Meet me at the Expo…

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Meet me at the Expo…

Geelong has a lot to offer in the way of small businesses, with creative, innovative and motivated minds aplenty. After their debut appearance in 2016 and successful follow up last year, the Geelong Business Expo is back this weekend, giving small businesses the opportunity to network and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs.
Going down at the Federal Mills Park in North Geelong this Saturday, the Pivot City Geelong Business Expo will see more than 100 businesses from in and around our local area. Pioneered by a trio of three amazing and intelligent women from Geelong Women in Business – Samantha Krajina, Samantha Wilson and Kirsty Whitehead – the expo is designed to facilitate a gathering where small businesses are able to network and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs.
The focus of the expo will be the rows and rows of stalls from Geelong’s best and brightest small business owners. Here, attendees can buy, order or simply peruse products from the represented businesses, with particular attention being paid to small businesses who collaborate and connect with each other.
You’ll find everything from small historic research businesses, candles, award-winning wineries, to accounting services and financial education, baby and toddler accessories, skincare treatments, personal training services and even hand crafted cultured butter and a retro caravan bar – plus so much more. No matter your interest, taste or need, there will be something for you at the expo.
With a passion of fostering local relationships, the team have also created a dedicated networking lounge area that will be fully facilitated for attendees to make connection and meet other people and businesses. Further in the expo, you’ll also find a crafty market where you can stock up on gifts and goodies or you can undergo a health check and even some yoga in the Wellness Pop-Up.
The biggest drawcard this year is the genU Fashion Show where you will see local designers and boutiques hitting the runway with the most amazing models, including indigenous models, models with disabilities, models both young and young at heart, models of all sizes and of all backgrounds. With a focus on diversity and with a local angle, the show will see hair and makeup taken over by The Gordon students, while the models whilst Kim Cooper (Aus Idol) performs and Daryl Reader (Bay 93.9) MC’s.
Another exciting addition to this year’s expo is The Food & Wine Enclosure, brought to you by Elderberry Event Hire, showcasing some of the best wines, food, pastries and cakes from around Geelong, the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula. Take your ticket around the expo and enclosure and gain access to specials, samples and goodies to experience the real taste of Geelong from some of our favourites, including Mt Duneed Estate, Provenance Wines, Terindah Estate, Boutique Event Co, Wah Wah Gee, Pickers Union, Mexican Republic, Cakesmith and more!
In the enclosure you will hang out to some sweet tunes, ease into some live music, snap away in their photo booth and kick back with friends and Geelong’s finest cosying up on a Saturday afternoon. We hear Denny’s Restaurant are celebrating their new menu and new chef by giving away some cheeky bottles of French champagne…You couldn’t ask for a better way to spend a Saturday in winter if you tried.
Entry is FREE to the expo with a voluntary gold donation to Vinnie’s which will go to supporting poverty and homelessness in Geelong.
Tickets must be purchased to access the Food & Wine Enclosure.