BizFest – bringing the best of business to the southwest


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o2 BizFest is a high quality professional development and networking event in regional Victoria for local business people.

The one-day conference will include high-profile keynote speakers Emma Welsh & Tom Griffith (from Emma & Tom’s juices fame), along with a series of breakout skills workshops, a Q&A Panel with regional business leaders and a speed networking session.

With all the calibre of a Melbourne PD event right here on your doorstep, o2 BizFest will provide opportunity to learn new skills, network with like-minded business people and be motivated and inspired for professional and personal growth.

Schedule & Speakers

Session One  9.30am – 10.30pm

Choose one workshop from each session


Turning vision into reality

Gavan Cooper and Catriona Hardiman, Cooper Hardiman


How to create winning social media content

Keeffi & Hools, o2 Media


Mind, Body, Soul

Sarah Wall, creator of Netfit Netball


Tapping into the Subscription economy

Ray Smith, Aquazone

Session Two  11am – 12pm


Run your business from anywhere – how the cloud can help you!

Liam Hammersley, eResources


How to create a work/life balance that works for you!

Karina Hogan, Life Coach


What are your customers saying?

Kevin Bennett, KB Business Solutions


Models of excellence for leaders

Angela Runganga, Leadership Coach

Session Three  2.15pm – 3.15pm


Small business growth

Q&A Panel of experts


Create and share your own video stories

Colleen Hughson, First Ladies Productions


In Good Company

Dr Bernadette Northeast, Volunteer Connect

Session Four  3.20pm – 4.20pm


Getting real about personal branding

Karen Foster, o2 Media


5 tips for business planning & success

Richard Montgomery & Jim Sherlock, Crowe Horwath


Creating Confidence!

Bron Levett, Bron Levett Coaching

Session Five  4.30pm – 5.30pm


Speed Networking

Karen Foster, o2 Media

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After successful careers in both Melbourne and London – Tom as a CFO and advisor to the United Nations, and Emma running the consumer marketing division at the NAB, the two used their accumulated savings in 2004 to fulfil an all-encompassing desire to bring Australians super premium whole fruit smoothies.

Today, Emma & Tom’s juices are the leading whole fruit smoothies with functional botanicals like spirulina, Siberian ginseng and stinging nettle.

The unique ingredients and fresh taste of Emma & Tom’s whole fruit smoothies have aided Emma & Tom’s success, achieving distribution in Australia’s top 2,000 cafes and delis – no mean feat considering it’s all managed through in-house sales reps!

Each year, Emma & Tom’s donates more than $100,000 worth of juice to community groups, fundraising events and charities such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Second Bite and the Prahran and St Kilda Missions.

Having completed the start-up phase of perfecting their business, the next few years are all about growth. Distribution is the main focus, together with offering the best-tasting, most fantastic natural whole fruit juice that helps Australians to look after themselves.

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