Business owners and business organisations will have the opportunity to collaborate with key stakeholders and policy makers with the sole agenda to bring about much needed positive and long lasting change, which will take place at the inaugural Small Business Association of Australia Summit at the end of May.

In what will be a historic event, The Summit on behalf of small business owners, will deliver a series of high level workshops, focusing on crucial pillars, providing attendees with the opportunity for valuable input into what will become the blueprint for policy making for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises).

Held over two days, from 30th – 31st May 2017, at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus, The Summit’s objectives are to deliver the foundation for sound policies, derived by a better understanding of the real challenges and needs of SMEs.


For policy makers, the goal to is to provide a framework for a fairer, level playing field for SMEs.

Anne Nalder, Founder and CEO of Small Business Association of Australia, believes strongly that due to the complexities faced by SMEs in a global market, ever-changing rules and draconian regulation and competition, government and policy makers need to adopt a more sophisticated approach towards small business by providing an economic plan based on good policies.

“We have thought very hard about what challenges small businesses face in our country and we would like to mirror the Small Business Act of the EU,” said Anne. “Australia presently has no framework of this calibre and I believe it’s time government changed its philosophy and worked towards helping small business instead of deterring it.”

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The Summit is comprised of a robust program, designed to elicit a working framework that focuses on ten essential topics. “Our end goal is the creation of a national Small Business Charter that, supported by further lobbying, will form key policy in Australia.”

“We have experts in their fields attending the event to collaborate with business owners and critical stakeholders to make this change,” explained Anne. Groundswell surrounding the Summit has already been overwhelming and is attracting business owners, industry leaders and key figures from all spheres of national government and legislature.

“We have key personnel attending, such as the Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Small Business Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the President of the ACTU, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman,” said Anne.

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“In addition, Fairwork Australia and Federal Queensland State Government representatives from the Office of Small Business and Treasury will also be in attendance, who will be working alongside business owners and many experts in the fields of accounting, law and entrepreneurship, in an unprecendented way for small business.”

The ten topics, or pillars, to be covered at the two-day Summit include:

  1. Corporate Structures of the Future for SMEs
  2. Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  3. Industrial Relations
  4. The Internet of Everything  – technology challenges and opportunities for SMEs
  5. Help SMEs Internationalise Through Trade
  6. Financing Small Business
  7. The Tax System simplified for SMEs
  8. The Legal System simplified for SMEs
  9. Making Regulations Responsive to SME needs and;
  10. Made in Australia – Manufacturing.