National Small Business Conference 2016

The 29th Annual SEAANZ Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, on 10-12 August 2016.

Call for Papers/Guides for Authors

The call for papers has already opened with the submission deadline set for 2 June 2016. Quality academic research papers, doctoral student research and papers from a policy or practice perspective are welcome. All papers will be peer reviewed. Further details of Key dates, the Conference Themes, Prizes, and Guidelines for Authors are available here.


The conference committee is developing an exciting 3-day program of high-level keynote presentations to engage delegates by experts in the local and international arena of entrepreneurship. For more information on the conference program please click here.


With an expected audience of around 200 delegates and an exhibition of over 20+ sponsors and exhibitors, the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand will bring together industry professionals from across Australia and overseas and promises to be an excellent learning and networking opportunity. We hope to welcome you to Melbourne in 2016!

Please note that Early Bird Registration has now closed. Standard Registrations Close on 5 August.

For more information on registration please click here.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Since 1987 the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand Ltd (SEAANZ) has served as a focal point for researchers, educators, policy makers and practitioners interested in understanding, operating and supporting small to medium enterprises. The conference offers sponsors and exhibitors the following opportunities:

  • Position your brand in front of more than 200 attendees all with a direct interest in the small business and entrepreneurial industry.
  • Promote your business to a direct audience of small business owners, policy makers, educators and researchers.
  • Create brand awareness amongst the small enterprise industry.
  • Access the latest current and emerging research in the small enterprise domain.

The Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand Ltd (SEAANZ) is excited to invite you to partner with us in presenting the 2016 Conference.

A Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus for the event is now available here.

For further information on Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities contact:

Kirsten McVean
Kirsten McVean Event Management
0414 841 278

Social Functions

The 2016 Conference provides many opportunities to network and catch up with colleagues and friends. Please indicate if you will be attending these functions upon registering. Additional tickets are available for purchase. Further details about the functions are available here.

Venue Information

The conference will be held in The Village, National Australian Bank (NAB) in Melbourne. It is located next to Etihad Stadium, within the Docklands precinct.


  • Take the stairs or escalator from Spencer St.
  • Pass over Southern Cross Station by following the footbridge.
  • Enter the NAB 700 Bourke St Building at the end of the footbridge.
  • After the revolving door, walk straight ahead, between the stairs and escalators
  • Follow signs to The Village and check-in with the Host on arrival.
  • A shuttle bus is the cheapest way to get from the airport to the city and it costs $18 each way.

Conference Activities

The conference will take place over two days with keynote speakers, a conference dinner, networking events and other other activities. More information will be provided as we update our conference events. A full conference program will be circulated early in 2016.

Accommodation and Transport

Several hotels are located within close proximity to the conference venue. They are close to public transport for ease of access to the conference venue. For more information about hotel accommodation, please click here.

Melbourne offers several attractions for visitors. Participants who want to see Melbourne after the conference should visit this website for information on places to go: That's Melbourne.

For further information on the 2016 SEAANZ Conference contact:

Kirsten McVean
Kirsten McVean Event Management
0414 841 278

Conference Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Silver Sponsor