The Paynesville Neighbourhood Business Network (PNBN)


Mission Statement:

Our aim is to be a forward thinking, contemporary business group and a platform for members to enhance their skills, share knowledge, experience and friendship.

Core Values:

  • Supportive environment
  • Inspirational
  • Sharing of knowledge
  • Sharing of resources
  • Abundance Principle in Business

Join our monthly 2017 classes

There will be ample networking opportunities before and during the evening session.

Anyone who is interested in learning is welcome to attend; whether from Paynesville or further afield.  You will have the chance to meet other business people, see what we are all about, ask questions and tell us what you need.  If you decide you want to be involved, you can sign and complete your paperwork at the end of the session.

Class Fee:

Class fee is $90 upfront for the year.  This covers all your monthly classes, resources and our end of year Christmas social gathering (meal included).   Additional, one-off costs may be associated with bringing in a specialist speaker.  This will be discussed and agreed to by class participants ahead of time. A fee waiver is available with special circumstances.

What your membership includes:

As a participant of the PNBN, you have access to:

  • Monthly meetings
  • Business knowledge communication via a dedicated closed PNBN Facebook page
  • Facebook can be used as a medium for individuals to seek help amongst members who have a wealth of experience (networking)
  • Network opportunities at classes
  • Business network connections
  • An opportunity to strengthen and practice your research, presentation and public speaking skills in a supportive environment
  • An opportunity to discuss your business dilemmas and wins with other business people
  • A cheer squad for your business in the form of your fellow members
  • An opportunity to tell more people about your business
  • Support from Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre
  • Internal library with business books
  • The use of the Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre room plus tea and coffee during our events
  • Information from local agencies on business related topics
  • A Christmas party at the end of 2017

A key benefit of the PNBN is Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre’s experience with the delivery of structured pre-accredited education and employment courses.  This synergy enables flexible meeting content built within a structured course format to the mutual benefit of all.  The course structure will consist of specific Learning Outcomes and a Certificate of Participation providing group members with pathways to further study or employment.

2017 Upcoming PNBN Guest Presenters 


Photography/Video making tips - Kelly Asmus-Albornoz



Thursday August 10 from 7:15pm

Kelly Asmus-Albornoz of Albatross Photography and Design will be presenting to the Paynesville Neighbourhood Business Network on Thursday August 10.

There’s free entry to your first PNBN class. Bookings are essential on (03) 5156 0214

Kelly comes to us as a local photographer specialising in empowering women to embrace themselves and to see themselves as beautiful just as they are. Her Freedom to Shine experiences were launched under her business Albatross Photography and Design in February this year and have been quite popular with local women.

The Freedom to Shine experiences are so-called because the photoshoot is a small part of the whole experience. “Women are pampered and given amake-over by a professional hair and make-up artist. We laugh, chat and give them the space to relax and unwind. We give them a few hours of freedom and as they talk about the things that are important to them, it’s like all of the tension just fall away allowing them to be ‘just me’ for a short time. With relaxation comes release and once we start taking photos and I show these women the back of my camera, their immediate reaction is often “Wow”, sometimes followed by eyes welling up as they see, often for the first time, that they are, in fact, beautiful.”

Kelly’s presentation to PNBN will be giving local business owners some tips on how to take a great ‘selfie’ that they can use for their website, Facebook page and elsewhere and also some tips on how to record good videos of yourself using just a smartphone and a piece of blutack. Bring your phone with you, it’s going to be a hands-on kind of presentation!

Future 2017 PNBN Dates


Tuesday September 12th Public Speaking – Christine Boucher

Wednesday October 11th Riviera Accounting & Taxation Service, with Sam Logan, Information from the ATO, with Heather Irvine

Thursday November 16th Gippsland Finance Solutions – Jamie Savory

Friday December 8th – Christmas Party

Past PNBN Presenters



Nick Matolytsch to talk Social Media marketing for Business at the Paynesville Neighbourhood Business Network



Tuesday July 18 from 7:15 pm

In a presentation tailored especially to Businesses that will attend the Paynesville Neighbourhood Business Network (PNBN) class on July 18th, local consultant Nick Matolytsch will discuss strategies for Business to engage their audience and prospective new customers. His presentation will highlight methods and resources that Business can utilise to influence and engage audiences at each stage of the consumer behaviour lifecycle in the “Social” media space, with a focus on people and integrated with the communications of their other marketing channels.

