BUILDING COMMUNITIES: Leaders of the three organisations – Leigh Zimmerlie, Rick Hansen and Graham Benson – who are bringing GAPDL, GCCI and GEA together for the Biggest Ever Networking Meeting.
BUILDING COMMUNITIES: Leaders of the three organisations – Leigh Zimmerlie, Rick Hansen and Graham Benson – who are bringing GAPDL, GCCI and GEA together for the Biggest Ever Networking Meeting. Digitally Altered

Spots still available at biggest network meeting

FOR the first time Gladstone will host a speed-networking event, the Biggest Ever Networking Meeting.

It's a regional first giving business owners and employees a chance to meet new people in an environment a lot like speed dating.

Friday's event will bring together the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce, Gladstone Area Promotions and Development, and the Gladstone Engineering Alliance at the Gladstone Events Centre, Yaralla, and places are still available.

Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rick Hansen said the meeting would allow small businesses to meet new people and forge new alliances - at just the right time too.

"Right now small business needs to be more innovative," Mr Hansen said.

"They need to look for things they may be able to do in the future and find new ways to secure more business and new business," he said.

"Every business can use this event as a marketing strategy."

Until recently, the collaboration between the GAPDL, GCCI and GEA was to take out a Guinness world record bringing together more than 350 people together to network.

But a new record has been set for 1000.

"We won't be able to beat that," Mr Hansen said.

"But we are expecting a couple of hundred people and we're urging employers not to just bring themselves, but bring some of their staff too," he said.

"This is a chance to share knowledge and we may even get new partnerships out of it that can help us keep business in town."

The Biggest Ever Networking Meeting is $8, and from 5.30-7pm. Register on eventbrite.com.au.



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