Business Network Events

The North Sydney Business Network is a program of events to build the capacity of local businesses and encourage networking.7


North Sydney Council Start-Up Breakfast Networking Event - 8 June 2021

A key finding of the start-up mapping exercise is that the top 3 areas they need support are in, promotion/networking, business advice and office space.

In order to address these findings, North Sydney Council hosted a start - up Networking Breakfast with guest speakers that provided business advice tailored to the start - up community.  Speakers include:

Representative from NSW Business Concierge Program, the chair of the North Sydney Innovation Network, the president of the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce and a representative from the Australian Catholic University who will be addressed the need for collaboration space as part of their Collaborate Plus Program.

The feedback from our local start-ups was that they were grateful to see Council is eager to support their industry and that it gave them a sense that they “aren’t alone”.  Further feedback indicated that similar events held in the future would be invaluable and welcomed by our local start-ups.

All in all the morning was a great way for local and state authorities to discuss how we can team up to provide assistance and encouragement to our Start-up community.  A big thanks to all involved.


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Previous Events

Smart Cities are Cities of the Future, 20 October 2020

A live webinar about smart cities, based on case studies from the City of Darwin and North Sydney Council

Amanda Hudson, Community Development Librarian, North Sydney Council (MC)

North Sydney Smart City Strategy (3MB)

Economic Development Coordinator, North Sydney Council

#Smart Darwin (2MB)

Joshua Sattler, General Manager Innovation, Growth and Development Services, City of Darwin 


Data Buzz 2020, 14 October 2020

A live webinar and about how to grow your business with data.

Data Buzz 2020: Growing your Business with Data (435KB)

Vincent Motte, Managing Director, Carnac Group (MC) 

Kate Blecich, Director, The Practice

Ivan Bate, Transformation Manager, WEM 

Paris Cockinos, CEO, Sphere Drone


Free Online Retail Masterclass, 26 August 2020

A live webinar to help retailers during COVID-19. 

Simple (but highly effective ways) to get your customers back

Salena Knight, CEO, The Retail Academy 


Social Media Success Factors, 8 July 2020

A live webinar to help businesses improve their social media content and strategy.

Social Media Success Factors 

Dinesh D'Silva, Netstripes


Business nbn Breakfast Webinar, 1 July 2020

A live webinar to help businesses understand business nbn.

Business nbn Breakfast Webinar

Kate Blackwell, NBN Co


Video Making for Business, 21 May 2020

A live webinar to help businesses harness the power of video for their business marketing. 

Video for your Business (presentation) (348MB)

Watch the recording

Amy Bingham, Itchy Feet Digital


Digital Marketing for Breakfast, 2 April 2020

A live webinar to help businesses use effective digital marketing.

Digital Marketing for Breakfast

Dinesh D'Silva, Netstripes 


Business Buzz 2020, 6 March 2020

A forum about key strategic planning projects and major infrastructure developments.

Western Harbour Tunnel & Warringah Freeway Upgrade (2MB)

Doug Parris, Program Director, Transport for NSW

Jacqueline Smith, Principal Manager Communications, Transport for NSW

Victoria Cross Over Station Development and Sydney Metro (2MB)

Jeheon Son,  Head of Development NSW & Head of Integrated Transport Development, Lendlease

David Coker, Delivery Director Crows Nest Integrated Station Development, Sydney Metro

Anthony Perrau, Delivery Director Victoria Cross Integrated Station Development, Sydney Metro

The Vision for the North Sydney CBD (7MB)

Marcelo Occhiuzzi, Manager Strategic Planning, North Sydney Council

Business Sustainability Programs (1MB)

Dee Topic, Sustainable Business Officer, North Sydney Council


Building your Website, 5 December 2019 

A workshop to help small businesses build their own websites.

Building your Website (8MB)

Dan Kaufman, Media Survival


Data Buzz 2019, 23 October 2019

A forum to assist small businesses to improve their data management.

Panel discussion about the opportunities and challenges of data

Sally Browner, General Manager, Coder Academy (MC)

Privacy Compliance Refresher (2MB)

Ooma Khurana, Senior Associate, and Brendan Coady, Partner, Maddocks


Maximising your Sales Revenue, 19 September 2019

A workshop about practical strategies and tactics to increase sales.

Maximising your Sales Revenue - What's Working in 2019 (1MB)

Rashid Kotwal and Barbara Sauter, Founders, Revealed Resources


Best Practice Employer Responsibilities, 10 July 2019

A workshop to help employers understand their responsibilities and the rights of their employees.

Employer Responsibilities (3MB)

Toni Minovski, NSW IR Pro Active Compliance Manager, NSW Industrial Relations


Best Practice Recruitment and Onboarding, 11 April 2019 

A workshop to help employers understand how to conduct a successful end-to-end recruitment process.

Best Practice Recruitment and Onboarding (3MB)
David Madden, Workplace Advisor, NSW Industrial Relations  


Business Buzz, 26 February 2019 

A forum about key strategic planning projects and major infrastructure developments in the North Sydney and St Leonards CBDs. 

