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Small Business BIG Marketing

Learn from leaders in the field, make new connections, and take your marketing plan to the next level

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  • About Small Business BIG Marketing 2016
  • About our guest speakers
  • Highlights from last year

BIG Marketing

About the event

The Small Business Festival Victoria’s premier event -- Small Business BIG Marketing – is your ticket to helping your business grow.

This half-day event is dedicated to improving marketing practice across the small business sector and is a must for all small business owners and operators in Victoria.

Join this year's event and:
  • learn from world-class presenters as they share their experiences and marketing tips for small businesses
  • get the lowdown on the latest marketing trends and techniques
  • learn more about changes in the way we work, and discover how small business can take advantage of these changes
  • get out there and meet people. You’ll pick up contacts and great tips at the dedicated networking session
  • pick the brains of marketing experts. By appointment on the day, the Small Business Mentoring Service and the Australian Marketing Institute are happy to chat with you about your business

Date: Thursday 11 August 2016

Time: 7.45am to 1.00pm

Where: The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Plenary 3 (Doors 9 and 10), 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

Tickets: $60 single / with group discounts for 4 and 8

Tickets on sale now

Meet our guest speakers

Holly Ransom (Emergent)

Holly Ransom

Holly Ransom is a passionate and talented businesswoman with an amazing ability to turn challenges into opportunities. She has helped develop innovative marketing and business solutions to solve complex problems for corporations, governments and non-profits. Holly coaches and professionally mentors leaders of all generations around the world and was the youngest person ever to be named one of Australia’s ‘100 Most Influential Women’.


Craig Davis (

BNA_Julia_EDITCraig Davis is one of Australia’s most accomplished adverting gurus having spent the last 20 years developing memorable creative campaigns for global and local businesses. He will share his experience on how advertising – both traditional and digital – can work for your small business.



Jason Fox (Bestselling author of 'The Game Changer')


 In a rapidly changing business environment, Dr Jason Fox provides the motivation and advice you need to get the best out of your business. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, PepsiCo, and McDonalds and is the bestselling author of The Game Changer. His fresh and relevant approach will change the way you think about the future of work.


Yvonne Adele (Business consultant and The Today Show's Ms Megabyte)

 Yvonne AdeleYvonne Adele is an accomplished speaker, business consultant and author who helped thousands of Australians to embrace technology as the Today Show’s IT Reporter – Ms Megabyte. A columnist for Woman's Day, Women's Weekly and author of Conquer your Computer and PCs for Dummies, Yvonne now works with small businesses on brainstorming and social media marketing. She will share her creative thinking skills to ensure you get the most possible value out of the connections you make at the event.

Toby Travanner (MC)

Toby Travanner

Australia’s leading business MC, Toby has a unique ability to engage and motivate audiences.  His primary area of expertise is coaching individuals and teams to realise their business and personal goals, especially in the areas of sales and marketing.


Highlights from last year

What attendees thought

This is a great event that I look forward to each year. I think I've been to three now. Each time I have come away energised and ready to rock n' roll. I really love it! And Toby is an excellent host.  

Great show and very well organised. The MC was great! Ken Segall was world class.

Very interesting, inspiring and informative!

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in this program. I have received good direction and already actioned some of the ideas. Loved it - thank you.

This is the third time I have attended Small Business BIG Marketing. Again, this year it was excellent. The presenters were extremely knowledgeable and I took home lots of great tips on how to market and grow my business through effective marketing. Toby Travanner is the most skilful MC I have seen and over 20+ years, I have seen a lot! He was very entertaining and was able to synthesize the ideas during the discussion forum.