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As part of its 'vehicle of engagement', WSBC operates a variety of events across the membership year to inform, connect and engage businesses across Western Sydney. 

Our events are open to members, who receive preferential rates, complimentary seating and other opportunities, as well as non-members.

Partnering opportunities are also available.

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Upcoming events

    • 30-Sep-2020
    • 13:00 - 14:15 (UTC+10:00)
    • Online


    Registration has now closed for this event. For further assistance please contact events@wsbc.org.au.

    WSBC is delighted to announce that The Premier of New South Wales, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, will be joining us online September 30 to answer your pre-submitted and live questions.

    This not to be missed webinar will also feature a facilitated panel discussion with Western Sydney business leaders: 

    Lindy Deitz, General Manager, Campbelltown City Council 

    John Vassallo, Chief Executive Officer, Celestino

    Philip Davies, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Deloitte

    Our panel will not only focus on COVID-19 recovery strategies, but also look beyond the pandemic at some of the key projects and programs that are catalysing Western Sydney’s future growth and development. 

    Pre-submitted questions for the Premier can be e-mailed to WSBC General Manager, Amanda Brisot.


    Webinar Details:

    Date: Wednesday 30th September, 2020 

    Time: 1.00pm to 2.15pm AEST  

    Where: Online

    Cost: WSBC Members Only: Complimentary; Non Members: $20.00 + GST per person; Media: Please contact Amanda Brisot

    Not sure if your organisation is a WSBC member? Click here to find out. If your organisation is a member but our system is not allowing you to register your complimentary seat, please contact events@wsbc.org.au and we will take care of it for you.

    Featuring:

    The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW 

    Gladys was first elected to the NSW Parliament as Member for Willoughby on 22 March 2003.

    She was elected Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party on 23 January 2017 and sworn in as the 45th Premier of New South Wales. Gladys had previously served as Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations in the Baird Government since April 2015.

    Prior to that, she was appointed Minister for Transport following the election of the O’Farrell Government in March 2011 and served in that role for four years.

    She is a Master of Commerce graduate from UNSW and prior to entering Parliament worked as a General Manager for one of Australia’s largest financial institutions. Gladys has also completed studies in Government and Public Administration (B.A., Uni. Syd).


    Panellists:

    Lindy Deitz, General Manager, Campbelltown City Council

    Lindy Deitz brings 25 years of Local Government experience to her role as General Manager of Campbelltown City, where she leads the transitional phase of one of the largest and oldest councils in the state into a transformational powerhouse delivering innovative change for its communities.

    Lindy is working with all levels of government, private industry and community organisations to ensure that Campbelltown City gains the support it needs to embark on its evolution into a bustling metropolis at the southern gateway to the South West Growth Corridor. Work has begun on conceptualising the future of Campbelltown City as an environmentally focused, sustainable and liveable city. Reimagining Campbelltown is a pioneering piece of work that when complete, will set the benchmark for city wide strategic and visionary planning principles.

    Lindy is focused on delivering the services and facilities that the community needs and is a caring advocate for the wider southwest Sydney region, where the pressures of preserving culturally and environmentally significant items and meeting the future predicted population expansion are significant and diverse. The scale and nature of this growth is set to shape an important part of global Sydney’s future.

    Lindy’s capacity to build relationships and collaborate with the wide range of stakeholders sees her placed on steering groups and boards such as Resilient Sydney Steering Committee and the Western Sydney Business Connection to contribute to building great outcomes. Lindy has forged many strong relationships in the corporate, government, institutional and community sectors.


    John Vassallo, Chief Executive Officer, Celestino 

    John joined Celestino in September 2013 as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer, having worked with the company for over ten years prior as a property advisor. During his time as property advisor, John procured the acquisition of the Celestino portfolio, which now includes over 20,000 residential lots plus a mix of industrial, retail, commercial and high density sites in New South Wales and Queensland.

    John has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry having established a successful property law firm in Western Sydney in the early 90s. The firm grew within its first two years to handle over 1,500 contracts per year, providing John with a good understanding of Western Sydney’s development potential as well as many of the key challenges in the region.

    As CEO of Celestino, John is focused on delivering the Celestino vision of ‘creating tomorrows’ success stories; on delivering commercial, industrial and residential development projects that will become success stories for our business; as well as families, communities and business partners across Australia.’

