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Non members: 45 plus GST

Level 7/14 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000

Business growth workshop

Monday 18 February 2019 from 10am to 12pm

This is a new opportunity to get the advanced skills and professional edge that set you apart. This workshop explains how to grow both your and your team’s business skills and capabilities.

Have you ever wondered about how you might:

  • develop and use emotional intelligence?
  • manage business practices more effectively?
  • further develop your leadership skills?
  • recruit and retain the right team members?
  • manage budgets and financial management better?
  • undertake and implement projects?

This business growth program provides the knowledge and tools.


Juanita Nielsen Community Centre, 31 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

Co-working Space

Mondays, 9am to 5pm

Monday 7 January to Monday 23 December 2019

Produced by the City of Sydney

Every Monday, join our space with other like-minded entrepreneurs and startups in a friendly co-working environment.

Come along to meet others on a similar path, no bookings required.

Contact us for more information

Redefine the way you work. Bring your entrepreneurial spirit and laptop to innovate, collaborate, learn and share.

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The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Bizruption at The Star

Tuesday 19 February 2019 from 5.30pm to 8pm

This very special event is dedicated to Partners in Innovation.

To mark this special occasion, we will be giving away the Digital and Innovation Advocates Award for 2018, to celebrate some of the active organisations and government bodies promoting small business innovation.

Bizruption has been bringing entrepreneurs, key influencers and investors together from all over Sydney to converse on innovation and business growth in this digital age.

Bring your friends, business partners and colleagues, you’re not going to want to miss out!

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100 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Profitable marketing seminar

Fortnightly on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 6pm to 8pm

Tuesday 23 January 2018 to Saturday 23 February 2019

Profitable marketing is a small business and entrepreneur community designed for those on a mission to master their marketing, fast track their success and get more clients, money and time.

Marketing mentor and leader Edward Zia runs the group, keeps everyone happy, winning and productive.

The events are high energy, fun, knowledge packed and are also a great business networking opportunity. Each has it’s own particular topic on entrepreneur marketing intended to allow attendees to take instant action on what they have learned in their businesses.

It can include anything from marketing strategy, building a high conversion website, automated marketing strategies, blogging, Facebook, LinkedIn, running successful events, powerful live webinars and more.

The events are also free and his gift to you.

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125 York St, Sydney NSW 2000

How to apply mindfulness

Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 7.30am to 9am

Join us to learn all about mindfulness and how to apply it to your life, business and relationships.

Megan Flamer is a highly regarded mindfulness consultant. She has run her own yoga retreat and personal development company, creating mindfulness programs for high performance teams at Google, Facebook and HSBC, as well as working with vulnerable clients in prisons in Australia and the US.

Megan is passionate not only about the difference meditation can make, but in how its application can transform teams and relationships.

This event will help you:

  • discover simple ways to connect with meditation
  • understand the impact mindfulness can have
  • experience easy techniques to apply in your life and workplace.

This event is brought to you by the Stockland Accelerator.

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Early bird: $65.00
Normal: $75.00

The Podium Building, 1 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000

Future of search & voice

Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 8am to 10am

Ready to excel in Search and Growth marketing in 2019?

It’s being predicted that more than 50 per cent of searches will be voice-based by 2020. With this in mind, it’s never been a more important time to prepare and plan your Search Engine Optimisation and Voice Engine Optimisation mix than now!

Join us as we kick off 2019 by taking a deep dive into SEO and VEO tactics to overcome challenges and inspire you with new ideas. Consumers are changing how they’re searching and we’ll be discussing what’s new and what this means for marketers who want to stay ahead of their competitors.

Our speakers will share what’s happening now and what’s next in Search, as well as how they plan and prioritise their search strategies to get the best results.

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Standard rate: AUD $675

14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000


Wednesday 20 February 2019 from 2pm to 6pm
Thursday 21 February 2019 from 9am to 6pm

WORKTECH19 Sydney is the forum for all those involved in the future of work and the workplace as well as real estate, technology and innovation. Discuss the latest thinking on the growing importance of the workplace as a strategic tool for an organisation’s business return.

WORKTECH brings new ideas and inspiration to the workplace community through interdisciplinary speakers and learning experience to enhance creativity and move thinking forward.

Join our community of senior professionals from real estate, facilities, HR, technology, executive management architecture, design and professional advisors to listen to global thought leaders, further their knowledge and share best practise and expertise.

