In order to better get-to-know our members, we thought it was best we shared who we are are and how we came to Entrepreneurs Geelong.

Find out a little bit more about one of our board members Dion Matchan below.

What was your first experience with Entrepreneurs Geelong? And how did you hear about it?

I met Matthew (EG president) through Wayne Elliot at Netgain. I was doing a business planning course and Matthew came in and told us about Entrepreneurs Geelong.

What’s been your favourite memory of an EG event?

Meeting a range of people from those starting out to those who have been involved in business for decades.

Why did you decide to join the board?

I have been an entrepreneur before I even knew what that meant, and for the last 24 years have been running a range of different businesses. I become a trainer and facilitated the Certificate IV in small business management, then in 2014 I started my Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swinburne in Hawthorn. I joined the board to help support Entrepreneurs in Geelong.

Tell us a little bit about your business.

I have done many things in my career and now is no different, I manage a Montessori Kindergarten in Torquay part time, home-school my four children and still do some consulting and problem solving when I can.

What’s your mantra as an entrepreneur?

Get better problems.

What’s your biggest piece of advice for new entrepreneurs?

Be self-aware, your business is limited by your beliefs and views of the world and many of your early problems will stem from these beliefs. If you are aware of this, you can grow as a person and your business will grow as well.

Who area few Geelong small businesses you admire?

The entrepreneurs I admire and whom inspire me daily are my wife who runs a Montessori Kindergarten in Torquay and my daughter who just bought Balmy, an organic skincare business and at 14 is learning all things entrepreneurial while also writing her book.

Read more board interviews here, or find out more about Dion’s business here.