September 15, 2017

October Business Month is taking over Darwin!

You can’t miss Darwin’s premier business event

The annual October Business Month (OBM) is back again and Darwin is humming with over 160 exciting business-inspired events highlighting Darwin and the Northern Territory’s industries and innovations.

For over 20 years, October Business Month has been recognised as the Northern Territory’s premier business event. It’s one of the biggest events on Darwin’s business calendar, bringing in thousands of people from all over Darwin and the Northern Territory to Darwin city looking to network, share ideas and connect with others who are passionate about supporting and growing business in the Top End.

From world-class seminars, to innovation workshops, to professional development courses and even some business speed dating! This month-long event is sure to inspire.

What should you expect for OBM 2017?

This year’s OBM is packed with over 160 events focussing on innovation, leadership, motivation, inspiration, and social media marketing. With guest speakers from all over Australia sharing their stories and expertise, it’s a great opportunity to connect with people from across the country.

This year’s programme will also feature fascinating and inspiring talks from Darwin’s own business leaders and innovators. Hear all about their ideas and how they plan to grow Darwin’s business community.

With all the events being free or lowcost, the aim of OBM is to inspire business growth in the Northern Territory and support the wider business community.

Biz Month quick tips!

  • Meet with clients and network at the OBM PopUp Office
  • Take a break and blow off some steam at the free lunchtime group fitness
  • Spaces fill up fast, so remember to register so you don’t miss out!

Check out all the events here!

Worldclass keynote speakers sharing their stories

This year’s OBM brings a talented group of keynote speakers from across Australia, sharing their unique stories and insights. Darwin will be hosting four special keynote events throughout the month.

What can you expect from this year’s speakers?

  • Find out first-hand why Jason Dooris, the media CEO is determined to revolutionise the industry and get his expert tips on how to build a brand.
  • Hear how Nigel Collin, author of ‘Game of Inches’ turned his small business into one of Australia’s largest entertainment design companies.
  • And if you’re a fan of footy, be sure not to miss Melbourne Football Club CEO, Peter Jackson talk about coming out of retirement to rebuild the club.

Get to know OBM keynote speaker and bestselling author, Turia Pitt...

When Turia suffered from a tragic fire accident, she was determined not to let that stop her. As a two-time
Ironman, she’s always been one to embrace a challenge. Since her accident, Turia has become a bestselling
author and toured the country sharing her story.

“Turia Pitt’s story is perhaps the ultimate example of triumph over adversity”
- OBM website

In her talk ‘Unmask Your Potential’, Turia gives a candid insight into how she rebuilt her life and went on to achieve her greatest goals.

Not to be missed events!

This year’s OBM has a range of inspiring and innovative talks. From a media CEO making waves in the industry, to learning how to be a smartphone pro, to discovering your own “personal brand”.

Here are a few of our picks…

  • Get the best social media tips from a Facebook insider Get the low-down on all the social media buzz with Facebook’s Head of Melbourne Agency and Government, Melissa Verner Green.

Find out why so many business are now using Facebook’s family of apps to connect with their customers, and learn how you can use mobile to bring your marketing to the future.

  • Why not try out some business speed dating?

Be sure not to miss one of Biz Month’s mostpopular events: ‘New Age Business Speed Dating!’

Polish up your networking skills in this fun and fastpaced networking event. It’s a unique chance to meet and talk with people from Darwin and across the Northern Territory.

This fills up fast, so make sure you book early!

  • See where Darwin’s headed

Find out what’s in store for Darwin’s future at ‘The City Awakens The Future of Darwin’

In this special presentation by the City of Darwin, you’ll learn all about their plan for a digitally-focussed Darwin. Hear a panel of local speakers discuss what they see for Darwin’s future, from smart technology to environmental innovation.

Biz Month is back at Darwin Airport hotels!

Once again, Darwin Airport hotels are getting involved with this year’s OBM by playing host to another exciting Biz Month event.

This year, we’re excited to welcome the Australia Institute of Office Professionals, hosting their event at our Mercure Darwin Airport Resort conference centre on October 19. Presented by Darwin’s own business leader, Annette Gillanders, the event focuses on balancing and achieving your professional and personal goals in the modern world.

We’re excited to support OBM for its 23rd year and support the growth of the Northern Territory’s business community.

With comfortable and spacious rooms, a full range of amenities, and large, modern conference facilities , Darwin Airport hotels are a great base for you this October Business Month.

Both the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort and Novotel Darwin Airport Hotel are just a short distance from Darwin Airport and less than 15 minutes from the Darwin Innovation Hub, one of the main centres for OBM.

When you’re finished with the seminars and workshops, you can head back to Darwin Airport Hotels and share your business ideas over a drink at the bar. And when you want to take a break from the business networking, put your feet up and relax by our resortstyle pool.

Whether you’re coming to OBM wanting to grow your own business, develop your professional skills, or simply be inspired by the Top End’s growing business community, come back, relax and connect at Darwin Airport Hotels,

Don’t miss out, book in your accommodation now for OBM!