The events of 2020 have no doubt been turbulent for small and mid-sized businesses with the effects being felt right across the country, and in every industry. Local businesses have shown incredible resilience in adapting their businesses to continue to operate, whether it be from a different location, within a different context, or under different restrictions. Robust technology systems and an acceleration of digital transformation are emerging as the necessary strategies to support small and mid-sized businesses as the unimaginable becomes the new normal.
Mark Bouris joins Luke Power, Director, Partner Organisation & Small Business, Cisco Australia and New Zealand and Brendan Donohoe, Executive General Manager, Small Business, NBN Co. in a three-part webinar series to uncover smart, digital strategies to support small and mid-sized businesses as they embark on their digital journey ahead. Read more about the speakers below.
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As businesses begin to re-emerge from lockdowns and restrictions, what will the new working world look like? With 80% of workers saying they would turn down a job that didn’t offer flexible working1, it seems likely that blended remote and office-located environments are here to stay. What does this mean for small businesses and how can you prepare your workforce for flexible and remote working securely.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
There is no denying that small and mid-sized businesses are changing. Restaurants, venues, and office spaces that once embraced heavy foot traffic, now need to consider how people move around their premises. The implications of social distancing mean that as a business owner, you need to know where people are, what they’re doing, and how close they are to each other. How can you know if people on your premises are safe and what can you do about it?
Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Running a business is always challenging, and the ability to adapt to change is more important than ever. Embracing these challenges while maintaining protections against cyberattacks and while minimising downtime for your business operations can be supported with cloud-based technologies. Learn how you can build an IT environment to help keep the lights on and help keep your people safe, no matter what comes your way.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Having built his reputation as a finance specialist in the top echelon of corporate life, Mark Bouris has always been willing to share his boardroom of knowledge with rank-and-file Australians.
As host of The Mentor podcast on Southern Cross Austereo’s Podcast One, which has already attracted more than two million downloads, he’s in a unique position to share his financial expertise with a growing number of Australians keen to bottle his advice. His 2019 three-city speaking tour brought together more than 9,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs keen to savour his advice.
His sharp financial analysis has been followed, and in many cases adopted, in recent years through his previous forays on national television as host of The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice on the Nine Network and The Mentor on the Seven Network.
Mark Bouris has established a successful career from building disruptive businesses to challenging the market and provide smarter solutions for consumers. He is currently the Executive Chairman of the publicly listed Yellow Brick Road Group.
Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for his significant service to the finance industry, particularly the home loan mortgage sector, to education, and to charitable organisations, Mark Bouris currently sits on the Western Sydney University Foundation Council and is an Adjunct Professor for Banking and Finance and Business Law and Tax at UNSW Australia Business School. He is also an alumni of UNSW Australian Business School and works with the university to mentor tomorrow’s business leaders.
The author of Wealth Wizard, The Yellow Brick Road to Your Financial Security, and What it Takes, Mark Bouris writes for some of Australia’s most recognised publications, including News Corp’s Money Saver HQ. Away from television cameras and boardrooms, he’s an ardent rugby league follower and sits on the board of 2018 NRL premiers, the Sydney Roosters.
Luke is an experienced senior Sales Leader with a career spanning over 20 years in the field and a strong history of driving high-performance in a competitive sales environment. Luke’s value contribution comes from his dedication and inspiring leadership, and ability to deliver business priorities by harnessing a winning team. He has worked for companies such as Intel Security, Avaya, Nortel Networks, Cisco Systems, Acer and Silicon Computers.
Luke’s experience lies is in channel, inside sales and direct sales, and he is an expert in delivering technical business solutions to drive outcomes for customers. He has strong business acumen, a track record of achieving operational effectiveness and is a key strategy driver.
In his current role as Director of Partner Organisation & Small Business at Cisco Australia & New Zealand, Luke leads a multifunctional team to deliver sales and business outcomes for both Cisco and its Partners.
Brendan is a seasoned ICT Executive Director, with a career spanning 30 years in the industry. In his current role as Executive General Manager Small Business, he works collaboratively with retail service providers to transform improved business grade internet connections to support Australian businesses better leverage technology and innovation. This helps businesses of different sizes to benefit from emerging technologies to truly transform and grow, with nbn providing the underlying technology and internet access to help this transformation happen. Business grade connectivity solutions are becoming more affordable and accessible so that more businesses of all sizes can compete and grow.
Prior to NBN Co, Brendan was Executive Director Small Business at Telstra, responsible for providing technology, support and growth opportunities for almost one million Australian small businesses. Brendan also held several other senior executive roles across Telstra’s business customer segments, with responsibility for strategic products such as cloud, security, data & IP, mobiles and unified communications for small and medium businesses. Over this time, he deployed cloud and network applications and services to over tens of thousands of customers and played a key role building this into a multi-million-dollar growth market for Telstra.
Brendan holds an MBA and Diploma of Electrical Engineering which, together with his passion for small and medium business, is a great combination for helping businesses of different sizes use technology to thrive.
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