Visit a vibrant, fun and exciting range of leading-edge exhibitors, with many of them offering special expo-only deals. Enter the prize draws and attend our free seminars and masterclasses presented by business experts in their field to help you grow your business and knowledge.
Come and join us for the day which is jam-packed with education, motivation, networking opportunities, fun and prizes. Oh and the odd surprise too!
Be motivated, inspired, educated and connected. Learn, grow, develop and cement existing relationships with suppliers and clients or build new relationships.
That’s what business is all about – at the Business Expo you can do all that and more in one day, in one easy location.
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Expo VIP Opening Event
Kick the day off with this VIP only event open to Sponsors, Premium Exhibitors, and their VIP invite-only guests. Join us and our special guests for some inspiration from 7.00am – 8.30am with light refreshments.
The Business Expo is open to visitors from 9.30am until 4.00pm. Come along to connect in for one easy day in one easy location. Be motivated, inspired, educated and connected. Entry is free and so is parking and WiFi.
Seminars and masterclasses
There is a range of inspirational and informative seminars and masterclasses running throughout the day to help you learn, grow and develop your business. Check back regularly to see the latest topics, speakers and times.
After 5 Networking Event and awards
After an action-packed day, wind down and network post-Expo with your fellow exhibitors and sponsors. Share stories, have a laugh and find out who has won the two prestigious Exhibitor Awards. 5.00pm – 6.30pm.
Business Bootcamp seminars And Masterclasses
Business Bootcamp is all about building business muscle, exploring critical challenges and success factors, raising productivity, sales and marketing tips and tools, and more . These seminars have a focus on practical insights, aimed at finding the path of least resistance to deliver the best outcomes and helping you to ‘fast track’ your personal and business growth.
Be inspired, motivated, educated. Click on the speaker to find out more.
Presentations will run for approximately 30 minutes.
getting the marketing mix right
Ryno Viljoen, Nettl
Wednesday, 9.45 – 10.15 am
You know you need to invest in marketing to ensure your business doesn’t get left behind, but where should you allocate your time and budget and why are these resources, tools and channels important?
This seminar will walk its participants through the most popular marketing opportunities available on and offline. Enjoy an engaging and thought-provoking 30 minutes with Ryno as he explains and provides examples of good marketing in a refreshingly simplistic manner.
Ryno has worked in a wide range of digital and marketing environments that gives him the edge when it comes to formulating a plan to reach marketing goals. Ryno likes to immerse himself completely into a company’s position and work from there.
When he’s not dreaming up a concoctive formula for the win he can be found venturing the outdoors.
business tech workshop
Mike Reading, Using Better Technology
Wednesday, 12.00 – 12.30 pm
Brought to you by Noel Leeming Commercial.
Wish you were in control of your calendar and email, not it in control of you? Want to stay productive while away from your desk and keep the team collaborating in real time?
Join our technology training partners, Using Technology Better, to discover the 5 best tips for taking control of your inbox (and your life).
Great Communities – A Foster Construction Group View
Leonard Gardner, Foster Construction Group Limited
Supreme Winner – Westpac Waikato Business Awards 2017
Wednesday, 2.15 – 2.45 pm
With a purpose of creating Great Communities through Strong Foundations, Foster Construction Group has a clear sense of what they are trying to achieve. In the physical sense, Foster Construction has more opportunity than most to influence the built environment through delivering developments, construction projects and assisting with the maintenance of property in which people live, work and play. Less known is the Foster Construction Group is partially owned by a trust whose purpose is to invest in our people and our community. Learn about what Foster Construction is doing to create Great Communities and the story of how we have got here.
Leonard is the CEO of the Foster Construction Group, with an overall responsibility for ensuring the Foster Group lives out its purpose of creating Great Communities through Strong Foundations. With a passion for community, Leonard is involved in a number of roles with a focus on creating Great Communities including as chair of Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, Trustee of the Hamilton Gardens Development Trust and Project Sponsor for the Waikato Regional Theatre. Through his role at Foster Group, Leonard has been able to invest in the local community in a number of ways, both personally and professionally. Married to Denise and with three teenage sons, Leonard enjoys being a part of and contributing to the fabric of the Waikato community as a place for his family to grow and enjoy.
Digital disruption - what does it really mean?
Jamie Farmer, Grow NZ Business
Wednesday, 10-30 – 11.00 am
The term “Digital Disruption” has many meanings and for many, is a source of fear.
Jamie explains how there is little to fear, and in fact, there is much to cheer.
Follow these tips to thrive in the age of “Digital Disruption”
from the backyard to the boardroom
Joanne Funk, Annah Stretton Stylist
Wednesday, 12.45 – 1.15 pm
We’re bringing something a little different to the Expo with this exciting fashion styling session presented by Joanne Funk, an Annah Stretton Stylist and showcasing some of Annah Stretton’s fashion.
In this styling session, Joanne will show you how you can take your casual everyday wear from your backyard, and transform it into something you would be comfortable stepping into your next business meeting in the Boardroom.
Relax, watch and learn as Joanne helps our models (aka, everyday ladies from the Expo) learn how to get versatility from these outfits, making them suitable for multiple occasions.
Care about communication and watch your business grow
Duncan Brough, Stuff
Wednesday, 3.00 – 3.30 pm
In this workshop, we will take a step to improving our sales ability through understanding our own and our customer’s communication styles better in order to make a meaningful connection.
People like to do business with people they like and trust, the connection we have with our customers is important in turning leads into revenue in the short and long term. Money spent on marketing without putting effort into your ability to convert the leads that come to you is lost time and money for your business.
If our intention is to help our customers and grow our business, we must consider the fundamentals of how we are communicating due to the over-arching impact it has on our success. We will consider where we can dial it up or down to improve the retention and acquisition of customers to our business.
Post this session you be able to consciously improve your relationship with customers and make the sale process easier in gathering and retaining revenue.
Not to mention, the benefits of being able to apply this to personal relationships.
The Consumption of media
Greg Haycock, Nick Fisher and Richard Loe, Mediaworks
Wednesday, 11.15 – 11.45 am
In a world with a multitude of spaces where you can promote your product or service, it is important to get an understanding of what options are available and how they are viewed.
Join the Sales Manager Greg Haycock, Head of Rural Nick Fisher and Richard Loe (ex All Black, REX Announcer) as they talk about how Media is consumed in the market today. Gain a greater understanding of MediaWorks and their LOCAL focus and Local content with a look at the rural landscape, who consumes media and how. As well as what brands we have and how they fit into the media landscape.
Looking into the features and benefits of Radio, Television, Print, Digital, and Outdoor, will be able to help you think about what you want to say and who you want to say it to.
why hamilton is the logical emotional choice for business
Wednesday, 1.30 – 2.00 pm
A compelling 20 minutes from Waikato chamber of Commerce head Chris Simpson.
Chris outlines “Why Hamilton” and makes a compelling case for it both at a logical level, but at an emotional level too! It’s one of those presentations that will truly grab you from both the opportunity it shows regarding what business is in Hamilton.
But, more importantly, what business will be in Hamilton in the near future. And if you follow Chris on LinkedIn, his presentation even has graphs.
special offers and prizes on the day
Exhibitor PRIZE DRAWS
Many exhibitors will be offering expo-only deals. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards as many of the exhibitors have prize draws as well.