Bangalow Heartbeat Article


In January 2009, Rosemarie Toynbee and her husband Arnold saw a need in this area for a networking group, so started monthly gatherings they call Bangalow Networking Breakfasts. There are seven business networking groups in the area from Murwillumbah to Alstonville, but BNB was the first networking group established for both men and women.

Currently the BNB group numbers around 160 members and is growing. “It brings together an eclectic group of people from the area, many of whom are solopreneurs, working in solitary situations,” Rosemarie explained. The group provides a forum for socialising and promoting each others’ businesses in what she calls “a subtle yet powerful way”.

As well, Rosemarie says that the breakfast meetings provide “an opportunity for a great exchange of ideas and new approaches to business. A huge amount of business is generated between the members, and this is very gratifying.” In her view, this happens “because the group creates a climate of confidence – just like one big family.”

Each month a different mix of people attends the breakfasts. They are held upstairs at Bangalow’s Town restaurant on the third Thursday of each month. Numbers are kept to 18 to “ensure an intimate and dynamic environment for exchange”.

In 2011 Rosemarie started a new networking group in Lennox head and they meet on the third Thursday each month at Blackboard restaurant.

Early 2012 Byron Bay Networking breakfast was established at magnificent ‘Victoria’s of Ewingsdale’ on the first Wednesday each month. Numbers are growing very quickly and we can host about 22 members.

Although not all of those on the membership list attend the meetings, many members enjoy the connection and information distributed in the regular newsletters. This becomes “like a handy database of what’s happening in the local business area”, adds Rosemarie. Each month a member is the speaker for the day on their subject of expertise. This stimulates a lively exchange of information and input.

A Byron & Beyond membership was formed in July 2012 and for a small annual fee members receive many benefits.

For more information please contact Rosemarie at mob 0412 475 543 or
Ankya Klay

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