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ASR SME Mentoring Program – Smarketing: how to align sales and marketing – Wednesday 12th October

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Drawing on the Australian Services Roundtable’s 15 years of experience in enabling Australian service firms to grow nationally and internationally, the brightest stars in Australia’s SME sector are joining together to uniquely self-mentor one another in innovation, internationalisation, digitisation and growth. 

Inaugural Roundtable held in September 2016

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Guest speaker Matt Hingerty, CEO of Barton Deakin Government Relations,
shared with the group the process of government including engagement, education nd the importance of industry bodies.

Also making it easy to explain the intangible benefits of the services sector through the services sector through case studies and stories.ding relationships with government.

Read more here.

Invitation for October 2016 Roundtable

peter-strokorbThis month’s session will focus on practical steps for marketing a new service.

ASR SME Peer Mentor Peter Strohkorb will lead the discussion for consultants and business owners on the issues to consider when launching a new service to the market.

He will take the group through his step by step process before inviting a couple of attendees to share their new offerings and provide valuable tips and advice.

Peter has over 15 years business experience in both Sales and Marketing Executive roles with a range of well-known international brands.

Details

Date:         Wednesday 12th October 2016

Time:         7.30am for light breakfast with 8.00am start to 9.30am

Venue:      Sydney Stock Exchange, Level 41, 259 George St, Sydney

Cost:          Complimentary for ASR members, $150 plus GST to join the SME Mentoring Program (includes ASR membership).

To join the Mentoring Program and register for this event click below: 

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Remember to bring plenty of business cards and come prepared to introduce yourself, your services business, and if you have a new offering you would like discussed as part of the group mentoring with Peter. 

Thanks to our venue partner, the Sydney Stock Exchange (SSX).

About Australian Services Roundtable

As the voice of professional services, Australian Services Roundtable aims to secure Australia’s place in the global economy. In addition to advocating free trade and bilateral agreements, ASR seeks to facilitate international services trade and investment channels.

Members include professional service industries, SMEs, and micro-multinationals across the financial sector, education, health and the environment, tourism, culture, technology and business services.

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ASRs peer mentoring program for services sector SME’s

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The brightest stars in Australia’s SME sector are joining together to uniquely self-mentor one another in innovation, internationalisation, digitisation and growth.

Services SMEs will come together under the Australian Services Roundtable’s SME Mentoring Program, to offer one another the benefit of their experience, skills and contacts. They will draw on ASR’s 15 years of experience in enabling Australian service firms to grow nationally and internationally.

About the program

The group will gather once a month on a range of topics including:

  • Election, election, election: The global state of play, Aust, US and Brexit – held 14th September 
  • Looking over the horizon: Where to start with your Internationalisation
  • Speed dating through Free Trade Agreements
  • A multinational SME born global
  • How to turn cross-border contracts into cash
  • Smarketing: how to align sales and marketing
  • Utilising disruption and innovation
  • A software update on E-commerce
  • Masterclass on social media
  • The building bricks of cross-cultural business
How to Apply

There are still places available in the program – attendance is included in a special introductory ASR membership offer of $150 pa plus GST.

Email Stacey Martin, Business Development Manager, SME Strategy or call  Stacey on 0413 127 677 for more information or download the application form here.

About Australian Services Roundtable

As the voice of professional services, Australian Services Roundtable aims to secure Australia’s place in the global economy. In addition to advocating free trade and bilateral agreements, ASR seeks to facilitate international services trade and investment channels.

Members include professional service industries, SMEs, and micro-multinationals across the financial sector, education, health and the environment, tourism, culture, technology and business services.

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ABF forum with Fujian Government reported in local Chinese media

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Ray Evans, CEO of Australian Business Form (ABF), at a private forum with the Fujian Chamber of Commerce during the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held September 8th to 11th expo, highlighted the close working relationship between Australia and China which is a major trading and business partner across many sectors.

Stacey Martin with Cher Jones and Eric Xie from NSW Trade & Investment, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
Stacey Martin with Cher Jones and Eric Xie from NSW Trade & Investment, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Acknowledging the support from the Australian government, also in the attendance were Anna Lin, Austrade Commissioner based in Guangzhou and Eric Xi in Shenzhen, contact for the Fujian province, and Cher Jones, NSW Trade and Investment, also based in Guangzhou.

Australia has over $100B in two-way trade with China, with the Fujian province being the 10th largest trading partner.  According to Ms Lin, Australia has one of the leading services sectors in the world, currently 14% with China and is expected to increase across legal, construction, telecommunications, health and aged care.

Lesley Hammond & Jenny Walsh from LJM Productions with Anna Lim, Austrade Commissioner, Guangzhou
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At last week’s G20 meeting in Hangzhou, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Austrade signed an agreement with Alibaba’s Jack Ma, will provide the opportunity for even more Australian products to access the T-Mall platform.

The China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has also enhanced engagement with the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector.

The Australian ABF delegation consists of a range of services, products and projects that are well placed to engage with local businesses and are looking forward to one-on-one conversations during the business matching.

Business Matching conversations between Australian delegates and Chinese businesses
Business Matching conversations between Australian delegates and Chinese businesses

Mr Evans extended an invitation to those business delegations planning to come to Australia to connect with Australian Business Forum. As Ms Chen Hangmen, Deputy Director of Fuzhou Bureau of Commerce said, this is just the start of building long a term co-operation.

 

Xiamen local media showed a brief report on the business matching session between Australian Business Forum and the Fujian Department of Commerce which can be viewed here. 

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DELEGATION: Attend the worlds largest business expo in Xiamen China – 7th to 11th September

ABF_CIFIT banner-currentFor those looking to do business in Asia, the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held annually in Xiamen, is an ideal event to experience the vibrancy of this rapidly evolving marketplace and make relevant connections to accelerate your business plans in the Asian Century.

This is the fifth year the Australian Business Forum (ABF) Australia China Business Week (ACBW) series is travelling to China. I was fortunate to be part of the 2014 mission with Think Global and event sponsor NAB, travelling to the entrepreneurial city of Guangzhou and the financial capital of China, Shanghai. Continue reading DELEGATION: Attend the worlds largest business expo in Xiamen China – 7th to 11th September