ALL members of the Bathurst business community are invited to attend a free event that could help them improve their business.
The Bathurst Business Chamber will host the first BX Talks event, which draws inspiration from the TED Talks concept, on Tuesday.
“October is Small Business Month in NSW and there is some funding through the Department of Industry. That funding has come to Bathurst Regional Council, who has provided it to us to put on the event,” president Angus Edwards said.
“The idea is to put on events that support, encourage and promote local business and particularly small business. The vast majority of businesses in the Bathurst region are small businesses.
“We wanted to do something a bit different … and we really wanted to inspire businesses to think outside the box, think outside their shop or their office, and look at the broader picture.”
The chamber has lined up two impressive speakers to address the event, Chris Rispin and Bathurst’s Peter Sutton.
Mr Rispin is a business ‘futurist’ and innovation expert from the Future Trends Group, with over 20 years experience working with some of the most innovative companies in the world in the IT, consumer electronics, internet and broadcasting industries.
He is an award-winning speaker and has addressed audiences as large as 16,000 people on five continents.
Meanwhile, Mr Sutton is a social media advisor and educator, who has worked with schools and businesses in both Australia and Asia.
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He knows the value of social media and how important it is for owners to hardness its potential to grow their businesses.
“You’ve got something like an audience of 10.5 million in Australia over that platform,” he said.
“You’ve got enormous innovation happening inside the social media sphere.
“It doesn’t matter what you’re looking at; any space online where people can collaborate in any context, especially in a business context, then social media is going to become more user-ready integral. You can’t do with out it.”
When he speaks at BX Talks, Mr Sutton plans to discuss where the industry has moved to and explain it in the context of rural business.
Mr Edwards said BX Talks is not chamber member exclusive and anyone in the business community who feels they can benefit should come along to be inspired.
“It’s a great opportunity for businesses to get two great speakers talking on a really relevant topic, that people can go away from the event and hopefully have three or four idea they can take back,” he said.
Anyone who wishes to attend the event can visit bxtalks.floktu.com to get a free ticket.