1st Wed & 2nd Thu I December 2021
Medallion Club, Marvel Stadium,
Docklands, Melbourne.

Count down to the SBC FORUM

Forum Program | Key Topics

Funding Options in 2021: Big Money for Small Business

Hear from financial industry experts providing an in-depth review on a range of funding options that are rapidly expanding into the small-to-medium business sector. This panel discussion will empower small business owners on how to make critical decisions on cash flow and finance.

Traditional small business lending has changed forever due to the impact of the current economic environment, new BNPL solutions, the explosion of the fintech sector, the emergence of neo-banks and the ever-changing needs of SMBs. Take this opportunity to evaluate funding options, discover the latest trends and become educated on short-medium or long term financing solutions.

Don’t be one of the half a million Australian small businesses that are unaware of alternative finance sources. While securing traditional finance may have become harder in 2020, funding options available in 2021 are actually more diverse than ever. 

Cybersecurity: The Single Largest Threat to Small Businesses

Don’t take a gamble on your business. The risks of cybercrime on small businesses have never been higher; data breaches can ruin a business’s reputation and ransomware can shut businesses overnight. COVID-19 and the WFH model has only exacerbated this trend. Hear from a panel of cybersecurity experts discussing the latest SMB cybercrime trends, cyber insurance, affordable tools, time-saving techniques and life-saving software. Every business owner and manager has a responsibility in today’s environment to understand their legal obligations to take every possible opportunity to understand cybersecurity risks and not to become another statistic ( 43% of all cybercrime in Australia targets small business). Learn how to audit your cybersecurity risks by understanding the challenges, current trends and costs associated with enhancing cybersecurity. 

The Race to Digitalise: Marketing your Brand Online

Digital marketing and e-commerce are dynamic and ever-evolving industries and essential for all online businesses. Hear from leading industry experts and keep up to speed on the latest trends and techniques to drive your business. Consumer trends post-pandemic show a clear preference for online services. Keynote speakers on this panel are major players in the online retail industry and will help small businesses achieve their e-commerce goals by sharing invaluable expertise on improving online business platforms. Review, update and improve your online business across payment gateways, online marketplaces, web design and digital retail marketing and gain insight on how to access the federal budget’s $800 million digitalisation package. 

Future Trends, Solutions and Technology

Knowing what future trends, solutions and technology will affect your small business in 2022 and beyond will future-proof your business and provide an edge on your competition. Position your business ahead of the trends by understanding the future small business landscape, creating a dynamic business strategy and planning for change. Hear from business leaders working across a range of channels affecting small business innovation. Learn from trailblazing entrepreneurs, innovators, futurists and economists about how the small business landscape, labour market, and technology will change over the next ten years. Update your 2022 strategy with expert advice from an engaging panel discussion and get ahead of the competition by understanding and embracing emerging trends and technology.

SBC Forum Program

Thu 16th - Fri 17th September 2021

(Previous Event Program) 

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

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


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