Famed business leaders gather to support SMEs
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Prominent Australian business leaders including Mark Bouris and Collette Dinnigan are set to gather in support of the SME community to tackle common problems holding back business growth.

Mr Bouris, host of Channel 7’s The Mentor and founder of Wizard Home Loans, and Ms Dinnigan, one of the country’s best-known fashion designers, will be joined by Melanie Perkins, CEO and co-founder of graphic design site Canva, Nic Marceshi, co-founder of social enterprise Orange Sky Laundry, and former accountant turned comedian Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann as part of the second annual Quickbooks Connect. Intuit founder Scott Cook will also make an appearance.

To be held in Sydney’s Australian Technology Park on 24 May, the event brings together business owners and entrepreneurs as well as their accountants, bookkeepers and developers to canvas ideas and inspiration for solving everyday problems and boosting opportunities for growth.

“I’m proud to announce that QuickBooks Connect is back. Its return is largely thanks to the highly positive feedback we received from last year’s attendees,” said  Nicolette Maury, vice president and country manager of Intuit Australia.

“Building a prosperous economy relies heavily on the continued growth of small businesses and people who work for themselves.”

“Our aim is to power their prosperity, and we look forward to revealing what’s possible for the self-employed, small businesses, accountants, bookkeepers and developers to help them succeed.”

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As part of the event, there will be a two-day small business hackathon on 19 and 20 May, where selected developers will be able to use the resources of sponsors Intuit, Google, PayPal and Telstra to solve real world problems facing SMEs.

“These events are very valuable … It might be a problem that no one has thought of before but it could change the small business or the developer in a big way,” said Guy Pearson, CEO of fintech company Practice Ignition.

Famed business leaders gather to support SMEs
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