Technology and global changes are transforming the way business is done. While big firms may have the internal expertise or resources to hire external consultants to deal with this situation, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) may not.
To make up for this, there are various platforms for an SMB to put forth its issues and seek solutions from leaders and industry experts. Singapore, being a business hub, has a host of relevant events lined up over the next few months.
Inter-Cultural Networking Series – Singapore and New Zealand
5 May 2016
As a part of its Inter-Cultural Business Series, the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) will partner with the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce to present a networking event between Kiwi and Singaporean business leaders. Alexis Horowitz-Burdick, founder of Luxola, an e-commerce platform for beauty brands in Southeast Asia, and Joanne Fair, regional director at Fonterra Ingredients South & East Asia, will discuss how SMBs can stay competitive in regional markets and relevant globally.
The Art and Science of Internationalisation
6 May 2016
Going global is a logical step in today’s connected markets. But how does one do business in a foreign market? Roger Loo, executive director at BDO Consultants, will talk about the obstacles on the way to internationalisation. There will be specific focus on lessons learnt by Singaporean firms on this journey.
Make Technology Your Business Advantage
13 May 2016
Whether it’s Uber or Airbnb, technology is creating unconventional market leaders. From exploring disruptive business models to automating daily functions, your business cannot afford to be left behind. Attend this event jointly organised by SME Centre@SMF and Microsoft to learn how to go mobile-first, cloud-first and sell in an uncertain age.
Anchoring a week-long series of events where some of the most innovative developments in the media-tech sphere in Asia will be showcased, InnovFest unBound is jointly organised by NUS Enterprise and unBound Media along with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. The event provides a platform for startups, investors and corporates alike to meet government agencies and leading researchers to discuss and share knowledge, as well as build potential new innovative partnerships in Asia.
SME Capabilities Forum 2016
19 May 2016
Across areas like business strategy and product innovation, capability building is crucial for businesses to stay competitive in these unpredictable times. Route maps and expertise are not usually easy to come by for SMBs. However, this forum offers them a chance to interact with thought leaders and industry experts to take action in transforming their businesses.
Good Business with Prompt Payment
25 May 2016
To pursue big plans, you need cash flow. Conversely, as your business grows, collecting payments goes beyond making phone calls and booting out late payers. Learn about good credit management and cash flow management practices from Jennifer Lee, head of credit services at DP Info.
31 May – 3 June 2016
Touted as Asia’s largest integrated ICT event, CommunicAsia 2016 is held concurrently with EnterpriseIT2016 and BroadcastAsia2016. The former promises to bring state-of-the-art technical innovations and solutions to participants, while the latter will showcase interesting developments from the film, television and entertainment industries.
Echelon Asia Summit 2016
15–16 June 2016
We live in a highly digital world and this landmark event highlights how entrepreneurs and thought leaders are creating new practices and opportunities in it. From masterclasses to a curation of Asia’s most promising startups, Echelon Asia Summit will teach you all you need to know about the digital world.
Digital Disruption Asia Summit 2016
20–22 June 2016
Digital disruption is a familiar term to businesses in this world of fast-moving technology. The 2nd Annual Digital Disruption Asia Summit will focus on the theme of “Disruptive Innovation and Value Creation in the Digital Economy”, where innovative methodologies and business case studies will be the topics of discussion.
Clean Enviro Summit Singapore 2016
10–14 July 2016
This year’s summit will look at smart solutions for growing cities. Government bodies, international organisations, academia and businesses will discuss trends and solutions across key issues such as cleaning and waste management.
Events such as these offer an invaluable opportunities for SMBs to network within the business community. They can learn to play the game the way the giants play it, build cutting-edge capabilities and strike new deals.