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Mark McKenzie (COSBOA Chair) will open with a welcome to the Summit, Australia’s premier event informing government and regulators on future policy for small business. The welcome will be followed by an acknowledgment to the traditional landowners and an address from The Hon. Adem Somyurek, Victorian Minister for Local Government and Small Business.
With the power to make or break a business, our regulators hold an essential position in the business community. But what real, tangible moves are they making to benefit small business? In this super-session, we hear their thoughts on the new government policies, and how they plan to improve things for the business community going forward. Speakers: John Price (ASIC Commissioner), Chris Jordan (Commissioner of Taxation), Sandra Parker (Fair Work Ombudsman), Dr. Gary Johns (Commissioner of Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits) and Geoff Browne (AFCA Lead Ombudsman for Small Business).
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This session will focus on driving awareness to the untapped value of Industry associations and the role they play within government and business communities. It will discuss the role of associations in representing their members and advocating for strong positive policies that are in the best interest of their businesses, the communities and the economy in general. Speakers: Mick Keogh (ACCC Deputy Chair), Bruce Billson (Independent NED at the Australian Property Institute) and Sarah Danckert (Business Reporter at Fairfax Media).
Visit our exhibitors in the Marketplace and hear from our speakers in the COSBOA Small Business Lounge; Keith Masterton (NBN) and the Hon. Brendan O'Connor (Independent NED at the Australian Property Institute).
This session will begin with individual addresses from Robert, Paul, and Trent, followed by a 20-minute Q&A panel discussing the role that technology plays in the future of small business. Speakers: Paul Taylor (NBN Co Chief Customer Officer - Business), Trent Innes (Managing Director at Xero Australia)
Visit our exhibitors in the Marketplace and join us in the COSBOA Small Business Lounge for a Q&A session with Robert Tedesco from American Express.
This informative session will explore how small business and Association members can access information about the Victorian training system and programs to upskill employees, how to access new workers through Victorian Government programs and schools and how to identify issues and solutions to improve training opportunities. Speakers: Liselle Pote (Cluster Director, Head Start Program, Eastern Metropolitan), Bob Bowden (CEO, Foresight Communications for the National Apprentice Employment Network) and Cosmos Vlahopoulos (Co-Chair, ADTIA).
Part two of this session will explore the definition of a Contractor in today’s economy including the advantages and limitations of being a small business contractor and the issues and solutions to improve the small business contractor in building their business. Speakers: Natalie James (Partner, Deloitte Australia), Liselle Pote (Cluster Director, Head Start Program, Eastern Metropolitan) and Cosmos Vlahopoulos (Co-Chair, ADTIA).
Join us for pre-dinner drinks and visit the Small Business Lounge to hear from Peter Strong, (CEO, Council of Small Business Organisations Australia) before the Summit Dinner.
Hear from the Hon. Steve Irons (Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships) on Workplace Relations and Small Business and join us for an informative and enjoyable evening filled networking and collaboration at this sit-down dinner.
Join us on the Promenade for tea, coffee, and networking before the morning session.
This session will include updates by the Australian Energy Minister on where we are heading with power and energy policies and its potential effect on small businesses. He will be followed by Rt Hon Sir Bill English, who will speak on taxation processes and the relevant changes in policy. Speakers: Hon. Angus Taylor MP (Energy Minister), Rt Hon Sir Bill English (Former Prime Minister of New Zealand)
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Business and government organisations are increasingly looking at how they can best support the small business sector. In this session, we will hear from representatives from the Australian Banking Association and Victorian Government on some of the new improvements that have been, or may be implemented in the future, and provide an overview as to how each provides support in the Small Business sector. Speakers: Anna Bligh (CEO of the Australian Banking Association), Mark Schramm (Senior Manager Dispute Resolution Services, Victorian Small Business Commission) and Don Matthews (Local Jobs First Commissioner).
The presentation will cover the physical symptoms of stress for small business owners and review interventions that assist in managing stress. It will review the specific stressors for them from a policy perspective as well as incorporating case studies that highlight the impact on small businesses. Be prepared for a few ‘small business tasks’ in the session! Speakers: Christine Pope (Director and Treasurer of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society) and Kylie Holmes (Executive Officer at RFCS Gippsland).
Visit our exhibitors in the Marketplace and join us in the COSBOA Small Business Lounge for a Q&A session with Christine Pope (Australian Traditional Medicine Society), followed by a presentation on E-Invoicing from Angela Lehmann (Australian Taxation Office).
Pulling from a survey involving thousands of Australian youth by Junkee Media, Fran will share insight into who they would vote for based on their current values, and what future concerns they have in part one of this session. She will be joined by Estelle as she expresses her thoughts on the younger generation and their opinions, followed by a Q&A session to discuss their presentation and findings. Speakers: Frances Deighton (Consumer Strategy Lead at Junkee Media) and Estelle Dee (DoSomething).
In part two of this session Fleur will give an update on the Future Female Entrepreneurs COSBOA program, discussing key elements about disruptive girls. Fleur will be followed by Paul as he highlights the response to this from small business and how it ties together before going into another quick Q&A session. Speakers: Paul Frasca (Co-Founder/Director at Sustainable Salons) and Fleur Anderson (Director, Business Development at 89 Degrees East).
In this session Megan Brownlow will outline the findings of a six-month long study, commissioned by Google Australia, examining how Australia’s small business sector is engaging with the global digital economy, and the challenges and opportunities it has presented. Megan’s work draws upon interviews of more than 600 Australian businesses and she will be joined in conversation by two business owners who participated in her study. Speaker: Megan Brownlow (Deputy Chair, Screen Australia Deputy Chair, Media Federation of Australia)
Visit our exhibitors in the Marketplace and come hear from the COSBOA Board in the lounge for a Q&A panel session as they wrap up the Summit. Panel: Peter Strong (CEO), Elizabeth Skirving (Director & Treasurer), Ben Kearney (Director) and Sandy Chong (Director)