The Small Business Network (SBN) was set up in 2014 with great support from Primasia. Over 50% of AustCham members are SMEs and the Network is a platform to provide interested members with meetings, speaking events, networking events and cross-chamber activities; the opportunity to generate referrals and business within the network; and a platform to provide assistance and professional guidance.
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Tommy Ip is the Founder Managing Partner of Holistic Business Consulting, an accounting firm specialised in expatriates’ tax solutions. Tommy has over 18 years of experience in advising Australian tax.
Mark Sims has over 20 years’ experience in technology sales, business development and management consulting with both global and local companies. He has turned entrepreneur and investor. Mark sits on the board of several Start-ups, and actively advises many Entrepreneurs and aspiring Entrepreneurs on their business plans and technology strategies. Most importantly he is now responsible for Venture Capital investment activity for Stan Group Limited and is tasked with investing in and nurturing young companies in Hong Kong.
Engagement and Mission
Over the past 12 months, the SBN has hosted a number of events that are related to the day-to-day challenges that small businesses are continuing to face. It ranges from hiring interns to branding a start-up company. The events received very positive feedback.
There were some very practical presentations which targeted small businesses. For example, our first breakfast session was about Hong Kong Employment Rules. The nature of a small group makes is very easy to have round table discussions. The engagement level was very high due to the fact that the issues were very relevant to our members.
The other successful event was regarding the SME funding, we received overwhelming response from members.
We look forward to growing the Network steadily and continuing to focus on small businesses’ needs. We will engage with other AustCham Committees and work together on joint events. For example, we are planning on a ‘Women Entrepreneurship’ event with the Women in Business Network, and a ‘Technology for SBN’ event with Business Technology Committee in 2015.
There will be more cross-chamber activities, as we are going to liaise with some of other chambers with similar groups as small business.
We will still conceive to have activities that provide opportunities for members to generate referrals and business within the network.
• We will liaise with the HKTDC to run more events that focus on assisting small businesses.
• We will be running speaking events that teach small businesses about branding themselves and invite members to do an elevator pitch.