Microbiz Week 2011MicroBiz Week 2011 recognises the contribution of micro businesses to the State’s economy and assists home-based, solo and micro business operators. This year, the week will highlight practical HOW TO tips and tricks to make your business prosper.

Microbiz Week showcases a range of experts sharing their expertise on how micro-business operators can increase profit and grow their business using cutting-edge technologies and realistic implementation.

Topics featured include:

  • Use of technologies for cloud computing
  • Keeping your business cyber safe
  • Social media networking
  • Online marketing opportunities
  • Maximising productivity and profit
  • Webinars, demonstrations and resources

This year, my lovely DPE colleague Rocky Heckman & myself will be presenting a few sessions. Well, Rocky is covering most of them, but I will also be there to talk about BizSpark & other things related to running an IT Startup! Smile

Be sure to register for these great FREE sessions:

Embracing the Digital Economy and Mobile Technology

30 May 2011 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Doors open 30 May 2011 1:50 AM

Level 47, Hamilton & Parkes Room, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney, 2000

Charting the course for the Australian digital economy, digital lifestyle and the opportunity this presents, our speaker will be able to provide you with the information necessary to embrace the booming digital economy and mobile technology.

Our digital economy is thriving and technology is changing daily. How is your business looking to take advantage of the planned NBN rollout, our Australian mobile networks or the profilific availability of Smart Phones? During this session we will ensure you understand some of the emerging trends and ways your business could start taking advantage of them.

Cloud Computing as a Security Boundary

31 May 2011 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Doors open 31 May 2011 12:50 PM

Level 47, Hamilton & Parkes Room, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney, 2000

Our experts reveal the dynamics behind Cloud computing and how it can be used to provide a security boundary for your business. Learn the technological basis to cloud computing, and how to grow your brand's internet scale capacity.

Everyone has heard of the virtues of Cloud computing; the massive cost savings, and how Cloud computing can make your life easier. But one often overlooked feature is how it can provide a security boundary for your systems and networks. The US Department of Defense has recently extolled the virtues of moving things to the cloud as a security measure. In this session, we’ll discuss the technologies, and methods to use cloud computing to give your business the same internet scale capacity as large companies like Microsoft, Amazon, eBay have while increasing the security border between you and the hackers.

BizSpark: How to Ignite your IT Startup

31 May 2011 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Doors open 31 May 2011 2:50 PM

Industry & Investment, Level 47, Hamilton & Parkes Room, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney , 2000

BizSpark (a Microsoft initiative) is designed to fast track the success of early stage technology companies by offering software, support and opportunities to increase visibility. Learn how you can take part of the BizSpark program and get your IT startup business the support and programs it needs.

Is your Business Developing software? Privately held? Less than three years old? Making less than US $1M annually? If you answered yes to these questions then you need to be in Microsoft’s FREE BizSpark program.

The BizSpark Program provides Startups (during their first three years) with software, support and visibility at a time when they are most valuable and least affordable—with no upfront costs and minimal requirements.

In this informative session, Catherine Eibner will walk you through the BizSpark program details, how to get signed up and how to best take advantage of the program. She will be showcasing some of the recent successful startups she has supported. These BizSpark members will share their experiences as well as the benefits and opportunities they felt that BizSpark provided them as a new startup.

See more about MicroBiz Week and the other sessions here: http://microbiz.events.smallbiz.nsw.gov.au/