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July 13, 2017 MICE No Comments Email Email

Prominent business leaders and senior politicians, will come together to discuss key issues facing small businesses across Australia at the Vodafone National Small Business Summit in Melbourne on 23-25 August 2017.

Now in its 15th year the summit, hosted by the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA), is regarded as the premier event of the year to represent small business needs and will focus on “Collaboration and Communities” – building and strengthening partnerships between policy makers and industry leaders with the focus on the future of small business owners in Australia.

Across the two days, more than 30 speakers will discuss and debate significant matters facing small business people including banking and finance, regulation red-tape, cyber security, workplace relations, Vocational Education & Training (VET) and owner work-life balance.

The summit’s focus on banking requirements for small businesses and impact of managing financial stress will see respected voices from both sides of the fence, including the Hon Philip Dalidakis, Victorian Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade; Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and Anna Bligh, CEO of Australian Bankers’ Association, share insights and discuss how banks can improve how they operate with small business owners.

Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA commented on the vital role the Vodafone National Small Business Summit plays in maintaining and improving the business environment, economy and regulations that guide small business people.

“Collaboration between small businesses with big business and government is essential to creating an environment that allows small businesses and therefore the nation’s economy to thrive.

“Over nine in ten businesses across Australia are considered a small business, accounting for more than 33% of our nation’s GDP and 40% of the workforce. Yet, the level of regulation red-tape across government and stringent terms from corporations materially impacts the growth capacity for smaller companies.

“In 2017, the Vodafone National Small Business Summit will bring together the leading voices and decision makers in the industry to focus on what really matters to small business owners,” said Mr Strong.

The Summit will kick off on Wednesday, 23 August with the Small Business Start-Upreception where small business owners can meet and talk to industry leaders, followed by two days of Summit discussions.

COSBOA is the country’s peak body exclusively representing the interests of small businesses.

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