    John plays a strong advocacy role for Western Sydney as a Shaping Future Cities Champion responsible for promoting STEM education in Western Sydney and spokesperson for the Western Sydney Rail Alliance who was committed to securing the north-south rail link and transport for Western Sydney.


    Philip Davies, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory, Deloitte

    Philip Davies is an Infrastructure Advisory Partner with Deloitte and a Chartered Professional Engineer. Philip works with Governments and the Private sector in the planning and delivery of infrastructure programs and projects to enhance the liveability of our communities and support jobs & economic growth. Philip is particularly passionate and focussed on taking a systems and place based and precincts approach to planning, to truly drive the best outcomes whilst optimising the performance of the assets we already have.

    Prior to re-joining Deloitte, Philip was the CEO of Infrastructure Australia, where he worked with all tiers of Government to develop a national list of infrastructure priorities, an evidence base for investment decisions and a program of reforms to support population and GDP growth.

    Philip is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and also Chairs the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) and the University of Wollongong SMART Infrastructure Advisory Council.


    This webinar is proudly supported by


    • 15-Oct-2020
    • 08:30 - 11:00 (UTC+11:00)
    • PARKROYAL Parramatta, 30 Phillip Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150
    Register


    THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR THOSE WANTING TO ATTEND THIS MASTERCLASS IN PERSON. ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN REGISTER TO ATTEND ONLINE VIA OUR LIVE STREAM.

    It is no secret that customers have changed their decision-making processes and purchasing behaviour as a direct result of COVID. Unfortunately for many businesses there is no longer a playbook to follow.

    How do you create a new playbook or rewrite the one you already have so that it aligns with the new market conditions and helps you get ahead of the game.

    During this hands-on Masterclass, you will:

    • Begin work on your strategic plan
    • Learn how to understand your customers’ problem and how to solve it
    • Find out how to reduce operating costs and improve cash flow
    • Learn how to realign your business products and services to maximise your marketing impact
    • Develop a plan to stand out from your competitors
    • Learn key takeaways from successful business models employed by companies such as Apple, Facebook and Amazon

    Format

    • Interactive session that includes a plated breakfast and barista coffee
    • Industry relevant case studies
    • Strategy workbook to take away and continue


    Masterclass Presenter  l  Gerard Hermens, Director, Institute of Strategic Management

    With two Masters Degrees in Business Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Education, Gerard works as an Adjunct Lecturer with universities that include Charles Sturt and New England, as well as providing consulting services to a range of Australian companies in areas such as Governance, Strategic Planning, Executive Coaching, Organisational Restructuring and Financial Management.

    Gerard has worked in a range of industries including: 

    - Co-founding a manufacturing and retailing Automotive Services business. This family owned company grew from a small one person retailing business to a chain of 13 retail stores and factories located across NSW.

    - As a Strategic Advisor to one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations which employs over 3000 staff. Here Gerard developed numerous strategic plans, restructured the organisation and formulated Balanced Scorecards for the whole executive team. This work also included providing shaping policies on relationships with governments and business communities.

    Gerard has managed over 35 governance projects for a wide range of financial service providers including credit unions and building societies as well as for boards in aged care, health care and community services.

    Cost

    Platinum and Charity Partners, Gold, Silver and Bronze Members: 2 complimentary seats per member 

    Small Business Members: 1 complimentary seat per member

    Additional WSBC Member Seats: $50 + GST per person

    Non Member Seats: $75 + GST per person

    Not sure if your organisation is a WSBC member? Click here to find out. If your organisation is a member but our system is not allowing you to register your complimentary seat, please contact events@wsbc.org.au and we will take care of it for you.


    Safety Measures

    Your safety and well-being are our top priority and we will have the following measures in place for this Masterclass:

    • No registration - attendees will be given their table number prior to Masterclass, so they can make their way directly to their seat. Prior to the event, you will also be able to request who you would like at your table.
    • A maximum of 24 attendees 
    • Seating and table social distancing (only 4 attendees per table)
    • Hand sanitiser on every table
    • Table service which includes a plated breakfast with barista tea and coffee
    • A WSBC representative will be on hand to specifically ensure safety measures are adhered to
    WSBC's venue partner for this event, PARKROYAL Parramatta, are a NSW government registered COVID safe businessPlease click here to view the various cleaning and disinfecting policies and social distancing measures they have implemented.


