I’m pleased to be leading the team running #BizCampAND this Friday, 11. September.
The theme of the day is “What it Takes”, and we’re delighted to have 21 speakers confirmed.
We’re highlighting the possibilities we can imagine, practical skills we can acquire and how best to poise ourselves for peak performance.
Seven successful local entrepreneurs will share their journeys. The businesses they’ve built are in artisan foods, purpose built software, a home for creatives and a retail + online sales enterprise to support job creation & training.
Two have developed consultancies which are a direct outgrowth of their “day jobs”. Still driving those businesses they also serve to educate and inspire others in their industries.
Ranging in age from their twenties to fifties, most are doing jobs none imagined when they left school – and that is a key message BizCamp wants to deliver: Ordinary folks ‘like us’ can accomplish what once seemed like extraordinary things – by simply doing what they love with passion and extraordinarily well.
Entrepreneurs are made, not born! Thankfully we live in an era where programs exist to support our learning curves. You’ll meet seven professionals ready to illustrate what it is that we don’t know we don’t know.
There will be practical training and advice on sales, marketing, tendering and finance. There’ll be nothing dry or didactic about it. Four of the 6 experts are entrepreneurs themselves. They’ve started businesses, struggled with the same things you do and have come out the other side.
There will be two bankers ready to take the intimidation out of approaching banks for traditional finance, as well as offering their insights into alternatives.
The dream is one thing – getting in shape to sustain and drive it is quite another. Our speakers will explore “design thinking”, goal setting, and putting down our digital devices to achieve balance in our lives.
They will cover the “relationship building” that characterises 21st century sales and identifying the “priority tasks” that keep us focused.
We’ll also hear about “extraordinarily ordinary people doing ordinarily extraordinary things” – which is, in fact, our experience of most “Bizcampers”.