By Emily Robinson
Pako business kings Robbie Lecchino and Josiah Munday have shared their business tips to a mix of small business owners looking for inspiration.
Robbie, the face behind King of the Castle Cafe, and Josiah, who owns The Resident Barber, operate at the same location and have become well-known in the community for their collaborative spirit.
Presented by Geelong Women in Business and CANpr, A Great Geelong Story also showcased experiences from Bearded Bro’s Nik Pfarrer.
Founder of Geelong Women in Business Samantha Krajina said the event aimed to get the community inspired.
“Geelong Women in Business runs a monthly event and we always have a topic of interest to our members.
“To close the year, we thought it would be great to do an inspiration style workshop.
“Robbie and Josiah both see themselves as the underdogs – it was such an inspirational night.
“The advice they all gave was to just keep chipping away – find something that you love and just don’t give up.”
Asked why she thought Robbie and Josiah have been so successful, Samantha said the two business owners are “quite real”.
“They also have a connection to each other’s business – they collaborate and complement each other.
“You could see their dynamic on stage, it’s very much a ‘bros dynamic’,” she laughed.
But being located on Pakington Street also plays a helping hand.
“Pakington Street is its own community in Geelong, you’ve got the culture, the people and the liveliness.
“With the expansion of river end, it’s definitely thriving,” Samantha said.
The free event also held a huge raffle of prizes donated from a wide range of local businesses, raising $600 which was donated directly to the Give Where You Live Foundation’s Feed Geelong Appeal.
Grill’d business owner Stuart Menzies also got behind the event.
“Everyone who signed up for a ticket was able to go into Grill’d and receive a free chips.
“Shortlist Shop donated a $150 voucher and Move and Be Barre Studio donated a three-session class voucher,” Samantha said.
“We’ve had some really positive feedback and it seemed like everyone was able to take something away from the event.
“We wanted to encourage people to bring along their picnic rugs and some nibbles and just enjoy a relaxing, inspiring Friday night with their friends and family.”