Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Business Week

The popular and successful annual Whitehorse Business Week is on again as part of the Victorian Government’s Small Business Festival and will run from 13-17 August 2018.

To make an event booking or for more information, phone 9262 6333 or visit wbiz.com.au.


Whitehorse Business Week program:

China Ready Checklist - Business Lunch

Tom Parker, Partner of Bastion China
Judy O’Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner 

Monday 13 August 2018
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill

Book your ticket - $55 + GST/Booking Fee

Before leaping into the China market, companies should be ready to face an array of planning and operational business challenges. To help businesses understand the complexities of doing business with China, the City of Whitehorse and the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) Victoria are pleased to invite you to our China Ready briefing to equip you with the necessary basic information for planning and commencing commercial operations in or with China.

At the event, attendees will hear from Mr Tom Parker, Partner of Bastion China and Vice President of ACBC Victoria. Tom is a China specialist with a focus on collaboration between Australia and China to broaden our bilateral relationship.  Judy O’Connell will present on the role of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the services available to support your business.


Economic and Investment Breakfast

Peter Demura, Bendigo Bank

Tuesday 14 August 2018
7.30am – 9am
One Community, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn

Book your ticket - $55 + GST/Booking Fee

Gain insights into current economic conditions along with emerging economic, political, social and technological trends and how they impact on businesses.

Peter has held senior roles for BHP and Rio Tinto where he advised companies and clients on major economic, policy, social and technological trends and their implications for both strategy and investment decision. Peter’s many achievements include obtaining a Master of Applied Finance from University of Melbourne and MBA from Monash University. He is currently the director and treasurer at the Beaumaris Community Bank Branch.


Women in Business Expo and Luncheon

Nova Peris OAM

Wednesday 15 August 2018
Expo:   11am – 12pm
Luncheon:  12pm – 2pm
One Community, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn

Book your ticket - $65 + GST/Booking Fee

Celebrate the diversity of female business leaders in Whitehorse at this year’s Women in Business expo and lunch and be inspired by Nova Peris OAM and her journey through sport, government and as a leader within Australia’s indigenous community.

Nova has represented Australia at an international level in two sports becoming the first indigenous Australian to win an Olympic gold medal in 1996. Nova’s successes are not limited to sport; she was elected to Australian federal parliament in 2013 and was involved in many Senate Committees until her resignation in 2016.

In 1997, Nova was awarded the Young Australian of the Year and received the Medal of the Order of Australia.  She has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services, is a former Board Member and National Patron for Beyond Blue, National Ambassador for Reconciliation Australia and is currently working with Vicsport driving positive change for inclusion and participation.


The Future of Digital Marketing for Your Business – Business Lunch

Dave Chaffey, Entrepreneur, Digital Marketing Specialist, Author

Thursday 16 August 2018
Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill

Book your ticket - $55 + GST/Booking Fee

Technology and digital marketing is constantly evolving. Having an online presence and being able to appropriately plan for your business is vital in the increasingly digital world.
With a jargon- free perspective on what is on the horizon, some genuine how to advice and a presentation that includes cutting through the myths and misinformation about modern technology, Dave Chaffey provides a refreshing keynote presentation with clarity.


Dave is currently a Digital Marketing Expert on Channel 7’s Kochie’s Business Builders, Dave is also Managing Director of KBB Digital, a Digital Agency that he owns in partnership with David Kosh. KBB Digital concentrates squarely on digital marketing for growing small and medium sized businesses.

Prior to founding KBB Digital, Dave was a partner and Managing Director of Visioncrest, a fledgling optical company that grew from one small store to a franchise of 23 outlets, before being sold to a multinational entrant to the Australian market.


Discover the Dynamic Transitional Economy of Melbourne’s East
– Regional Business Breakfast

Mark McCrindle, futurist, demographer, social researcher
Mark McKeon, author and high performance coach

Friday 17 August 2018
7.30am -10am
Vogue Ballroom, 399 Blackburn Road, Burwood East

Book your ticket - $55 + GST/Booking Fee

In today’s fast paced world, the rate of innovation and change has never been faster. Keynote speakers Mark McCrindle and Mark McKeon will offer insights into the transitional economy, effects of rapid advancements of technology and changing nature of the workplace.

Mark McCrindle is a social researcher with an international following. He is recognised as a leader in tracking emerging issues and researching social trends. As an award winning social researcher and an engaging public speaker, Mark has appeared across many television networks and other media.

Peak Performance Coach and Collingwood Hall of Fame Member Mark McKeon will deliver a presentation focussing on people and transitional change. Mark McKeon specialises in sustainable peak performance, resilience, leadership and workplace wellbeing. He assists in creating organisational change by boosting personal productivity and resilience. Mark’s history includes high performance coaching and is the author of four books with numerous international reprints and translations.



This business breakfast is a collaborative regional event with six local councils in Melbourne’s east.


Whitehorse City Council gives thanks to all sponsors:

Premium Sponsors

  • Australia China Business Council
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Box Hill Golf Club
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Deakin Business School
  • Nunawading Homemaker HQ
  • Leader Newspaper
  • LightFM
  • Ouson Group
  • Patterson Cheney Holden Vermont
  • Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants
  • The Australian Taxation Office
  • The Chen
  • Vicinity Centres
  • Victorian Government through Small Business Victoria
  • Whitehorse Business Group


  • Aqualink
  • Crown Coaches
  • LDB Group
  • Quest Mont Albert
  • Robinson Gill Lawyers
  • Whitehorse Centre