Louise Curtis, owner of three highly successful businesses – Lollypotz, Pink Frosting and Hamperesque – will share her personal journey, secrets to success, and growth strategies for 2017 at next week’s Summerpreneur event.
Run by local event management company End2End Events, Summerpreneur is the fourth seasonal event of its kind, created to bring together thought leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs and individuals seeking inspiration to start their own business venture. Solopreneur highlights Canberra’s creative talent, and gives local venues an opportunity to showcase their function spaces to Canberra’s business community.
Ms Curtis, who is a key speaker at the event, started her successful hamper business Hamperesque in her Canberra home in 2001, before a serendipitous encounter with a $5,000 for-sale chocolate bouquet business lead her to create Lollypotz. In just two years she had built Lollypotz into a global franchise, with stores across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Last year she also acquired leading online party and event supplier Pink Frosting.
“My business journey has been one of evolution,” says Ms Curtis. “Where I began is not where I have ended up! But over time you learn so much about resilience, hard work, commitment, growth and strategy. At the Summerpreneur event I will share some of my best strategies for marketing through social media, running an online business, ensuring profitability and more.”
Joining her are Achievement Club founders Vaughan Liddicoat and Nathan Hawken. Both are well-known inspirational speakers and business coaches who recently joined forces to run live seminars and form a mastermind community of like-minded local business owners and entrepreneurs. The duo will focus on practical strategies for maintaining motivation beyond a New Year’s resolution.
Marwa Rida, Director of End2End Events says, “I’m truly excited to have such an inspirational line-up of speakers. Combined with our award-winning musicians Guy Lilleyman and Amelia Gibson, it’s going to be a remarkable night where true connections are made.”
The event is also endeavouring to raise money for the Thankyou charity by selling copies of Daniel Flynn’s book Chapter One. Chapter One profiles Flynn’s own entrepreneurial journey, as he set about changing the world with his Thankyou Water. Proceeds from the sale of the book go entirely to the Thankyou movement which is dedicated to ending global poverty.
“It’s a great opportunity to hear from speakers who have invaluable experience to share, and to meet other business owners and entrepreneurs in Canberra,” says Ms Rida. “You can’t put a price on making lasting connections in this town, and our networking events are always organised with that in mind. There’s no awkward standing around, wondering who to talk to. The games and activities promote discussion and collaboration between guests, and everyone has a really great time.”
Summerpreneur will take place on 1 December 2016 at 6pm in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion, National Arboretum.
Tickets are available from Eventbrite, and cover entry, activities, food, drink and a host of delicious treats.