Thu 4th – Fri 5th November 2021

Medallion Club, Marvel Stadium,

Docklands, Melbourne.

Count down to the SBC FORUM

Small Business Connections Forum

Thu 16th - Fri 17th September 2021

(Previous Event Program) 

*New event program coming soon for Nov 4-5, 2021!

During the one-day SBC Forum guests can hear from leading business experts on four in-depth topics. Speakers will be presenting their knowledge, tools and original solutions to empower and elevate the small business sector in the post-pandemic era.

  • Future Business Trends: explore what’s next for the small business sector.
  • Cyber Crime: learn about small business vulnerability and cybersecurity.
  • Funding Options for 2021: discover new financing and fintech solutions.
  • Digital Marketing Matters: get ahead of vital digital trends and tools.

SBC Leaders Luncheon

  • 12:30-02:00PM

The business leaders luncheon is a high-profile event linking Australian businesses with the most important leaders within the Australia-Asia space. With the keynote address to be given by high profile speakers, this is an event not to be missed.

SBC Mix-at-Six Networking

  • 05:30-06:30PM

SBC Mix at Six Networking Function allows delegates to forge relationships and connect exhibitors and industry leaders. It is a perfect setting to discuss presentations and products, and provides unrivalled opportunities to broaden your business network, share ideas and exchange business experiences.

SBC Forum Program

10:30 AM
11:20 AM

Session 1: Future Business Trends Post COVID-19

The pandemic changed how businesses operate around the world and has had lasting impacts on how small businesses, in particular, fail or succeed.  Discover the biggest future business trends that will affect your small business in 2021 across finance, advertising, Tech and IT. 

SBC TV Host- Director, Gravia Media-  Future trends in advertising
DR JANA MATTHEWS (10:50 AM) ANZ Chair in Business Growth, Director – Australian Centre for Business Growth, Uni SA – Future trends in business and growth

NEIL ROYLE (11:05 AM) Cybersecurity & Technology Consultant – IT, OT & IoT – Kaspersky  – Future trends in tech and IT

11:45 AM
12:50 PM

Session 2: Cyber Crime: just like taxes, it's not going away

With employees working from home and businesses cutting costs for security, small businesses are more vulnerable to cyber-crime than ever before. Hear from industry experts about how to safeguard your small-to-medium business from potential online threats and hackers.

MODERATORCybersecurity & Technology Consultant – IT, OT & IoT – Kaspersky  


Managing Director – Virtual IT Managed Services 

CRAIG GILLIES (11:55 AM) Director – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises – Australia Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) 


Ex Team Leader at DEA , FBI, Ministries of Interior in Europe and Middle East 

PANEL DISCUSSION  AND Q&A (12:25 – 12:50 PM)

01:10 PM
02:25 PM

Session 3: Funding Options for Small Business in 2021

Access to finance and cashflow were some of the biggest small business challenges last year. It’s time to get on top of small business finance including government grants, small business loans and cutting edge fintech and digital currency options. 
Director – Gravia Media – SBC TV Host 

LEO TYNDALL (1:15 PM) Founder – Marketlend

ANDREW BARKER (1:25 PM) Chief Marketing Officer –Qoin

LISA WEINSTEIN (1:35 PM) Chief Partnership Officer – Bizpay



Feature session: The economic outlook for businesses in 2021

Hear from a leading analyst on the rapidly evolving economic landscape for small businesses

DAVID ROBERTSON (2:05 – 2:25 PM)

Head of Economic and Market Research –
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank 

02:35 PM
04:00 PM

Session 4: Digital Marketing Matters

With digitalisation engagement growing at rapid rate, this session connects the latest in business innovation from content marketing, AI and the latest-beneficial solutions. This is a must attend session to stay ahead of your competitors.


