Mount Gambier visionary inspires victory

Mount Gambier visionary inspires victory

AMount Gambier business owner and entrepreneur has helped lead a Melbourne business to success at the 2024 Australian Small Business Champion Awards in Sydney.

Mount Gambier based entrepreneur Geoffrey Dening and his digital marketing business goingtoplaces.com has been instrumental in the success of Melbourne based fishing brand Vtackle, resulting in their recognition as the overall winner at the esteemed awards.

Vtackle chief executive officer Vince Todarello won in the specialised retail small business category which was made up of around 25 businesses before competing against around 1500 finalists for the top
 prize.

Mr Dening assisted Mr Todarello with strategy, marketing and planning including increasing his social media presence and improving product promotion.

“You do not win money, you actually get to be in front of a bunch of your peers nationally who have all been through that battle of small business and what you have got to do,” Mr Dening said.

“It builds your confidence up because you suddenly realise that all you dream about is possible but it is as 24/7 job.

“It’s the beauty of giving people the confidence … to educate and believe in themselves.

“It is just about continually looking to innovate and not lose sight of the fact that your goals are out there and the world is growing and your market is not limited.”

The remarkable achievement is a testament to Mr Dening’s expertise in digital marketing, business coaching and entrepreneurship, which has propelled Vtackle to new heights since their collaboration began in 2021.

Mr Dening’s invaluable insights and resources provided through goingtoplaces.com have enhanced Vtackle’s digital presence, expanded its customer base and refined its business strategies.

Since the beginning of their partnership in 2021, Vtackle has experienced exponential growth, doubling its income, developing their own proprietary products and earning the Australian Small Business Champion Award in 2022 as well.

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