growing our businesses together

History from 2005 to the current time...

A group of Nillumbik home-based business operators joined with Council in late 2004 to survey local business operators about their wants and needs. The results of this survey showed that home based business operators had a set of needs specific to their business sector that could be supported in many varying ways by the formation of a network.

From early 2005 to late 2006, the Network has run many Networking Nights and two successful HomeBiz Expos. A grant secured from DOTARS (Dept. Of Transport and Regional Services) in mid 2006 has provided the Network with the opportunity to establish itself as an independent Incorporated association.

At an open forum for all members held in October 2006, a professional facilitator helped us workshop what are Mission, Vision, Values, Aims and Objectives were. The resulting information was taken away by volunteer work-groups to be formatted into a document which would become part of our Rules of Association.

In 2010, the network name was changed to Nillumbik Business Network.

The aim of the Nillumbik Business Network is to facilitate the opportunity for small, micro and home-based business owners to come together, share ideas and knowledge, network, collaborate, inspire each other and to access professional development opportunities relevant to the small business sector in Nillumbik and neighbouring municipalities.

We are small businesses owners and we are passionate about what we do. At NBN we engage our members by providing you with a means to influence outcomes affecting your own business. Whether you are just starting out or whether you have been in business for a while, you may find the company of like-minded people to be of immense value. As a member, your input to our organisation is an important part of your membership and is essential to you gaining the most from us.

Our Vision

"To be the premier development and support network for home-based and micro businesses in Nillumbik and surrounding areas."

Our Mission

We provide opportunities for professional and personal development, mutual support and knowledge exchange, through networking meetings, social events, workshops and sharing experiences for people operating or considering a home based business, who share our values.

Our Values

We are a friendly and welcoming organisation that values respectful, open and honest behaviour.

We value members who:

  • Are supportive of each other and the network
  • Are motivated and professional in all their dealings
  • Maintain a high level of commitment to the network and its membership
  • Have high standards of ethics and integrity
  • Display a willingness to communicate by listening, learning and sharing with others in the network

Click here to download a copy of the Rules of Association for the Nillumbik Business Network.

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