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Springfield businesses celebrate BNI success

Daniel Bouwmeester    March 3, 2023    3 min read   
BNI awards night winners posing with fellow members and chapter leaders, including franchise owner Leisa Gill and BNI Catalyst president Alexander Sparrow. All images: BNI.

Brisbane’s network of small businesses celebrated success at the ‘BNI One Brisbane Awards’ night last month, with several Springfield business owners recognised.

On Friday, February 10, members of Springfield’s two local BNI (Business Network International) chapters met with their regional counterparts at The Greek Club in South Brisbane for an evening of great food – and a big dose of inspiration.

BNI Catalyst, based in Springfield, won the award for number-one chapter across Brisbane South West & Toowoomba’s 13 regions.

Leisa Gill, regional franchise owner, congratulated Catalyst, saying it was a “great event” that reflected their core values of recognition.

“[It’s] a time to recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals and businesses in our community,” Leisa said.

“It’s always exciting to see people being recognised for their hard work and dedication.

“We hope it’s a memorable and enjoyable evening for all involved.”

The award for best chapter is based on total KPI (key performance indicators) points, Leisa explained.

Winners and sponsors

Phil Cutcliffe, community organiser at the Camira Springfield Community Centre and Catalyst member, won two awards on the night.

He received the award for Catalyst’s Member of the Year (based on KPI points).

He also took home MVP (‘most valuable player’), an award voted by fellow members.

Furthermore, three Springfield businesses were event sponsors and received certificates for their support.

Phil Cutcliffe.
Luke Hinschen.
Amanda Vidal.
BNI Catalyst.

They included Amanda Vidal from Jane’s Handcrafts & Gifts, Luke Hinschen from Respected Cleaners, and Rachel Waddington from My Precious Events, organiser of the annual ‘Trash or Treasure’ second-hand event.

Business Network International is a “chamber of commerce”-style association where company owners can work together and share referrals to widen their reach.

At each chapter, one attending member represents their company, and, in turn, their respective industry area.

The Springfield chapter is called ‘Catalyst’, and a new provisional chapter in Camira that began in September is ‘Advance’.

In February, Catalyst placed 45th on the BNI Australian Traffic Lights list of top-performing business networking chapters across the country.

“[It’s] a testament to the hard work, dedication, and commitment they have put into making their group successful,” Leisa said.

BNI Catalyst meets every Friday from 6:45am to 8:30am. You can register your attendance here.

BNI Advance seeking members

BNI Advance.

Are you a business close to Camira? ‘BNI Advance’ is looking for additional members to become a fully fledged chapter.

The provisional chapter is actively seeking a local IT Consultant, Financial Planner, and NDIS Provider.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of BNI membership and how it can help grow your business, contact Leisa Gill on 0478 738 824 or email leisa@bnibrisbanewest.com.au.

And for your first taste of the BNI networking experience, attend a meeting on visitor day (the first Tuesday of every month).

The next one takes place this Tuesday, March 7, at the Camira Springfield Community Centre, at 389 Old Logan Road, Camira.

See also: ‘Catalyst’ for exchange

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.