday) Blackwood Room, Camberwell

Co-Lab, Intergenerational Co-working Space - Feb to Nov

Join us each Wednesday at the Co-lab, an intergenerational co-working space where you can access a hot desk, the internet and group work benches, (to name a few). Create a collaborative advantage and get your business off to its best start. For more details and to book call 9278 4081.

When: Wednesdays 9.00am - 5.00pm (February to November)
Where: The Edward Rigby Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Cost: free (bookings 9278 4081)

*New* On-Demand Workshops

This year we are rolling out a new style of workshop, where we bring the workshop to your business at a time that suits you. Our first round of topics includes Visual Merchandising, Instagram, Facebook and Marketing with each workshop running for approximately 2 hours. The sessions are for Boroondara based businesses and require a minimum of 10 attendees to go ahead (maximum 15). To find out more about this service phone our Economic Development team on 9278 4081.

*New* Grow Your Business Internationally

Looking to expand internationally? The City of Boroondara is offering an opportunity to eligible businesses to develop better business processes and practices for international growth. The workshop is being subsidised as part of the Victorian State Government’s ‘Grow Your Business’ Group Program in partnership with the City of Boroondara Council. For more information on eligibility, or to register an Expression of Interest, email business@boroondara.vic.gov.au.

Super Networking Night (February)

Join us for the first of our 2017 Super Networking Night series. Each facilitated evening is themed, with a guest speaker providing valuable tips and activities. This event is free, but bookings are essential for catering purposes.

When: 6pm to 7.30pm, Tuesday 7 February 2017
Where: Council offices (Boroondara Room), 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: free (bookings are essential)

Starting Your Business Right (Small Business Victoria)

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

When: 5.30pm to 9.00pm, Tuesday 28 February 2017
Where: Redgum Room, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: $30

LinkedIn for Local Business - Sue Ellson

You may think that LinkedIn is a network for professionals in career roles – but did you also know that it can be used as a tool to build your digital asset, your brand and your business? Join us at this interactive workshop where you will learn the 10 best ways to use LinkedIn for your business in Boroondara and beyond by adopting tried and true tips and techniques. Come ready to take action and see real results and new referrals within weeks.

When: 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday 7 March 2017
Where: Acacia Room, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: $20

Australian Tax Office - Tax Essentials

Are you thinking of starting a business or new to business? Register now for this free seminar presented by Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre staff (Authorised by the ATO) and supported by the City of Boroondara. Come along and learn about, business structures, registering your business, record keeping - understanding how to keep track of your business, reporting online to save time, business life cycles - why they’re important, help and more information - where to go when you need it, while you network with other business owners in your area.

When: 6.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 8 March 2017
Where: The Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Cost: Free

Super Networking Night (March)

Join us for the second of our 2017 Super Networking Night series. Each facilitated evening is themed, with a guest speaker providing valuable tips and activities. This event is free, but bookings are essential for catering purposes.

When: 6pm to 7.30pm, Tuesday 28 March 2017
Where: Council offices (Boroondara Room), 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: free (bookings are essential)

Australian Tax Office - Record Keeping

Are you new to business or thinking of starting a business? It's important to get your record keeping right. Come along to a presentation by ATO staff and supported by City of Boroondara. You'll benefit by learning about, keeping good records, record keeping tips and traps, how money flows through a business, work through case studies and examples, completing records, statements and other forms and performing stocktakes and associated records.

When: 6.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 30 March 2017
Where: The Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Cost: Free

Your Business in a Digital World (Small Business Victoria)

Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or nervous about taking your business online? Take the guess work out of finding the right support with this introductory workshop led by a digital expert with real-life small business experience. Using practical exercises and real-life examples you will learn to make informed decisions about the right tools for your business and how to bring them all together into an effective online strategy.

When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 27 April 2017
Where: Blackwood Room, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: $20

Business Breakfast

The City of Boroondara invites you to enjoy breakfast and networking at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. During breakfast you will hear from the founder of 'Big Hearted Business', award winning musician and actress Clare Bowditch, along with further opportunities to network.

When: 7.30am to 9.00am, Tuesday 9 May 2017

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122

Cost: $49 per person or $450 per table of ten

RSVP: 1 May 2017

Community Networking Event

Brett De Hoedt will host this popular annual speed networking event between local businesses and community organisations. Brett will be joined by a keynote speaker from The Centre for Workplace Leadership who will speak on the impact of the Future of Work on the business and community sectors. For more details contact Council’s Community Planning and Development department on 9278 4753

When: 6.00pm to 8.30pm, 11 May 2017
Where: Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre
360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Cost: Free

Facebook for Business - Alli Price

Learn how to tap into the local market to get customers through your door. Alli will take attendees through all aspects of Facebook from how to run their page well, marketing tips and tricks, Facebook ads targeted to the local area and more.

When: 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Tuesday 23 May 2017
Where: Boroondara Room, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: $20

Super Networking Night (June)

Our June event will be the third instalment of the 2017 Super Networking Night series. Each facilitated evening is themed, with a guest speaker providing valuable tips and activities. This event is free, but bookings are essential for catering purposes.

When: 6pm to 7.30pm, Tuesday 6 June 2017
Where: Council offices (Boroondara Room), 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: free (bookings are essential)

Keep the Cash Flowing (Small Business Victoria)

Even a profitable business can fail if it runs out of cash! Cash flow is the lifeblood of a business because it allows you to pay your bills and be free of financial stress. Avoid running out of cash in your business by learning how to effectively forecast and improve your cash flow, and never get left short again.

When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 14 June 2017
Where: Blackwood Room, 8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: $20

The City of Boroondara reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to insufficient enrolment. Such decisions will be made one week before the scheduled workshop date. Registrants will be notified via email and any registration fees paid will be returned; every effort will be made to avoid cancellations. Where a cancellation is due to illness or other such unavoidable event, notice will be given as soon as practical.