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Young Entrepreneurs Dinner

Tuesday, 7 September 2010


 Following hot on the heels of from Ben Strickland's talk to YPN members on "Tips for becoming a succesful entrepreneur before you're 30", YPN are proud to present our second Inspirational Speaker event of the year - our Young Entrepreneurs Dinner.  We have selected three very different entrepreneurs for this event, all with a very special story to tell.  Being held at the All Seasons, this event is for everyone, whether you own your own business, aspire to one day, or just like to be inspried by other people's stories.  Tickets $60.  Registration and networking drinks will commence from 6:15pm.  Contact us at or on 5442 7816 to book your seat/table or for more information.

About our speakers...

Amy Doak

Amy DoakFollowing a career in marketing and advertising, Amy Doak started publishing bendigo magazine almost five years ago after seeing a need for a positive local media forum. Growing the business from just one other freelance staff member in 2005 to todays large team, Amy also publishes LittleONE Baby - a bi-annual magazine that sells throughout Australia and New Zealand .


Cr James Reade

Cr James Reade was born and raised in Bendigo. He currently works with LeadOn Australia assisting Bendigo Bank's Community Banks engage young people in their community. He also runs his own Events Management business, J.R. EVENTS.  Cr Reade was elected to represent the Sandhurst Ward at the November 2008 Municipal Elections at the age of 19, making him the youngest ever person to be elected as a Councillor in Greater Bendigo. Since the age of 14, James Reade has been heavily involved in the local community and was named the City of Greater Bendigo Young Citizen of the Year in 2006. Cr Reade is passionate about the community and is often asked to talk about his own experiences.  Cr Reade is a CFA volunteer with the Axe Creek Fire Brigade, plus many other community groups. He is a graduate of the Loddon Murray Community Leadership Program in 2008. James also won the 2007 Victorian School-Based Apprentice of the Year.  Cr Reade is committed to Bendigo's growth and development and is keen to provide a voice for young people at the Council table.

 Luke Drummond

Luke founded Luke Drummond Builders with his wife Nikki back in 1996.  A multi Award Winning boutique builder that specialises in custom design and high quality construction, Luke Drummond Builders concentrate on constructing individual 'one-of-kind' homes.  Luke has over 20 years experience in the construction industry. Completing his Apprenticeship as a Carpenter/Joiner, then sub-contracting to a variety of domestic and commercial builders for the next 5 years. Learning a wide range of skills and being exposed to the operations of a number of businesses, Luke soon recognised he had a passion for building unique and challenging projects and he developed his goal of becoming a high quality builder in his own right.

The business has grown from a small operation to it's current position in a niche market as a boutique builder of lower volume, premium quality homes to a variety of budgets and diverse styles. He works closely with his clients and staff and is fully involved in all aspects of the business operations. Luke manages the construction team and is involved in the design, estimating and customer service aspects. His time is divided equally between overseeing and advising the construction team as well as assisting with design and liasing with engineers, surveyors, pool builders, landscapers and other participants in the building process.

Luke is well regarded in his industry, with a reputation for completing innovative and challenging projects, especially the ones that require extensive research and development. His commitment to this goal has been recognised, being awarded a number of Industry Awards for domestic building, with his greatest honours being awarded the MBAV Regional Builder of the Year for 2005.

Now serving on the Master Builders Association of Victoria Country Sector Committee, Luke is involved at the industry level and he has continued to develop his skills with extensive training and ongoing participation in industry courses.

His latest challenge is to enter the Commercial construction market, again focusing on a low volume of projects to create a separate division of the business, with the vision of applying his domestic building skills, innovation and quality into a new market.





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