Business Matters Seminars Series

Sydney - 28-29th June 2017
10:30am - 17:00pm
International Convention Centre Sydney

Business Matters Seminar Series focus on trending topics and issues affecting SMEs in Australia including growth opportunities for SMEs and how SMEs can harness success in the digital economy and the challenging global market.

DAY 1 - 28th June 2017 - Sydney

Theatre A

Theatre B

10:30AM – 12:15PM

Navigating Digital Disruption – Insights & Tips for Small Business

Topics include:

Future Proofing Your Business

Glen Carlson, Cofounder – Dent Global

Data Security for SMEs

Ted Pretty, Chief Executive Office and Managing Director – Covata

Navigating Your Business through Digital Disruption

Rebecca Burrows, General Manager Small Business – Australia Post

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Small Business Financial Challenges

Topics include:

Keeping the Financial Sector on its Toes – Why Savvy SMEs are Turning to Non-bank Lenders

Aris Allegos, Co-founder and CEO – Moula

Managing currency risk in a Dynamic business environment

Simon Bishop, Director, Corporate Hedging, APAC at Western Union Business Solution

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14:00PM – 16:30PM

Growth & Profitability Strategies for SMEs

Topics include:

Correlation between Digital Technology and Growth

Andrew Mumford, Chief Sales Officer – MessageMedia Group

Connect with your Customers in a More Meaningful Way

Rebecca Burrows, General Manager Small Business – Australia Post

New Business Now: How to increase new business by 20% in 20 days while cutting costs, stress and frustration

Ciaran McGuigan, MD & Founder – Strike Force Sales

Exporting – Opening Your Business to Global Markets

Leela Hanson Director Business Development, SME – EFIC

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Grants & Government Business Support 

There are a range of initiatives available, designed to help small businesses innovate and grow:

  • measures to lessen red tape
  • tools to help you comply with your tax responsibilities
  • services for employers
  • grants and services to help with innovation and commercialisation
  • help for start-ups

Getting it Right: The Importance of Compliance and the Tools to Get You There

The Fair Work Ombudsman, Australian Taxation Office and Australian Securities and Investments Commission discuss the importance of compliance with their respective legislation and provide you with a suite of tools to help you meet your obligations. Each agency will be available after the presentation for a Q&A discussion session.

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DAY 2: 29th June 2017 - Sydney

Theatre A

Theatre B

10:30AM – 12:30PM

Planning and Action: Key to Business Success

Topics include:

Three Stages to Success – Speed Planning Workshop

Michele Carson, Principal – Influence

Key Metrics of Peak Performing Businesses

Anna Samios, Business Strategist – Gazelle’s International Coach

Maximise the Value of your Business – the Importance of Succession Planning

Craig West, Managing Director – Succession Plus

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SME Workforce – Trends, Tips and Technology

Topics include:

Marrying Talent with Technology: Digital Trends Impacting Businesses and their Ability to Attract and Maintain Talent

Simon Gallagher, Managing Director – Drake Allegiance (DrakeHUB)

Super Challenges for SMEs – How to meet your obligations and keep it simple

Ash Brady, National Manager Business Accounts – Australian Super

Common HR Mistakes and How to Avoid Them: What every employer needs to know!

Sean Wilson, Chief Operating Officer – Workforce Guardian

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2:00PM – 4:30PM

Marketing for growth

Topics include:

GoDaddy’s Marketing Strategies for SMEs

Offline and Digital Marketing Strategies and Tactics

Dean Salakas, CEO, & GoDaddy customer

Utilising local top-level domain names to boost SEO and SEM

James Brown, Marketing Director, Neustar Inc

Why Blog?

Jane Harris – Jane is PR

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International Trade – Opportunities and Challenges

Topics include:

Free Trade Agreements – Unlocking Global Market Opportunities for Small Business

Bing Liu, Senior China Adviser – Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)

Leveraging Technology as Your Business Grows in a Global Market Place

Justin Hall – Affiliate & Partnership Manager
Adam Curtis – Product and Program Manager, APAC
Sam Fitzpatrick – Head of Corporate Sales and Coverage, Australia – Western Union Business Solutions
Alex Gouramanis – Head of SME Sales and Coverage, Australia at Western Union Business Solutions

An Innovation in Supply Chain Management for Goods Imported from China

Sam Wang, Director – Trade Touch Supply Chain Management and 2Star International

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