The Territorys long-held October Business Month is designed to help small businesses grow their enterprises and create more local jobs.
The 2018 OBM line-up has been unveiled today with more than 190 events, workshops and training options on offer to support Territory small businesses.
With a focus on growth opportunities, innovation, social media, marketing and leadership OBM is designed to inspire and develop Territory businesses.
Innovation Week (8-12 October) unlocks innovative thinking by celebrating and growing our entrepreneurial talent, with topics including renewable energy, digital disruption, intellectual property and idea pitching.
The International Series, which runs throughout the OBM program focuses on improving the Territorys connection to and understanding of Asian markets, exploring ways to improve business environments, cultural awareness and doing business internationally.
OBM culminates with the Social Media Sprint featuring speakers from Facebook, LinkedIn and local agencies. More than 30 events are dedicated to social media this year, to help local businesses navigate and succeed in a digital world.
This years keynote speakers include:
Lisa Wilkinson Journalist and host of Channel 10, The Project
Jane Lu entrepreneur, social media influencer owner of global fashion empire Showpo
Gus BalBontin Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer at Lonely Planet
Daniel Motlop Former AFL player and General Manager of Indigenous owned supplier of game meats and native food, Something Wild.
Rob Cook Bestselling author and Australian Famer of the Year Award winner
Tim Harcourt Professional economist specialising in international trade and labour economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and emerging economies.
Five Territory success stories will also join our keynotes this year, each bringing their own local story to inspire the business community.
The OBM Hub is located in in Voyage Arcade Smith Street Mall, Darwin until 31 of October. The Hub will be open from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
For a full list of OBM events go to the OBM website www.obm.nt.gov.au
As noted by Minister for Business & Innovation Nicole Manison
This governments number one priority is creating jobs and the business sector in the Territory plays a huge role in creating local jobs.
There are fantastic opportunities in the Territory for small businesses to start up, grow and expand.
October Business Month is about providing maximum support, inspiration and practical advice for our hard working business owners and their staff.
OBM is designed for local businesses, with tips on everything from innovation, digital upskilling and making your business Asia-ready.
I encourage all businesses owners to get along to these events, workshops and talks many of which are free to help grow and expand your business.