VBA O-Groups

Introduction


O-Group is short for Orders Group in ADF language. Its interpretation for the VBA is 'Networking and Mutual Support Group'.

Signing-in

We hold an O-Group monthly on the third Friday of each month for Representatives of Member Businesses of the Veterans Business Alliance, unless that day is a holiday or other special event, in which case we will default to the second Friday of the month.

An important aspect of the Pledge is that every effort is made to ensure each Business is represented each month by at least one Rep. It does not need to be one of the designated Representatives. 

RSVP is simple, via this form.

A newsletter is sent each month 10 days before the next event. 

Monthly O-Group Format

 

  • Assemble from 1700h and start proceedings at 1710h

  • Welcome by Chair​

  • Introduction of new members​

    • The Chair announces each new business joining the VBA which will have been confirmed as having submitted a signed pledge to the Secretariat the week before the meeting.​

    • One of the member representatives for each new member business takes a minute or two to introduce other representatives (if any) and introduce to us all the business joining the VBA.

  • Introduction of Guests​

    • Member Reps introduce their guests to the O-Group​: business represented, name of their guest(s) and whether a first or second visit

  • 1st Presentation (~5min)

    • story by a member rep on their experience of employing or working with veterans and/or partners of veterans

  • 2nd Presentation (~5min)

    • short education piece by an advisor to VBA on something that is new or likely to be of interest, especially if little known, to the O-Group​

  • Enjoy the opportunity to unwind on a Friday evening

  • 1830h last drinks and doors close for members to get home to families at 1845h.

Joining Procedure

 

  • A Representative of a Member Business will identify businesses that recognise the value of employing veterans or businesses that are keen to better understand the value and keen to join the Alliance. Direct requests from interested businesses can be sent to the VBA Secretariat at vba@theoasistownsville.org.au and will be considered by the Steering Group.

  • A Rep of a Member Business invites as a guest to an O-Group, or two​

    • having been invited by a member representative, guest(s) attends an O-Group​

    • introduced by business and name to the VBA member reps, by member rep invitee

    • member rep will pass a copy of the prospectus to ensure guest knows what they are getting into 

    • may attend up to 2 O-Groups as a guest then decide whether or not to join, no pressure.​​

      • in effect a 'try-before-you-buy' occasion

      • it's in everyone's interests to ensure we are a good fit

  • If deciding to join the VBA, complete the pledge and send it to vba@theoasistownsville.org.au

    • An invoice will be sent to the joining business on a pro-rata basis for the remainder of the calendar year​, by quarter.

    • Upon receipt of payment, and confirmation of business listing on PM's Veteran Employment site, the business becomes a fully-fledged member of the VBA for the remainder of the calendar year.

    • A Starter Pack will be dispatched by the VBA Secretariat.

    • Memberships are renewed annually at the start of each calendar year.