They are industry veterans who decide to invest in your small business at an early stage so that you get the much-needed push to set things in motion. They support the owner with their wealth of knowledge and offer their valuable advice whenever required in lieu of a few shares in the company. The contribution is invaluable, and thus myriad small businesses in their nascent stage look for such investors.
An organiser explained to attending media this was an "early retirement party" for Mr Abbott, as a caricature version of the MP arrived and cut a cake with "25 years of wrecking" written on it.
"Eventually everything must come to an end," the organiser said among chants of "bye bye Tony, bye bye".