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New Zealand's most important small business event


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New Zealand's most important small business event.

This Summit is your platform to engage with legislators and for you to be heard.

Participate in the New Zealand Small Business Summit 2008. In this important full day Summit delegates will gain new insights about major changes impacting small to medium businesses and have the opportunity to speak with legislators and business leaders regarding the challenges they face.

Issues in the programme include compliance costs, skill shortages, IT & connectivity, energy supply, and business planning & development.
The 2008 Small Business Summit includes the following influential political and business speakers...


Hon. Clayton Cosgrove - Minister for Small Business
"Taking New Zealand SMEs Forward"
Clayton is also the Associate Minister of Finance and Associate Minister of Justice. He is a former business owner who provided strategic advice to companies regarding government communication and public relations.

Phil O'Reilly - CEO Business NZ
"Challenges Facing New Zealand SME"
Business NZ is the largest business advocacy organisation, his background is in business advocacy and communications in enterprises in New Zealand and Australia. Phil chairs the Commercialisation of Research Action Group and the Massey University Business Advisory Group.

Professor Claire Massey - Director of NZ Centre for Research into SME
"Government Perception of Small Business"
Claire is the director of the New Zealand Centre for Research into SME, and HoD of Management at Massey University. Claire has operated her own firms, and been an adviser to firms. Claire leads BusinesSMEeasure, a longitudinal study of New Zealand SMEs and has published extensively on the topic of SMEs.

Doctor Roger Wigglesworth - Director of Effective Markets Branch of MED
"Out of the Trenches - The International Community's Rediscovery of SMEs"
Roger is the Director of the Effective Markets Branch of the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development. He has worked in the government and private sectors in public policy, strategic management and human resources role. Roger was the Chair of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship until May 2008.

George Fistonich - Director Villa Maria Estate Limited
"Entrepreneurial Success"
George founded Villa Maria Estate Limited in 1961. Villa Maria is New Zealand's leading wine award winner, both locally and overseas, New Zealand's third largest winemaking group and the largest New Zealand owned. George's "passion for excellence" and ability to instil that passion in those associated with Villa Maria are major factors in the company's continuing success.

Hon. Bill English - Deputy Leader National Party
"The Future of SMEs in New Zealand"

Bill English is the Deputy Leader and Finance Spokesman for the National Party of New Zealand. Bill has held many portfolios since he entered Parliament in 1990, including Minister of Health, Minister of Finance and Minister of Revenue. Bill English held the position of Leader of the New Zealand National Party from October 2001 to October 2003 and Opposition Spokesman for Education from October 2003 to November 2006.

Plus presentations by leading entrepreneurs who have built their businesses from the ground up.

Small to medium business in New Zealand are the foundation of our economy. To be successful in both the short term and long term, business owners need to engage with and gain ongoing support from government.

This Summit is your platform to engage with legislators and for you to be heard. Register NOW.


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