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Think Different Business Program

Think Different - Room B1 6 September, 2018 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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The Think Different Business Program will be hosted in conjunction with the 2018 Trades Industry Conference (Thursday 6 – Friday 7 September) at the world renowned Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This program is uniquely tailored to suit business owners, directors and administration professionals in the plumbing, fire, gas, mechanical and hydraulic trades.

NOTE – This event is a separate registration to the Trades Industry Conference. Registration forms can be found below.

Program (Thursday 6 September)

7:30am Trade area open (7:30am – 5:00pm)
Trades Industry Conference (Plaza Level)
8:00am Session 1 – Digital Marketing for Trades

How to use digital marketing to be found online when your customers are looking

Being found online is essential for any plumbing business and customers expect to search on-demand and find a service that meets their requirements within a short time frame.

In this marketing workshop, Mara Roberts will give you ways to advertise your business online so that customers find you instead of your competitors.

She’ll give you practical ways to advertise on Google Adwords and Facebook, show you how your website should be set up so that it works for you while you are on the job and how to implement marketing automation so that you can follow up enquiries like a pro.

Mara Roberts

9:30am Morning Tea
10:00am Session 2 – Profit Coaching for Plumbing Businesses

An interactive workshop with top takeaways to use in your business to protect your assets so you don’t get in a situation where you might lose everything you own. We’ll discuss how really understanding your business numbers can help you run your business more effectively and help you generate more profits. We’ll also look at the bookkeeping and accounting technologies that can save your business hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. A lucky door prize will also be drawn for one lucky attendee.

Michael Renton
Xact Accounting

11:30am Interactive Panel Q & A

Attendees will have the opportunity to put forward questions for industry experts from all aspects of running a plumbing and gas business. Including Technical, HR, Taxation, Debt Recovery, Cashflow and more! Guest speakers include Suzanne Faulkner (Xact Accounting), Kym Campbell (MPAQ), Ernie Kretschmer (MPAQ), Angela McDonald (Optimum Recoveries).


12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Travel to Networking Function
2:00pm Networking Function

Wrap up the day with a unique networking function, experiencing wine and food matching with an expert sommelier.

4:00pm Return to Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
7:00pm Conference Gala Dinner (Optional extra for attendees of the Think Different Business Program – additional costs apply)


A Full Pass includes all workshop sessions, catering, access to the Networking Function and travel to and from the Networking Function venue. Plus, when you book a full pass you can get a discounted ticket for the Conference Gala Dinner!

Registration has now closed, please contact MPAQ on 07 3273 0800 or email for further information.

NOTE – Members of the presenting Associations receive the member pricing for this event. Day passes and separate tickets are available to the networking function and gala dinner if required, please use the above booking forms.

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