The theme of People Policy Power could not have been more apt as the context to this year's Vodafone National Small Business Summit was underpinned by the power of the people voting on the 2nd July and the result going down the wire, only announced after the Summit.
COSBOA thanks the speakers and our supporters, which add value to the overall Summit experience. The Summit is an opportunity to meet face to face with government leaders who value the small business sector's input into policy development and review. Preliminary planning for the Vodafone National Small Business Summit will begin soon - if you missed out on this year's event, make sure you're there for 2017.
"This a great event and the contacts you make are invaluable to your business moving forward. To have the opportunity to engage and network with some of Australia's key policy influencers and decision makers is fantastic""
Teresa Mitchell, La Concierge Pty Ltd
Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA)
The organisation was founded in 1977 and was incorporated in 1979 as a public company limited by guarantee. COSBOA has a proud history of strong advocacy on small business issues ranging from taxation and workplace relations, through to competition law and retail tenancy. We were created by people who believed that small business needed a voice that was not also representing big business – as a result the Council of Small Business Australia is now the country’s peak body exclusively representing the interests of small businesses.
Our goals are to: Promote and support the development of small businesses in Australia; Advocate to advance the interests of small business in Australia, including through policy change and regulatory reform; Foster an increased awareness and understanding of the role of small business in Australia amongst public servants and elected government officials, larger businesses, the media and the general community.
We engage our members and provide opportunities for them to influence outcomes affecting their business, and their industry. We act as a conduit for information from our members to Government and other organisations, and vice versa. A key activity for us is to facilitate introductions between member organisations and businesses with relevant customers, suppliers, service providers and regulators. Communication is the foundation of any good relationship, and we endeavour to be an active conduit for information.