Nick has been co-ordinating East Gippsland’s presence on Social Media via Love East Gippsland with East Gippsland Marketing since 2016, with an emphasis on visual imagery and story-telling, he as engaged visitors to our region and helped gain leverage for the region by featuring authentic experiences by tourism providers, events, and visitors.

He has recently delivered workshops for Mallacoota tourism providers through Business & Tourism East Gippsland, assisted the East Gippsland Food Cluster in conjunction with the recent Feast on East at Metung event, and empowered local businesses & institutions for the digital age with his consultancy business.

There’s free attendance for your first PNBN class, however bookings are essential on (03) 5156 0214.



Everything You've Ever Learned About Generating Leads And Growing Your Small Business Is Wrong!

June 14th at 7:15pm

Do you have a system for marketing your business… to a point where it becomes instantly obvious to your prospects that they would be an idiot to do business with anyone other than you… at anytime, anywhere or at any price.

This short presentation at Paynesville Neighbourhood Business Network (PNBN), June 14th at 7:15pm, will show you how.



Topline Consultants’ strategic marketer & small business growth expert Phil East will provide strategies & tactics that can help your business explode. You’ll discover how to achieve massive leverage with your marketing, meaning simply that you’ll make more money for the same time, the same money, and the same effort you’re expending right now.

“Most Businesses Simply Don’t Know How To Do This. They don’t understand the tremendous untapped potential that lies within their marketing.” explained Phil. “Most businesses today spend some money on marketing and advertising… and then decide that whatever results they get from that marketing is probably about as good as it’s going to get.” What you will learn here, when implemented, will Change The Game.
Why Phil?

Phil is on a mission to help small business owners create financial & lifestyle freedom and live life on their terms.

Twenty five years in accounting and banking has given Phil an understanding of the challenges business owners face. Continuously seeing people succumb to or live with these challenges inspired Phil to embark on an education spanning 6 years, immersing himself in the world of marketing, particularly direct response marketing.

Play To Win

Karen Fleischer, Manager of Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre encourages new and existing small business owners to take advantage of this free offer to hear from a marketing strategist and small business growth specialist.

Create momentum in your business, feel more confident and achieve all the goals you set. Phil’s strategies will help you Win in business and start living life on your terms.

Where: Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Esplanade, Paynesville.

Free attendance for your first PNBN class. Bookings essential on (03) 5156 0214


Bob Carter - Presenter - Paynesville Neighbourhood Business Network

You & Me & Them & 2010 with Bob Carter

April 20, 19:15, Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre


In this practical & wide ranging session, local presenter Bob Carter (founder & MD of the marketing consultancy, ConnexionPR) will deliver an entertaining and thought provoking perspective on marketing your business.

Some of the topics discussed will include marketing a micro-business, branding & social media.
Participants will be challenged throughout the interactive presentation. You will be asked to reflect on your own marketing program and contribute to the presentation. Then, see how the various marketing initiatives discussed, can be applied to your business.

You already have the answers to the marketing problem – they just need to be released in your mind.

Free attendance for your first PNBN class. Bookings essential on (03) 5156 0214

Brent Edwards, Presenter May 11 - Paynesville Neighbourhood Business Network

Sales & Prospecting New Clients with Brent Edwards

May 11 – 19:15 – Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre
Brent Edwards is a Business Networking Professional, and an Executive Director of Business Network International, the world’s largest business referral organisation.

Brent’s presentation will include:

How to network your business like a Pro.

Working the room of any Networking / Social Event.

Have people buy from you instead of selling to them.

Building long term Business Relationships.

Creating Raving Fans for your business.

Free attendance for your first PNBN class. Bookings essential on (03) 5156 0214