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Small Business Summit at Southern Cross University - 19/05/2017

Professor Ian Eddie Southern Cross University will host the annual Small Business Association of Australia’s Summit at the Gold Coast campus on 30-31 May, with an unprecedented collaboration of key stakeholders, Government and business owners.

The Summit is designed to bring small businesses from around the country together to collaborate, learn and further understand the constraints and challenges facing SMEs in Australia.

Financing Small Business and The Tax System Simplified for Small Business Enterprises SMEs are key topics of the Summit’s program, which will attract delegates from around the country to the University’s Gold Coast campus, conveniently located next to the Gold Coast Airport.

The Small Business Summit will deliver a series of high level workshops, focusing on crucial pillars, providing attendees with the opportunity for valuable input into what will become the blueprint for policy making for SMEs, The Small Business Charter of Australia.

Delegates will make submissions to be considered in the drafting of this historic document. A free Q and A Public Forum will begin at 1pm Wednesday 31 May for members of the public who want to find out more about the Small Business Charter of Australia, but do not want to participate as a delegate, all they need to do is register.

Southern Cross University Professor Ian Eddie (pictured) will present a summary of the new draft regulation governing Crowd Sourced Funding, examining the legislative framework, the obligations of CSF recipients, the protections provided to CSF providers and provide a critical analysis of the overall costs and benefits of CSF to the small business sector of the Australian economy.

Professor Eddie will be joined by Director Business Development SME, federal Government Export Credit Agency’s Leela Hanson, Anthony Cerantonio from Forensic Accounting Group, and Executive Director of Finance Brokers Association of Australia Peter White, among others.

Southern Cross University Head of School Professor Elizabeth Roberts said the School of Business and Tourism was delighted to support the Summit and was committed to supporting the large number of small to medium businesses in the community it serves.

“The decision to hold the Summit at our Gold Coast campus demonstrates the close relationship between the School and key industry stakeholders,” Professor Roberts said.

“With a focus on the sustainability and productivity of small-to-medium enterprises and regions, the School’s research-led framework achieves graduate success through quality, blended learning experiences, and excellence in regional and community engagement.”

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Media contact: Jessica Huxley, Southern Cross University Gold Coast, 07 5589 3024 or 0417 288 794.

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