Empower the best yourself!

Be part of a group of highly motivated, like-minded people who are all committed to helping each others’ businesses grow.

What is Empower Networking Group

Empower was formed because weekly networking can become a chore, and often (ironically) gets in the way of business. So instead we created an educational based program that runs through a 12 week cycle. Our fortnightly meetings run for just 1.5 hours on Thursdays at 7:15am in Richmond.

To keep things fresh and interesting, we have 3 kinds of meetings that run on rotation.


Our structured networking meeting to promote your business and to build trust and  credibility between business owners so you can maximise high quality referrals.


Meetings are designed to share business experiences – a business win, a  challenge or a goal – and to workshop it using the group’s combined knowledge.


Meetings are interactive educational workshops designed to help grow profitability  in your your business by adopting better strategies.

Why Join?

There’s nothing more empowering for a business owner than to regularly meet with a group of highly motivated, like-minded people who are all committed to helping each others’ businesses grow. ENG is a place for business owners who understand that business is a journey that requires constant growth and adjustment to stay relevant and profitable. Our system for generating high quality, qualified referrals is built on mutual trust so you benefit financially from your membership.

  • Build trusted, mutually beneficial relationships
  • Develop best business practices
  • Have an independent sounding board for your ideas and strategies
  • Receive quality word of mouth marketing & referrals
  • Enjoy improved revenues
  • Utilise a room full of expertise and experience to optimise your business

Our Members

David Lockwood

Business Coach & Advisor – Unlocking Your Future

I mentor and challenge business owners to unlock six figures and beyond in your business so it enables you to positively impact the lives of your family, your staff and the community. Without this outcome, what’s the point? I am committed to helping you get there and I do this by optimizing the 5 essential strategies that drives profitable growth. 

 Outside of work I enjoy cooking and sharing food with my family and friends. A round of golf most Saturday’s helps keep me sane, well most of the time!

Jeremy Brand

Partner – Brand Partners Commercial Lawyers

Jeremy Brand heads up the commercial practice of Brand Partners Commercial Lawyers.  He is a Victorian Law Institute Accredited Specialist in Business Law and Commercial Litigation. Jeremy brings to the table not only Specialist Legal Skills, but also years of experience in helping clients achieve commercial outcomes that benefit them and their businesses. Whether structuring a company, or negotiating a contract, or advising as to the practical effects of a given course of action, Jeremy has the answers.  

Jeremy’s clients include listed corporations, business owners and individuals. As his many clients will attest, Jeremy’s relationship with them is more than simply to provide legal advice and render a bill.  Most often, Jeremy’s clients form long-term relationships with him.  His fundamental philosophy is that his clients’ success is his success.  Client references can be provided on request.

Nellie Dicks

Owner – Bank of Queensland Richmond 

I am your local owner- manager, having owned this franchise for 14 years. So, I understand your journey as a business owner and what it takes to get a proper financier supporting your business. I pride myself on building long term customer relationships that are based upon mutual respect and understanding. My team and I take the time to get to know you and your business from every angle.  It’s how we arrive at the best possible solution, and one that is tailored specifically to fit your business needs.  All of our customers enjoy the service normally reserved for the big 4 banks best customers.

I live, work and play in Richmond. I am an avid sports fan and can been seen at many a game, whatever and wherever it may be.

Peter Horne

Creator – Succession Network

The SUCCESSION NETWORK facilitates the ultimate success for business owners. More than 70% of small businesses don’t sell. Succession planning and preparing the business will improve the opportunity for a successful sale. We implement strategies to enhance buyer interest. We assist business owners to realise the full potential of their business. Perform business diagnostics and assessments to turn around weaknesses and build a blue print for improvement. Developing and implementing succession plans to recognise maximum benefit for owners. A successful business sale is the key to secure a strong financial future.

Outside of work Peter can be seen riding in a pack to farflung places at 6 am most mornings.

Andrew Ellem

Director – MV Anderson & Co Pty Ltd Chartered Accountants

I commenced work as a professional in public practice in 1990 and joined MV Anderson as a partner in 2006. My practice is focused on the clients’ future development, goals and objectives including succession planning, wealth protection and work/life balance. An important emphasis of my business is structuring the family enterprise to protect generational wealth which, in today’s economic environment, needs an experienced practitioner to ensure this is done correctly. This also enables family groups to assist their children in obtaining their first property.

Outside of work I am a weekend warrior cyclist and enjoy coaching my sons basketball, I am also a passionate Sydney Swans supporter

Christopher Angrakian

Director – Managed Services Australia

We are an information technology enterprise that specialises in delivering intelligent and cost efficient technology solutions to the Australian market. Our qualified team is committed to ensuring that your IT systems and operations are running efficiently with zero down time.

Outside of work I am a family man and enjoy spending as much time with them as I can. Time permitting, I enjoy bodyboarding, kickboxing, playing the drums, fishing and golf. I have a particular passion to help others in need and my goal is to align my business with charitable youth organisations.

What’s on Space

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571 Bridge Rd, Richmond
VIC 3121

Let’s meet at

Niche on Bridge