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MyBusiness Week Day 3 wrap-up: Mental health support and the global COVID experience

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
01 October 2020 1 minute readShare
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Day 3 of MyBusiness Week and our final day of this year’s event included an assortment of important business advice, from bank relief to mental health tips and social media use, including an important address from the International Council of Small Business.

The final day of MyBusiness Week kicked off with an interview with the Australian Banking Associations’ Aidan O’Shaughnessy, who detailed the relief options available to small and medium-sized businesses, supported by the Aussie banks.

He talked about bank deferrals and how they’ll function now that businesses are on the other side of that regularly referenced September cliff, as well as the revamped SME Guarantee Scheme and what it offers.

Mr O’Shaughnessy was followed by the president of the ICSB, Dr Ayman El Tarabishy, who touched on the global coronavirus response and the shared experience of overcoming a once-in-a-century pandemic.

Dr El Tarabishy talked about the importance of innovation in rebuilding our economies, what’s in store for small business from a global perspective, as well as what governments need to do to support the sector and ensure its survival.

Next, our audience heard from Georgie Harman, the CEO of Beyond Blue, who talked about the resources available to small-business owners to keep themselves mentally healthy in an environment of increasing difficulty.

Ms Harman also shared some invaluable tips that small-business owners can use to check in with themselves and their employees, as well as how to recognise when their employees may be struggling and what resources to tap into to help them navigate this tough environment.

On a social media front, Vicky Skipp, head Workplace from Facebook APAC, spoke about remote work and the tools available to ease communication with remote workforces, as well as the importance of keeping that workplace culture alive amid the growing challenges.

Finally, Christian “Boo” Boucousis chatted with Momentum Media’s director, Phillip Tarrant, and unpacked the current business environment and threats to SMEs, and how you can draw on the mindset of high-performing fighter pilots to thrive.

“You don’t know how habitual the attitude of success is in a fighter squadron — they win virtually all of the time. Why? Process, systems, training and flawless execution,” Mr Boucousis said, also sharing insights into his coaching program designed specifically for Aussie SMEs.

Last but not least, the winner of the $300 MyBusiness Week prize is Ken Tobias, Keg Consulting Group Pty Ltd. 

Additionally, our gold partner Reckon has awarded a Google Mini to Bert Girle, CEO of Komine East Group.

More than 3,000 small-business owners registered for MyBusiness Week.

To continue to view the sessions, visit our Knowledge Centre here.

MyBusiness Week Day 3 wrap-up: Mental health support and the global COVID experience
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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
Maja Garaca Djurdjevic

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of My Business. 

Maja has a decade-long career in journalism across finance, business and politics. Now a well-versed reporter in the SME and accounting arena, prior to joining Momentum Media, Maja reported for several established news outlets in Southeast Europe, scrutinising key processes in post-conflict societies and enabling citizens to influence decision-making.

You can email Maja on [email protected] 

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