Information from the presenters (291KB)

The Office Property Forecast
Dan Walker, Director in Charge - Sydney North, Colliers International

The North Sydney CBD Public Domain Strategy
Jennifer Lawley, Senior Strategic Planner - Urban Design, North Sydney Council

The Sydney Metro
Alec Brown, Senior Stakeholder Engagement, and Richard Hughes, Development Manager, Sydney Metro 

The Role of Culture in Urban Development
James Winter, Director, Brand X


Developing your Executive Team, 21 November 2018

A workshop about management concepts and practical tools to take your business to the next level.

The Entrepreneurial Operating System
Brian Dorricott, Meteorical Pty Ltd

Sydney Restaurant Group: An Overview (10MB)
Bill Drakopoulos, Sydney Restaurant Group


Data Buzz, 30 October 2018

A forum about innovation and how to implement innovative business operations.

MC presentation (2MB)
MC Helen McHugh, Helen McHugh & Associates

Welcome from Felicity Wilson MP, State Member for North Shore and Trent Zimmerman, Federal Member for North Sydney

Innovation Starts at Home (892KB)
Sonya Sherman, Industry Solutions Director, Objective

Data Driven Design at HDR
Graeme Spencer, Associate Director of Education, Sci & Tech, HDR

We Know IP (624KB)
Tim Staley, Principal, Griffith Hack

We Love Libraries (699KB)
Irma Birchall, Director, CALYX information essentials

Leveraging Technology to Improve Human Interaction (3MB)
Michael Cockerton, Head of Customer Success, Bubblefiz

How to Innovate (2MB)
Johan O’Brien, COO & HSEQ Executive, epm Projects Pty Ltd

Supporting Startups & SMEs (605KB)
Anthony Bayss, Project Officer, ACU Collaborate Plus

NSW Department of Industry Collaborations (1MB)
Morgan Rennie, Project Officer Industry Collaborations, NSW Dept Industry

NSW Department of Industry Small Business Operations (1MB)
Lana Zegura, Acting Senior Manager Strategic Projects, NSW Dept Industry


Developing your Leadership Skills, 24 July 2018

A workshop about how to lead your team and communicate with your customers.

Spiral Dynamics (26MB)

Daniel Martin, The Local Business Network

The Big Music Experience (3MB) 

Richard Berkman, Big Music


Building your Ideal Business, 22 May 2018

A workshop about how to achieve your ideal business: income, freedom, and scale.

The 4 Futures (770KB)

Daniel Martin, The Local Business Network

The Psychology of Running a Business

Ginny Monteiro, The 4 Solutions


Business Buzz, 1 March 2018

A forum about changes in North Sydney, including major transport infrastructure projects and developments.

Places for People – Planning for our Shared Future
Dr Deborah Dearing, Commissioner North District, Greater Sydney Commission

The Vision for the North Sydney CBD (4MB)
Marcelo Occhiuzzi, Manager Strategic Planning, North Sydney Council

Travel Demand Management
Grant Knoetze, Director Planning & Freight, TfNSW Syd Coordination Office

Easy to do Business (990KB)
Ben Johnson, Director Stakeholder Engagement, Service NSW


Data Buzz, 12 December 2017

A forum about the 2016 Census.

Census 2016 Update (3MB)

Ryan James, Demographer, .id consulting


Improving your Customer Experience, 14 November 2017

A workshop about how to improve the experience your give to your customers.

Improving the Customer Experience (CX) (4MB)

Cathie McGinn, Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

Delivering an Exceptional Customer Experience

Richard Amour, Director of Sales & Marketing, North Sydney Harbourview Hotel


Branding your Business, 15 August 2017

A workshop about how to brand your business, including the launch of the Destination St Leonards brochure (14MB).

Destination St Leonards (4MB)
Emma Booth, Team Leader Design, North Sydney Council

Building Your Brand (3MB)
Samantha Singer, Marketing Consultant, Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

Butchers Daughter (2MB)
Bridget Ditte, Founder, Butchers Daughter


Understanding your Market, 18 May 2017

A workshop about how to market your business, including identifying your customers' needs and how you compare to your competitors.

Understanding Your Market (3MB) 

Samantha Singer, Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

Ensemble Theatre for Everyone (2MB)

Joey Demczuk, Marketing Coordinator, Ensemble Theatre


Connecting your Business, 14 February 2017

A workshop about how to promote your business through social media, including different social media strategies and platforms, and a case study by a local business.

The Key to Success on Social Media (5MB)

Samantha Singer, Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

The Bakealicious Experience (849KB)

Gabriela Oporto, Baker and Founder, Bakealicious by Gabriela


Business Buzz, 30 November 2016

A forum about the changes taking place in the North Sydney CBD, including major developments such as nbn and Sydney Metro, and how they affect your business.

The Vision for the North Sydney CBD (4MB)
Joseph Hill, Director City Strategy, North Sydney Council

nbn and the business community in North Sydney (2MB)
Michael Tyler, Community Affairs Manager NSW, nbn

The Sydney Metro (7MB)
Alex Daly, Contracts Tunnel & Station Excavation, Sydney Metro City & Southwest


Growing your Business, 20 October 2016

A workshop about how to grow your business through marketing, exports and business planning.

7 Marketing Strategies to Grow Your Business (2MB)
Laila Hage-Ali, Senior Manager, Australian Business Consulting & Solutions  

China Open Doors for Opportunities (5MB)
Danielle Sun, China Trade Advisor, Export Growth China  

Business Propel (2MB)

Joel Dobrogosz, Australian Business Consulting & Solutions