Be inspired by business leaders, learn new skills to start or grow your business and network with other business owners at Whitehorse's 17th annual Business Week.

Whitehorse Business Week 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.

Since the first event in 2001, Whitehorse Business Week has attracted over 12,200 attendees and is now recognised as an important part of the Victoria Small Business Festival, which is held every year.

Secure your spot at any of the featured events by using the booking link.


  • Harnessing Your Passion for Powerful Marketing

    When: Monday 14 August 2017, 12-2pm

    Where:Clarion on Canterbury, 326 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill

    Cost: $55.00

    Speaker: Ailsa Page, consultant, speaker and founder of AP Marketing Works.

    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

    When: Wednesday 16 August 2017, Expo:11am - 12pm,Luncheon:12pm - 2pm

    Where: One Community, 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn

    Cost: $65.00

    Speaker: Nicole Livingstone O.A.M, Olympic swimmer and media commentator.

    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

    Presented with Deakin University

    When: Thursday 17 August 2017,7.30am - 9am

    Where: The Point, Deakin University, Burwood Campus

    Cost: $55.00

    Speaker: Bernard Salt, Writer, Speaker, Business Advisor and Social Commentator.

    Bernard Salt is an in-demand, experienced and highly-captivating speaker, with over 25 years experience in providing demographic analysis and social commentary.

    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.

    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.

  • Winning the Inner-Game of Customer Engagement

    When: Thursday 17 August 2017, 6pm - 8pm

    Where: Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill

    Cost: $55.00

    Speaker: Les Price, transformational speaker, author and coach
    Judy O'Connell, Victorian Small Business Commissioner.

    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

    When: Friday 18 August 2017, 12pm - 2pm

    Where: Box Hill Golf Club, 202 Station Street, Box Hill

    Speaker: Mark McKeon, author and high performance coach.

    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

  • China Ready Check List

    When: Thursday 24 August, 12.30-2pm

    Cost: $30 + GST/Booking Fee

    Before leaping into the Chinese market, companies should be ready to face an array of planning and operational business challenges. Australia China Business Council (ACBC) Victoria is running a series of briefings in 2017 to assist small to medium enterprises understand the complexities of doing business with Chinese companies.

    Keynote speaker Peter Stephens has extensive commercial experience within the Asian Pacific Region, particularly in China, over the last 20 years and will cover topics including why do you want to go to China, what to look out for and where you can get help.


Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be in writing and received four working days prior to the event to attain refunds. Substitutions can be made at any time.

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