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Discussion Panel: Kickstarting the Engine - Short Term Support for Australia's Small Businesses

Blueprint Institute warmly welcomes you to join a conversation with Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell AO, Chair of Council of Small Businesses Organisations Australia, Mark McKenzie, and CEO of Blueprint Institute, Harry Guinness.

The panel will discuss the issues facing Australia's small businesses, the merits of revenue-contingent loans, and new research released by Blueprint Institute.

Small businesses are the bedrock of the Australian economy, but they are suffering disproportionally during COVID-19. With limited cash reserves and access to capital relative to larger businesses, many small businesses have been riding out the times of lockdown and uncertainty by relying on government support, tax holidays, concessions handed down by state and territory governments, and the limited personal reserves of SME owners. 

Blueprint Institute's Kickstarting the Engine - short-term support for Australia's small businesses examines the most significant challenges facing our country's SMEs. The report outlines three key recommendations to address impending capital, insolvency and skills crises. These include:
  • HECS-style, revenue contingent loans
  • Publicly financed 'insolvency checkpoints’ through financial health checks
  • Fast-tracking skilled migration

Please join us for an engaging hour of lively conversation and debate amongst small business owners and industry leaders.

This is an invitation only event. RSVPs are essential.

September 09, 2020 at 6pm - 7pm
Zoom. Link to be sent out upon RSVP.
Michael Kerr Paula Misipeka Michael Cotton Julia Zivanovic Nick Campbell Mandy Tognella Michael Krutsch Leigh Curson Sarah Shevy Evelyn Nordhoff David Lang Paul Curson Anna Skarbek Luke Achterstraat Mark Walker Nick Maher Peter Hendy Patrice Pandeleos Bruce Chapman A Geeves Lachie Crombie Glenis Smith David Haslingden Matt Storey Sarah Dunbar Harry Godber Daisy Turnbull Brown Nick Campbell Angus Barker Michele Tracey Jennifer Carey Shauna Jarrett Chris Arnott Sophie Storey Cristina Talacko Elizabeth Bold Emma Bones Denis Mooney Sali Miftari Nelson Savanh Scott Anderson Jenny Gardiner Alix Doherty Mark Knight John Stronnar Eddie Griffith Kylie Von Muenster Troy Wilkie

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