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The Generator provides new ways of learning and networking

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Tamar Boas at the Generator preparing their online business support offerings

Necessity is the mother of invention, and it has certainly been the case at The Generator co-working space.

Community Manager Tamar Boas said changing conditions necessitated new ways of doing things.

“In the past couple of months very few people were able to utilise The Generator co-working space in the Bundaberg clock tower building,” Tamar said.

“All events and gatherings were cancelled and our team was asked to work from home.

“This has been a challenging time as I had just started as the new community manager of The Generator.

“Luckily I was kept busy with updating the website and catching up on odd jobs that never get done during regular work hours.”

As Tamar and everyone else was getting used to the online work environment, Tamar started planning a “Lunch and Learn” event for the business community.

“Originally, this was supposed to become a regular lunch time “bite size” information session with a local expert at The Generator building.

“Instead of the traditional face-to-face talks, the event has been transformed into a fortnightly Zoom webinar”.

“By running a virtual event we could choose any topics and invite any speaker and by offering the free sessions online, the content is accessible to people from the region and beyond.”

Topics were selected to match the current needs of small businesses in the Bundaberg region.

Tamar was delighted with the kindness and generosity she encountered when approaching local speakers.

An impressive schedule of fortnightly talks is being put together, featuring local experts and business specialists.

From this month The Generator started offering free “Lunch and Learn” webinars on Zoom every second Thursday at 1pm.

The sessions are being recorded, with recordings available to The Generator members.

Topics are:

  • 21 May: Online Content Made Easy with Amanda Holland
  • 4 June: Is this Thing On? Delivering Effective Virtual Presentations with David Wise
  • 18 June: Working in the cloud: intro to G Suite with Cathy Nolan

Another online offering was born when Tamar approached successful local entrepreneurs to speak at the Generator about their journey in business.

“’The Real Story’ will be presented on Zoom, at this stage, and is an inspiring midweek chat to gain insight into the real life and work of successful local business founders.”


  • May 27 (10am): The story of Andrew Mead and FrangiMagic.
  • June 23 (9:30am):  Rick Nelson from The Pocket Storehouse.

The Generator’s regular Tuesday Member’s Coffee will be back in June, taking into account current social distancing and hygiene guidelines.

For further enquiries go to the website https://www.thegenerator.org.au/, phone 1300 249 482 or email [email protected].


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