SBAA INTERNATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT 2021 - Small Business Association of Australia


Event Date:

June 10, 2021

Event Time:

7:00 am

Event Location:

Sea World Resort Conference Centre

The Small Business Association of Australia (SBAA) is proud to host its Bi Annual International Small Business Summit this year at Sea World Resort and Conference Centre, Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland Australia on Thursday, 10 and Friday, 11 June, 2021.


 Big bold new ideas

The coronavirus proved that our supply chains are broken, many small businesses destroyed and policy reform is seriously overdue. Post coronavirus will require the rebuilding of economies including small business and it will not be business as usual. Big, bold, new ideas are required to take us into the next decade and beyond.

The Summit is a two-day high-level event that will be attended by policy makers, academics, governments, international representatives, small and large businesses, and business organisations.

The Summit will concentrate on industrial relations, taxation, education and training, finance, technology, and trade.

Day 1 – Topics include finance, industrial relations, education & training, taxation and manufacturing.  Presenters will include different viewpoints from academia, government and business.

Day 2 –  International Trade for small business and Women in Business.

Academics will be asked to submit papers related to the summit topics.  At the end of the Summit, a communique will be issued followed by a report with recommendations to government.

The event will feature working breakfasts and luncheons on Thursday and Friday with a gala dinner and entertainment on Thursday evening plus a few surprises.


Evolution or revolution, A time for change

There are periods throughout history when the world experiences an event so powerful that things do not remain the same. It becomes a time for new ideas and change. Such a time arrived with the coronavirus. The status quo cannot remain the same and it is now time for change. As a global economy, Australia and other nations can enter the Golden Age, but the Golden Age will only be achievable if there are serious reforms for small business.

The Summit is such an event where great minds and ideas will come together.

Whilst it will be important for all sectors of business large and small to play their role in the rebuilding of the Australian and global economies, small business is the key to any long-term sustainable recovery.


96-99.7% of all businesses in contemporary economies are small businesses meaning they make up the bulk of businesses – globally. As an example, between Australian and Japanese small businesses, they make up approximately 6.5million small businesses. They are the economy.

The purpose of the Summit is to lay the foundations for good policies including new ideas, best business practices and ease of doing business for small businesses particularly doing trade with global economies.

This Summit is set to become a mini APEC having the support of these important organisations and our global partners. It will set the scene and create opportunities for the small business sector domestically and globally. It will forge relationships and produce an environment whereby small business can compete and prosper.

Small businesses are also the most sensitive to changes and the first to suffer if weighed down with excessive bureaucracy, changing rules, draconian regulation, and unfair competition.

Governments and policy makers need to adopt a more sophisticated approach towards small business by providing an economic plan for small business. Such plans need to identify strategic priorities and create opportunities for global economic sustainability for Australian small businesses

MSMEs Australian Statistics

  • There are approximately 2.4 million actively trading small businesses in 2019.
  • 96% of businesses in Australia are small businesses.
  • 88% are micro employing 0-4 staff as per Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS);
  • Approximately 700,000 do not employ staff.
  • There are 868,248 employing businesses of all sizes. Of all employing businesses, 812,084 were considered small businesses with fewer than 20 employees.
  • Small business including owners make up more than half of Australia’s workforce engaging up to 7 million.
  • They produced 57% of Australia’s gross domestic value (GVD) which was generated by businesses between $100,000 and $50 million (NAB survey 2017).
  • Of the employing businesses, 70% or 608,733 employed between 1 and 4 people whilst only 0.5% or 3,915 employed more than 200 people.



2 DAY PASS | $880 Non Member $660 Member (including GST)

Includes breakfast / lunch/ morning and afternoon refreshments / gala dinner / farewell networking drinks and finger foods

1 DAY PASS – THURSDAY | 10 June 2021 | 7am – 5pm | $325 Non Member $225 Member (including GST)

Includes breakfast / lunch/ morning and afternoon teas

1 DAY PASS – FRIDAY | 11 June 2021 | 7am – 5pm | $385 Non Member $285 Member (including GST)

Includes breakfast / lunch / morning and afternoon refreshments / farewell networking drinks and finger foodsThe individual rate does not apply to sponsors as they are allocated a certain number of passes relevant to their sponsorship level.


