Dr Nicholas Gruen, CEO of Lateral Economics presented his reasons for not buying into the need to head away for a strategy retreat. Highlighting that predicting is too hard when we don’t know the future brought to life, Nicholas provided good reasoning to understand the current situation and plan from there. Goals and the tools you need to reach them are interdependent.

Five businesses presented to the audience for two minutes letting them know what makes them different. This is the final lunch for the 2016/17 year and so were the last nominees before shortlisting of finalists later this month. Each business differentiated from the rest through the services they provide and their customer focus.

The first of our nominees was Suzanne Chadwick from The Connection Exchange who work with women in business to help get clear on their brand message & build confidence and capability. The Connection Exchange were nominated in the micro category.

Our next nominee was nominated in the small business category which is open to businesses with between six and 20 employees. Junkeer Business Consultants who specialise in the areas of having information at your fingertips, simplified operation and automated processes driven by an apt strategy.

In the Medium to Large category we heard from Adele Last from HORNER. HORNER Recruitment has been in operation since 1975 which makes them one of Melbourne’s longest running privately owned Recruitment Consultancies.

Story Mama were nominated in the Micro category and Founder, Debbie Hatswell shared her passion for all things books. Her business provides a beautiful range of parent recommended, high quality picture books for children aged 0-9.

The last nominee presentation was from the Innovation category with Dina Fergadiotis from HR Staff n Stuff.  As a boutique recruitment agency they have created ‘Buy The Time’ where businesses can buy HR minutes to be used when needed and never expire.