Join a community of fellow business owners, including some of Australia’s top business minds, in an exchange of ideas, inspiration and hard-earned insights.

The Idea Exchange provides business owners with access to valuable content, mentoring opportunities, and seminars that bring a range of expertise and experiences in conversation.

Join Tim Reid for an exclusive podcast series where some of Australia’s top business minds pass on the invaluable insights and wisdom they’ve learnt on their way to the top.

The series aims to equip business owners with ideas on:

  • Developing effective growth strategies
  • Forming the right mindset around finances
  • Nurturing a culture that attracts and retains great talent
  • Finding efficiencies to achieve a better work-life balance
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Shark Tank’s Andrew Banks on building a $900M empire

From failed actor to co-founder of two of the world’s largest recruitment companies. Andrew Banks shares the hurdles he’s faced and lessons he’s learnt along the way.

Ideas & Insights

Explore actionable articles from Andrew Banks and more.

Business and Money Management

Business strategy: Part 1

Andrew Banks explores how to find your optimal business structure and discover what your customers want.

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Business and Money Management

Business strategy: Part 2

Andrew explains how to create an effective business structure that builds in scalability.


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Business and Money Management

Business strategy: Part 3

Get important tips from Andrew on how to keep your revenue streams flowing and manage your cash flow from the driver's seat.

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Business and Money Management

Growth strategies that work: Part 1

Andrew Banks outlines how to recognise when your business is ready to grow – and what you can do to prepare.

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Seminars

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Join 300 American Express customers and a panel of successful business owners to uncover answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

Workshops

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We’re bringing select American Express business customers and industry-leading experts together for a series of intimate, full-day workshops.

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1

In business, crucial lessons are often hard-learned

Join Tim Reid, for an exclusive podcast series where some of Australia’s top business
minds pass on the invaluable insights and wisdom they’ve learnt on their way to the top.

The series aims to equip business owners with ideas on:

  • Developing effective growth strategies
  • Forming the right mindset around finances
  • Nurturing a culture that attracts and retains great talent
  • Finding efficiencies to achieve a better work-life balance

Latest episodes

Shark Tank’s Andrew Banks on building a $900M empire

From failed actor to co-founder of two of the world’s largest recruitment companies. Andrew Banks shares the hurdles he’s faced and lessons he’s learnt along the way.

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Shark Tank’s Andrew Banks on building a $900M empire

Andrew Banks shares his insights on growing and managing two of the world’s largest recruitment companies.

 

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Kate Morris on building an online beauty democracy

The Adore Beauty founder shares personal stories of the failures and successes that paved the way to her $100M turnover.

Listen now

 

Jen Geale on turning a love of mountain bikes into millions

The Mountain Bikes Direct founder chats growing a profitable online business, maintaining a work-life balance, and more.

Coming soon

 

Joshua Nicholls on building a customer-first franchise

The Platinum Electricians founder shares how he overcame years of hurdles to create a franchise group with a $60M turnover.

Coming soon

 

Jane Lu on leveraging social to reach fashion mogul status

The Showpo founder discusses her kickstart in social media and the ever-changing challenges facing online retail.

 

Coming soon

 

Ben Goodfellow on giving your brand bang

 

The Tradies Underwear founder talks tips for finding the right brand ambassador and establishing your business as a household name.

Coming soon

 

Kristina Karlsson on drawing on your business dream

The kikki.K founder shares her experience growing a 3am idea into an 8-figure business and the role her unwavering passion has played.

Coming soon

 

Daniel Flynn on creating a water bottle to end world crisis

The Thankyou founder talks how he grew an ‘impossible idea’ into a 50-product social enterprise spanning water to baby care.

 

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More exciting interviews to come

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About Tim Reid

Having interviewed over 450 business owners on his highly successful podcast, ‘The Small Business Big Marketing Show’, Tim has forged a deep understanding of small to medium businesses, both here and around the world.

Tim has also been MC for the Idea Exchange seminars and workshops two years running. His big personality and insightful questions make the podcast an easy, yet inspiring, listen.

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1

Insights
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Insights
& Stories




Keep on top of the topics trending in business or snap up some wisdom from Andrew Banks.

 

Trends & Insights

Growth

Andrew Banks’ Business Strategy 101: Part 1

Part one of Andrew Banks’ Business Strategy 101 explores finding your optimal business structure and discovering what your customers want.
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Growth

Andrew Banks’ Business Strategy 101: Part 2
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Growth

Andrew Banks’ Business Strategy 101: Part 3
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Business Growth Strategies That Can Work: Part 1

In the first part of our exclusive series on business growth strategies, Andrew Banks outlines how to recognise when your business is ready to grow – and what you can do to prepare...Read more

Business Growth Strategies That Can Work: Part 2

In part two of our exclusive series on business growth strategy, Andrew Banks explores some tried and true ways for you to discover new markets...Read more

Alexandra Cain Writer,
Cain Creativity, Inc.

“Commuters can decide which transport option they prefer to use, based on the current time, the number of calories burned, and they may also receive alerts for route disruptions.”

 

Watch: The Idea Exchange with Andrew Banks –
“Your bigger purpose”

 

Watch: The Idea Exchange with Andrew Banks – “Who does what”

 

 

Watch: The Idea Exchange with Andrew Banks – “Helping people thrive”

 

Mentoring




Mentoring




We’re partnering with Rare Birds and Andrew Banks to bring American Express business customers the opportunity to thrive through one-on-one mentoring.

