South-west Victorian businesses have benefited from RMIT Entrepreneur in Residence Marcus Powe's experience during a recent visit.
Mr Powe inspired the local business community to think outside the box when he met with them during a two-day stay in Hamilton.
He hosted several talks including a business breakfast at The Hamilton Club, speaking with aspiring business owners and schools, as well as advising existing business owners during a walk through the Hamilton town centre.
About 40 business owners and those interested in business innovation attended the breakfast.
Future emerging markets were discussed and Mr Powe emphasized the global nature of future businesses thanks to the internet and NBN.
He said anyone can be an entrepreneur - it's just about surrounding yourself with positive people and not giving up.
'An entrepreneur is simply someone who recognises an opportunity and turns this into a reality,' he said.
Those attending the events were full of praise, saying that Mr Powe gave them the confidence to start their own business.
RMIT's Entrepreneur in Residence for more than a decade, Mr Powe runs several businesses.
He teaches entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing and business planning, and has had a long career specialising in the industry growth, community and service organisations.
Mr Powe has worked with more than 1500 organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, assisting them to create new business strategies.
Those interested in improving their business skills can enrol in the new Certificate IV in Small Business Management (PDF 1.45MB, 1p) and have access to a local learning support officer as well as the RMIT pop-up shop in Melbourne.