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The 2017 conference was a huge success and was designed to both upskill and inform the mentors on current issues.

The agenda featured:

·         A training session on Digital and web tools

·         The ACCC presentation on Scamwatch and the impact of scams on small business

·         A Cybersecurity expert presenting on ransomware and how businesses can protest and respond to an attack

·         Mark Brennan as an SBMS Ambassador presented on the value of SBMS in providing coalface information to all levels of Government to assist in awareness and policy development

·         Square came in and gave a square reader to all mentors and talked about new technologies for payments

·         The ATO presenting on their new digital tools

·         AusIndustry speaking about federal grants

·         Presentation of the annual SBMS Albert Nelson Award to Michelle Michie

·         David Mann as an SBMS Ambassador giving an update on small business

·         Judy O’Connell presenting the VSBC strategic plan

·         Mark Schramm from the VSBC on trends for disputes. In particular highlighting the number of website development disputes.

·         And a Drone pilot talking on the future and how businesses will adopt drone technology to develop new business opportunities

Michelle Michie Judy O Connell and David Gregory award
ATO Drones Mark Brennan
Mentors Mark Schramm ACCC
Bev david Gregory Josh McNicol

SBMS is proudly supported by the Victorian Government & Small Business Victoria