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Wed, 18 Oct


Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie

Small Business Forum

Also open to Students! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn, connect, and celebrate your small business journey. Take a step closer to realising your business goals. Discussion topics include My Small Business Brand, Cyber Security, Health and My Small Business Online.

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Small Business Forum
Small Business Forum

Time & Location

18 Oct 2023, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, Major Innes Rd, Port Macquarie NSW 2444, Australia

About the Event

This event is open to Business Students and all Small Business Owners. Special student rate available and includes Finger Food.

Join us for an exciting and informative event as we celebrate Small Business Month and put the spotlight on "Your Small Business." This forum is designed to empower small business owners like you by providing valuable insights and discussions on key themes to help you kickstart your journey, make informed decisions, and foster growth.

Event Discussions:

1. My Small Business Brand: Discover the power of branding for your small business. Learn how to create a unique identity that resonates with your target audience, effectively communicates your values, and sets you apart from the competition. 

2. My Small Business Cyber Security: In today's digital age, cyber security is paramount. Understand the essential steps to safeguard your small business against cyber threats.

3. My Small Business Health: Running a small business can take a toll on your well-being. This session focuses on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, managing stress, and promoting mental and physical wellness while navigating the challenges of entrepreneurship. Gain practical tips to ensure your business thrives without compromising your health.

4. My Small Business Online: Embrace the opportunities of the online world for your small business. From establishing a robust online presence to leveraging e-commerce platforms, this segment covers strategies for reaching a broader audience, optimizing online marketing efforts, and adapting to the evolving digital landscape.

Panel of Experts

1. Edgard Lopez will be moderating this session. Ed is currently the Vice President of MBF, a farmer, lawyer, film producer, project manager and IT Guy. Currently director in many non-profits organisations in AU and NZ. Director at Ruff n Roll Pty Ltd - Breeder of Cavoodles and Poodles.

2. Alejandra Lopez is a lecturer in Nursing at Charles Sturt University. Alex has over 25 years experience as a registered nurse, specialising in resus/trauma, lifestyle and over the last 5 years went into academia at Newcastle University and Charles Sturt University.

3. David Peak, Lighthouse Beach IT. David was a Principal Technology Officer at Griffith University in Brisbane, proficient in both Apple and Microsoft Windows computing. David moved to Port Macquarie in 2018 and set up Lighthouse Beach IT to offer professional local computer help, advice, repairs and support.

4. Lyn Richardson, Rosewood Environmental Services. Lyn has been an MBF Member for 20 years. Her company, Rosewood Environmental Services provides Geotechnical testing and consulting for small-medium developments that require Wastewater Management Designs and Site Classifications to determine soil conditions prior to building.

Who Should Attend:This event is tailored for small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in enhancing their knowledge of branding, cyber security, wellness, and online strategies.

Why Attend:

  • Gain insights from industry experts and peers
  • Learn practical tips and strategies
  • Network with like-minded individuals
  • Position your small business for success
  • Celebrate Small Business Month together

Venue information:

Venue: Charles Sturt University, Port Macquarie, Building 802, Room 1161 (map)


  • MBF Member Price

    Includes event fee, finger food, coffee, tea, water, soft drinks.

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  • Guest Price

    Includes event fee, finger food, coffee, tea, water, soft drinks.

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  • Student Price

    Open to primary, high school and uni students interested in starting or running their own business. This ticket includes event fee, finger food, coffee, tea, water, soft drinks.

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