SME Matters | Episode Eleven: Ben Wong, Academy Xi

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Guest: Ben Wong, Co-Founder- Academy Xi

Part 1: Sticking with our theme of start-ups. We are very lucky to have Ben Wong, Co-Founder of Academy Xi with us today. Creating a start-up- what do you need to know and learn to be able to shape your start-up. What disruptors are there in the start-up world.

Part 2: Welcome back to SME Radio – SME Matters. We continue to talk with Ben Wong. When your business fails in the start-up world- why is it ok and acceptable. How is the culture different? Listen to find out.

SME Matters | Episode Ten: Tashi Dorjee, TwoSpace

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Guest: Tashi Dorjee – Co-Founder of TwoSpace

Part 1: Angela and Craig speak with Tashi Dorjee. Tashi talks to us about how he came up with his idea and the journey along the way. Start-ups: What are they and how do they work.

Part 2: We are back in the studio with Tashi Dorjee, Co-Founder of TwoSpace.

What Start-ups are working on. The behaviours of Start-Ups. The demographics.

SME Matters | Episode Nine: Ben Nowlan, Sherpa

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Co-Hosts: Angela Vithoulkas & Craig West

Guest: Ben Nowlan, Co-Founder & CEO of Sherpa

Part 1: SME Matters talks with Ben Nowlan, a driven and experienced entrepreneur who has established a series of successful businesses over the last 10 years. Ben is now the co-founder and CEO of Sherpa, a technology driven delivery solution for businesses. Ben walks us through his journey.

 

SME Matters | Episode Eight: Ben Bessell, IAG

Co-Hosts: Angela Vithoulkas & Craig West

Guest: Ben Bessell – Chief Executive Australian Business Division, IAG

Part 1: Ben Bessell joins Angela and Craig today on SME Matters.

Ben Bessell was appointed Chief Executive Australian Business Division, IAG in December 2015. This division focuses on businesses of all sizes, through the CGU, WFI, Lumley and Swann brands.

Ben talks to us about his career and how he came about to be working in insurance. Ben’s knowledge and understanding of insurance comes from hands on experience having worked in sales, underwriting and claims management. Ben has a better understanding of what customers need and want. Ben discusses the intricate details of insurance, take a listen.

 

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MMM | Episode Two: Professor Adam Steen, Researcher Mid Market Business – Charles Sturt University

Guest: Professor Adam Steen, Researcher Mid Market Business – Charles Sturt University

Part 1: Professor Adam Steen joins Craig West on the show.

Listen to find out more about Adam and how he ended up working for Charles Stuart University, researching mid market businesses.

 

Part 2: We continue to talk to Professor Adam Steen from Charles Sturt University.

What is the mid market? What research has been conducted? How do we move businesses to the mid market range? The difficulty of funding. Being realistic. Listen to discover what the research has revealed.

 

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MMM | Episode One: Mike Rich, Co-Founder – Attaché Software & NFP Institute

Guest: Mike Rich, Co-Founder of Attaché Software & NFP M-Institute

Part 1: Welcome to the first episode of Attaché Mid Market Matters.

Attaché Co-Founder, Mick Rich joins Craig on the very first episode of Mid Market.

Who is Mike Rich and how did he get involved in software? Mike now owns one of the largest software companies. Attaché Software is the biggest supplier of software in the medium space and one of Australia’s largest private companies.

 

Part 2: Craig continues to talk with Mike Rich on Attaché Mid Market Matters

What happens to businesses as they continue to grow over the years and move out of the “small” business space to reach the medium space?

Accounting packages, understanding what your business needs. How the right software can grow your business. Technology changes, keeping up to date. Take a listen.

 

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ACBC | Episode Nine: John Grealy, Head of Sales and Strategy – Doltone House

Guest: John Grealy, Head of Sales and Strategy – Doltone House

Part 1: On this episode of ACBC Stacey talks with John Grealy, who has over 30 years’ experience in management roles ranging from owning his own business to working in a diverse group of industries including transport, marketing, software and events. Through this John has built a clear understanding of business and what it takes to build profitable long-term customer relationships. John’s success in each role or venture has been based on a successful strategy and building, developing and leading high performing teams, especially in Sales & Marketing. Listen to John’s story.

Part 2: Welcome back to SME Radio – On ACBC today we continue to talk with John Grealy, Head of Sales & Strategy – Doltone House. John talks to Stacey about Doltone’s House China Strategy. John talks to us about Doltone’s House’s China Business Strategy going forward. How you navigate to get your brand known to the Chinese Market.

 

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ACBC | Episode Eight: Peter Black, Chartered Accountant & Business Coach

Guest: Peter Black – Chartered Accountant and Experienced Business & Executive Coach

Peter Black is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced Business and Executive Coach who assists clients in achieving business, career and organizational objectives, particularly in the financial services, information technology and professional services sectors. Peter specializes in providing strategic coaching on business issues particularly around business process improvement, change management, cultural considerations,  leadership, people management and the use of technology.  Peter is a Group Chair with CEO peer mentoring organisation The Executive Connection (TEC) and the Executive Coaching Partner for ALCHEMY Career management, both based in Sydney.

Part 1: On this episode of ACBC Stacey talks to Peter Black, Executive Coach. Listen to Peter talk about his career journey and how Peter managed to exit the corporate world reflect on his career and transition into a new role. More and more people are becoming familiar with restructure and redundancies that they need to stop and rethink their career path, a lot of people find this challenging and are in unknown territory. Peter can help realise your potential with him as a career coach. How important it is to have your social media handles up to date like LinkedIn.

Part 2: We continue to talk to Peter Black about key issues in small business, findings from his work as a Tech Chair. People issues are the number 1 concern for small business owners followed by small business strategy that is relevant to the current market. We also discuss the opportunities in the Asian market.

 

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ACBC | Episode Seven: Cynthia Dearin, Dearin & Associates

Guest: Cynthia Dearin, Managing Director – Dearin & Associates

In 2015 she released her first book, Camels, Sheikhs and Billionaires: Guide to Business Culture in the Middle East and North Africa

Part 1: On this episode of ACBC Stacey talks to Cynthia Dearin, Managing Director of Dearin & Associates, an International Trade Consultancy that specializes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions. Cynthia is an author, keynote speaker and communications expert. Cynthia talks about her experiences travelling to the Middle East as a Management Consultant Diplomat. Have you ever gone to work wearing a bullet proof vest? Take a listen to Cynthia’s story to find out more.

Part 2: Cynthia continues to talk to us about opportunities in China, feedback from clients and why Cynthia decided this would be a valued addition to her business so she could round out and help more clients.

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SME Matters | Episode Seven: David Cambridge & Michael Vincent, both of Succession Plus

Co-Hosts: Angela Vithoulkas & Craig West

Guest: David Cambridge – Partner, New South Wales, Succession Plus & Michael Vincent – Partner, Victoria & Tasmania, Succession Plus

Part 1: David and Michael are hosting one of our new radio shows called Succession Plus, they join us today on the show. Succession Plus is about Succession and Exit planning for small to medium business owners. David is the Sydney based partner while Michael is the Melbourne based partner of Succession Plus. 90% of business owners do not do any form of succession planning whilst a high number of business owners do no planning at all.

Guest: David Cambridge – Partner, New South Wales, Succession Plus & Michael Vincent – Partner, Victoria & Tasmania, Succession Plus

Part 2: David and Michael are hosts of our new radio show called Succession Plus. We have David and Michael on SME Matters today. Succession Plus will cover a vert broad area. What are the business owner’s hopes, dreams, and aspirations for their business? Good planning starts early. You need to be exit ready- listen here to find our more.

 

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