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Open for Business 2023 Free Networking Event

Wellington Thu 23rd Feb 2023, 5.30 - 8pm
Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce
Level 3/15 Daly Street, Hutt Central

Artem Axenov
Operations Director at Smarketing Lab, PROCESS specialist

Artem is the co-creator of the 4R’s Business Growth Framework which is the foundation of the Smarketing Lab approach to the fast-changing world of B2B sales and marketing.

Artem will walk us through this Framework, which all B2B business owners need to understand and utilise to achieve growth in 2023 and beyond. It’s a novel take on how to approach sales and marketing for B2B that is sure to give you food for thought.

Artem has been involved with NZ’s largest business database whoiswhere since 2005 and in the past 10 years he was instrumental in transforming the business by implementing robust processes and expanding operations from a business data supply company into a sales and marketing implementation agency. 

Artem Axenov Operations Director Smarketing Lab speaking on Open for Business
Gaelene Adams Wood, founder of Team Fusion International participating in Open For Business Auckland as a Speaker

Gaelene Adams Wood
Founder of Team Fusion International, PEOPLE expert

With more than 25 years’ experience working with SME’s, corporates and government agencies Gaelene is an accomplished author, an authority on team building and personality profiling, business mentor and coach to award winning businesses. 

In the modern business landscape, a good team is considered critical currency and coined by many experts as “your most valuable asset in a business” but rarely can we identify why and how we capitalise on this.

As an authority on team building Gaelene will help you to understand both your team’s personalities and how to harness this insight towards optimal performance. She can even improve your recruitment process by defining key attributes of future candidates to ensure you have the right person and a good cultural fit.

Phil Sales
Director Principal at IACT Ltd, PERCEPTION advisor

Phil is an experienced business development and new venture specialist. He helped over 4,500 SME businesses as an advisor with NZTE’s Biz information service, the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce, and his private practice. He has a strong knowledge of the business environment, structures and services. 

Phil is interested in ‘cool stuff’ in the business development sector and offers a wide range of business training including Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Problem-Solving + Decision Making, and post-graduate business papers, at tertiary level.

Phil is a former business broker, with experience building value in businesses. Since 1980, he has been actively involved in business services, education, communications, distribution, apparel, sport, and social services sectors. He has co-founded and run various high-growth programmes and enterprise development initiatives (including business incubators) and held senior management positions. 

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