Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Melbourne to host the 2014 National Small Business Summit
The Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) has partnered with the Victorian Government to bring the key issues facing small business to the top of the national agenda by co-hosting the 12th annual National Small Business Summit to be held at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne on 7 – 8 August 2014.

Robert Mallett, Chair for COSBOA said that Melbourne was the logical choice for this year’s summit location with the next State election for Victoria scheduled for Saturday, 29 November and the Small Business Festival Victoria running from 1 - 31 August, providing a robust platform for debate and discussions.

“Partnering with the Victorian Government will help to build on the momentum of last year’s hugely successful Summit held in the lead up to the federal election, and will ensure that COSBOA continues to provide a strong voice for Australian small businesses,” Mr Mallett said.

“We invite anyone interested in the health, wealth and wellbeing of the small business sector to participate in the important debates and discussions at the 2014 National Small Business Summit to help shape the future of our country and economy.”

The 2014 Summit is once again expected to draw a stellar line-up of speakers and attendees, such as the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Treasurer and Small Business Commissioner.

“The networking opportunities and depth of conversation presented will move the issues facing small business forward. The Summit attracts small business representatives, senior politicians, bureaucrats and big business representatives in an annual exchange of ideas, opinions and experiences aimed to drive change and build productivity,” added Mr Mallett.

“The theme of People, Policy and Productivity will continue to drive the Summit agenda and COSBOA will remain focussed on vital issues such as workplace relations; the collection of superannuation; contract law and competition policies; women in business and the burdensome compliance and regulation demands placed on small business people.

“Small businesses are a major part of the Australian economy, employing over 4.5 million people and greatly contributing to local communities. It’s small business people who have the capability to innovate and deal with adversity, and COSBOA is committed to ensuring they receive the recognition and support they need and deserve.”

Registrations for the 2014 National Small Business Summit are now open.
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For further information please contact:

Maria Ferreira or Diana Abeleven, Zadro Communications
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T: (02) 9212 7867
Notes to Editors
The Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA) was founded in 1979 and was incorporated in 1985.
COSBOA is Australia’s peak body exclusively representing the interests of small businesses.
The 2014 National Small Business Summit will be held at the Crown Conference Centre Melbourne on August 7th and 8th.
The National Small Business Summit provides the small business sector with the opportunity to discuss and identify relevant issues, promote innovation and generate ideas to stimulate growth within the industry.
For more information about the summit visit:
For more information on COSBOA visit:
Interviews with Peter Strong, CEO are available upon request.
Connect through social media channels:
Facebook: /COSBOA
Twitter: @COSBOA
Hashtag: #NSBS14
COSBOA is a long-time advocate of small business on issues from taxation and workplace relations, through to competition law and retail tenancy.
The goals of COSBOA are to promote and support the development of small businesses in Australia and the council recognises that it is a national imperative for Australia that the needs of small business are on the national policy agenda.


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