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General admission: $25.00

431-439 Pitt St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Pumpkin Patch and how inventory can make or break you

Thursday 21 February 2019 from 7.30am to 9.30am

Join CIN7 for this breakfast event as special guest speaker Bronny Jacobsen, former General Manager of Merchandise for Pumpkin Patch, shares the triumphs and trials of a killer brand and how the right investment in inventory and order technology can save any brand a world of trouble as their business grows and becomes more complex.

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Members: $164.00
Non-member: $210.00
Member - table of 10: $1500.00
Non-member- table of 10: $2000.00

80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Chinese New Year Dinner 2019: ACBC NSW

Thursday 21 February 2019 from 6.30pm to 10pm

Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Pig, a year of fortune, success and ambition.

The ACBC NSW Chinese New Year Dinner is a signature social event in our calendar, and a great way to celebrate the start of 2019.

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54 Chandos St, St Leonards NSW 2065

Moving your startup to the US

Friday 22 February 2019 from 12.30pm to 2pm

Are you ready to move your business to the US?

We’re sure you’ve heard that Silicon Valley is the Mecca for startups. It’s not always what it seems in the valley.

We will hear from Matt Holden and how he moved his Sydney based startup to San Francisco, expanded and successfully sold the business, and the lessons learned along the way.

Sign up at the book tickets link.

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General admission: $50.00
Student: $40.00

220 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

Let's talk mental health

Saturday 23 February 2019 from 9.30am to 4pm

Morning tea from 9.30 am.

In 2017, suicide was the leading cause of death in Australia among people aged between 15 and 44 years, and the second leading cause of death among those 45 and 54 years of age.

It’s time to start talking about it.

Rotary Club of Sydney in partnership with Wesley LifeForce invite you to join Keith V Garner AM, Wally Lewis AM, Dr Andrew Rochford, Christine Morgan, Graeme Cowan and others for a day discussing the causes of suicide and examining what can be done to support those at risk.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

“It’s not always easy for Aussies to open up and talk about mental health issues. That’s why the ‘Let’s Talk’ convention is so important. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my own experiences with depression and anxiety, and helping others on their journey.”- Wally Lewis.

“If you or someone you care about is impacted by mental health issues, then you need to be at the ‘Let’s Talk’ convention. It’s a great opportunity to learn more, be honest about our struggles, and find support for a more positive future.” – Dr Andrew Rochford.

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Single workshop: $20.00
Asia Insights Series - Three workshops pack: $50.00

483 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

City of Sydney Asia Insights Series

Tuesday 26 February 2019 from 4.30pm to 7pm
Thursday 28 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 7pm
Thursday 23 May 2019 from 4.30pm to 7pm

Asialink Business in collaboration with the City of Sydney are delighted to present a three-part China tourism program as part of our Asia Insights series. This program will feature a series of masterclasses from the China Host program and will provide participants with knowledge and key insights to drive inbound tourism into Sydney and regional Australia.

Throughout this series, expert panellists will discuss how using new technologies can generate new opportunities by showcasing your business to an emergent inbound sector and provide practical advice for businesses to increase in-bound revenue.

This series is proudly supported by Australian Tourism Export Council.

Workshop 1: Chinese Social Media and Digital Landscape
Date: Tuesday 26 February
Time: 4.30pm arrival for a 5.00pm start concluding at 7.00pm
Venue: Southern Function Room, Sydney Town Hall House
Peter Shelley, Managing Director, Australian Tourism Export Council
Saxon Booth, Director of Business Development, Dragon Trail Interactive
Janene Rees, Founder and International Tourism Specialist, Rees International
Lin Zhang, Regional Director – Oceania, Ctrip Global Hotel Business Department
Additional panellist to be announced

Workshop 2: Getting Products and Services Right for Chinese Travellers
Date: Thursday 28 March
Time: 4.30pm arrival for a 5.00pm start concluding at 7.00pm
Venue: Southern Function Room, Sydney Town Hall House
Peter Shelley, Managing Director, Australian Tourism Export Council
Simon Bernardi, Managing Partner, Australia & Beyond Holidays
Additional panellists to be announced

Workshop 3: Chinese Digital Payments and Technology
Date: Thursday 23 May
Time: 4.30pm arrival for a 5.00pm start concluding at 7.00pm
Venue: Southern Function Room, Sydney Town Hall House
Peter Shelley, Managing Director, Australian Tourism Export Council
Andy Jiang, Managing Director, Andy Wilson
Additional panellists to be announced

For further information please contact the event organisers.

