Highlights from 2019
NSW Small Business Month supports small and medium sized businesses to succeed. In our fourth consecutive year, we are proud to share these highlights from our 2019 festival.
‘Connecting and collaborating with bigger business’
Seminar – Growing Companies Connect Event
Hosted by the Foundational Business Centre in partnership with ANZ Small Business Banking, the event focused on connecting small business with larger companies, business owners and management teams.
MC Kerrie Sheaves led a panel discussion of executives from leading Australian businesses—including Coleman Greig Lawyers and Ventura Health—to discuss strategic partnering. From how they choose niche service providers to their expectations of small business, the panel shared real-life experiences and success stories of big and small businesses working together.
‘Unlocking the Asian market for small business’
Speed Mentoring Night – HHQ Asia
They say you can’t be what you can’t see. The Asia Speed Mentoring Night – Expert Insights Into Asia event hosted by Haymarket HQ as part of Spark Festival brought together small businesses keen to expand into Asian markets to connect with mentors and founders who have done just that.
Over two hours, 60 small businesses tapped into the skills of 10 mentors—including Jason Yat-sen Li from Vantage Asia Holdings and Matthew Proft from the Sydney Innovation and Technology Precinct. The mentors offered personalised advice for small businesses with big export dreams across consumer expectations, new markets and raising capital across a range of Asian destinations.
‘Taking Council quotes out of the too-hard basket’
Workshop – Northern Beaches Council
Doing business with local government can be daunting for small business – only 16% understand how to navigate Council procurement processes to quote to supply goods or services.
But the Northern Beaches Council Procurement team are determined to break down barriers and put working with Council back on the agenda for small businesses and local suppliers.
For the second year running, the team have used NSW Small Business Month to help local businesses understand procurement processes and how to put their best foot forward in quotes and tender responses.
‘A Business Shower to mark the milestone’
Event – NSW New Business Shower
The new generation of business owners celebrated their step into the small business world at the NSW New Business Shower.
The event was hosted by new business owner Sarah Nelson and Next Door, officiated by The Hon. Damien Tudehope MLC Minister for Finance and Small Business.
Over 55 new businesses founders represented a cross section of NSW small business with businesses of 1 up to a team of 50 from Armidale, Dubbo, Goulburn, Parramatta, Tamworth and Sydney.
‘Planning to grow in Penrith’
Coffee Catch Up – Progress for Success
A panel of small business and industry experts joined the Progress for Success event to share their experiences with local Penrith businesses, organised by Penrith CBD Corporation.
The panel experts discussed broad business topics across HR compliance, marketing, business growth and key plans for financial success.
The Hon. Damien Tudehope MLC Minister for Finance and Small Business was joined at the NSW Small Business Month event by Stuart Ayres MP Member for Penrith and Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism & Western Sydney.
‘Hacking big business growth secrets’
Event – Unlocking the Big Success Secrets for Small Businesses
Digital analytics tech company Digivizer believe in the power of small business to compete in any market. With small size comes increased agility – if you know what to do with it.
Attendees heard from speakers including Digivizer CEO and co-founder Emma Lo Russo on the challenges of small business growth and Oh Crap’s Henry Reith on scaling a business based on eco-friendly dog poo bags. A host of small business champions took attendees through specific strategies to getting in front of big business, managing risk, and culture-building even in the smallest of businesses.
‘15 minutes a day to transform small business socials’
Online course – Social Media Accelerator
Social media can be overlooked by time-poor business owners. There’s always something new to learn, and it can feel overwhelming to just start.
The Scale Institute and BLD ACDMY developed a self-paced online program to help business people skip the theory and get to the how-to of building and amplifying their LinkedIn or Instagram presence and engagement.
Almost 200 SME’s committed to spending 15 minutes a day—following the Social Media Accelerator roadmap of actions—to grow their social media presence and take the guesswork out of business socials.