It seems that Ballarat businesses will be seeking ‘love’ not on the internet but face-to-face next week. Local businesses have been invited to participate in a structured networking event designed to match goods and services to local business needs. It’s a free event called ‘Speed Dating for Ballarat Bizness’. The event outcomes are aimed at increasing profits, retaining more business locally, and stemming trade leakage. Bookings for the event indicate that businesses are keen to join in and be matched up. To be held at the North Ballarat Sports Club on Wednesday evening 22nd May 2013, participants bring business cards and exchange information on goods and services so that business relationships can be built. It kicks-off with a Micro NBN EXPO at 5:00pm, followed by matchmaking from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
The new business to business networking opportunity is being promoted through the University of Ballarat’s Centre for eCommerce and Communications. According to event organiser Gerrie Carr-MacFie the networking event is part of a program of activities designed to strengthen the small business sector by helping them compete in a rapidly changing technology enabled global economy.
“Access to broadband technology is changing the way we network locally and globally. It is timely to build strong relationships here in Ballarat using every medium we can.”
“Businesses participating in the networking event can receive an online contacts database and free training in eMarketing” Carr-MacFie said.
The event is funded through the Central Highlands Digital Enterprise project. It is an Australian Government funded initiative delivered locally through University of Ballarat’s Centre for eCommerce and Communications. Four regional Councils and State Government are supporting workshops, practical mentoring and business events. The project is being conducted in advance of the roll-out of the National Broadband Network. Registrations and information on Speed dating for Business and other free Digital Enterprise training and mentoring activities can be found at www.digibiz.net.au