Bringing business dreams to life

Samuel Retter, 9, Scott Sanders, 10 House of Science director Chris Duggan, Olivia Sutton, 9, and Eli Samuels, 11. Photo: Chris Callinan.

From daring to dream to bringing dreams to life – the topics covered by some inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs at this year’s Western Bay at Work Careers and Business Expo aim to encourage budding businesspeople to explore their ideal career paths.

Hosted by Priority One and Tauranga Rotary, the annual Western Bay at Work Careers and Business Expo is on Friday, August 12, and Saturday, August 13, at ASB Arena.

More than 80 exhibitors will showcase career and training opportunities in the region under the theme ‘Your place to shine’.

New this year is the Innovators and Entrepreneurs stage, where local entrepreneurs and innovators will be conducting quick-fire talks on the hour and half-hour each day of the expo from 9am-2pm.

Speakers in the series include co-founder of InVenture and one of the creators of Dirty Dog Eyewear Sally Cox, award-winning film director Anton Steel, Venture Centre co-founder Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Professor Chris Battershill from the Coastal Marine Field Station, Pat Mohi from Hawaiki Rising Voyaging Trust, Plus Group CEO Tina Jennen, InVenture co-founder Erika Harvey and actress Tanya Horo.

Tauranga Rotary’s Sue Boyne says the expo also features a Recruitment Zone for the first time. “We have some recruitment firms which will be there showcasing current job opportunities and future prospects.

“Anyone looking for work, part-time or full-time can come along and talk to the businesses in the recruitment zone and get some good tips and advice while they are there.”

The Western Bay at Work Careers and Business Expo is on August 12-13 from 9am-2pm at ASB Arena. Entry is free.