Business News in the Shire
If you run your own business or work in business there are some great local forums where you can meet and network with like-minded people. Two such groups that I’ve been involved with include a women’s business networking group in Castlemaine and more recently, Business Mount Alexander.
Women in Cohoots
Women in Cohoots runs social nights at 1/40 Forest Street, Castlemaine and these are a terrific opportunity to informally network with women in business. Each session has a theme for discussion and learning and their next event on Wednesday 4th November from 7pm to 9pm is about “Tips & Tricks for Networking”. Cost is $10 and tea/coffee, wine and nibbles. Find out more via https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenincohoots/
Business Mount Alexander
Business Mount Alexander Inc. (BMA) is an incorporated association dedicated to supporting, connecting and promoting the business community in the Mount Alexander Shire. The network created by BMA supports members to fulfil their business objectives.
On Monday evening 26th October I attended their AGM to find out how being a member of Business Mount Alexander could benefit my business, plus I always enjoy an opportunity to meet new people. The formal part of the night kicked off with David King chairing the meeting which included an overview of events held over the year and some planned initiatives.
David asked for nominations for people interested to join the BMA Committee. I decided to put my hand up and was appointed and warmly welcomed alongside another new committee member – Tim Hurley. The committee is dedicated to growing its membership, putting on engaging events and linking into other business groups within Bendigo and the Macedon Ranges.
Castlemaine Bus Lines
The meeting was followed by a fascinating talk about the history of the Castlemaine Bus Lines site by local architect Mandy Jean. Mandy outlined the history of the Forest Street precinct from the 1850s to current day, covering the businesses, the people and developments of the bus lines site.
Mandy Jean recently worked on a Heritage Assessment Report called “Forest Street to Forest Creek” with Historian David Moloney which can be viewed online: https://www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/Files/Planning/Forest_Street_To_Forest_Creek_Heritage_Assessment_-_April_2015_-_FINAL.pdf