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General Admission: $25.00
Student Admission: $15.00
SCHP Members: $15.00
TOS Members: Free

Golden Age Cinema & Bar, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Insight: The future workplace

Tuesday 26 February 2019 from 5.30pm to 7pm

The ‘future of work’ and the ‘future of the workplace’ topics have been dominated by talk of automation and AI, however, the future of work isn’t about tech. It’s about people.

Extraordinary advances in technology have completely deconstructed the modern workplace to put human potential first. This paves the way for a more nuanced working landscape that is founded on deep data and cutting edge technology but designed for optimal feel and function.

This February The Office Space re-commences its popular Insight program by exploring The Future Workplace, and how it will be crafted with people, not technology, at the fore.

Naomi Tosic, Co-founder of The Office Space, will host an expert panel of workplace innovators:

· William Smart, Founder of Smart Design Studio and multi-award winning Architect, will share the genesis and vision for Stokkes 14, the new SDS headquarters within an Alexandria warehouse.

· Sarah Zellera, Organisational Psychologist for Schiavello International, will reveal her latest research findings on ‘The influence of office layout features on employee perception of organizational culture’;

· Dr Martin Tomitsch, Associate Professor in Design and the Head of Design Lab at the University of Sydney, will talk on about skills, attributes and attitudes we need for the future.

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Ticket: $24.00

Lower Ground Floor, Sydney GPO Building, NO.1, Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000

Business Connections networking drinks

Wednesday 27 February 2019 from 6pm to 9pm

Our regular business networking drinks are held on the last Wednesday of (nearly) every month. These events give you a terrific chance to mingle with an exceptional group of local business people.

The GPO Middle Bar is a superlative spot for a business networking event. A selection of food will be provided from the numerous high-quality options available within the hotel, included in the ticket cost.

Business Connections brings together outstanding people, professional venues and innovative networking. Without a doubt, it’s the best way to grow your business network in Sydney.

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117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

Emergence 2019

Every day, 9am to 6pm

Thursday 28 February to Friday 1 March 2019

Emergence is the physical embodiment of Wholesale Investor’s mission to connect companies raising capital at any stage, sector or structure, with a growing and active network of high net worth and professional investors.

Emergence will accommodate 1500+ attendees represented by High Net Worth and Angel Investors, Private Equity Firms, Venture Capital, Funds, Blockchain and Crypto Funds, Family Offices, Institutional investors and Investment Banks, as well as Founders, Directors, CEOs, Industry and Government.

Emergence will feature:

  • Up to 120 deals and investment opportunities
  • 50+ showcasing companies and their investment companies
  • 35+ speaking and panel sessions from world class innovators, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and investors
  • Access 1500+ investors, founders, directors and CEOs attending
  • Learn from 10+ education sessions for Founders and Investors
  • 4 jam packed days of deal making, networking, private functions and investment across two cities
  • Explore 2 of the most innovative Australasian cities Brisbane and Sydney

You can attend Emergence Sydney on a complimentary basis by accessing tickets via this link.

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Adult ticket: $30.00
Concession: $25.00
Group Booking 8+: $25.00

Giant Dwarf, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern NSW 2016

Generation Women

Thursday 28 February 2019 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 28 March 2019 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 18 April 2019 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 23 May 2019 from 7pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 20 June 2019 from 7pm to 8.30pm

Generation Women celebrates and amplifies women’s voices and creativity.

Each month, 6 women of note read an original piece on a theme.

Of those women, one is in her 20s, her 30s, her 40s, her 50s, her 60s, and her 70s+.

Our diverse line-ups will make you laugh, cry, and think.

Generation Women is a unique, intimate literary salon that brings together women of all ages.

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From: $49.00

117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

Emergence Sydney 2019

Thursday 28 February 2019 from 9am to 6pm

With over 1,500 attendees representing high-net-worth and professional investors, industry, government bodies, founders, managing directors and CEOs, Emergence was founded with the vision to open doors and avenues of opportunity for key participants in the emerging technology and innovation ecosystem.

