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November 9, 2018

That's a wrap

Jane Lu presenting at the OBM closing keynote event

October Business Month (OBM) has raced to the finish line with the social media sprint wrapping up a stellar month of business events across the Territory.

Australian entrepreneur and social media guru Jane Lu capped off OBM’s first ever Social Media Sprint with Territory success story Karen Hawkes. The two women shared their advice and insights on social media and how the new medium has played a major role in their unique business journeys.

This year there were more than 30 events dedicated to social media to help local businesses navigate and succeed in the digital world, which included advice from global experts Facebook and LinkedIn along with local agencies specialising in this area.

Innovation Week returned bigger and better in 2018 with over 850 people attending workshops, events and activities designed to inspire our innovative ecosystem and unlock innovative thinking.

The first ever Northern Territory Business Innovation Strategy was launched during Innovation Week. The strategy focusses on strengthening the Territory’s business innovation culture and outlines the government’s approach to ignite, inspire and intensify the Territory’s innovation ecosystem.

The 2018 OBM calendar included close to 200 events, workshops and training options to support Territory small business, with more than 9,000 people attending events across the Territory.

Five Territory success stories join our keynotes this year, each bringing their own local story to inspire the business community.

This year’s impressive line-up of OBM keynote speakers included:

  • Lisa Wilkinson - journalist and host of Channel 10, The Project
  • Jane Lu - entrepreneur, social media influencer owner of global fashion empire Showpo
  • Gus Bal Bontin - former executive director and chief technology officer at Lonely Planet
  • Daniel Motlop - former AFL player and general manager of Aboriginal owned supplier of game meats and native food, Something Wild
  • Rob Cook - bestselling author and Australian Famer of the Year Award winner.

Territorians also took advantage of our OBM Hub in Darwin mall, more than 500 people dropped into the hub to book for events, meet with other businesses and the small business champions.

October Business Month would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and event partners.

Platinum: NAB and TIO.

Gold: Industry Skills Advisory Council NT (ISACNT), MinterEllison and social media sponsor, Captovate.

Silver: Darwin Corporate Park, Yellow, Merit Partners, Telstra Business Centre NT and PwC’s Indigenous Consulting.

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