Business Essentials Seminars (SmallBiz-Week)

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Marvel Stadium

740 Bourke Street

Docklands, VIC 3008


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Attend, daily informative seminars addressing critical small business topics presented by CEOs, Directors, Govt. Officials (SmallBiz-Week)

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Attend, daily informative fireside chats style panel discussions addressing critical small business topics!

This ticket gives you FREE entry to the following SmallBiz-Week events:

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The Business Essentials Seminar Series is adjacent to the Small Business Expo and features free to attend, daily informative seminars addressing critical small business topics. The panel discussions are aimed at scaling small businesses, fostering sustainable growth strategies and building resilience.

Business Essentials keynote seminars are presented:

  • CEOs & Founders
  • Directors
  • Industry Experts
  • Business Leaders
  • Thought-Leaders


Day One Program: March 23, 2022

10:15 - 11:00 - SmallBiz Growth

Act now to understand current SME business opportunities and grow your business using tried and true techniques that work across all industries.

  • Small business ideas for 2022
  • Australian exponential growth sectors
  • Thriving in turbulent times
  • Building an adaptable SME business
  • Scaling your business
  • Furitst growth techniques

11:15 - 12:00 - SmallBiz Sustainability

Learn why sustainable SMEs are more competitive long-term as customers are increasingly seeking out and paying more for sustainable products and services.

  • 2/5 Consumers (75% of Millennials) will pay extra for sustainable products
  • Capitalise on rising ethical consumerism and meet market expectations
  • How to source sustainable goods
  • Reduce costs by going sustainable
  • How to communicate sustainability with customers
  • Inspirational stories from sustainable business owners

12:15 - 1:00 - SmallBiz Digital Disruption

Understand widespread digital disruption and adapt your SME to expand services and future proof your small business.

  • Victorian Government’s Small Business Adaptation Program
  • Building digital capability and supporting SME operations
  • Embracing digital transformation
  • Digital SME trends and solutions
  • Online business strategies
  • Digital payments

1:15 - 2:00 - SmallBiz Digital Marketing

Discover the latest digital marketing tools, techniques and solutions to support your small business.

  • Aligning marketing goals with the right social media platform
  • Digital marketing budgets and benchmarks
  • Target markets
  • Social media, Google AdWords and SEO
  • Influencer marketing
  • Digital marketing automation

2:15 - 3:00 - SmallBiz Funding and Grants

Every year, one in six SMEs seeks finance to fund and grow their business - be inspired by the diverse range of funding options in 2022.

  • 1/5 SMEs still unsure if they qualify for government support
  • Understanding government support programs
  • Accessing government grants
  • Small business loans
  • Short-term & long-term financing
  • Traditional vs. non-traditional financing

3:15 - 4:00 - SmallBiz E-Commerce

Australia's e-commerce market is growing rapidly (spending up 30% (2020-2021) - learn about business growth opportunities and SME specific solutions.

  • Australians spent $50.7b on online retail in 2021
  • Australia is one of the most sophisticated e-commerce markets globally
  • Embrace the retail revolution: changing shopping attitudes and habits
  • Australia-Asia e-commerce opportunities
  • Supply chain logistics
  • BNPL and fintech solutions

Day Two Program: March 24, 2022

10:15 - 11:00 - SmallBiz Technology and Innovation

From blockchain to biotech, business innovation and technology is transforming and spearheading growth in the SME sector.

  • Inspiring SME technology
  • innovative IT solutions
  • Future-thinking business ideas and industries
  • Automated services
  • Cutting-edge business tech; AI, robotics, AR
  • Embracing emerging trends and technology

11:15 - 12:00 - SmallBiz E-Invoicing

Are you ready for the ATO’s e-invoicing rollout? Get ahead of the practice as it’s set to become required for all SMEs operating across every industry.

  • The ATO’s e-invoicing requirements
  • Hear directly from the ATO
  • Understand digital invoices
  • E-invoicing service providers
  • Save valuable time
  • Reduce human resource costs

12:15 - 1:00 - SmallBiz Customer Experience

Take advantage of growing consumer interest in shopping locally while meeting the market’s post-pandemic higher customer service expectations.

  • 50%+ Consumers are seeking out Australian brands
  • Capitalise on shifting shopping local consumer trends
  • Building customer loyalty; authentic branding
  • 61% Consumers expect SME response time on par with large companies
  • Automated customer service technology and tools
  • Customer centric business models

1:15 - 2:00 SmallBiz Entrepreneurism & Leadership

A great business idea is only the beginning; from starting your own business to leading a team, discover effective and inspiring SME management skills.

  • Transforming a great idea into a sustainable business
  • Inspirational entrepreneurs and CEOs
  • High impact and high performance leadership skills
  • Building and retaining an effective team
  • Mental health, wellness and mindfulness
  • Stress management techniques

2:15 - 3:00 - SmallBiz Flexible Finance

Australia’s finance market is becoming increasingly competitive; fueling improvements in SMBs financing and lending opportunities.

  • Neo-banking and digital banking
  • Alternative lending
  • Unsecured loans
  • Fintech solutions
  • Raising capital
  • BNPL Solutions for business

3:15 - 4:00 - SmallBiz SmallBiz Resilience and Outlook

What’s next for small business? Learn about the SME industry’s future, opportunities for growth and how to build resilience into your small business model in 2022.

  • Economic outlook
  • Consumer trends
  • Labour market outlook
  • Key industries set to grow
  • Reinventing and adapting business models
  • Managing risks and overcoming challenges

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Marvel Stadium

740 Bourke Street

Docklands, VIC 3008


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