Wholesale Investor’s mission is to connect capital raising companies with a growing global network of over 20,700 high-net-worth and professional investors. Creating opportunities for tomorrow, it’s WI’s mission to optimise the capital raising process and enable quicker and more sustainable innovation and investment.

Emergence has become the embodiment of this mission, facilitating more investment deals across the Asia-Pacific, Australia and the UK in 2018.

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Sydney Startup Hub, Sydney NSW 2000

Japan’s Startup Ecosystem & Business Opportunities

Monday 4 March 2019 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm

As part of the 4th Industrial revolution, Japan is seeking to attract innovative foreign companies and VC firms to its shores, to strengthen and lead Japan’s international competiveness. There are many multinational organisations working across Australia and Japan, and many have started to realise that innovation and entrepreneurship is an important activity for growth. This has opened new opportunities for Australian startups to do business and engage in innovation in Japan, and enhance linkages between the two countries.

Since June 2018, the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) has expanded its range of support to include startup companies, in addition to traditional Japanese foreign investment. At this seminar, we aim to encourage Australian tech/services startups to consider the attractiveness of the Japanese startup ecosystem and investment environment, and promote their entry into Japan, with the support of JETRO & Austrade.

Organisers: JETRO Sydney, Austrade
Supporters: Consulate General of Japan in Sydney, Innovation Dojo, NSW Government

Event outline

16:00 Reception
16:30 Seminar start
16:30-16:35 Welcome remarks (Mr Hiroyuki Nakazato, Managing Director JETRO Sydney)
16:35-16:40 Opening remarks (Consul-General Mr Keizo Takewaka)
16:40-17:10 Presentation – Japan’s startup ecosystem and business environment by JETRO (Ms Misaki Shinozaki, Mr Adam Sims)
17:10-17:25 Success story of Japanese investment ① Hivery Mr Jason Hosking, Founding Director & CEO
17:25-17:40 Success story of Japanese investment ② (TBD)
17:40-17:55 Japanese industry accelerators and incubators Orange Japan, Mr Hiroshi Nishikawa, Partnership Manager
17:55-18:10 Introduction to Austrade’s support for startups
18:10-18:25 Q&A Session
18:25-18:30 Closing remarks (Austrade)
18:30-19:30 Networking

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Level 3/17-19 Bridge St, Sydney NSW 2000

Dive into digital marketing basics

Tuesday 5 March 2019 from 5.30pm to 7pm

After a hugely successful exploration of business structures, we invite you to another Honcho wine and cheese night. We’ll be joined by Click Tribe who will be showing us how to set up Google Ads, find customers through Facebook Ads and how to create value led marketing emails.

This event has been curated to support people who have recently started their businesses, as well as those who are still thinking about it. Plus, it’s a great way to meet fellow sole traders and owners of small companies. You may even be able to encourage someone else to start a side hustle!

Here’s the schedule so you can plan your evening:

5.30pm Arrival drinks and cheese board
6pm Sole traders can’t afford to not be online. What are the first steps to get your business marketing-ready?
6.15pm A lesson in digital marketing basics with Click Tribe
6.45pm Grab a last drink
7pm See you next time!

Honcho is on a mission to make starting and running a business simple, fast and fun!

Guest speaker
Click Tribe, like Honcho, is obsessed with helping businesses grow with online tools. Founded by Tom and PK, it believes in guiding customers up that online marketing mountain leaving you to concentrate on what you do best – run your business.

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Ticket: $32.00

level 4/40 Miller St, North Sydney NSW 2060

North Sydney Business Connections networking breakfast

Wednesday 6 March 2019 from 7.45am to 9am

Join us for what’s certain to be a lively and productive breakfast. Without a doubt, it’s the best way to grow your network within the rapidly expanding North Shore business community.

If you don’t make some great new connections, we’ll refund your ticket cost!

This breakfast uses the impressive boardroom facilities at Ironfish. The formal part of the meeting concludes at 9am. Many attendees will opt to continue networking on an informal basis following the event.

Our unique networking formula will allow you to increase your business contacts, identify new business opportunities and discover new collaboration partners. Continually building your business contacts is essential but it can be time-consuming. Business Connections groups provide a time efficient way to make those new connections.

At last, you can enjoy high quality networking without crossing the bridge!

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All access: $72.83

383 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

Lead like a woman: WeWork x The Loft

Friday 8 March 2019 from 5.30pm to 8pm

The Loft is popping up in partnership with HER Global Network and WeWork.

