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Top-5 takeaways from #GetConnected18

Published on 15 November 2018

A large crowd attended the annual City of Ryde Get Connected event at the Optus Auditorium in Macquarie Park on 24 October.

Get Connected brings local small business owners together to allow them to share ideas and hear from some of the sharpest minds to identify ways to grow their business and maximise their potential.

This year’s event had a great line-up of talented professionals who spoke including Skyward Financial Managing Director Max McFarlane, Sonic Sight Managing Director Geoff Anderson, WOVEON COO David Dinh and Realise Business CEO Jacqui Attard.

Panel discussion at Get Connected

Tony Abboud from Riverside Business Chamber facilitates a panel discussion with (L-R) David Dinh, Max McFarlane, Jacqui Attard and Geoff Anderson

Based on the information provided by the speakers, the five major take-outs from this year’s Get Connected event are:

  • Ensure you leverage all of the skill sets of the people working for you. This will help ensure you retain and recruit key people to your organisation, while also maximising outcomes for your business.
  • Government grants and services offer great assistance to assist with the day-to-day running of your business. The NSW Government Business Connect program for instance offers specialised business advisory services that can prove to be invaluable for small business owners.
  • Understand every business starts small. Once you recognise that, you will allow yourself the time to grow and realise your business’s potential.
  • Never underestimate the power of video to build your brand. Video builds an emotional connection between your business and your customers that other mediums cannot achieve on their own.
  • When trying to raise money for your business or gain a sound financial footing, try and practice the 4Rs: re-price, replace, reinvest and rethink.

The City of Ryde would like to thank all of the speakers for this year’s Get Connected event as well as all of those who attended.

Get Connected is just one of many events held by the City of Ryde that are designed to help and support local small-to-medium businesses. Find out more about what happened at this year's event by watching the video below, or for a full list of events for businesses visit our Training and Events page.

Last updated on 15 November 2018