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International Business Connect – Doing Business in North America

The Canberra Business Chamber, ACT Government along with Austrade have joined together to create a series of bi-monthly themed networking events, hosted by a successful local business operating internationally. International Business Connect will provide an opportunity to hear the host’s story and insights, meet and share with new and experienced exporters and build our region’s alumni of successful international businesses prepared to help each other.

Join us for the inaugural International Business Connect – Doing Business in North America

Special guests:

US Economic Counsellor
Canadian Senior Trade Commissioner
Liquid Instruments
ACT Government, Austrade representatives

Seeing Machines is a world leader in driver monitoring systems, striving to make a positive impact on safety across multiple transport sectors including automotive, commercial transport, aviation, mining and rail.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Australian Road Safety Foundation.



Business Fundamentals: Key things you need to know when starting your business

Business Fundamentals is the perfect workshop for those thinking about going into business, or even those who are in the early stages of business. It will give you a basic outline of everything you need to know – from Tax and Legal obligations to marketing your business successfully!

This full day workshop is divided into three sessions:

8:45am – 12.30pm

TAX – Compliance, simplified accounting and strategic planning.

LEGAL – Business structures, branding and IP, premises, insurance, employment and privacy.

Delivered by Nexis Accountants


MARKETING – Knowing your target market, creating marketing goals, budgeting and evaluating.

Delivered by Threesides Marketing

Morning Tea and Lunch provided

This is a Level 1 workshop
“Business Essentials: Business 101 training to give you the basics to get started in business. Suited to business intenders, entrepreneurs or early stage business.”


Tax Essentials – Tax Planning Strategies That Will Grow Your Business

If you are a small business looking for ways to minimise the tax you pay and manage your tax responsibilities – this is the workshop for you!

We will also share with you, 3 important steps you can take to increase the value and performance of your business.

This session will cover 3 key components relating to your business:

Tax planning strategies

  • Develop and evolve your business legal structure
  • Develop everyday and year-end tax planning strategies
  • Discuss tax traps which can catch you out
  • Understand what can be claimed as a legitimate tax deduction and planning which results in the deferral of taxes can deliver significant cash flow boosts to your business
  • Discuss how to interact with the ATO and how best to stay off their radar

Other taxes

  • Understand Goods and Services Tax and Fringe Benefits Tax and how these apply to your business
  • Learn about methods to plan for tax payments and also how to tailor suitable salary packages for yourself and your employees


3 important steps to increase the value and performance of your business!

  • Understand the methodologies used in valuing a business and look at the key drivers of value
  • Learn how you can improve the value of your business
  • Develop a clear list of steps to grow this value which can be incorporated into your strategic plan and into the daily operations of your business

These small group workshops give you focused access to our expert presenter and enables you the opportunity to share your experiences with likeminded business owners.

Presented by Michael Talevich of Nexis Accountants

Morning Tea Provided

Delivered by Nexis Accountants & Business Advisors

This is a Level 2 workshop
“Business Essentials: You have the basics in place and need to explore key areas like Planning, Marketing, Legal or Accounting in more detail. Would suit entrepreneurs, established businesses and their staff.”

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Cost: $140 – $180


Cybersecurity: Only as safe as our weakest link

Around the globe, countries and corporations are focused on cybersecurity. Canberra is home to some of the most innovative, advanced and successful cybersecurity firms in the world.

Yet the issue with cybersecurity is that any organisation, no matter how much they have invested in protection, is only as safe as its weakest link.

While the privacy debate raged on electronic healthcare records over the past few months, a number of commentators pointed out that breaches of patient information are most likely to happen at an individual level – such as the hack or robbery of a general practice’s files.

Indeed, most recent highly publicised examples of data loss were caused by hackers gaining access to sensitive information through electronic connections between small companies supplying goods and services to those that held the data repositories.

Collaboration and cooperation have been a cornerstone of doing business in Australia forever, and it needs to continue safely. When it comes to business it is a universal truth that ‘no man is an island’. At the very least, businesses will have customers with whom they communicate and connect.

Enhancing the “cyber-hygiene” of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – that ability to safely connect with customers and suppliers – is the current focus of the Canberra Business Chamber’s Innovation Taskforce. Chaired by Dr Lyndal Thorburn, the Taskforce is reviewing public checklists suitable for use by Canberra’s SMEs to check how they perform against accepted standards.

“The Taskforce is reviewing existing materials and assessing its applicability to use by our local businesses,” Dr Thorburn explained. “The aim is to develop a page on the Chamber’s website where companies can go to locate these resources, and also to identify local trusted providers of cyber goods and services. We would welcome approaches by local companies interested in being listed.”

One such provider is Canberra-based Cogito Group. Cogito Group is a world-leader when it comes to cybersecurity and when launching a new product earlier this year, Managing Director Richard Brown highlighted the need to look beyond the potential big targets of cybercriminals.

“Our goal is to create products that are affordable and effective for businesses of all sizes and types. We have designed Jellyfish to bring together disparate security capability in the enterprise, but to also allow such capability to finally be realised in much smaller organisations that until now, could not afford them.

“If we are going to keep information safe, particularly sensitive data that can impact on national security or the financial wellbeing of an organisation, then every player in the supply chain – from the cleaning company, to the small contractor, to the organisation itself – has a role to play.”

A key recommendation of Cisco’s 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report is for companies to review third-party efficacy testing of security technologies to help reduce the risk of supply chain attacks.

With cost perhaps one of the greatest barriers to small businesses fortifying their cyber defences, in its ACT Budget Submission this year, Canberra Business Chamber called on the Government to incentivise investment in cybersecurity.

With so much valuable and personal information now stored and shared electronically, just one gap in security can have disastrous consequences. Cybersecurity is everyone’s problem and it requires everyone to treat it seriously.

Full article here: https://the-riotact.com/cybersecurity-only-as-safe-as-our-weakest-link/261184