Highlights from 2018

NSW is the home to many successful small business owners and we are proud to share their story.

Women in business

‘Empowering Your Female Leadership Genius’

Webinar – Women in business

The 60-minute Beyond Focal Point webinar ‘Empowering Your Female Leadership Genius’ was presented by leadership performance coach, keynote speaker, author and media commentator Muffy Churches.

The webinar targeted women in business and focused on affirming their natural strengths, traits, and attributes. It also aimed to inspire female business leaders to upgrade their business dreams, validate their beliefs about what can be achieved, and empower them with tips and techniques to help them thrive and drive their business success.

Aboriginal Businesses

‘Finding your passion and creating a successful business’

Seminar – Aboriginal Businesses

John Kundereri Moriarty AM, an Australian Design Hall of Fame inductee, was the keynote speaker at the event hosted by Dubbo Regional Council. John shared his entrepreneurial journey as co-founder of Australia’s leading Indigenous design and strategy consultancy firm, and as co-founder of the not-for-profit Nangala Project.

Panellists included Debbie Barwick, Herb Smith and Luke Penrith, who generously shared their unique insights and experiences to inspire the business people who attended this exciting and informative event.

Using Social Media—Skills for Business

‘Using Social Media—Skills for Business’

Seminar – Marketing & Social Media

Hosted by TAFE NSW, the ‘Using Social Media—Skills for Business’ seminar featured presenters who gave practical tips and advice on how to use social media, including Facebook and Instagram, to effectively grow a small business.

Participants thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and subsequently signed up to the fully funded Skills for Business program.

Expert insights with small business

‘Expert insights with small business’

Seminar – Disruption Ready

Hosted by the NSW Government, this free Sydney seminar brought together two of the world’s online giants, LinkedIn and Facebook, to share expert insights on how small businesses can invest in social media marketing strategies and focus on engagement for their business.

Participants were treated to tips on getting started on LinkedIn with both organic and paid options, how to boost their presence on social networks such as Facebook, how clients and consumers interact with businesses online and—most importantly—how to adapt to disruption.

Starting a business

‘Pizza & PitchFest’

Pitch Fest – Starting a business

The fast-paced and unique ‘Pizza & PitchFest’ event was all about innovation and new ideas. Local businesses pitched their small business ideas to a panel of judges that included the mayor, local business leaders and the Canberra Innovation Network. Prizes included one-on-one mentoring services, a rent-free hot desk at a co-workspace and a collection of support services to help entrepreneurs launch their start up.

Eleven locals entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to over 70 supportive attendees and are now on the way to establishing their business in Goulburn’s CBD with council’s continuing support.

Big Data for Small Business

‘Big Data for Small Business’

Seminar – Digital Future

Business Connect service provider Valiant Finance hosted the ‘Big Data for Small Business’ seminar, geared towards small business owners in hospitality needing guidance on organising data collection to derive cash flow, gain customer insights and improve market position.

Tyson Lloyd (Head of Strategic Partnership and Data Innovation, Xero) and Chelsea Ford (Founder, Females in Food) took part in a discussion chaired by Valiant’s Declan Burton-Clark, exploring technologies and software data solutions for small business. A question-and-answer forum and networking session followed the presentations, allowing business owners to share their business questions and concerns.