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Executive coaching networking breakfast

Does executive coaching provide a return on investment?

Maree McPherson Executive Coaching
Local coach and mentor Maree McPherson will talk about executive coaching and return on investment at a networking breakfast in Warragul on 14 September

Executive coaching has become the approach of choice in management development and as such has established itself as a standard in some industries.

There are significant benefits to organisations from coaching.  Does executive coaching provide a return on investment?  Can we measure it in financial terms, or are we foolish to even try?

Find out at the next Baw Baw Business & Community Network Events breakfast to be held at the Warragul Reception & Conference Centre on Thursday, 14 September 2017, supported by Federation Training and Telstra.

Guest speaker Maree McPherson is a coach, mentor, facilitator, and writer and works with corporate organisations, not-for-profits and individuals.  In her leadership development practice, Maree helps people aspire beyond what they think they are capable of.

With over 30 years’ experience, Ms McPherson is an experienced not for profit, government and community leader, and small business owner.  She is a creator of strong relationships across multiple stakeholder groups and a proven effective broker of partnerships, including as a CEO and in the public and for purpose (not for profit) domains.

Because she is passionate about community leadership, Ms McPherson chaired the advisory committee for the Gippsland Community Leadership Program for several years. Her fundamental belief in the power of education to change lives led Ms McPherson to become a member of the Victorian Adult, Community and Further Education Board for over five years.

Her commitment to developing regional Victoria saw Ms McPherson appointed by the Victorian Government to Chair the Gippsland Regional Partnerships committee for a four-year term from August 2016, and she is also member of the Victorian Government’s Regional Development Advisory Committee.

The networking breakfast is $35 for a hot plated breakfast and will be held from 7.00am to 9.00am on Thursday, 14 September.  Pre-event registration is essential with registrations due 6 September.

For more information and registration visit www.trybooking.com and search for Maree McPherson, or contact Kirstyn Krausz on kirstyn@gippslandem.com.au, phone 0413 187 576 or visit Gippsland Community Network Events Facebook page.

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Social media for business seminars

Warragul Business Group Seminar: Social Media for Business

Maybe you consider yourself old school and don’t use social media for business … too busy and haven’t got time … your products aren’t exactly sexy … or the type of business you run is complex. 

Here’s another thought … Around 70% of Australians use social media and there’s a high chance they’ll use it to find your business for just about anything … from pool supplies to egg carton labels!

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Erika McInerney of Mac & Ernie will teach you the best ways of using social media for your small business.

Warragul Business Group has teamed up with WBG member Mac & Ernie and WBG corporate partners Mercure Warragul to deliver after business hours 90 minute Social Media for Business Seminars in March 2017.

Erika McInerney will talk you through some of the ins and outs of using social media for business. What works, what doesn’t work and how you can make significant changes to your visibility using low-cost, high-impact marketing – that you can do yourself!
  • Social Media in Business Seminar on March 14, 7.00 am to 8.30am
  • Social Media in Business Seminar on March 21, 6pm to 7.30pm.
Venue: Conference Room, Mercure Hotel, Mason Street Warragul.
Cost: SPECIAL EARLY BIRD DEAL for WBG members $50 and non members $95.


As a local business collaboration, Mercure Warragul and Mac & Ernie are helping us deliver both seminars outside of normal business hours, and hoping to make it easier for local business people to participate in this initiative.

Please note, we need at least six people to run each seminar.

Enjoy the informative seminars in the classy conferencing facilities at Mercure Warragul! We look forward to sharing what you learn  through Warragul Business social media networks as well!

More information: Executive Officer, Sue Keirnan on 5624 3833

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Starting business the right way

Starting Business Right Workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business?

This Small Business Victoria workshop will help you get set up the right way the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

Conducting a feasibility study on your business idea is just one of the skills you will learn in this practical workshop, joining a small group of people new to business in your local area.

Led by an expert with real-life small business experience this workshop will cover all the essentials from evaluating business-readiness, market-analysis, determining the best structure , preparing a business plan and a step-by-step guide to getting registered.

There are no guarantees of success in business, but making the right moves at this early stage will ensure you start off on the right path.

This workshop will open the door to a whole suite of great resources and templates to help you get started.

All participants get a free follow up one-on-one mentoring session with an experienced small business mentor who will tailor individual advice and information.

Take the guess work out of finding the right support and advice with this Small Business Victoria workshop that has been helping business get started for over 10 years.

The workshop is being run at Baw Baw Shire Council, 33 Young Street, Drouin on Wednesday 8 February 2017 from 5.30pm to 9pm and has a cost of only $30.