Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Business Week


Whitehorse Business Week 2017 will run from 14-18 August 2017 as part of the Victorian Government’s Small Business Festival and will feature five major events.

Themes for this year’s program include business marketing, steps to resilience, customer engagement, finance and economics, and women in business.

If you are in business, starting a business or keen to further develop your business skills, Whitehorse Business Week is sure to have an event that meets your needs.

For more information, phone 9262 6333 or book now to secure your booking at any of the events.

Harnessing Your Passion for Powerful Marketing

BW2017-Ailsa_PageAilsa Page, consultant, speaker and founder of
AP Marketing Works
Monday 14 August 2017
Clarion on Canterbury, 326 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill

All businesses need to do marketing. However, it can be challenging working out which marketing activities will give you the greatest return on your investment. With so many options out there and limited resources businesses need an advantage and it all lies in passion. 

Business specialist Ailsa Page, founder of AP Marketing Works, will discuss how to harness your passion and share powerful marketing tips for your business. Ailsa’s informative presentation will be delivered in her fun and quirky style, making this business lunch highly entertaining.

Warning! Ailsa’s enthusiasm is likely to be infectious! 


Women in Business

BW2017-nicole_livingstoneNicole Livingstone OAM, Olympic swimmer and
media commentator
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Expo: 11am – 12pm
Luncheon: 12pm – 2pm
One Community, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn

Celebrate the diversity of female business leaders in Whitehorse at this year’s Women in Business Expo and Luncheon, and hear from the very talented and inspirational keynote speaker Nicole Livingstone OAM.

Joining the Australian Swimming Team at the age of just 13, and with an international sporting career spanning 12 years, Nicole Livingstone will go down in history as one of Australia’s most successful female backstrokers.

Nicole will share insights into how she juggles her many commitments, as a mother of three, sports commentator and host of many big name shows including Wide World of Sports and The Project. In addition, she is on the board of Swimming Australia and the Australian Olympic Committee, Deputy Chair of VicHealth, and patron of Ovarian Cancer Australia, an organisation she co-founded. 


Economic and Investment Breakfast

BW2017-Bernard_SaltPresented with Deakin University
Bernard Salt, writer, speaker, business advisor and
social commentator
Thursday 17 August 2017
7.30am – 9am
The Point, Deakin University, Burwood Campus

Bernard Salt is an in-demand, experienced and highly-captivating speaker, with over 25 years’ experience in providing demographic analysis and social commentary.
He is a futurist who uses high-altitude demographic data to interpret how society and business might evolve, delivering very insightful observations. He is the Managing Director of The Demographic Group and has written six popular best-selling books on demographic change.

Renowned for delivering his presentations in an energetic and humorous manner, this Economic and Investment Breakfast is sure to be highly entertaining and a must attend for anyone involved in business. 


Winning the Inner-Game of Customer Engagement

BW2017-Les_and_JudyLes Price, transformational speaker, author and coach
Judy O’Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner
Thursday 17 August 2017
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill

In a world of increasing competition, distraction and noise it can be hard to keep your customers engaged and coming back for more. While providing good service is now the expected norm, businesses that want to survive and thrive need to consistently find new ways to deliver an exceptional customer experience, both online and offline.

In this presentation, you’ll discover valuable insights and tips for captivating the hearts and minds of your customers in ways that will have them coming back for more and then sharing the experience with their friends.

Judy will present on the role of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the services available to support your business.


Steps to Resilience
Stress is not the problem, the problem is lack of recovery

BW2017-Mark_McKeonMark McKeon, author and high performance coach
Friday 18 August 2017
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill

People often think resilience is being strong and resistant to pressure. True resilience is understanding that the challenges of business and life do affect us, and we need skills to deal with challenges and bounce back in a way that doesn't deplete or wear us out. 

Peak Performance Coach and Collingwood Hall of Fame Member Mark McKeon will deliver a keynote presentation, focusing on:

  • four steps to true resilience
  • why ’stress is not the problem’
  • how we can all avoid the dangers of adrenal fatigue and achieve truly sustainable peak performance


Book now  to secure your booking at any of the events.