Media release

Investing in the Future of Australia's Small Businesses

28/11/2023

Australian Business Forum (ABF) is excited to announce the return of CommBank SmallBiz Week in 2024, Australia’s leading national small business event.

Due to high demand, the event will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28-30 May, 2024, bringing together thousands of business owners, government agencies, and industry leaders.

Now in its third year, CommBank SmallBiz Week includes six high-profile events over three days, designed to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow and succeed.

This year will focus on emerging technologies, with a focus on artificial intelligence and automation.

“SMEs are the backbone of the Australian economy, and they play a vital role in driving innovation and growth,” said Ray Evans, CEO, Australian Business Forum. “CommBank SmallBiz Week is an opportunity for SMEs to learn about the latest trends and technologies, connect with other business leaders, and discover new solutions to their challenges, and is ideally positioned with the support of the Commonwealth Bank.”

According to a recent report by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, SMEs account for 99% of all Australian businesses and employ 4.8 million people.

To support this significant sector responsible for large contributions to Australia’s economic growth, the event will include a free expo with over 120 exhibitors, educational workshops and seminars, and networking opportunities across all industry sectors.

CBA Executive General Manager Small Business Banking Rebecca Warren said: “The success of Australia’s small business sector relies on government, industry and business working together with a shared goal to see small businesses prosper, each doing our part to remove barriers and angst, and moments of stress, for small businesses.

“Small Business Week is all about coming together to partner with a common goal to facilitate growth in Australia’s small business sector. This is why we’re really proud to once again be a naming sponsor for CommBank SmallBiz Week. It’s a small part of how we deliver on our broader commitment to support our SME customers to achieve their goals”

CommBank SmallBiz Week 2024 will have over 100 speakers on two stages with keynotes and panels featuring industry experts, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. The main event Small Business Expo will showcase over 120 exhibitors.

The event kicks off on 28 May with a gala awards dinner celebrating the Champions of Business with the CommBank SmallBiz Young Hero Awards now in its fourth year. The awards program recognises the achievements of trailblazing entrepreneurs and business leaders under 35 years.

With a strong focus on innovation, sustainability, and the ever-evolving landscape, CommBank SmallBiz Week 2024 is suitable for both seasoned and aspiring entrepreneurs, providing the tools and knowledge needed to thrive in the competitive world of small business. To find out more visit www.smallbizweek.com.au

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Media Enquiries:

Alyssa Herr
Australian Business Forum
Ph: 03 8560 6883
alyssa.herr@abfgroup.com.au

About Australian Business Forum

Australian Business Forum (ABF) was established in 2008 and is a leading B2B and B2C events and media company. Based in Melbourne, Australia, ABF specialise in crafting exhibitions that cater to both businesses and consumers, providing a platform for businesses to showcase their products and services. ABF media platforms span across videos, podcasts and news services delivering valuable insights and expert advice from leaders in their fields. It arms both businesses and consumers with the tools, resources, and knowledge that they need to stay informed in the areas of small business, EV technology and sustainability. To find out more visit australianbusinessforum.au

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