    Please do not attend this event if you have

    • a fever or symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath)
    • returned from overseas in the last 14 days
    • been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19: (coronavirus) in the last 14 days

    Please note should circumstances change, our face to face event may be postponed or cancelled. 

    Click here for Event Terms & Conditions


    This event is proudly supported by


    • 15-Oct-2020
    • 09:00 - 11:00 (UTC+11:00)
    • Online
    Register


    THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR THOSE WANTING TO ATTEND THIS MASTERCLASS ONLINE VIA OUR LIVE STREAM.

    It is no secret that customers have changed their decision-making processes and purchasing behaviour as a direct result of COVID. Unfortunately for many businesses there is no longer a playbook to follow.

    How do you create a new playbook or rewrite the one you already have so that it aligns with the new market conditions and helps you get ahead of the game.

    During this hands-on Masterclass, you will:

    • Begin work on your strategic plan
    • Learn how to understand your customers’ problem and how to solve it
    • Find out how to reduce operating costs and improve cash flow
    • Learn how to realign your business products and services to maximise your marketing impact
    • Develop a plan to stand out from your competitors
    • Learn key takeaways from successful business models employed by companies such as Apple, Facebook and Amazon

    Format

    • Interactive session 
    • Industry relevant case studies
    • Strategy workbook to take away and continue


    Masterclass Presenter  l  Gerard Hermens, Director, Institute of Strategic Management

    With two Masters Degrees in Business Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Education, Gerard works as an Adjunct Lecturer with universities that include Charles Sturt and New England, as well as providing consulting services to a range of Australian companies in areas such as Governance, Strategic Planning, Executive Coaching, Organisational Restructuring and Financial Management.

    Gerard has worked in a range of industries including: 

    - Co-founding a manufacturing and retailing Automotive Services business. This family owned company grew from a small one person retailing business to a chain of 13 retail stores and factories located across NSW.

    - As a Strategic Advisor to one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations which employs over 3000 staff. Here Gerard developed numerous strategic plans, restructured the organisation and formulated Balanced Scorecards for the whole executive team. This work also included providing shaping policies on relationships with governments and business communities.

    Gerard has managed over 35 governance projects for a wide range of financial service providers including credit unions and building societies as well as for boards in aged care, health care and community services.

    Cost

    WSBC Members: 2 complimentary seats per member 

    WSBC Member Guest Rate: $10 + GST per person

    Non Member Seats: $20 + GST per person

    Not sure if your organisation is a WSBC member? Click here to find out. If your organisation is a member but our system is not allowing you to register your complimentary or discounted seat, please contact events@wsbc.org.au.


    Click here for Event Terms & Conditions


    This event is proudly supported by


    • 05-Nov-2020
    • 09:00 - 10:00 (UTC+11:00)
    • Online
    Register


    Do you have managers or leaders in your business?

    A manager's focus is on ensuring things go to plan, and that the team meets expectations. An excellent manager ensures the ‘day to day’ is humming.

    True leaders, on the other hand, are future-focused. Their time and energy is used on moving the business forward, empowering and inspiring their team, encouraging change and taking their staff somewhere new.

    The transition from manager to leader is essential for your career and for business growth, but won't happen by itself. People need to learn a completely different set of skills to succeed in this position that is both a huge responsibility and a privilege.

    Join us for a free, not-to-be-missed webinar where Australia's #1 High-Performance Team Consultant, Diana Tapp, will outline the three steps to turning people from managers into leaders so you can powerfully move your business forward.

    In this live webinar, you’ll discover:

    • How to make the successful transition to being a true leader
    • The five core skills of every great leader
    • How to inspire people, and extend your circle of influence
    • Why you need to exhibit authority and empathy
    • How to build certainty, foster trust and get the best out of your employees

    Virtual seats are limited for this webinar, so please register as soon as possible to secure your place.

    The Details

    Date: Thursday 5th November, 2020  

    Time: 9.00am to 10.00am AEDT  

    Where: Online

    Cost: Free


    This webinar is proudly brought to you by


    • 12-Nov-2020
    • 09:00 - 12:45 (UTC+11:00)
    • Online
    Register


    WSBC, in partnership with Campbelltown City Council have come together to provide Western Sydney businesses the opportunity to virtually connect with the supply chain of major building and infrastructure projects within the region. 

