Agenda


From 8.30am | GUEST REGISTRATION

9.30am | SUMMIT WELCOME
Acknowledgement of Country
Official Welcome by Mid-Western Regional Council and Event MC

9.40am | SESSION 1: BREAKFAST WITH A BEARDED BAKER
Ameer El-Issa, Co-Founder of Knafeh
Quite possibly the world’s coolest cook, learn about Knafeh’s hospitality journey which took brothers from Sydney to New York. Try the famous Jerusalem street food for yourself at this delicious breakfast session.

10.20am | SESSION 2: THE STORY OF AUSTRALIA’S CHEEKIEST SWIMWEAR
Adam Linforth, Chief Smuggler of Budgy Smuggler  
Budgy Smuggler is a family owned fashion trailblazer whose employees aspire to never have a traditional desk job. From a bit of a laugh in a backyard to one of Australia’s top swimwear brands, hear from the founder about this iconic brand.

11.20am | SESSION 3: CONNECTING THE FOOD INDUSTRY WITH PRODUCERS
Tawnya Bahr, Leading Food Consultant and Founding Partner of Straight To The Source
As an industry connector, chef, and founding partner of bespoke food tour company Straight To The Source, Tawnya will share her career in connecting Australia’s food industry with sustainable agricultural practices and producers.

12.10pm | SESSION 4: ENTREPRENEUR PANEL DISCUSSION
How did goal setting take your business to a national audience?
Ameer El-Issa, Adam Linforth and Tawnya Bahr led by Event MC

12.45pm | LUNCH PROVIDED

1.50pm | SESSION 5: TELEVISION’S DIY POWER COUPLE
Kyal and Kara, The Block, The Living Room, Renovators, TV Producers
This dynamic duo have project-managed, designed or completed over 35 renovation projects in the last five years. Gain insights with tips on real estate, construction and design from television’s favourite DIY team.

2.50pm | SESSION 6: THE RISE OF THE RESPONSIBLE RETAILER
Julie Mathers, Founder & CEO at Flora & Fauna
Flora & Fauna has 94,000 active consumers and is Australia‚Äôs largest eco store, with 300 brands from beauty to health. Julie was named Number 1 in the 2021 and 2019 “Top 50 People in Australian eCommerce” and will share her clear vision on being kind to the planet, people and animals in retailing. 

3.40pm | MID-WESTERN REGION ECONOMIC UPDATE
Alina Azar, Manager Economic Development, Mid-Western Regional Council
Learn about the region’s latest economic activity, key statistics and future opportunities for businesses.

3.50pm | SESSION 7: THE IMPORTANCE OF PROFESSIONAL MENTORSHIP
hosted by Mid-Western Mentoring
Led by certified business coach, Dr Pearl Daly-Swords, hear from a panel of professional leaders and small business owners from the Mid-Western region. Featuring business owners from Sierra Escape and Abingdon House, Perfectly Sorted, Marianna Photography and Sally Callander Law.

4.30pm – 6.00pm | NETWORKING EVENT
Following the Summit, join us at the venue’s Garden Bar. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with some of the Summit speakers and connect with other business owners to gain insights on their entrepreneurial journeys.