Thursday  10 June 2021 | 7pm – 11pm | $350 PER PERSON Non Member $280 Member (including GST)

Includes variety buffet / drink package / entertainment


Summit – smart casual / business

Gala Dinner – Business suit for men and evening wear for ladies


Sea World Resort is offering delegates special rates that apply to them and their families. All accommodation is to be booked and paid for direct to Sea World.  Please use dedicated link below. 

Payment options

Book your ticket via the event portal below or download a reservation form and pay via direct deposit. Summit Reservation Form Delegate reservation payment form summit 2021 Gala Dinner Reservation Form Gala dinner reservation summit


The SBAA is inviting Expressions of Interest in the areas of sponsorship, presenters and delegates.  Please email for more information

Proudly Sponsored by:



The Hon Bruce Billson

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Bruce Billson commenced his role as Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) in March 2021.
Bruce brings experience and knowledge to the role of Ombudsman, and an understanding of the issues facing small business, having started his own advisory business in 2016.
Bruce’s political career spans 30 years, including his role as Cabinet Minister for Small Business from 2013-2015. During this role, Bruce was instrumental in the establishment of ASBFEO and the passing of complex legislation to establish the office.
Bruce has shown his dedication to small business through various board appointments, including the Franchise Council of Australia, Deakin University Business School and Australian Property Institute, and more recently through his appointment as Administrator for the City of Whittlesea

Taxation and Industrial

Senator Malcom Roberts B Eng (Hons), MBA

Senator for Queensland. Malcolm has extensive experience in the corporate sector and as a business owner. He worked as an underground coalface miner and manager and is committed to optimising productive capacity by removing excessive government intervention that undermines our ability to take responsibility and have freedom in our lives.


Dr Luca DE Leonardis Ph.D.


Dr Luca De Leonardis is the Head for Australia and New Zealand at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), the Government Department responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment into Hong Kong.
With senior management experience in both the private and public sectors, Dr De Leonardis’s work experience combines international marketing, economic and business development and investment promotion.


Dr P. Roberto Garcia Ph.D.

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

P. Roberto Garcia is the Young-Jin Kim Clinical Professor of International Business in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He also serves as Faculty Director for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). He currently teaches various International Business courses at the Undergraduate, Kelley Direct-Online, and Executive Education programs.

Trade – Virtual

Marko Vuksanovic

Tradewin Asia Pacific

As Principal of Tradewin in the Asia Pacific region, Marko oversees Tradewin’s practices in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and India.

Marko has years of trade compliance experience and adding value to supply chains through various duty mitigation methods, involving Tariff Classification, Tariff Concession Orders, Valuation, Duty Drawback, Free Trade Agreements, and industry assistance schemes. Marko also assists clients in understanding the complexities of customs and trade compliance, and implementing programs to mitigate and manage associated risks, including Export Controls and AEO/Trusted Trader programs.

Marko is a licensed Customs Broker in Australia and holds a Bachelor of International Business from the University of South Australia.


Dr Melissa Belle Isle PhD, BAcc, BCom

Griffith University

Melissa Belle Isle is a Taxation Lecturer at Griffith University. She has a PhD and Honours degree for her research relating to the influence of tax on small business cash flow. Melissa’s motivation for small business research stems from her involvement in small businesses owned and operated by her family.


Dr Brett Freudenberg

Griffith University Business School

Brett is know for his research expertise in tax law and policy issues facing private enterprises, as evidenced by his Fulbright Scholarship and over 80 refereed publications.  In 2021, he was awarded the national ATTA-Hill medal in recognition of outstanding contribution to tax policy and tax teaching.


Jane Mason LLB Hons

BizCover Pty Ltd

Jane is Product & Channel Manager at BizCover, focusing distribution channels and product growth & innovation. Jane has previously held various senior management positions in the insurance industry in various jurisdictions.

Finance – Lending

Peter White AM

Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA)

Managing Director of the FBAA. Banking and finance career spans over 43 years covering retail banking, Private Banking, Investment Banking, non-banking and mortgage management and broking. Is a Registered Lobbyist, the leading advocate and ambassador for Mental Health Awareness in finance industry, Chairman of the International Mortgage Brokers Federation, Member of the SBAA, champion for mental health issues of parents with Special Needs Children via his charity “The Sanity Space Foundation”.

Recipient 2019 Queens Birthday Honours as an “AM” Member of the Order of Australia for significant services to industry and the community.



