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Wed 18 - Thu 19 May 2022
Victory Room, Marvel Stadium, Docklands

17-18-19 May 2022, Marvel Stadium, Melb.

17-18-19 May 2022
Marvel Stadium, Docklands, Melb.

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17-18-19 May 2022
Marvel Stadium, Docklands, Melb.

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BUSINESS ESSENTIALS SEMINAR

Wed 18 - Thurs 19 - May 2022 | Victory Room, Marvel Stadium, Docklands, Melbourne

Hear directly from SME business leaders l Fireside chats l Industry experts addressing critical small business topics l 45 minute industry panels

The free to attend SmallBiz Essentials Seminar Series held during the Small Business Expo 2022 includes informative, daily industry panel discussions addressing a single topic impacting the small business sector in 2022, presented by entrepreneurs, CEOs, senior government officials, thought leaders and executives from major Australian and global companies.

10:30

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11:00

Historically, SMEs and their employees have been excluded from the financial and personal benefits available to the big end of town – despite employing over a third of the private sector workforce in Australia. In this session, the Co-Founder of Australia’s largest pay and benefits platform, will discuss their work democratising access to the most important tools for employee attraction and retention, and explore how small businesses can compete for talent with the most well-resourced businesses in the country.

Speaker(s):

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Flare

11:15

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12:00

When 73% of SMEs are looking for solutions to combat late payments along with avoiding becoming 1 in 5 SME’s who are currently targeted with fraudulent invoices, implementing e-invoicing along with automating their accounts payable and receivables process, is a no brainer.

Speaker(s):

CTO & Co-Founder

Cynch Security

Speaker(s):

Technical Advisor, Assurance & Emerging Technologies

CPA

Speaker(s):

Account Director, Indirect Tax

Deloitte

Speaker(s):

Co-Founder and CEO

LUCA Plus

12:15

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13:00

Take advantage of growing consumer interest in excellent service while meeting the market’s post-pandemic higher customer service expectations. Identity is a crucial tool for SMB companies as they seek to outpace industry challenges and deliver amazing, trusted customer experiences for customers and employees.

Speaker(s):

Regional VP of Sale

Okta

Speaker(s):

Vice President SMB, APAC

Zendesk

Speaker(s):

Director, Engagement & Marketing

13:15

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14:00

How small businesses can utilize social media? Interacting with consumers on social media is an important marketing strategy for small businesses. Using social media helps you build brand awareness, increase your customer base, and connect with current customers.

Speaker(s):

Growth Director

Attention Experts

Speaker(s):

Director

Engaging Social Media

Speaker(s):

Chief Navigator (GM)

Navii

14:15

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15:00

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.

Speaker(s):

CEO

Australian Finance Industry Association

Speaker(s):

General Manager Commercial Lending Product and BFA

Commonwealth Bank

Speaker(s):

Founder

FOXI

Speaker(s):

Founder & Principal Consultant

The Launch Pad Co.

15:00

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15:30

As small businesses work on recovery and navigating COVID normal, resolving disputes quickly and getting back to business has never been more important. Victorian Small Business Commissioner Lynda McAlary-Smith will walk through good practices that small business people can adopt to avoid and resolve disputes and ways the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) can help.

Speaker(s):

Commissioner

Victorian Small Business Commission

15:35

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15:55

Women leaders everywhere are saying the same thing: "We don’t want everything to go back to the way it was before!". But, how do we take the lessons and revelations of the last two years and use them to create better and more equitable working environments? Leela Cosgrove, Founder and CEO of Strategic Anarchy and Australian Chapter Leader of the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network, discusses the current reality women entrepreneurs find themselves in and how we can incorporate the best of what we've discovered through the pandemic into our working lives (with bonus Alice in Wonderland metaphors!)

Speaker(s):

CEO & Founder

Iron Cage

10:30

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11:00

As Victoria’s peak business body, the Chamber represents the collective voice of 50,000 members and clients. Every size, every sector and right across the State. Our strength is certainly in our numbers. What you may not realise is that the Victorian Chamber is also a business in our own right, employing more than 200 staff; a passionate team who work hard every day to help business. We are the largest providers of apprentices and trainees in the State and a Registered Training Organisation. We have a first-class workplace relations support service and we are the largest provider of certificates of origin – which businesses need to export - in the country. We understand the challenges involved in running a business and managing people. We are a not-for-profit but our mindset is one of operating like a business. We get business.

Speaker(s):

CEO

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

11:15

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12:00

The retail sector is undergoing monumental change, highlighting the emergence of entirely new trends and accelerating the progress of pre-existing ones. Join Afterpay's Kellie Clenton as she discusses the future of the retail industry over the next 3 and 7-10 years.

Speaker(s):

Founder

Sage and Clare

Speaker(s):

Founder

THATSSOFETCH

Speaker(s):

Director & Co-Founder

KICKSTW

Speaker(s):

Founder

Bangn Body

Speaker(s):

Senior Director | SMB APAC

Afterpay

12:15

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13:00

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

Speaker(s):

General Manager Digital Business Institutional

Commonwealth Bank

Speaker(s):

CEO & Founder

Maralytics

Speaker(s):

Chief Navigator (GM)

Navii

Speaker(s):

APAC Head of Consumer and SME Business

Instarem (NIUM)

Speaker(s):

Technical Services Manager

Y365

13:15

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14:00

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

Speaker(s):

Founder & CEO

Pappyon

Speaker(s):

GM

StudioHawk

Speaker(s):

CEO & Founder

Iron Cage