NETWORKING: Lachlan Bycroft, Mitch Byrne, Megan Knowles, Sarah Molle, Lauren Chen, Scott Findlater and Dan Pertot at the recent social networking night at Little Sister in Noosa Junction.
NETWORKING: Lachlan Bycroft, Mitch Byrne, Megan Knowles, Sarah Molle, Lauren Chen, Scott Findlater and Dan Pertot at the recent social networking night at Little Sister in Noosa Junction. Contributed

Social networking connects Noosa's young business leaders

THE future of the region's business community is in the hands of Noosa's youth, and one local is working to create a social environment where professionals can meet to form contacts.

Being a young professional himself, BOQ Noosa mobile lender Dan Pertot realised there was a need to form a social outlet where like-minded people could network once a month.

"There is quite an age gap in Noosa between the ages of 18 and 40,” Mr Pertot said.

"I wanted to try something different and appeal to the younger generation.”

The social networking events are targeted at locals aged 20-35 looking to build contacts and grow their business.

"This is a chance for people to have further exposure and I want to be able to help younger generations stick around.”

Mr Pertot said as the current generation move closure to retirement it is up to this age group to continue Noosa's professional scene.

"People can reach out and start their own community.”

The monthly networking group began in December last year with a mailing list of five people, now there are more than 40.

"It is very open. Anybody new to town and wanting to find a job can come along.”

Mr Pertot said the social nights, which are held on the second Friday of every month, are obligation free and voluntary with no membership cost.

"It is a very causal voluntary meet and greet environment.”

As a way to give back to the community, Mr Pertot said they change the location each month to support local business.

The most recent was earlier in May at Little Sister in Noosa Junction.

The next gathering will be on June 14 at 6pm, with a location yet to be announced.

Anyone interested can call 0435870605 or email daniel.

pertot@boq.com.au.


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