Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Business Week

Whitehorse Business Week (WBW) 2016 will be held from 8-12 August as part of the Victorian Government’s Small Business Festival.

Six events are held throughout the week, each focusing on a different topic. Topics are selected to fit the current business conditions and give businesses a competitive edge.

Offering fantastic networking opportunities, Whitehorse Business Week is a must attend for any business owner or organisation representative.

Please see the program and speakers for the 2016 event listed below.

For more information, phone 9262 6333

How Your Business Can Thrive in the Digital Age WBW 2016 Danielle Di-Masi
Danielle Di-Masi, Digital Behaviour Expert
Monday 8 August
Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading

Technology is advancing at such a fast pace. Having a strong online presence and building authentic digital relationships with your customers is critical to the success of your business.
At this luncheon, Australia’s leading communication futurist, Danielle Di-Masi will present key features from her work, which spans over a decade of perfecting strategies that mix business, social behaviours, technology and science to ensure our e-interactions and ‘real world’ ones align.

Danielle specialises in our social behaviours and how they are changing; she is also a media commentator, award-winning blogger and featured nationally and internationally in digital and print media.

Her book, “Digital You: How to align your digital version with your real-world self” has insights that help business truly understand the importance of managing a reputation through its digital presence.


Understanding the Trends and Opportunities in Volatile Global ConditionsWBW 2016 Johannes Hans Kunnen
Hans Kunnen, Chief Economist, Bank of Melbourne
Tuesday 9 August
The Point, Building BC, Deakin University, Burwood Campus

Hans Kunnen, will deliver the keynote presentation at this year’s Economic Breakfast, which is designed to give an understanding of the current economic trends and the opportunities that are present for businesses.

For over a decade, Hans was the head of Investment Markets Research at Colonial First State and has recently published a book “Borrow and Build”, which explores ways to use debt to build wealth over time. He taught economics at the University of New England and Macquarie University and has also served on a number of government and industry advisory bodies.


Women in Business Expo and LuncheonWBW 2016 Stephanie Alexander 2
Stephanie Alexander AO, writer, chef and founder of not-for-profit “Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation”
Wednesday 10 August
Expo: 11am–12pm
Lunch: 12pm–2pm
One Community, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn

The 2016 Whitehorse Business Week Women in Business Expo and Luncheon is proud to present Stephanie Alexander AO, as its keynote speaker.
Stephanie is one of Australia’s best-known chefs and food writers. During her very successful 35 year career, she has published 14 books including The Cooks Companion.
Founder of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, this not-for-profit organisation aims to convince policy makers that learning about food, how it grows, and the pleasure it can bring are vital to a healthy, happy society.

Stephanie was awarded an Order of Australia in 1994 for her services to the hospitality and tourism industry.
As well as attending the luncheon, experience the Women in Business Expo at 11am to celebrate the diversity of female business leaders in Whitehorse.


Megatrends: Strategic Outlook For Your BusinessWBW 2016 Steven Wojtkiw
Steven Wojtkiw, Executive Manager Policy, Chief Economist, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Thursday 11 August
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill

Keynote presenter, Steven Wojtkiw, will offer insights into global trends that are shaping the future of business.

Steven is responsible for leading and managing the development of the Victorian Chamber’s policy, advocacy and research on all matters relating to business affairs, economic and industry policy, regulation and taxation reform.  

Steven has significant experience in dealing at the highest level in business policy arenas, including acting as a spokesperson in the media and major Government and industry forums. 




Creating and Developing High Performing Businesses
Graeme Joy, Adventurer and Motivational SpeakerWBW 2016 Graeme Joy
Friday 12 August
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill

Gain valuable insights into creating and developing a high performing team environment from Graeme Joy, who has successfully led expeditions to the summits of the highest mountains of North America, Africa and Antarctica.

Graeme is the first and only Australian to ski to both the North Pole and Magnetic North Pole, and will have your imagination captivated as he recounts his compelling adventures.

Graeme will discuss striking parallels between success in expeditions and success in business; sharing his first-hand knowledge of creating high performing, resilient teams that reliably deliver success.