Speed dating business opportunity
If the success and spin-offs from the Farmer Wants a Wife concept is anything to go by, Ballarat’s newest networking event will be just the thing to help local businesses find their perfect match.
The highly structured Speed Dating for Business free networking event is the brain-child of regional development practitioner and manager of the Central Highlands Digital Enterprise project, Gerrie Carr-Mac Fie.
“The aim is to decrease trade leakage from the Ballarat region, and increase the amount of localised business-to-business transactions using a mix of face-to-face and online environments” Carr-Mac Fie said.
She describes the format as similar to that used by singles when attending speed-dating functions.
Pittsburgh Cares would host a “meet and greet” and evening of networking for prospective community volunteers to connect with 12 – 15 local nonprofit organizations.
Light appetizers and beverages would be served as attendees circulated through the nonprofit informational tables in “speed dating” fashion.
After this first face-to-face date, businesses can form an on-going relationship, transacting online.” The free event, commissioned by Central Highlands Digital Enterprise, is part of an Australian Government funded business development project conducted by University of Ballarat in collaboration with local and state government.
Businesses talk to each other about the goods and services they sell, and the supplies they need.
It will provide details on business supply needs and products, and will be made available via a password to all participants."In the reverse of singles dating sites it is a bit like looking for love in your own backyard.She hopes these ‘dates’ will sweep the local business community off their feet."We will act like a dating agency, facilitating a matching process that aligns business inputs to business outputs, so that we contain and grow employment opportunities, and expand business transactions, right here in our region.” The format requires participants to speak for two minutes to their business 'date', exchange business cards and then move on to the next business 'date'.Facilitators will provide businesses with the support they need to race through the format and win new business at the end of the ‘date’.
After the face-to-face event a database will be posted to the Digital Enterprise website.