New Frankston Business Collective launched with support from Council

Published on 03 June 2022

Frankston Business Collective Treasurer Mike Cusack (left) and CEO Jeff Rogut.

A new voice for business and industry in Frankston is on the way with the Board of the new Frankston Business Collective announced.

Mayor Nathan Conroy said: “Council is committed to supporting the establishment of a new Frankston business chamber independent of Council as part of our Council Plan to foster a thriving local economy and to elevate Frankston City’s identity as an innovation hub and business-friendly city.

“It’s about building capacity independent of Council to ensure the needs of business and industry are represented and an active, supported network is fostered. The Frankston Business Collective will be built for the business community, by the business community.

“Council is pleased to announce the new seven member volunteer Board of the Frankston Business Collective who will steer the establishment of the new not for profit entity, driving membership and support to bring a much needed business network to the region.

“The establishment of the Frankston Business Collective, ably led by retail and business industry stalwart Jeff Rogut, signals a new beginning for the business and industry community and the new volunteer Board represents a range of industries and experiences.

“There were a significant number of high calibre applications to the Board, which stands us in good stead and proves the depth of business and industry talent here in Frankston,” the Mayor said.

The name of the new entity and branding was determined through consultation with the business community and broader public throughout April and May via Engage Frankston, the business chamber working group as well as online polling on LinkedIn. 

The Board met for the first time on June 2 and launched the new Frankston Business Collective.

Frankston Business Collective Board Chair, Bernd Neubauer, said: “We’re working on a launch event with a jam packed calendar of networking opportunities, events and training to follow including a business summit and business awards in late 2022.

“Our Pillars of Advocacy, Connection and Education resonate with our business community.” he said.

Frankston Business Collective offers four levels of membership including a major sponsorship option.

Essential – for individuals, micro businesses, sole traders and small business employing 2 to 10 employees.

Enterprise – for businesses employing 11 - 50 employees.

Executive – for large businesses employing 51 plus employees.

Strategic Partner – major sponsor.

To find out more information about membership, sponsorship options and how to get involved, please email 

The new Frankston Business Collective Board includes Chair Bernd Neubauer, Vice Chair Joyie Wood, Treasurer Mike Cusack, CEO Jeff Rogut, Joanna Baker, Bernadine Geary, David Friend and James Eling.


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