Reimagine Regional Business

Secrets to building a successful business in a regional location

Ever wondered what it takes to build a successful, perhaps even a multi-million dollar business in a regional location?

Join one of Australia’s most prominent entrepreneurs Naomi Simson, Founder of online experience retailer RedBalloon and investor on Shark Tank Australia, as she shares her insights for building a successful business.

Naomi will share the growth strategies that have helped her build her own success and explain how local businesses can implement them.

Also hear from a panel of Hunter region success stories including Jason Chesworth - Hunter Belle Dairy Co., Jessica Hodge - Resourceful Living and Josh Lawlor - Scrubba Body and Hey Hudson. Learn from their personal journeys, how to take a business from humble beginnings to nationwide success.

This is a free event for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Proudly funded by NSW Government Resources for Regions and delivered in partnership with Business Singleton.

Reimagine Regional Business
Secrets to building a successful business in a regional location
10.00am – 12.30pm 
Wednesday 9th August 2023


09:30am Registration and networking 
10.00am Welcome Address
10.10am Keynote Presentation - Naomi Simson
"Secrets to building a successful business" 
11.00am Morning Tea Break 
11.30am Panel Discussion - "Hunter Success Stories"
12.20pm Closing Address 
12.30pm Event Close 


Keynote Speaker - Naomi Simson

Naomi Simson - Founder RedBalloon, co-founder of The Big Red Group & Shark Tank investor. For 25 years as an entrepreneur, Naomi Simson has been bringing people together whether it’s with her experience in businesses, her speaking or writing. Passionate about small business and the local community, Naomi is considered a home-grown success story. She urges audiences to play a bigger game. Her personal motto is “If it is meant to be, it is up to me”. And if there’s one thing, she leaves an audience feeling, it’s a focused sense of possibility. A true business leader and influencer, with more than 2.9 million LinkedIn followers, Naomi is Australia’s most-followed person on the business networking platform. She has authored two best-selling books Live What You Love, and Ready to Soar, and is an engaging, humorous and insightful speaker.


Jess Hodge

Jess Hodge, the passionate co-founder of Resourceful Living. With a deep commitment to tackling the global plastic waste crisis, Jess and her team are determined to close the loop on plastic waste by creating innovative products that outlast even a bottle of milk.

As a mother of three energetic young boys, Jess's journey towards environmental advocacy took a significant turning point. Witnessing the impact of plastic pollution on our planet, she became determined to create a better world for her children and future generations.

Josh Lawlor 

Josh Lawlor is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of Scrubba Body and Hey Hudson, two thriving businesses based in Newcastle, NSW. With a passion for handcrafted bath and body products, Josh embarked on a journey to create a brand that embodies natural and vegan principles, using locally sourced ingredients. What started as a kitchen-based operation with just five products has now blossomed into a full-fledged enterprise with a booming online store, flagship storefront and production facility, offering a diverse range of nearly 200 products.

Driven by a commitment to quality and sustainability, and utlising a sleek digital marketing strategy, Josh's businesses have gained significant recognition and are now stocked in over 180 stores across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, and the United States. By prioritizing ethical practices and embracing the power of nature, Josh has fostered a loyal customer base and established strong partnerships with retailers worldwide.

Josh is also actively involved in promoting and supporting the queer small business community. As a co-host of the popular podcast, "Got A Queery," Josh engages in insightful conversations with fellow queer entrepreneurs, delving into both their business journeys and personal lives. Through this platform, Josh strives to inspire and empower others, fostering inclusivity and highlighting the unique stories within the small business landscape.

Jason Chesworth

Jason Chesworth is co-owner of Hunter Belle Dairy Co. but is also known as ‘Mr Cheese’ from his appearance on television show My Kitchen Rules with his wife Annie (Mrs Cheese). With a family history in dairy farming which spans more than 100 years and 6 generations, Jason and his wife Annie launched Hunter Belle Dairy Co. in Scone NSW, to continue the growth of the Hunter Belle brand started by Jason’s parents in 2009 when they transitioned the family business into cheese production.

Hunter Belle Dairy Co. handmake a wonderful range of dairy products including cheese, milk, butter and yoghurt, which can be found all around the state through a range of deli's, restaurants, retail stores and selected Woolworths stores.

Why attend?

  • Gain business insights from one of Australia's most prominent entrepreneurs, Naomi Simson
  • Be inspired to think differently about your business and grow regionally or nationally
  • Practical ideas, tips, techniques to help grow your business
  • Hear how other Hunter local business owners have achieved success
  • Discover ways that digital tools and marketing can help you scale your business 

Register now as places are limited. 

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This is a free event for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Proudly funded by NSW Government Resources for Regions and delivered in partnership with Business Singleton.