WA Small Business Forum - Stimulating innovation in SMEs

Event Date: 
18 February 2015
Curtin Graduate School of Business
78 Murray Street, Perth

With increasing Economic pressures, the slowing down of the Mining Boom and increasing pressures on climate and land use, the role and importance of Small and Medium Businesses has never been so pivotal to the future growth of the WA economy. SMEs account for over 90% of all companies listed in Australia, but tend to sit in the shadows of the Australian Giant companies and brands. Innovation in processes as well as products and services is essential to further the growth and importance of these companies.

We invite you to attend a panel discussion with leading figures in the WA Small Business arena to discuss what WA can do to improve Innovation in SMEs.

About the panel...

David Eaton, Commissioner of the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC)
David became WA’s first Small Business Commissioner and CEO of the SBDC in January 2012. In this dual role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SBDC including the Alternative Dispute Resolution service. David has extensive business management experience, beginning his career as a small business owner, growing the company from a small clothing and textile operation in Perth to a large manufacturing business, wholesaling and retailing throughout Australia.

Professor Mile Terziovski, Dean of the Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB)
Professor Terziovski is the Dean of the CGSB, and holds a tenured Professorial Chair in Innovation. An accomplished researcher in the field of Innovation, he has strong links with industry and the professions, and an outstanding academic record of scholarship ranging across innovation, entrepreneurship and quality management.

Professor Tim Mazzarol, University of Western Australia and President of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ)
SEAANZ Ltd 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. Established in 1987 it is dedicated to advancing research, education, policy and practice in the field of small enterprise.

Phillip Kemp, Business Foundations, Executive Director
Phillip Kemp is a professional advisor to small businesses, assisting at all stages of business life from startup, growth and exits, as well as commercialisation of technology and assistance with finance. Phillip is the executive director of Business Foundations Inc, a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing management assistance and training to owners of businesses.

We hope to see you at this exclusive event.

Curtin Graduate School of Business
9266 7755
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