Images from the 27th SEAANZ Annual Conference

The 27th SEAANZ Annual Conference took place from 16-18 July 2014 at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney. Over 100 people participated in the event across all three days. The following pictures were captured during the conference.












Above left: Claire Phelan, Innovation Manager, BPS Canon Business Services speaks on the topic of "Digitise to survive, automate to compete and innovate to win. Above right: Janett Egber, Manager Strategic Partnerships Small Business, National Australia Bank speaks about "The Village" co-working space at 700 Bourke Street, Melbourne.




Right: Mark Brennan, Australian Small Business Commissioner speaks about the role of the Small Business Commissioner and the process of dispute resolution for small businesses and the need for advocacy on behalf of small firms.


Far right: Dr Swee L Mak, Director, Future Manufacturing Flagship CSIRO speaks on the future of manufacturing in the digital age and the outlook for manufacturing SMEs in a digital economy. 

Below left: Professor Alex Frino, Dean of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management speaks about the challenges facing small firms when seeking to raise capital on stock markets. Below right: Mark Chapman, Executive Officer of Bentleys Australia speaks about the study undertaken by Bentley's into small business known as "The Voice of Australian Business".












Below left: Professor Delwyn Clark, University of Waikato and Patti Poole, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) speak about the establishment of the New Zealand SME Research Hub, a joint initiative between SEAANZ, MBIE and the New Zealand Treasury. Below right: Dr Warren Mundy, Productivity Commissioner, speaks on the topic of regulators and their engagement with small business owners and the challenges of finding a balance between sensible regulation and protection of the public.















Far left: Professor Tim Mazzarol, SEAANZ President presents Dr Martin Bliemel from the University of New South Wales, with the best paper award for the conference. 


Left: Professor Brian Gibson, past SEAANZ President, speaks to the conference upon the awarding of a Life Membership for his outstanding contribution to SEAANZ over the past 27 years.




Below left: David Eaton, Western Australian Small Business Commissioner speaks during the small business policy forum dealing with dispute resolution for small firms and the role of the federal and state Small Business Commissioners. Also on the panel are (from left to right) Geoff Browne, Victorian Small Business Commissioner; Candace Barron, Director, Dispute Resolution Unit, Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner; Mark Brennan, Australian Small Business Commissioner; and Frank Zumbo, Acting South Australian Small Business Commissioner. Below right: The audience listens during the 27th SEAANZ Annual Conference.















Right: Dr Michael Schaper, Deputy Commissioner, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, speaks at the policy panel focusing on "Regulators, red tape and SMEs". To his right is Dr Warren Mundy, Productivity Commissioner. To his left is Andrew Conway, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Public Accountants and Ken Phillips, Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia.


Far right: Paul Conway, New Zealand Productivity Commission speaks on the topic of SMEs and their contribution to job creation. His paper made reference to the New Zealand economy in context of the OECD employment statistics. 



Below left: Jason Buchanan, GM Insights and Innovation, Optimum Consulting Group, speaks about the importance of identifying organisational trends, opportunities and risks in real time using digital technologies. Below right: The audience at the 27th SEAANZ Annual Conference listens to the key note speakers.















Right: The Hon Victor Michael Dominello MP, New South Wales Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, speaks about the policy of the NSW Government towards the enhancement of Aboriginal business growth through state supply contracts. To his left is Debbie Barwick, CEO NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Trevor Sartour, CEO Building Indigenous Capability. 


Far right: Roger La Salle, CEO La Salle Matrix Thinking, speaks to the audience about a structured approach to innovation described as "Opportunity capture and systematic thinking".



Below left: Dr Ella Henry, Te Ara Poutama, Auckland University of Technology, speaks about Maori small business and the challenges facing indigenous entrepreneurship in New Zealand. Below right: Professor Dennis Foley, University of Newcastle, addresses the audience during the Indigenous Enterprise forum held at the 27th SEAANZ Annual Conference. Professor Foley facilitated the workshop that examined the nature of Aboriginal and Maori small business and entrepreneurship, and the opportunities for enhancing growth amongst indigenous businesses.




























Above left: Professor Dennis Foley speaks to the Indgenous Enteprise panel including (left to right) Shane Jacobs, Director, Pacific Services Group; the Hon Victor Michael Dominello MP, NSW Minister for Aborginal Affairs; Debbie Barwick, CEO NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, and Trevor Satour, CEO Building Indigenous Capability.

Above: Victor Dominello, Debbie Barwick and Trevor Sartour.

Right: Professor Foley speaks to the conference with Aboriginal entrepreneurs and business owners seated to his left.