Geelong Businesses Think BIG

Thinking BIG is a different kind of growth story in Geelong, with over 70 local small businesses coming together to celebrate the very big difference a relatively small monthly donation can make to Give Where You Live Foundation grant recipients.

The BIG (Business Investing in Geelong) Program provides an opportunity for businesses of any size to make a significant contribution to support our community’s most vulnerable people. Throughout the month of March, the Foundation has been blitzing Geelong’s small to medium businesses and asking them to think BIG!

The Foundation’s annual BIG Blitz Breakfast was held at Novotel Geelong on Thursday, 22 March.

Networking over hot coffee and breakfast, guests were given an insight into the latest research findings of the Geelong Workplace Trends Report, delivered by Gforce Employment Solutions CEO Rob Birch.

Guests were also treated to a special guest panel of HR experts, Elisa Walerys, Transition Human Resources and complier of the Geelong Workplace Trends Report, Jodie Haydon, VIVA Energy Australia and Christine Shaw, Deakin University, who shared their advice on how to attract the top talent in their workforce and recognizing that flexibility means something different to everyone.

The breakfast acknowledged the Foundation’s BIG Partners for their commitment to supporting our community and those experiencing disadvantage through BIG Program.

The Program brings together small businesses, with each making a small manageable monthly donation (from as little as $50) that together will make, you guessed it, a BIG difference.

For further information on the Give Where You Live Foundation’s BIG Program, visit givewhereyoulive.com.au or phone 5229 4634.

Mathew Hood, Luke Outeridge & Leoni Foley

Mathew Hood, Luke Outeridge & Leoni Foley

Geoff Brethouwer, Cassandra Gravenall & Rob Birch

Geoff Brethouwer, Cassandra Gravenall & Rob Birch

Bill Mithen & Matthew Payne

Bill Mithen & Matthew Payne

Bill Mithen & Jodie Haydon

Bill Mithen & Jodie Haydon

Elisa Walerys, Belinda Perisic & Christine Shaw

Elisa Walerys, Belinda Perisic & Christine Shaw

(Above) Bruce Francis, Jim Rutherford & Mike McKinstry. (Below) Rob Birch, Christine Shaw, Elisa Walerys, Jodie Haydon & Bill Mithen

(Above) Bruce Francis, Jim Rutherford & Mike McKinstry. (Below) Rob Birch, Christine Shaw, Elisa Walerys, Jodie Haydon & Bill Mithen

Veselina Kostadinov & Christine Shaw

Veselina Kostadinov & Christine Shaw

Camilla Craig & Matthew Payne

Camilla Craig & Matthew Payne

Jim Rutherford & Rob Birch

Jim Rutherford & Rob Birch

Liz Everist & Lucy O'Reilly

Liz Everist & Lucy O'Reilly

Lauren Hogan And & Nathan George

Lauren Hogan And & Nathan George

Ashley Shaw & Martin Szymanski

Ashley Shaw & Martin Szymanski

Photography by Rosie Martyn

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