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Successes of 2019 and our 2020 Objectives

Business Speed Networking brings together like-minded owners, entrepreneurs and development professionals to network in a friendly, structured environment.

Well here we are everyone!

We have a great deal to celebrate from 2019 – a year in which we made significant progress towards materializing our mission connecting like minded businesspeople for Growth, Insight and Impact. I am truly inspired with the diversity and drive our community is attracting & wanted to share with you some of our successes:

  • You grew Business Strategy NZ by more than 1200 members to nearly 5300 exiting 2019.
  • In July, we became the largest business-oriented meetup in New Zealand.
  • In September we crossed 5000 Community members, becoming the 13th largest NZ community on meetup.
  • Through our partnership with B1G1 and focus on the UN SDGs we crossed 6,600 giving impacts to communities in need globally.
  • We held our first major event, Entrepreneur 5.0 attracting more than 200 like-minded business builders for a one-day focus event.
  • We ran 22 Business Social events attracting hundreds of owners with consistently high feedback about the quality of our presenters, our community makeup, and our event execution.
  • We expanded our Business Social Connect events to 3 locations across Auckland. Thanks to our incredibly supportive social venues Tom Tom, New Brew, and Applejacks and the managers and staff who created great environments for our meetings through 2019.
  • Thanks to our partnership with Innovitas we ran 8 highly successful Mastermind round-tables for high-growth startup entrepreneurs.
  • We blazed through four high-impact, high-rated Business Speed Networking events creating many new customer and JV relationships with outstanding event ratings.
  • We leveraged our network reach to promote 3rd party events like Tech-Week, Cyber-Security Awareness Week, The Mike Handcock business growth event, Entrepreneur 5.0 and through this were able to help Know Your Purpose support NZ teenagers develop confidence, identity, and avoid depression.
  • We ran 15 events in Co-Work entrepreneurial spaces across Auckland with very special thanks to the amazing Debra Chantry for the invaluable support of The Common through 2019.
  • We highlighted 14 member businesses through our Social speaking opportunities and delivered 3 interactive workshops using their knowledge and skills.
  • We joined in two Buy1Give1 workshops helping SME business owners realize the goal of making Social Impact alongside profit-making as a key purpose for business.

The momentum you achieved through driving these contributions in 2019 has formed the basis for our priorities in 2020 and underscored the key reasons I believe our movement exists and continues to flourish, attracting quality people from every industry, background, and skillset. In the year ahead, we will continue to focus on 5 strategic imperatives and measure our progress through the year these 10 measures:

2020 Scorecard

Be the preeminent location for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to Connect for Business Growth

Preeminent location for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to Connect for Business Growth

1. Deliver 30+ Events to the community acting as a platform to showcase, share and grow member businesses.

2. Share our message to grow the movement to > 6,500 members in 2020.

3. Diversify our offering to add 2+ Social event locations and deliver at least 4 member-led workshops generating business growth.

Create Meaningful Impact both directly and through the momentum of our movement

Create Meaningful Impact both directly and through the momentum of our movement

4. Exceed expectations in delivering our first Social Entrepreneurship led major event in mid 2020.

5. Grow B1G1 business membership through BNSZ members to at least 12 new member businesses.

6. Grow our direct impact through community activities to > 10,000 B1G1 Impacts.

Grow knowledge, skills, value and leverage of the members of our community

Grow knowledge, skills, value and leverage of the members of our community

7. Deliver >20 community led business growth / promotion opportunities leveraging events, digital and our extensive referral network using a ‘shared reward’ model with baked-in advantages to community member businesses.

Bring to the table world-leading experts, insight. tools and technology to help community members hone their personal value, confidence and capability to reach new heights in personal impact.

Bring to the table world-leading experts, insight. tools and technology to help community members hone their personal value, confidence and capability to reach new heights in personal impact.

8. Continue to develop relationships with global partners to bring leveraged training, resources and insider access to business growth expertise to the community with >4 promotions in 2020.

9. Create JV / Like-minded promotion and referral relationships with at least 4 NZ industry associations / business development organisations.

Refine our economic model to develop meaningful cashflow, sustainability and the leverage to become increasingly influential within the economy we contribute to

Refine our economic model to develop meaningful cashflow, sustainability and the leverage to become increasingly influential within the economy we contribute to

10. Develop sufficient cashflow to bring in 2+ paid community ambassadors to advance our movement goals and take community membership benefits to the next level.

In 2020, my top priority remains delivery of value to the success oriented individuals we are attracting. You will decide through your support if we are leaders in the business networking space and our contribution to businesses, entrepreneurs and the wider community beyond.

BSNZ will invest in 2020 in our most impactful activities to attract, embrace, and contribute to community members using our extensive reach, social impact orientation and our subscription and shared success cashflow models. We will improve our ability to reach like-minded individuals and organisations from around the world and develop our events and activities to reflect the requirements of our community and accelerate the business connection movement.

We will achieve all of the above measures in 2020 in a manner that embraces diversity, opportunity for entrepreneurs at every stage of their business journey, and the opt-in, inclusive model we have successfully developed over the last 3 years.

Thank you – as always – for the commitment engagement, enthusiasm and expertise you have added to reach our goals. I look forward to being part of this amazing community through 2020.

Grant Finer
Principal Connector – BSNZ

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Whether you want to expand your network, seek mentoring or peer input for your ideas, or develop your people meeting & communication skills, we provide a great platform for you to help you improve and connect with other purpose-led entrepreneurs.

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