Rare Birds mentoring program

20 successful applicants will receive:

  • A mentor, carefully selected from Rare Birds’ high-calibre network of entrepreneurs, business executives and industry-leading experts
  • 2 hours of mentor interaction each month for 12 months – with the option to tailor the structure of these meetings to suit their business2
  • Access to Rare Birds’ online platform, where they can set goals, track their progress and share insights with other successful applicants

What is Rare Birds?

Rare Birds is a platform designed to help business owners grow beyond their expectations through mentoring, quality online resources and community connections.

Founded by entrepreneur and Card Member, Jo Burston, in 2014, Rare Birds has already made a significant impact:

 

  • Almost 1900 business owners have been mentored to date
  • 81% of participants reported business growth post program, with 94% expecting further growth in the next 12 months
  • 87.5% of participants felt more confident in their business capability

Keen to know more? Tune into a webinar hosted by Rare Birds on 2 July for more information.

Andrew Banks mentoring

Of the 20 successful applicants, one will be chosen to win:

  • Additional mentoring from expert entrepreneur, Andrew Banks
  • A $30,000 cash grant to spend on their business2

About Andrew

Andrew Banks is an innovator, investor, and one of Australia’s most respected business leaders.

In addition to co-founding the recruitment company Morgan & Banks and growing its sales to over $700 million, Andrew has been a judge on Shark Tank, authored four books on recruiting and accumulated decades of experience in Australia and internationally.

 

Andrew’s expertise spans many areas, including:

  • Developing startups into successful companies
  • Extensive global networking
  • Building revenue, market share and shareholder returns

Applications have closed for 2019.

Still want to get involved? Seminar spots may be available.

What’s in it for me?

Expert knowledge

Confidently tackle your goals with the backing of a tried-and-tested skillset.

Tailored teachings

Receive strategies and advice, uniquely tailored to where you’re going.

Flexible commitment

Choose when, where and how you meet with your mentor.

 

Jo Burston, Founder of Rare Birds

“The biggest impact mentoring has had for me is the doors it has opened – and that’s globally.

Mentoring FAQs

Before mentoring

 

When will I know if I’ve been successful at securing a place?

 

Who are Rare Birds mentors?

 

What is the structure of the mentoring sessions?

 

During mentoring

 

Do I have a choice in who I’m mentored by?

 

What if I can’t meet the 2-hour monthly commitment?

 

Are there any exclusions to how I spend the $30,000?

 

After mentoring

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Will I have ongoing access to the Rare Birds online platform?

 

Can I independently contact my mentor beyond the program?

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1

Workshops




Workshops




We’re bringing select American Express business customers and  industry-leading experts together at a series of intimate, full-day workshops.3

Sydney workshop

Thanks for your interest. The Sydney workshop has already taken place.
You can opt in to be first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

 

Lisa Baxter,
Your Hot Property

“It was really refreshing to meet other business owners from all different industries and to realise that we’re all facing the same challenges.”

Workshop FAQs

After the workshop

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I independently contact workshop facilitators after the workshop?

 

 

Adelaide workshop

Thanks for your interest. The Adelaide workshop has already taken place.
You can opt in to be first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

 

Lisa Baxter,
Your Hot Property

“It was really refreshing to meet other business owners from all different industries and to realise that we’re all facing the same challenges.”

Workshop FAQs

After the workshop

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I independently contact workshop facilitators after the workshop?

 

 

Brisbane workshop

Thanks for your interest. The Brisbane workshop has already taken place.
You can opt in to be first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

 

Lisa Baxter,
Your Hot Property

“It was really refreshing to meet other business owners from all different industries and to realise that we’re all facing the same challenges.”

Workshop FAQs

After the workshop

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I independently contact workshop facilitators after the workshop?

 

 

Melbourne workshop

Thanks for your interest. The Melbourne workshop has already taken place.
You can opt in to be first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

 

Lisa Baxter,
Your Hot Property

“It was really refreshing to meet other business owners from all different industries and to realise that we’re all facing the same challenges.”

Workshop FAQs

After the workshop

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I independently contact workshop facilitators after the workshop?

 

 

Perth workshop

Thanks for your interest. The Perth workshop has already taken place.
You can opt in to be first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020

 

Lisa Baxter,
Your Hot Property

“It was really refreshing to meet other business owners from all different industries and to realise that we’re all facing the same challenges.”

Workshop FAQs

After the workshop

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I independently contact workshop facilitators after the workshop?

 

 

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1

Seminars




Seminars




Join 300 American Express business customers to uncover answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

Sydney seminar

Thanks for your interest. The Sydney seminar has already taken place.
You can opt in to be first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

 

Kane Sajdak,
BiTS Technology Group

Andrew Banks gave the kind of business insights you can’t get from many people in this world.”

Seminar FAQs

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

Melbourne seminar

Thanks for your interest. The Melbourne seminar has already taken place. You can opt in to be first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

 

Kane Sajdak,
BiTS Technology Group

Andrew Banks gave the kind of business insights you can’t get from many people in this world.”

Seminar FAQs

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

Brisbane seminar

Thanks for your interest. The Brisbane seminar has already taken place.
You can opt in to be first to hear about Idea Exchange 2020.

 

Kane Sajdak,
BiTS Technology Group

Andrew Banks gave the kind of business insights you can’t get from many people in this world.”

Seminar FAQs

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

After the seminar

 

Will I be contacted by American Express to talk about my experiences?

 

Can I receive a summary of what was discussed post-seminar?

 

Will there be time to independently network with the seminar speakers?

Become a Card Member

See how your business could make the most of American Express Card Membership.

 

Share the Idea Exchange experience

Have a business contact who could benefit from the Card Member experience? Refer them, and if they’re approved, you’ll both earn Bonus Points.1