Peter Drucker once famously said that a business has only two functions: marketing and innovation. So growing a successful business should be as simple as making great products and selling them, right?

What are the things you need to consider when starting a digital creative business? What do you need to learn about you, your business and your market?

In this session we’ll explore the many variables that it takes to get right to get a digital creative business to grow – finding your niche in the market, identifying the right people to work with you, focusing on your minimum viable product.


6.00pm Arrivals, Drinks and Networking
6.30pm Presentations and Panel Discussion
7.00pm Q&A
7.30pm Networking & Wrap
8.00pm Event Wraps


Join us if you are a:
1. Small digital business owner in Chatswood and surrounds
2. Side Hustler, working on a new business in the area
3. Student interested in starting their own business while you study (or when you graduate)

You're welcome to join us if it just sounds interesting to you too!

We'll be joined by:

Location Tips

The event will be at the Zenith Theatre. The Zenith Theatre is located at the corner of Railway St and Mcintosh St, next to the Zenith Tower A. Entrance to The Pavilion Theatre from plaza at Railway St.

Enter the Pavilion Theatre and you will have arrived.

The closest train station is Chatswood train station.



Our Panel

Alexi Boyd | Alexi a Radio Host and broadcasterof Small Biz Matters, Australia's leading national small business podcast. With a background in bookkeepingand teaching, she knows what makes small business tick, and how to help businesses navigate the legislation and financial frameworks to ensure a business is setup for success. With over 150 podcasts and not yet repeated a topic there’s a lot for business to learn.

Bill Trestrail | Bill has over three decades experience in growing - and turning around - high tech businesses. These days he leverages his experience to support a number of entrepreneurs navigate the growth of their business.

Adam Long | Adam Long doesn’t just talk about business, he rolls up his sleeves and builds them. He launched and scaled an international social enterprise called Conscious Step, and is Founding CEO of Smarter Drafter, a legal software powered by artificial intelligence. He also brings a wealth of marketing experience from his time as a Partner at consulting firm Step Change.

Angela Raspass | Angela is a Business & Life Mentor and Podcast Host, focused on helping people identify, shape and grow their Next Chapter in business. She combines her extensive background in marketing, personal branding and sales with deep experience in personal growth, confidence and mindset to help you create a sustainable business that blends contribution and fulfilment.

About the Chatswood Digital & Creative Hub

The northwest Sydney region is renowned for it’s digital and creative businesses, across media content creation, sound and music, entertainment, communications, design, and gaming. Willoughby City Council is currently working to assess ways to continue to support these industries to grow, including a Chatswood Digital and Creative Hub.

The Chatswood Digital and Creative Hub would offer physical workspace including specialist facilities for digital creative businesses, hosted by a Community Manager who facilitates networking, mentoring, and learning opportunities for both members and the public.

Willoughby City Council

Willoughby City Council supports this event series.

The City of Willoughby includes the following suburbs:
Artarmon Industrial Area
Castle Cove
Chatswood West 
East Willoughby
Gore Hill
Middle Cove
Lane Cove North
North Willoughby
St Leonards

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