Director – Gravia Media – SBC TV Host 


Chief Product Officer – Whispir


Co founding Director – Gravia Media


Founder & Director – StudioHawk


12:35 - 13:05


A cyber security incident that impacts a small business can be devastating. Unfortunately, we at the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) see the impact of cyber security incidents each and every day, on individuals, large companies, and small businesses. Luckily, cyber security doesn’t have to be difficult. 

There are simple measures that if understood and implemented, can significantly avoid, or reduce the impact of, the most common cyber security incidents. This presentation will provide an overview of the cyber security threats small businesses face, some ACSC insights into the cyber security practises of small businesses, cyber security victim statistics and trends, and will provide important, simple, and effective actions small businesses can take to help protect themselves.

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Director, Technical Advice and Uplift – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises & Home Users, Protect and Assure Branch, Australian Signals Directorate – Australia Cyber Security Centre

Wed, 21st April 2021

08:30 AMRegistration
09:30 AM-11:00 AMFunding Options - FINTECH
11:00 AM-11:05 AMCoffee Break B2B Expo
11:30 AM - 01:00 PMCyber Crime
01:40 PM - 02:30 PMLunch Break
01:40 PM - 02:30 PMDigital Marketing Matters
02:30 PM - 02:45 PMCoffee Break B2B Expo
02:45 PM - 04:00 PMBusiness Trends Post COVID
04:30 PM - 05:30 PMNetworking Event Marvel Stadium

Thursday, 16th September 2021

08:30 AMRegistration
09:00 AM-10:30 AMSBC Forum Session ONE
10:30 AM-11:00 AMCoffee Break- Small Business Expo
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMSBC Forum Session TWO
12:30 PM - 02:00 PMSBC Business Leaders Luncheon
02:10 PM - 03:20 PMSBC Forum Session THREE
03:20 PM - 04:15 PMCoffee Break- Small Business Expo
04:15 PM - 05:20 PMSBC Forum Session FOUR
05:30 PM - 06:30 PMSBC Mix-at-Six Networking Function

Friday, 17th September 2021

08:30 AMRegistration
09:00 AM-10:30 AMSBC Forum Session ONE
10:30 AM-11:00 AMCoffee Break- Small Business Expo
11:00 AM - 12:30 PMSBC Forum Session TWO
12:30 PM - 02:00 PMSBC Business Leaders Luncheon
02:10 PM - 03:20 PMSBC Forum Session THREE
03:20 PM - 04:15 PMCoffee Break- Small Business Expo
04:15 PM - 05:20 PMSBC Forum Session FOUR
05:30 PM - 06:30 PMSBC Mix-at-Six Networking Function

Some of our speakers
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Small Business Connections Summit  & Small Business Expo will be presented in April and September to assist and empower business to embrace the challenges ahead.

As Government support and programs roll out following this year’s federal Budget, the last quarter of the year pending the holiday break and the start in 2021 is a critical time for SMEs to revive and develop key strategies to face the many uncertainties of operating a business in today’s market place.

Positioned as the last major SME business event this year, the combined Small Business Connections Summit and Small Business Expo will include over one hundred speakers and exhibitors and host thousands of visitors  in April and September.

Summit Topics

Critical topics on a range of important issues for SMEs including,

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Business leaders & industry experts
Government speakers

Small Business Connections Summit Speakers include representatives from the government sector, business leaders, c-level executives from publicly listed and major privately held companies, industry experts, opinion leaders, industry experts and key decision makers.

Small Business Connections Summit is a major focus for SMEs across all industry sectors  

Attending and/or sponsoring or exhibiting at the SBC Summit & Small Business Expo will help get your business back on track and minimise economic challenges with a focus on 2021.

SME growth and development are the cornerstone of the Small Business Connections Summit & Small Business Expo showcasing business successes, trends and solutions; address challenges and strategies in constantly changing marketplaces; connect entrepreneurs, thought leaders, social media influencers, government facilitators, industry experts and c-level executives from around Australia.

Small Business Connections (SBC) will harness an extensive network of SME stakeholders to present the inaugural Small Business Connections Summit & Small Business Expo 2021.

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