    Our Meet the Supplier, Virtual Strategic Matching event aims to:

    • connect local suppliers to procurers in the region
    • promote the use of local business and talent where possible for the benefit of the local economy and community.

    WSBC is now inviting Primary Contractors to submit an expression of interest for the opportunity to be selected to virtually meet with:

    1. a maximum of Six Major Contractors from either the building and construction sector or from the civil and infrastructure sector. These meetings will provide Primary Contractors with information on: 

    • how to do business with the Major Contractors
    • upcoming projects or procurement needs that the Major Contractors may have 
    • how/where to find the Major Contractors project and procurement information 

    and

    2. a maximum of Six Local Subcontractors/Suppliers from either the building and construction sector or from the civil and infrastructure sector. These meetings will:

    • introduce Primary Contractors to Local Subcontractors/Suppliers
    • give Local Subcontractors/Suppliers the opportunity to inform Primary Contractors of their products and services
    • assist Primary Contractors in growing their supply chain

    Successful Primary Contractors will partake in a maximum of 12, 15 minute one-on-one virtual meetings from 9.00am to 12.45pm.


    WSBC is now also inviting Local Subcontractors/Suppliers to submit an expression of interest for the opportunity to be selected to virtually meet with:

    1. a maximum of 12 Primary Contractors from either the building and construction sector or from the civil and infrastructure sector. These meetings will:

    • introduce Local Subcontractors/Suppliers to Primary Contractors
    • give Local Subcontractors/Suppliers the opportunity to inform Primary Contractors about their products and services

    Successful Local Subcontractors/Suppliers will partake in a maximum of 12, 15 minute one-on-one virtual meetings from 9.00am to 12.45pm.


    Cost: 

    Submitting an Expression of Interest: Free

    Successful applicants attending this event: Free


    Submitting your Expression of Interest:


    1. All Expressions of Interest must be submitted online through the Meet the Supply Chain, Virtual Strategic Matching Event page on the WSBC website no later than 5.00pm Thursday 15th October, 2020 to be considered for this event (for the purpose of the Expression of Interest please only register 1 person per business).

    2. Based on the information provided, 12 Local Subcontractors/Suppliers and 24 Primary Contractors will be selected by our business matching panel and invited to attend. 

    3. Successful applicants will be notified during the week beginning Monday 26th October, 2020 

    4. Acceptance to attend will be required within 2 working days of notification. 

    5. Once a successful applicants acceptance has been received, an online meeting schedule and other important information will be e-mailed to them.

