Small Business Council to discus key policy issues for owners at Summit Start-up Reception

AUSTRALIA’s premier body representing the needs of small businesses, the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA), are hosting a Small Business Start-Up Reception to kick-off the Vodafone National Small Business Summit, Australia’s premier policy event for small business representatives, government and industry leaders which will take place in Melbourne, 23–25 August.

The networking event will provide a unique opportunity for small business owners to meet and talk to industry decision-makers, including Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA and COSBOA board members, to discuss key issues currently facing more than 2 million small businesses across Australia, including pay penalty rates, bank payments, cyber security and more.

WHAT: Small Business Start-Up Reception
WHEN: 6:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday 23 August 2017
WHERE: Event Centre Collins Square, 727 Collins St, Melbourne
PRICE: Early bird: $75.00 until 31 July; Standard: $90.00
DRESS CODE: Smart Casual

The event will include an address from Mr Strong, in addition to a panel discussion between some of Australia’s leading young entrepreneurs delving into the topic of 'how can schools empower more student entrepreneurs?' The panel will include: Felicity Furey, founder of Machinam; Jamin Heppell, founder of HeadQuarters Australia and Jarad Dyson, leading teacher.

Peter Strong, passionate small business advocate and CEO of COSBOA, urges small business owners to attend and take this one-off opportunity to share, learn and have your say on policy.

“COSBOA is proud to represent the interests of small businesses, the Small Business Start-Up Reception provides a valuable opportunity for small business owners to meet with key industry representatives and share personal insights into the opportunities and challenges of business ownership in the current economic climate,” said Mr Strong.

In addition, a specially curated Small Business Marketplace will showcase crucial industry suppliers and provide an opportunity for business owners to ask questions, feedback and advice for your business. Marketplace contributors include: Vodafone, Amex, Google, Spotcap, the Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Ombudsman, ATO Single Touch Payroll, Fair Work Ombudsman, ASIC, Austbrokers, Nationwide Super and Symantec.

To register for the Small Business Start-Up Reception, visit

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