Join us for an intimate evening to celebrate International Women’s Day, packed with a female founder panel discussion, pop up workshops, power networking and delicious food and drinks (did we mention the free flowing cocktails all night from our friends at Lillet?!).

Special guests joining our female founders panel discussion include Gretta van Riel (Forbes 30 Under 30, founder Hey Influencers), Alison Rice (host, Offline The Podcast), Lisa Hamilton (presenter, MTV Australia), Therese Lofgren (marketing manager, Daniel Wellington), Chantelle de la Rey (co-founder, Amber), Lara Karamian (founder, LARA INC) and Georgie Abay (founder, The Grace Tales). Plus special guests to be announced soon.

Whether you’re thinking of launching your own business or want to take your side-hustle to the next level, The Loft has a mission to connect Australia’s brightest entrepreneurs and side-hustlers over shared goals and social causes.

PSA: The Loft is not your standard women in business event. We help women create meaningful connections between their authentic selves – and nothing is off limits. Come with open minds and leave your business cards at home!

Tickets include:

  • VIP access to the event (dedicated seating)
  • power networking pass
  • flowing cocktails, beer and snacks
  • photo opportunities with special guests
  • professional headshot with Bumble Bizz
  • gift pack.

The Loft supports The Hunger Project. A portion of all ticket proceeds helps women in rural and remote Asia and Africa build businesses that will support their families and communities. Through its community and events, The Loft aims to empower all women around the world.

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Level 14/5 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000

How to free a founder from a sales role

Tuesday 12 March 2019 from 6am to 8pm

Using a decision-making tool called the 4Qs, founders can avoid abandoning their sales role and instead, scale out of the sales role. Enjoy a beverage courtesy of WeWork while we tackle this difficult problem and explore four good reasons why we need to free founders from sales roles.

Who should attend
Founders, sales and marketing folk, VCs

About the speaker
Anthony has a decade of experience consulting to technology and software-as-service startups. Brands include, Google, SAP and IBM. He specializes in designing automated sales and marketing systems. He has consulted to SaaS vendors in the United Kingdom, Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, and Australia. Anthony has been a founder of two startups.

His first business, Firestarter, consulted on Facebook and iPad app development in South East Asia. The firm was acquired by Novus Media in 2010. He co-founded Futurebooks, an accounting firm servicing over 500 startups and ranked as Xero’s number one reseller in Asia. When he’s not working, Anthony enjoys racing sports bikes and sailing boats.

About WeWork
WeWork is the platform for creators. We provide beautiful workspace, an inspiring community, and meaningful business services to tens of thousands of members around the world. From startups and freelancers to small businesses and large corporations, our community is united by a desire for our members to create meaningful work and lead meaningful lives—to be a part of something greater than ourselves. Co-founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in New York City in 2010, WeWork is a privately held company with over 3500 employees.

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1 seat: $66.00
2 seats: $110.00

Mezzanine Level, 50 Margaret St, Sydney NSW 2000

Buying your first home

Saturday 2 February 2019 from 10am to 1pm
Tuesday 12 March 2019 from 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 23 March 2019 from 10am to 1pm

Helping first home buyers since 2003, the course is designed to give you the foundational knowledge you need to get started in the sometimes-overwhelming realm of property.

The presenter is an experienced real estate investor and educator and offers an honest approach to home buying and property investment. Based on feedback, most students find the delivery of the course far more engaging and entertaining than they had expected on such a topic.

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • the entire buying process and how to get started
  • how to apply and qualify for the first home owner grant
  • about stamp duty and the super save scheme
  • common and costly mistakes with real-life examples.

If you’re having trouble taking your first steps, or just want some valuable advice, this course is guaranteed to make you feel a lot more confident after 3 hours.

Come along and get the confidence you need.

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Individual day or all three days: 625 - $1,800

Level 6/222 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000

Service Design Workshop

Monday 18 March 2019 from 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 19 March 2019 from 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 20 March 2019 from 9am to 5pm

Meld Studios, leaders in service design, have created a three-day workshop program specifically for people working in a variety of sectors including finance, the built environment and government. The workshops will help you more clearly understand your customer’s perspective. Discover helpful strategies to involve your customer when designing and delivering your services. Meld Studios have run service design workshops for four years, teaching thousands of people how to create more thoughtful customer experiences.

Last updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2018