Regional Growth Summit: Cultivating Connections

The Regional Growth Summit for May 2020 was a virtual business summit dedicated to regional Australia. It was held on May 27th, and included speakers from the likes of Canva, HubSpot, Shopify, Cynch, Plattar, Xero alongside lots of regional business examples on how best to use digital technology to help grow your business. If you missed watching the event on the day, or even wanting to go back in to take another look, everything has been recorded to enable you to go in and listen to each session again. We’ve also uploaded the slides from each speaker for your reference. Here’s a quick message about the event from our host, Sam Hurley.


Why did we host an event like this?

The current global climate has surged digital disruption towards all parts of the business community. Being able to come together and connect with those who have like-minded ambitions and challenges is increasingly important, just as the virtual world has become vital to sourcing suppliers and reaching customers. Central to these connections is the ability of the business community to learn new concepts and practical skills and implement strategies and tools to sustain and grow their business. 

What can I get out of this event?

You will learn about a range of digital technologies available and how you can use these to build a healthy and sustainable business. This event is for you whether you are a startup, scale-up or small to medium businesses in Regional Australia. We will also highlight:


✓ Introductions to technology and digital practices

✓ Exposure to modern business strategies and operations

✓ Marketing and customer experience knowledge and skills

✓ Business strategy, tips, tricks and implementation

✓ Business strategy, tips, tricks and implementation

✓ Hear about local stories of innovation

✓ Practical ways to improve, scale and grow business


How do I access this event?


For those of you returning to watch the recordings, simply head to the top right and sign in, or click ‘My Dashboard’ if you are already logged in. You will see the course pop up, and once you click into the course you can resume where you left off or watch from the beginning again using the navigation menu on the left. 


If you are new to this platform and haven’t purchased your access yet, you’ll need to do this first in order to create an account (which will allow you to complete the steps above). Individuals can purchase lifetime access for $20.


If your local council has purchased a license to this event, you will be able to access this content FREE OF CHARGE. 


When you click the access button below, you will be taken to a payment page. Enter your details on the left, and your ‘coupon code’ on the right (click ‘have a coupon’ if you can’t see this box straight away). To find out if your council has purchased a license, click here to see a full list, or reach out to us via our Facebook page.

What is it, and who is this event for?

Businesses in major cities are saturated for choice, so the goal of the Regional Growth Summit is to help balance that playing field, support community engagement, and develop lasting economic strength for regional Australia. Our focus is to teach business leaders how technology can create a positive impact on their business, saving them time, money, and resources in the long-term, enabling them to focus on their core skills. The Summit will educate and support those who are curious about the benefits of digital. It will give you the opportunity to hear about key technologies that will help you be more efficient and support you to grow your businesses. You can hear from leading technology companies on how you can use their technology to help your business. Be inspired to make small changes for maximum impact!

  • This is a virtual event which allows it to be accessed by any startup, scale up or small to medium business across Australia

  • It will educate and support those who are curious about the benefits of digital

  • It will give you the opportunity to hear about key technologies that will help you be more efficient and support you to grow your businesses.

  • You can hear from leading technology companies, such as Canva, Shopify, HubSpot, Xero, Plattar and Cynch on how you can use their technology to help your business

  • Be inspired to make small changes for maximum impact for your business




Watch Intro Video

Check out the inaugural 2019 Regional Growth Summit

Agenda

  • 1

    Welcome!

  • 2

    Welcome & Introduction to the event

    • Recording - Welcome & Introduction from your host as well as a talk about surviving and thriving through these times
    • Surviving and thriving in a changing business environment article
  • 3

    How technology can help you save time, money and resources (Emma Van Smale, Me Three)

    • Recording - 'How technology can help you save time, money and resources'
    • Presentation slides from this session
  • 4

    How to use marketing technology to help grow you business (Karina Clifford, HubSpot)

    • Recording - 'How to use marketing technology to help grow your business'
    • Martech Resources
  • 5

    Augmented reality - The game changer for a virtual world (Rupert Deans, Plattar)

    • Recording - Augmented reality - the game changer for a virtual world
    • Plattar's slides from the presentation
  • 6

    Stories of Innovation - Storytowns and ArtEverywhere

    • Recording - Stories of Innovation, Storytown and ArtEverywhere
  • 7

    How to get your business cyberfit and check your new normal (Susie Jones, Cynch)

    • Recording - 'How to get your business cyberfit and check your new normal'
    • Slides from Susie's Cyber Security session
  • 8

    Digital tools for efficiency in accounting and beyond (Steve Kelly, Xero)

    • Digital tools for efficiency in accounting and beyond
    • How digital connectivity is helping Australian small businesses thrive
    • Xero resources & answers to the questions
  • 9

    How to use digital to build your eCommerce business (Paul Cochrane, Shopify)

    • Recording of 'How to use digital to build your eCommerce Business'
    • Resources
  • 10

    Stories of Innovation- Forage Restaurant & Timboon Distillery

    • Recording - Stories of Innovation - Forage & Timboon Distillery
  • 11

    Startup & Small Business Panel Discussion

    • Recording - Startup & Small Business Panel Discussion
  • 12

    The importance of design to create impact for your business (Bernise Alviar, Canva)

    • Recording - The importance of design to create impact for your business
    • Resources
  • 13

    How artificial intelligence can help your business (Dylan Smith, Rubix)

    • Recording - How artificial intelligence can help your business
    • Slides from Artificial Intelligence session
  • 14

    ‘The Internet of Things’ - what is it and how can it benefit business? (Hugh Koch & Russell Bennett, Southern Grampians Shire Council)

    • Recording - The Internet of Things - what is it and how can it benefit business?
  • 15

    Stories of Innovation - Farmo

    • Recording - Stories of Innovation - Farmo
  • 16

    How you can create impact in your community (Phil Ore, 25eight & Alison McKenzie, City of Greater Bendigo)

    • Recording - How you can create impact in your community
  • 17

    How to practically implement the learnings from today (Emma Van Smale, Me Three) and final words

    • Recording - How to practically implement the learnings from today
  • 18

    How was your experience?

    • How was your experience?

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