On the close of the election, advocates for small business will gather in Brisbane forCouncil of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA)’s annual Vodafone National Small Business Summit, taking place from 6 – 8 July.
Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Neil Olesen, Acting Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Ian Harrison, Chief Executive, Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL), will attend the summit to exchange ideas covering people, policy and the power of small business in Australia.
As this year’s Summit falls after the election, it’s going to make for interesting conversations and debates, says Paul Nielsen, Chairman of COSBOA.
“The people and organisations with the influence to shape policy for SMEs will be attending the Summit. This is small business leaders’ chance to hear what they have to say, ask the hard questions and following the election debate the next steps,” says Mr Nielsen.
Ms Carnell will demonstrate the Ombudsmen’s role in supporting small businesses to grow, as well as participating on a panel about how government and policy makers should not deal with small businesses. Ms Carnell comments: “The summit provides an excellent opportunity for government and industry to come together, share opinions and develop policy ideas that will allow small businesses in Australia to expand and innovate in ways that will sustain the sector well into the future.”
“I’m delighted to have been asked to address the summit, and will use the opportunity to provide an insight into how the ASBFEO office assists small businesses and family enterprises and helps them grow. I’ll share examples of the work currently being undertaken by the office, and will outline the issues that are consistently being raised with me, as the barriers to productivity for small business,” says Ms Carnell.
Mr Harrison will discuss the Australian Made Campaign and says leveraging country-of-origin branding can provide Australian small businesses with a powerful competitive advantage, both in Australia and overseas markets.
“The Australian Made Campaign looks forward to contributing to the National Small Business Summit and providing small business with insight into the benefits of country of origin branding and the effectiveness of the Australian Made, Australian Grown logo,” he said.
With more than 30 years’ experience with the ATO Mr Olesen joins the line-up of small business advocates. Talking about tax and superannuation administration, his insights will provide valuable views about how ATO’s strategies meet the interests of small business.
Mr. Nielsen added, “With ASBFEO, AMCL and the ATO already signed on, and especially in an election year, it’s clear the 2016 Summit is shaping up to be the premier event for small business decision makers to discuss and shape how their interests are represented in Australia.
“This once-a-year event is the best opportunity for leaders in the small business community to connect with decision makers and key influencers to create economic growth and we look forward to kicking off what we hope will be a highly productive year,” said Mr. Nielson.
As the premier policy event for small business representatives, government and industry leaders, the Vodafone National Small Business Summit has locked in a number of high profile speakers who continue to contribute to the voice of small businesses in Australia, allowing the needs of this community of more than 3 million to take centre stage.
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