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Federal Budget paves way for small business-led national economic recovery, says Ombudsman

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Bruce Billson says the Federal Government’s 2021 Budget is a clear acknowledgement that small and family businesses are central to the nation’s economic recovery and future prosperity. The Budget includes several new, extended and enhanced measures to support small businesses including: $129.8 million to encourage entrepreneurship through

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Hospitality and tourism industries get student and international labour boost in Federal Budget

With a skills shortage causing major concerns across Australia’s hospitality and tourism sectors, the Federal Government has provided more visa flexibility to increase its support. The Government will remove existing work hour caps for Student Visa holders employed in the tourism and hospitality sector; a 40-hours per fortnight limit previously applied during study periods. In

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Small Business Connections Summit and TV Show

The SBC Summit included presentations and panel discussions on four comprehensive topics impacting small business in 2021. The SBC Summit provided visitors with a holistic education on critical topics presented by experts from a diverse range of industry backgrounds from government, private companies, renowned entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry influencers. During the one-day SBC Summit,

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Australia’s first live small business event returned to Melbourne 

We were thrilled to host Australia’s first live small business event since the pandemic started. The sixth annual B2B Expo and the inaugural SBC Summit commenced on April 21-22 in Melbourne at the Victory Room, Marvel Stadium.  We welcomed back hundreds of visitors from the country’s vibrant small-to-medium business community for the first in-person small

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How to build a business that thrives in the digital economy

You may not realise it, but you’re already an active part of the digital economy. As a business owner, how you choose to engage with it is up to you. There’s no way around it — if you’re in business, chances are you’re operating at least a part of that business with the assistance of

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Millennial-owned small businesses are on the rise

New research from Commonwealth Bank of Australia has found the number of millennial small business owners is on the rise, with many young Australians turning their business ideas into a reality. The number of new CBA Business Transaction Accounts surged 36 per cent over the past six months with Millennials (born between 1981 – 1996)

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Three growth strategies to implement when starting a business

Small businesses, with fewer than 20 employees, account for around 97 per cent of all businesses in Australia. Homegrown entrepreneurs punch well about their weight when it comes to their economic impact. Across 2018-19, small business contributed over $400 bn to the Australian GDP, showing how innovation and bright ideas are critical to economic activity. Building a business

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First live small business event returns to Melbourne

After a year that tested the small-to-medium business community like never before, survival mode can finally be switched off. It’s time for small businesses to start looking to the future by gaining new tools, reconnecting and planning for growth. Celebrate a return to ‘normal’ operations with two days of back-to-business events and seminars. The Small

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  • ABF Events are approved and listed below have been certified by Austrade on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.
  • This allows exhibitors, sponsors, delegates and partners to participate in the Business Events Grant Program. Note event bookings need to be confirmed ASAP to participate in the grant program
  • The program provides 50% rebate (based on a minimum spend of $20k) for approved items including ABF event-media packages, exhibition stands, corporate function tables, delegate registrations.
  • Govt Grant applications are now open until the 30 March. Please contact ABF to discuss how we can assist, we have experts to assist grant applications.
  • Grant funding will cover up to 50% of eligible expenditure incurred in participating at pre-approved business-to-business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year.  All grant applications must be submitted for approval via the following link: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/business-events-grants
  • For further information please see this fact sheet.