    Click here to view our Terms & Conditions for this event


    This event is proudly presented in collaboration with Campbelltown City Council 




Past events

03-Sep-2020 Live Stream: Proven Strategies To Improve Engagement On Social Media
03-Sep-2020 Breakfast Masterclass: Proven Strategies To Improve Engagement On Social Media
26-Aug-2020 Live Webinar: COVID’s Influence – The Short and Long Term Property Outlook
12-Aug-2020 Live Webinar: Local Opportunities For Local Businesses
02-Jul-2020 Live Webinar: How To Gain An Unfair Competitive Advantage During a Recession
10-Jun-2020 Live Webinar: Are We Past Peak Pessimism?
21-May-2020 Live Webinar: 5 Steps To Rapid Business Recovery
30-Apr-2020 Live Webinar: How To Turn Your Website Into Your Hardest Working Employee
08-Apr-2020 Live Webinar: 3 Steps to Leading & Motivating a Remote Workforce
01-Apr-2020 Live Webinar: Resilient Leadership In Time Of Crisis
12-Mar-2020 WSBC Business Leader Luncheon: Does The World Need Saving? The Key Economic Trends For 2020
20-Feb-2020 World Class Team's Breakfast Masterclass: How To Stop Competitors From Poaching Your Best People
21-Nov-2019 2019 Annual General Meeting: Western Sydney Business Connection Inc.
07-Nov-2019 Webcast: Navigating the Icebergs of the Australian Consumer Law – Risk Management for Business
30-Oct-2019 ISM's Breakfast Masterclass: Are You Winning The Sales Game? Techniques To Boost Business
10-Sep-2019 World Class Team's Breakfast Masterclass: How To Successfully Deal With Difficult Clients
03-Sep-2019 GREENLINE Conversations - 1 Day Open Program
29-Aug-2019 WSBC's 2019 State of the Region Address
08-Aug-2019 Brilliant Digital's Breakfast Masterclass: The Power of Content Marketing - Are You Finding Your Customers Or Are They Finding You?
18-Jun-2019 Meet The Buyer: Strategic Matching Event
22-May-2019 WSBC Business Leader Luncheon: Western Sydney's Customer of the Future
04-Apr-2019 World Class Team's Breakfast Leadership Masterclass: Boosting Your Emotional Intelligence For Workplace Success
28-Mar-2019 Meet The Buyer: Strategic Matching Event
21-Mar-2019 Webinar: What You Need To Know About Contracts
14-Mar-2019 Webinar: Employment Law Update - What’s New & Upcoming in 2019
07-Mar-2019 WSBC Business Leader Luncheon: 2019 – A Challenging Year Ahead
21-Feb-2019 Brilliant Digital's Breakfast Masterclass: Creating a Digital Brand Strategy for Business Growth
21-Nov-2018 Meet The Buyer: Strategic Matching Event
15-Nov-2018 Webinar: Workplace Bullying – What Every Employer Must Do
30-Oct-2018 WSBC Business Leader Luncheon: A Decade Of Decentralisation - Parramatta’s Legal Sector & Opportunities For Business
19-Oct-2018 Live Webinar: Corporate Governance - What is it and why is it important for companies large and small?
13-Sep-2018 WSBC's 2018 State of the Region Address
29-Aug-2018 World Class Team's Breakfast Leadership Masterclass: Critical Conversations
21-Jun-2018 WSBC Business Leader Luncheon: Leading Through Change
03-May-2018 WSBC's Business Leader Luncheon: Manufacturing & Innovation in Western Sydney
11-Apr-2018 Meet The Buyer, Strategic Matching Event: Confirmation of Attendance
13-Mar-2018 WSBC & Macquarie Bank Present: The Key Global Economic Trends for 2018 & How They Will Affect Western Sydney
16-Nov-2017 Winning Business Strategic Matching Event
27-Oct-2017 Live Webinar: Employment Agreements – A Sword and a Shield for Employers
24-Oct-2017 Winning Business Procurement Workshop
19-Oct-2017 WSBC's Major Business Leader Luncheon: Winning Business in Western Sydney's Infrastructure Boom
27-Sep-2017 Live Webinar: Motivating and Retaining a Generationally Diverse Workforce
21-Sep-2017 Leadership Training: Greenline Conversations
30-Aug-2017 WSBC's Major Business Leader Luncheon: 2017 State of the Region Address
28-Jul-2017 Live Webinar: Conducting Workplace Investigations - Why, When & How
08-Jun-2017 WSBC's Major Business Leader Luncheon: How The New Visitor Strategy Will Change The Way We Market Western Sydney
26-May-2017 Live Webinar: Building A Great Place To Work
05-Apr-2017 WSBC's Major Business Leader Luncheon: Designing Western Sydney, Creative Placemaking for Growth
24-Mar-2017 XVenture Campbelltown: Sold Out
23-Feb-2017 WSBC's Major Business Leader Luncheon: The Business of Sport in Western Sydney
26-Oct-2016 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: Western Sydney Economic Development
08-Sep-2016 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: 2016 State of the Region Address
08-Jun-2016 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: "Infrastructure"
28-Apr-2016 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: Building Better Businesses
25-Feb-2016 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: Western Sydney Health Sector
12-Nov-2015 GWS Employment Forum
06-Oct-2015 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: 2015 State of The Region Address
03-Sep-2015 WSBC Business Leader Luncheon: A Plan for Growing (Western) Sydney, investment opportunities for your business
25-Jun-2015 What does the new 'Western Sydney Innovation Corridor' mean for your business?
28-May-2015 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: Leading your organisation to leverage the business growth opportunities in Western Sydney
24-Mar-2015 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: Infrastructure - Western Sydney Light Rail
26-Feb-2015 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon: Western Sydney Health Precincts Growth & Investment Opportunities
06-Nov-2014 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon - Research + Industry – Collaborating for Growth
28-Aug-2014 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon - 2014 State of the Region Address
12-Jun-2014 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon - GWS Employment Forum
05-Jun-2014 Member Celebration and Networking Evening
15-May-2014 A Western Sydney Business Transformation Story
20-Mar-2014 WSBC Major Business Leader Luncheon - How are Council plans impacting your business in 2014?
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