Craig Gillies

Australian Cyber Security Centre

Craig is the inaugural Director of the Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD’s) Technical Advice and Uplift – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Individuals Section, as part of the ASDs, Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

Education and Training

Joanne Brooks

Navig8 Biz Pty Ltd

Joanne is a leading specialist in the field of business education, having founded and built her own start-up from zero to 30m in only 18 months. She brings vibrancy, fun and inspiration in spades to every masterclass, having run businesses since 2000.

Industrial Relations


Small Business Assistance & Advisory Services

Eric has over 20 years’ experience in assisting small business in their Human Resources, Strategic Growth and Education requirements. Eric is a Chartered Manager, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, a Certified Professional of the Australian Human Resources Institute, and a proud White Ribbon Ambassador and Mental Health Advocate.

Industrial Relations

Lester (Wes) Lambert CPA, FGIA, MAICD

Restaurant & Catering Association

Wes Lambert CPA, GIA (Cert) MAICD, commenced with Restaurant & Catering in May 2019.  Most recently he served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director for Velocity Group, a retail industry holding company based in the United States.  Mr Lambert previously served as Executive Director, Secretary and Financial Controller for Pacific Restaurant Group Ltd (Kingsleys, ChopHouse, & Jamie’s Italian), Australia’s first public unlisted Full-Service Restaurant Group, from 2007 to 2012, where he was responsible for the restructure and IPO of the Group as well as securing the Master Franchise Agreement for Jamie’s Italian in Australia/NZ.


John Hebrard Mech Eng., MBA

TAFE Queensland

John brings his role at TAFE Queensland over 25 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing in various industries. John’s interest in making high quality training and mentoring accessible and affordable for small business operators led him to his current role at TAFE Queensland Small Business Solutions.


Colin Coverdale CMC, FAIM / FNZIM

Institute Small Business Owners

Colins experience spans 40 years in Board, CEO and Consulting positions across NZ, Australia, Sth Pacific, Canada, parts of USA, Europe, Scandinavia and UK. He has held senior positions in the Oil Industry, been a KPMG recovery specialist plus a Small Business Educator in Retail, Banking, Manufacturing, Marine and Construction sectors.

Education and Technology

Dr Dion Klein B.S., MEd, MBA, PhD

The WISE Academy Pty Ltd

Dion has 35+ years’ experience owning businesses mainly in health/fitness and is an educator 40+ years. He specialises in entrepreneurship, marketing and wellness. He currently owns The WISE Academy. He served on the ACT Minister’s Advisory Council for Sport & Recreation & is recognised for his contribution to the Australian Fitness Industry.


Susan Sheehan


Susan Sheehan is an International Speaker, Wellness and Business Coach, BRAIN training authority, best-selling author and a Managing Partner of SMARTCOACH7. She wants to share that success is the process of continually growing and improving oneself. Training your brain daily is a necessary skill and a powerful success strategy.


Dr Peter Ellis MBA; DBA; Ph.D. JP (Qual)

Your Silent Partner Pty Ltd

Dr Peter Ellis has been assisting enterprise owners of dysfunctional businesses to grow, for over 30 years. Teaching business owners about finance, management development and how to pass through their glass ceilings that prevented growth. Dr Peter Ellis gained post-graduate degrees to enhance the training, Masters in Strategy, Doctorate in Business Education, PhD in Business scaling and development.

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Ticket Type:

2 DAY PASS including Gala Dinner | $880 Non Member $660 Member (including GST) Ticket Qty: Per Ticket Price: $880.00
1 DAY PASS – THURSDAY | 10 June 2021 | 7am – 5pm | $325 Non Member $225 Member (including GST) Ticket Qty: Per Ticket Price: $325.00
1 DAY PASS – FRIDAY | 11 June 2021 | 7am – 5pm | $385 Non Member $285 Member (including GST) Ticket Qty: Per Ticket Price: $385.00
GALA DINNER Thursday 10 June 2021 | 7pm – 11pm | $350 PER PERSON Non Member $280 Member (including GST) Ticket Qty:
Per Ticket Price: $350.00
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Event Location:

Total Seat: 360
  • Sea World Resort Conference Centre
  • Seaworld Dr,
  • Main Beach
  • Queensland
  • Australia

Event Schedule Details

  • June 10, 2021 7:00 am - June 11, 2021 - 5:00 pm
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