Small Business: Focus on the future

Media release | 28 February 2017

Preparing for the changes and challenges of the future is the topic of a special Back to Business Week event in Sydney tomorrow (Wednesday 1 March), organised by the NSW Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business John Barilaro said the small business landscape was changing rapidly and, in order to thrive, small business operators needed to stay on top of the latest advice, look ahead and be prepared.

“Small businesses face many critical challenges, from managing a diverse workforce to navigating through a constantly evolving digital marketplace,” Mr Barilaro said.

“At this event, guest speakers will address a range of topics that will help small business operators to understand how they can benefit from being future-focused.”

Keynote speakers and topics include:

  • Terry Rawnsley, Principal & Partner, SGS Economics and Planning, will analyse how the economy will look in 2026 and the bigger trends small businesses need to focus on; and
  • Karen Borg, Chief Executive Officer, Jobs for NSW, will look at job trends and changes and the skills needed to bridge the knowledge gap.

An interactive panel discussion will include Paul Fairhead, Managing Director of design consultancy Huddle; futurist and technology writer Paul Wallbank; Jost Stollman, Executive Director of payments fintech Tyro Payments; and Marianne McGhee, owner of Allis Technology.

“Growth in the Sydney economy over the next 10 years will open up huge opportunities for small businesses in NSW,” said Terry Rawnsley. “Local businesses just need to seize the domestic and global opportunities that Sydney can provide to them.”

‘Meeting the Future Head On’ is on Wednesday 1 March at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. Businesses can register for this free event at:

Back to Business Week (26 February – 4 March) is a NSW Government initiative that highlights the vital role small businesses play in creating jobs and driving economic growth in their communities and the state.

At events during the week, small business operators have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, access advice and network with other small businesses.

For more information on Back to Business Week and how to get involved go to:

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