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The program featured a mix of presentations and panels including digital marketing, attracting dream customers, doing more with less and embracing the startup of YOU. See the full program.

Robert Gerrish

Robert Gerrish

Robert Gerrish is the founder of Flying Solo and presents their fortnightly podcast and video productions. He’s been a business commentator on ABC Four Corners, A Current Affair, Sky Business, Fairfax Digital, 2UE and ABC Radio and co-authored the bestseller, Flying Solo: How to go it alone in business.

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David Koch

David Koch

Alongside his roles as host of Sunrise and President of Port Adelaide Football Club, David Koch is one of Australia’s foremost business and finance commentators. David shares his insights and personal strategies to boost resilience, embrace change and thrive in the new world of work.

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Catherine Cervasio

Catherine Cervasio

Catherine Cervasio is a pioneer in the natural skincare industry. In 1994, Catherine launched Aromababy - the first natural and organic brand for mother and baby. Today, her products are sought after by mothers and health professionals. Catherine shares her inspiring story and advice for going it alone.

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The Hon. Philip Dalidakis

The Hon. Philip Dalidakis

Minister Philip Dalidakis is tasked with looking after several portfolios across trade, technology and small business in the Andrews Labor Government. He was elected as the member for Southern Metropolitan in November 2014 and was appointed to Cabinet in July 2015.

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Holly Ransom

Holly Ransom

Holly Ransom is the CEO of Emergent. An inspiring leader, she has interviewed Barack Obama, delivered a Peace Charter to the Dalai Lama, and been listed by Sir Richard Branson as a dream dinner guest. In conversation with David Koch, she shares insights on business success in changing times.

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Jo Burston

Jo Burston

Jo Burston is one of Australia’s most successful female entrepreneurs. She has launched six businesses, the standout being Job Capital which went from $0 to $40-million turnover in five years and has kept her on the list of Australia’s top 30 female entrepreneurs since 2013.

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Kate Christie

Kate Christie

Kate Christie is Founder and CEO of Time Stylers. Kate is a renowned time investment advisor, global speaker and best-selling author. Hear her life-changing time management tips and productivity strategies to help you get back 30 hours per month in lost time.

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 Brad Krauskopf

Brad Krauskopf

Passionate about helping businesses grow, Australian entrepreneur and workplace innovator, Brad Krauskopf is a national authority on coworking and flexible work. Brad is the pioneering founder and CEO of Hub Australia, Australia’s largest privately held coworking space provider with locations in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, and Brisbane opening in 2018.​​ ​

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Sarah Prescott

Sarah Prescott

Sarah Prescott joined Thankyou in 2012 fresh from working in PR for a large Australian car manufacturer. With her head for strategy and a make-it-happen attitude, it’s no surprise she’s an absolute legend at leading the marketing team at Thankyou… all fuelled by the almighty latte.

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Katie Jeanes

Katie Jeanes

Katie Jeanes is a senior digital marketer who specialises in paid media and marketing analytics. She leads the product arm of Pinstripe Media, an Australian media company with a dedicated focus on small business, startups and personal finance that engages more than 2 million monthly users across its brands and media platforms.

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Tom Griffith

Tom Griffith

Tom Griffith is the Co-Founder of Australian brand - Emma & Toms which he started with his business partner Emma. In the 14 years since its launch, it has grown to sell a range of fantastic tasting, all natural, minimally-processed whole fruit juices, quenchers, sparkling juices, iced teas, no added sugar flavoured milk and snack bars through more than 3,500 premium independent cafes and delis as well as to the major grocery retailers.

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Pippa Buxton

Pippa Buxton

Pippa Buxton founded Little Earth Nest, Australia's eco store for families. She is a mother and now non-practicing midwife who is passionate about living with an awareness of the environment. Her work assists in supporting families across Australia that connect with a sustainable approach to parenting and life.

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Dave Chaffey

Dave Chaffey

Dave Chaffey is the Managing Director of KBB Digital, a Digital Marketing Agency, concentrating squarely on growing small and medium sized businesses. With a passion for marketing and the web, Dave is a keen observer of emerging internet technologies and trends, offering clients a competitive edge with his insight and knowledge.

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Elizabeth Formosa

Elizabeth Formosa

Elizabeth is the Founder of Fashion Equipped, a Melbourne based consultancy agency specialising in the business of fashion. She has worked with some of Australia’s largest retailers and privately owned wholesalers, and she's gained valuable industry experience working in senior roles in retail buying, product development, sourcing, sales, brand building, marketing, strategic planning and team management.

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Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt is a Director of Health More, Australia’s pre-eminent CBEC distribution company taking health and wellness brands to China. Jeremy is a key player in Australia’s cross-border trade industry, with a specialised focus on China and Southeast Asia.

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Were you there?

Thanks so much for joining us to learn from a brilliant crew of inspiring speakers and business owners, and connect with people just like you. We've had such wonderful and generous feedback :) See you next time!

Venue

Held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Flying Solo LIVE will be one of the featured events of Small Business Festival Victoria, and promoted extensively as part of the Festival.

There also be plenty of opportunities for attendees to connect and collaborate over coffee, morning tea and lunch.

More details on the panels for the day coming soon.

Venue

Flying Solo LIVE was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Plenary 1, Door 1), 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf 3006.  

This link includes detailed information on getting there including public transport, car parking and a map of the venue.

See all the full program for the day.

Schedule

8.00am - 9.00am - Registration


Opening: Philip Dalidakis MP

Welcome: Robert Gerrish

Keynote: Catherine Cervasio - AROMABABY

10.45am - Morning tea


Panel: Digital Marketing Essentials

Panel: Attract Dream Customers

Keynote: Kate Christie - Time Stylers

12.30pm - Lunch


Interview: Holly Ransom - Thriving in Changing Times

Keynote: David Koch - The Startup of You

Panel: Create a Business & Life You Love

CONTACT US

Please get in touch with any questions.

Testimonials

Having held four sellout events in Sydney in past years, we were so proud to bring our signature event to Melbourne as part of Small Business Festival Victoria. Take a look at what people have to say.

“I came by feeling so pumped up about life, the future and my business. It was an awesome feeling...I wish the next day was a Monday so I had all week to implement what I had gained.”

Leah Klugt, attendee

“Thanks guys for another awesome event - it was a privilege to be there - love your relaxed, genuine style.”

Zoe Herbert Routh, event speaker

“In my 30 years of business I don’t think I’ve attended a conference that has offered such good value and has been so relaxed and unpretentious.”

Bernard Harper, attendee

“..the ‘centre of the universe’ as I call it for small business people. Flying Solo is a vibrant and dynamic community and kick-ass conference.”

Keynote Speaker, Futurist Craig Rispin