A FULL DAY small business conference designed to inspire, educate and equip you for SUCCESS in your business!


Run of Events

9:00 AM
Registrations + Networking
9:30 AM
Welcome + Introduction to the Event
9:45 AM
Digital growth strategies by Aaron Kanters
10:15 AM
Achieving success in a competitive industry by Sam Peasnell
10:45 AM
11:15 AM
Bookkeeping + automating your business processes by Brooke Arnott
11:45 AM
Using media to grow your business by Kristy Mayr
12:15 PM
Starting a business from scratch to scaling it globally by Tobi Skovron
12:45 PM
1:30 PM
HR essentials for small business by Damien Gooden
2:00 PM
LinkedIn + personal branding by Monica Buczynski
2:30 PM
How to lead a business that will leave a social impact by Josh Reid Jones
3:00 PM
3:30 PM
Tax planning, growth + going from sole trader to a company by Antonia Farnworth
4:00 PM
Instagram vs. reality by Matthew Landers
4:30 PM
Entrepreneur panel discussion
5:00 PM
Networking + drinks
Enjoy FREE barista coffee all day and an espresso martini at our networking drinks

Presenters & Keynote Speakers

Brooke Arnott
Topic: Bookkeeping & automating your business
Brooke Arnott
Founder and Managing Director of The Small Business Lounge, Brooke is a Small Business Expert, speaker and multi-award-winning MYOB Certified Advisor.
Josh Reid Jones
Panelist + Topic: How to lead a business that will leave a social impact
Founder of the Just Be Nice Project, Josh Reid Jones is an accomplished entrepreneur, innovator, speaker and educator. Driven by a desire to ‘Create extraordinary positive change in the world by helping people make ordinary positive change’, Josh works extensively with organisations, communities and individuals to help people, help people.
Monica Buczynski
Topic: LinkedIn and Personal Branding
Marketing Manager of The Small Business Lounge, Monica is a highly successful marketing and content expert, writer, presenter and a national speaker. Using a highly effective inbound marketing approach, she has reached a widespread business audience across Australia. She currently specialises in educating clients on how to use their social media platforms for business development.
Matthew Landers
Topic: Instagram vs. Reality
Matthew Landers is recognised as one of Australia's leading Floral Designers. Since 2005, Matthew has spent extended periods overseas contracted by some of the world's leading Luxury Fashion, Cosmetic and Hotel brands to style and create flowers, including some of the world's largest A-list events.
Kim Teo
Kim is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mr Yum, a successful Melbourne foodtech startup. She has previously founded Simply Borrowed, a hiring platform for bridesmaid dresses, and Neighbour Flavour, an app allowing people to buy home-cooked meals from others in their community.
Tobi Skovron
Topic: Building business from scratch to scaling it globally
CEO of Creative Cubes, Tobi responsible for Mission & Vision and has a keen interest in brand & member experience. His goal is to be the best in the market (best community, services, locations, facilities & concierge possible).
Sheree Rubinstein
Sheree Rubinstein is a former corporate lawyer and founder of One Roof Women, a hub for women in business. Sheree is a passionate advocate for helping women to build meaningful careers and thriving businesses. With an understanding of the specific needs, challenges and ambitions of female entrepreneurs Sheree co-founded One Roof.
Sam Peasnell
Topic: Achieving success in a competitive industry
Sam is part owner of four Melbourne hospitality ventures. Beginning with Dexter an American BBQ restaurant in Preston which turns four this year. Followed by pizza and cocktail bar Takeaway Pizza and the recently opened Cheek Restaurant and Peaches Bar & Rooftop. He loves being in control and the challenge of running a business. Does not love: His increasing golf handicap and the presence of grey hairs.
Damien Gooden
Topic: HR Essentials for Small Business
With over 20 years of experience in small businesses, Damien oversees a team of HR Specialists, Client Managers and IT Developers and to provide Cloud-based HR software and HR advice all around Australia. He works closely with Franchise Groups, Bookkeepers and Small Businesses to learn and understand business and provide a unified HR solution. He holds qualifications in Human Resources and Information Technology (Business Systems).
Kristy Mayr
Topic: Using Media to Grow Your Business
Kristy Mayr has covered a wide range of stories during her career as a journalist with the Seven Network. Currently working as a reporter for Seven News, Kristy is experienced in chasing the stories that matter, and delivering live coverage of events as they unfold.
Aaron Kanters
Topic: Digital Growth Strategies
Digital Director at The Small Business Lounge, Aaron has over 11 years of experience in agency life. He has held a variety of roles including Head of Design, where he ran a team of designers, developers and digital marketing experts.
Antonia Farnworth
Topic: Tax planning, growth & going from sole trader to a company
Antonia prepares tax returns and financial statements for small and medium-sized enterprises. She is also a state and international level basketball player for WA and New Zealand.


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