Welcome to SEAANZ

Since 1987 the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand Ltd (SEAANZ) has served as a focal point for research, education, policy and practice in the field of small to medium enterprise and entrepreneurship.

SEAANZ is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee that is an independent voice in understanding the nature of small firms, how they operate and how they might be supported by government, industry and academia.

SEAANZ is an affiliate member of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), a global organisation founded in 1955, and a member of the Asia Council for Small Business (ACSB), a regional affiliate body of the ICSB founded in 2013. 

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Vale Brian Gibson SEAANZ President 2010 – 2012 and Life member

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Professor Brian Gibson, well known by many in the SEAANZ community and respected internationally for his contributions to the small business sector.


Why the word Entrepreneurship should be abandoned

In a challenging review in the latest issue of Small Enterprise Research (24.2), renowned entrepreneurship expert Simon Bridge contends that entrepreneurship is an invented concept and myth. Tracing the history of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship from its early 20th century origins to present day, Bridge posits that there is still no single widely accepted definition of the word entrepreneurship or accepted model of how entrepreneurship operates. Bridge argues that ‘entrepreneurship’ as currently conceived does not exist and the word should be abandoned. This provocative review confronts some of the fundamental premises of ‘entrepreneurship’ and offers thought-provoking insight to how the field might advance. Further details found here >>>

Small Enterprise Research - Latest Articles

Small Enterprise Research (SER) publishes three issues a year. Access to these issues is available on the journal's website from Taylor & Francis.  

For access to the journal's latest articles and all past issues of SER click on the following link:

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SER Special Issue on Small Business Policy

Small businesses comprise the majority of all firms across most of the world's economies. They are also seen as major contributors of job creation and economic growth. This special issue of Small Enterprise Research focuses on small business policy throughout the world. Leading academic researchers and policy advisors have contributed articles to this issue, which provides a unique collection of perspectives on this important issue. Read more >>>

Celebrating 30 Years of SEAANZ

It all started in the 1980s

In 1987 the digital revolution was just taking off and the personal computer, internet and mobile telephone were still in their infancy. Yet Miami Vice, Disco and the Sony Walkman were big hits. It was a time of change and a recognition of the importance of small firms to the national economy. SEAANZ was founded in 1987 and in 2017 we celebrate 30 years of continuously servicing our "four pillars" of research, education, policy and practice, in the best interests of enhancing the small enterprise sector.If you are a member, or past member who has attended our conferences and has memories to share you can help us celebrate, read more>>>

SEAANZ Enterprise Academy launches in Fiji

During October 2016 SEAANZ launched its Enterprise Academy in Suva, Fiji with a five day program run in conjunction with the University of the South Pacific. This program focused on building up the confidence and networking of young Fijians and helping them learn about enterprise and entrepreneurship. Over five days they created their own pop up businesses working collaboratively in teams. Read more>>>

Annual General Meeting of SEAANZ Ltd

Formal Notification

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) Ltd will be held from 2.00 - 3.00pm AEDT on Monday 9 October 2017, Level 14 Board Room, Collins Street Business Centre (CSBC), 330 Collins St, Melbourne VIC, 3000.  More details>>>

SEAANZ Research Book Series 2015 Edition

The second edition of the SEAANZ Research book series has been published. This edition focuses on SMEs in the digital economy and provides a range of perspectives from academic reseachers through industry and government. Edited by Bernice Kotey, Tim Mazzarol, Delwyn Clark, Tui McKeown and Martina Battisti, the edition has contributions from Dr Michael Schaper, Deputy Commissioner ACCC; Mark Brennan, Australian Small Business Commissioner; and Claire Phelan, Canon Business Services. This book offers a unique perspective of the challenges facing SMEs in Australia and New Zealand as they seek to deal with the rise of the digital, online and mobile economy of the future. Read more>>>

Highlights of the 28th Annual SEAANZ Conference






The 28th Annual SEAANZ Conference took place in Melbourne 1-3 July 2015 at the National Australia Bank's "The Village" 700 Bourke Street. It was a fantastic event. Click here to read more>>>

28th Annual SEAANZ Conference Papers






The papers from the 28th Annual SEAANZ conference, 1-3 July 2015 are now available. Click here to read more>>>


SEAANZ Enterprise Academy Fiji 2016 11 Oct 2016 to 15 Oct 2016
ICSB World Conference 2016 15 Jun 2016 to 18 Jun 2016
ACERE 2016 Conference 2 Feb 2016 to 5 Feb 2016

Become a Member

SEAANZ welcomes new members. Please click through to our membership benefits page or download the membership application form and submit to our Secretariat. For existing members you can now renew online via the following links.

Find out about membership benefits

New membership application form download: [Membership Application Form].

Existing membership renewals here: [Membership Payment]