Meet ups suck, right? I hate them so much I wrote a post about it.

I’ve been to so many that have bored the pants offa me, that I gave up on them. And then I had an epiphany. Why not start one of my own?

And so the Misfit Meet up was born (with a little prodding from my pal Fraser).

Our mission

I wanted to create networking and education events for Coastie businesses with:

  • Zero fluff, zero pitch.
  • No death by powerpoint.
  • No soggy sausage rolls.

Just good chats and solid learnings on how to make your business betterer!
There won’t be a bowl to put your b usiness cards in, or gift bags with pink tissue paper.
There will be some awesome unpretentious humans just chatting about the challenges of running a business.

It’s an adventure. Who knows what will happen?

The venue

Link & Pin was a coupling mechanism used to join train carriages together. Today, LINK & PIN joins people together… through great coffee, food and vibes.

Link & Pin is a fully licensed café, open 7 days, that holds pop-ups, community events and private functions in a unique space conveniently located across from Woy Woy Train Station.

With a beautiful interior space, cosy lounges and large outdoor courtyard, it’s the perfect place to relax, connect with friends and family, or host your next meetup, function or event.

Also Nadeane, who runs it, is a total legend.

 

The people

The name Misfit Meet up is based on my popular business book the Confessions of a Misfit Entrepreneur. and the Facebook group that goes with it.

It’s the brain child of me, Kate Toon – and if you want to know more about me then head to my page, about me.
My fellow co hosts are…

Fraser Vickers

Hey there, I’m Fraser a coastie going on 12 years now.

Since moving out of my charter business on Sydney Harbour I’ve been poking and prodding around at several business ideas, looking to latch onto that model more suited to the life vision. Trialling (and erroring) various opportunities, including a food caravan, the arrows all began pointing at the online world.

Resisting at first, mostly because I didn’t have a single clue, or frankly any interest in it, the allure of a business in a box, run from mountaintop, poop-deck or camelback was too much, as it exactly aligned with the greater plan.

Bullet bitten and bull grabbed by the horns. It’s early days in this minefield, but so much learnt already. Looking forward to sharing energies and inspirations.

Nadeane Fogg

Enduring many years in the corporate world, Nadeane pursued her life-long dream of owning a cafe when she bought the Hidden Courtyard Cafe three years ago and transformed it into Link & Pin (Licensed) Cafe.  With little experience in hospitality, the learning curve has been more than she could have ever imagined, yet her vision, energy and love for people remains strong. 

The unique space and vibe she has created is evidence of her passion for making a difference to people through real connections, which is why she is committed to community collaborations… all part of bringing people together through great coffee, food & vibes

Schedule

We have the following up coming events.

MAY TALK : How to get started making videos for your business (even if you’re nervous or have zero budget)

 

Date: Thursday 21st May
Time: 6pm
Location: LINK & PIN, 18A Railway St, Woy Woy NSW 2256

Overview:

  • Why video has benefits for you AND your customers/clients.
  • What to consider before you film anything.
  • Clever ways to overcome nerves about being in front of the camera.
  • How to start making videos with your smartphone for free.
  • Savvy secrets to build your audience.

Speaker: Dawn Lewis | Dawn Lewis Imagery

Dawn is a professional crafter, teacher, vlogger & podcaster based on the NSW Central Coast. She has worked in the Australian craft industry for over 15 years, creating projects for craft magazines and brands across a variety of craft mediums. She hosted the Australian paper crafting television show ‘Scrap It TV’ and now hosts The Craft Room Podcast. It was the television show that hooked Dawn on video, and she uses it extensively for her retail craft business. Video is the ultimate tool for teaching, connecting and showcasing your product, and Dawn loves talking on topic, sharing hints and tips for newbies and nervous folks who are wondering where the heck they should even start.

 

Growing your small business (and not burning out)

 

Date: TBC
Time: 6pm
Location: LINK & PIN, 18A Railway St, Woy Woy NSW 225

Overview:
Leanne’s talk focuses on the key ways grow a business and not burning out, and will take us throug

  • Things she knows, (and doesn’t know) about small business owners, big business and government
  • Blowing up – let’s talk about hot air.
  • The cheapest, easiest, and smartest way to grow a small business that many business owners don’t know about.
  • Really good free stuff you can access to grow your business.
  • Why it’s okay to sit next to Leanne at the next MeetUp session.

 

Speaker: Leanne Faulkner | Fortitude at Work

Leanne works at the intersection of small business ownership and wellbeing. She understands the people who work well in small business produce a business that will also work well. Leanne Faulkner was the founder of the skincare brand Billie Goat Soap. Billie Goat started as a boutique brand hand made in her kitchen and grew to a multi-million dollar business sold both nationwide and internationally – receiving several prestigious business awards along the way. Leanne sold Billie Goat in 2012.

Leanne appreciates that growing a small business can be challenging. She experienced her own lived experience managing her wellbeing through the rollercoaster that is small business. Today she works as a small business mental health advocate. She has consulted with the ATO, Beyond Blue, Everymind and many organisations to help them develop ways to support the wellbeing of small business owners. She won the COSBOA Small Business Champion award in 2015 for her work in the mental health sector. She recently partnered with the federal government, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman plus Beyond Blue to develop and launch the new small business wellbeing site – My Business Health. The Sydney Morning Herald recognized her as one of the top nine most influential business women in 2017 for her work in small business mental health. She represents COSBOA on the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and has been an active contributor to the two recent parliamentary round-tables hosted by the federal government on this key workplace topic. Leanne is a lecturer for the University of Newcastle, teaching small business growth and innovation. She is also completing her PhD researching the mental health needs of small business owners. Put simply, she loves to help small business owners to work well!