Business event hits right note on Kangaroo Island

BUSINESS TALK: SA Small Business Commissioner John Chapman, talks to the Kangaroo Island group.
BUSINESS TALK: SA Small Business Commissioner John Chapman, talks to the Kangaroo Island group.

Thirty participants were entertained and instructed by nine speakers at the One-day Business Networking and Training event held at the KI Council offices on Tuesday, May 15.

Kangaroo Island Commissioner Wendy Campana was delighted to welcome the SA Small Business Commissioner John Chapman, as he talked to the group about his role and the considerable assistance his office is able to offer to businesses in our state.

He explained how his powers allow him to provide dispute resolution, advocacy and assistance in diverse areas such as farming, the motor trade, news agencies, franchising and the building sector.

Neil Argent, a geographer from the University of New England, provided an overview of how Kangaroo Island can be resilient in the face of change, and Richard Kimber from Norman Waterhouse Lawyers spoke about the role of investors and advisers to business operators.

Using the example of a fictitious Island accommodation business called Fantastico, that was beset by issues such as family dysfunction, staff unhappiness and customer dissatisfaction, Hood Sweeney accountant Louisa Andreucci covered the financial management topic while Julia Mann gave an informative talk on how to look at a strategic plan, in half an hour.

While this was fast-paced it also provided an excellent overview of strategies to manage your operation. Continuing on the theme with the operators of the ‘make believe’ business, Brian Cunningham discussed methods of management and Lucy Perpetua from Safe Work SA provided an overview of work place health and safety.

While these presentations took a light-hearted and enjoyable approach, all those attending certainly understood how each business facet could affect their own operations.

Ms Campana provided an overview of some of the Island’s proposed developments and Barbara Sibley ended the day speaking about the role of the media if your business is in trouble, and how your brand can be damaged, and covered some of the ways you might recover.

“The day provided an excellent array of speakers, covering all the topics that any business can face,” Ms Campana said.

“Being able to focus on a fictitious accommodation provider allowed all the participants to join in the discussions, and focussing it on the Island meant that it was relevant to everyone attending.

“I hope to run this type event again…it was certainly successful and we were pleased to be joined by the Small Business Commissioner John Chapman.”

This event was one of several programs receiving Federal Government assistance through the Building Better Regions Fund, with further funding from KI Council and the Commissioner’s office.