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Top SME Conferences to Attend

It’s so easy to get caught up in running your business and miss out on training and networking events as a result. But if you want to stay ahead in your field, you should be seizing at least a few of these opportunities. Why attend? You’ll learn about new tools and best practices to help you succeed in today’s marketplace. You’ll also learn about the latest consumer and employment trends. You’ll get to network with others facing the same challenges as you. In the world of business, it makes sense to surround yourself with people who are achieving the kinds of things you want to achieve. Conferences give you an opportunity to meet these kinds of people.

So the challenge now is in deciding which conference to attend. We’ve checked out the best up-and-coming events in Australia to bring you this list.

B2B EXPO 2018

Now in its second year and presented by Australia Post, B2B EXPO 2018 is targeting the booming Australian SME business sector. This event is an ideal forum for business owners and senior management to gauge the latest market trends and solutions from industry leaders and key service providers. It is the only event in the Australian SME Business Sector that brings the entire SME business community together, from pure players and retailers, to startups and established businesses, from solution providers to consultants

Often under-resourced and time-poor, B2B EXPO 2018 provides the opportunity for SMEs to connect with high profile entrepreneurs and business leaders to develop their business strategies and optimise their current resources

B2B EXPO 2018 is organised by Australian Business Forum (ABF), a business platform that facilitates the growing and networking of small and medium-sized enterprises across various industry sectors. The SME sector plays a vital role in the Australian economy, representing a staggering 98% of actively trading businesses.

B2B EXPO 2018 will host a number of premium networking functions including B2B Mix at Six Networking Function, Business Matters Seminars Series, Meet-the-Experts Roundtables, a Pitch Room and competition for Start-Ups and the free daily seminars at Business Matters.

Entry to both the Exhibition and Seminars is Free by registering online at

What you can expect:

  • Connect and reconnect with business leaders at the #1 business event in Australia.
  • Discover the latest solutions that will help your team break through the noise and improve the way they capture, convert and retain your audience.
  • Networking drinks – benchmark your journey with the industry.
  • Attend free seminars & workshops to develop your knowledge so you can outperform your competitors.
  • Discover innovative ideas, solutions, and networks.
  • Connect with major brands, suppliers, and government at over ten feature zones and business hubs.

CeBIT Australia: Shaping the business technology landscape

CeBIT Australia is celebrating its 17th year in 2018. The event has truly cemented its position as the business technology event for the region, attracting thousands of technology professionals from Government, enterprise, SMEs and start-ups. The NSW Government are the Official Partner of CeBIT Australia and they are also supported by the City of Sydney amongst other organisations.

With their return in 2017 to Darling Harbour at the impressive new ICC Sydney facility, CeBIT Australia attracted over 15,000 attendees from Australia’s most important organisations.

CeBIT focuses on three main pillars, which were demonstrated at the 2017 event:

Content & Learning:

Over 230 presenters gave incredible insights into topics including cyber security, big data, cloud, fintech, mobility, IoT, digital health, egovernment, women in technology, innovation, next generation technologists, SME business growth and much, much more! Their international keynotes included cyber security doyen Eugene Kaspersky and Randi Zuckerburg, former marketing head at Facebook.

Product Discovery:

More than 320 companies demonstrated their capabilities in the CeBIT Australia exhibition. The range of exhibiting companies gives visitors a unique view of the latest in business technology. The exhibition is supported by show-floor content and features to bring the technology to life.

Collaboration & Networking:

The Exhibition Networking Drinks allow all attendees to mix in a relaxed atmosphere at the end of day two. The 2017 event also saw the ACS launch their annual Digital Pulse report. The CeBIT Black VIP Evening brought together 500 of the leading business and government technologists. The evening allowed them to network and learn from a range of forward looking presentations. The evening was sponsored by Accenture & Commonwealth Bank.

The schedule of events for CeBIT Australia 2018 (15-17 May 2018, ICC Sydney) will be released towards the end of 2017. The schematic below outlines the 2017 program:

CeBIT Australia 2017 delivered:

  • 313 exhibitors
  • 15,559 attendees
  • International Keynotes including Eugene Kaspersky
  • 8 conferences
  • 6 Strategic Panels
  • 3 Show floor Theatres
  • Networking events
  • StartUp zone, conference & PitchFest

Mumbrella 360


Mumbrella360 is the flagship event on Australia’s media and marketing industry calendar. No other event brings together all sectors of the industry to hear from the top CMOs, agency bosses and media owners about the issues and challenges affecting the industry and the new technologies and practices going forward. sees nearly 2000 people converge across three days to network, build new business, learn and get inspired.

Mumbrella360 is Australia’s biggest media and marketing conference. Voted as Australia’s best conference in 2016, attendees experience an intensive three-day immersion into the latest thinking and best practice across the entire media and marketing landscape. The 2017 event hit record-breaking numbers and featured a long lineup of international speakers, plus Australia’s most influential media and marketing executives, along with industry-curated sessions. Alongside the two day conference, Mumbrella360 includes formal networking, an exhibition area, a masterclass zone, and informal networking opportunities.

ATO Workshops

If the budget’s a bit tight but you still want the conference experience, attend one of these free workshops held by the ATO. You can develop skills, ask questions, get advice and network with other SMBs. No drinks and networking session? No worries – suggest a social drink after the event and see who’s keen to chat.


Tax essentials

This is a FREE introductory workshop run by ATO staff.

You’ll learn about:

  • business structures and their different rules, tax rates and obligations
  • tax and non-tax business registrations
  • allowable deductions, including motor vehicle deductions, depreciation, and home-based business expenses
  • annual and quarterly reporting requirements
  • record keeping principles
  • where to go for help and information when you need it.

They will show you online tools and resources that can help you and you’ll have the chance to ask questions.

This is a great opportunity for you to network.

There is a dedicated Employer essentials free workshop so employer obligations are not covered in this event.

Please bring a pen and your smartphone or tablet. After the event we will send you a short online survey – we value your feedback and suggestions.

Record keeping

Good record keeping is important even before your first transaction occurs. It can save you time and helps you to claim all the deductions to which you’re entitled.

So give your business the best start!

This is a FREE introductory workshop run by ATO staff.

You’ll learn:

  • why good record keeping is important
  • what records to keep and for how long
  • tips for retaining good records
  • where to get help and support.

We’ll show you an example that demonstrates:

  • typical transactions,
  • how to deal with cash receipts and payments, and
  • how to report amounts in the activity statement.

We will show you online tools for reporting and resources that can help you. You’ll also have the chance to ask questions.

This is a great opportunity for you to network.

Employer Essentials

Do you have employees, or are you thinking of employing workers?

Understand your tax and super obligations as an employer.

This is a FREE introductory workshop run by ATO staff.

You’ll learn about:

  • what to do when you hire workers, and how to determine whether they’re employees or contractors
  • pay as you go (PAYG) withholding annual reports and payment summaries
  • how to report fringe benefits for your employees
  • superannuation reporting and due dates.
  • taxable payments reporting for the building and construction industry.

We will show you online tools and resources and you’ll have the chance to ask questions.

With a range of great workshops and conferences to attend, all that remains is choosing what’s best for you. To get the most out of the event, conduct a business assessment and work out what areas need developing. Make a list of questions you have about the industry. If it’s one of the bigger conferences, plan which sessions will give you the most value. Work out who’s going to be there and who (if anyone), is on your list of people to meet. Lastly – have fun!! This is about fulfilling your passion and growing your business. Enjoy the experience and make the most of it!