Business seminars

Seminars and workshops hosted by City of Sydney

Going Green: The New Economy

17 June 2020

Danny Kennedy, CEO, New Energy Nexus, and a panel of local experts discuss Australia's green economic potential and how Sydney can leverage its strengths to lead this space.

Danny Kennedy

Asia's CleanTech Transition: Opportunity for Australia

11 June 2020

Hear from Danny Kennedy, CEO New Energy Nexus as he leads a discussion about the burgeoning clean tech market and the export opportunity for a new breed of businesses. 

Extend reality with Amy Peck

20 December 2019

Learn to use digital channels to promote and sell to Chinese consumers

Visiting entrepreneur program: Launch into space with Dr Christyl Johnson, NASA

22 November 2019

Dr Crystal Johnson speaks about her journey at NASA, starting off as an intern to becoming the first female African American deputy director for Technology and Research Investments at NASA Goddard

Small Business Digital 101: Modern selling with LinkedIn

25 September 2019

Hear insights into generating leads, building brand awareness and creating opportunities with LinkedIn.

Visting Entrepreneur Program

Visiting entrepreneur program – Tech's hottest jobs of the future

29 November 2018

Learn to use digital channels to promote and sell to Chinese consumers

NIkko - China online

Small Business Digital 101: China online

26 September 2018

Learn to use digital channels to promote and sell to Chinese consumers

Instagram speaker: Anastasia Pavlovic

Small Business Digital 101: Instagram

25 July 2018

Grow your business using Instagram

Facebook speaker: Tansa Mehroke

Small Business Digital 101: Facebook

30 May 2018

Create genuine Facebook followings and convert them to sales

Google Speaker: Richard Flanagan

Small Business Digital 101: Google

28 March 2018

Learn to grow your audience using Google

The importance of branding for business

29 November 2017

Now you see me: The importance of branding for business

Women-led businesses

25 October 2017

Women-led businesses

Creative Enterprises: It’s not as easy as you think

27 September 2017

Creative Enterprises: It’s not as easy as you think

How innovation is changing the face of business

30 August 2017

The benefits to business of customer-centred innovation

Sustainable business practices

26 July 2017

Business benefits of a sustainable existence

Aimee Atkins

Sydney’s tech startup revolution

28 June 2017

The raw reality, starting local, going global

Anthony Mitchell

No ‘i’ in ‘team’: understanding how staff are vital for success

31 May 2017

Better staff practices for a better business

kaila Carroso

Play hard: how businesses can exploit Sydney's festival scene

26 April 2017

What Sydney businesses can do to take advantage of a captive audience

Becker Minty

Elevated State: Customer experience is everything

29 March 2017

Focus on your true values to create a customer experience that is as unique as you

Rise of an Empire: The foodie business phenomenon

22 February 2017

Learn about the people who are the driving force behind the food industry in Sydney

Lewis Jaffrey

Business 101: Late starters – keeping the doors open for night-time trade

30 November 2016

What you need to do to get your doors open later

Business 101: Going against the grain – new business concepts

2 November 2016

How to start up brand new business ventures

Jennifer Lam

Business 101: The rocky road less travelled – new takes on traditional business

5 October 2016

How to convert traditional business ventures into unique user experiences and products

Business 101: Growing pains - avoiding the pitfalls of your own success

7 September 2016

Learn the importance of planning your expansion and avoid the familiar traps

Business 101: Bringing in the music

10 August 2016

Learn how easy it is to transform your business into a thriving live music hub

Business 101: Cult following, your brand your business

12 July 2016

Why building a solid brand is essential for your business.

Business 101: Not your average small business

15 June 2016

Innovative business owners who have turned the idea of a traditional small business on its head.

Business 101: Plug in your tech startup

10 May 2016

Expert insights on Sydney's tech startup ecosystem.

Business 101: Starting a creative business

12 April 2016

Transform your creative passion into a successful business.

Business 101: So You want to start, grow or rebrand your business

9 March 2016

Get advice from small business owners, planners and other experts on how to start, grow and rebrand your business.

Monica Davidson, CEO at Creative Plus Business

Business 101: Growing your business

18 November 2015

Find out how to grow your business including business basics, funding and startup advice, using social media to grow your business and case studies.

Martin O'Sullivan

Business 101: Liquor Licensing

21 October 2015

Learn about applying for a liquor licence and how to navigate your business through licence options in this Liquor Licensing 101 workshop. You’ll get an overview on how to apply, transfer and amend a liquor licence in NSW, and learn about common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Ben Wong

Business 101: Tech startups

23 September 2015

Experts in the field of technology driven business give an insight into the tech start-up world, and their advice for how to make the most out of your tech business.

Stephanie Raco

Business 101: Food trucks

1 September 2015

Hear some of the best food truck owners and operators of Sydney talk about their experiences 'truckin' in the city, and let the City of Sydney's experts explain how to go about starting your own truck.

Jennie Smith

Business 101: Start and grow – Creative industry from hobby to business

29 July 2015

Hear tips and advice on how to take your creative passion from hobby to business. Industry leaders from Etsy's community manager to creative business owners talk about what to think about and where to start with your business idea.

Nick Lembo

Business 101: Food business and outdoor dining

1 July 2015

Hear tips, tricks and insights on how to open a food or drink business in the City of Sydney. Our experts talk about everything from the approvals you need to get started, how liquor licensing works, things to think about if you're new to food and beverage and how to attract customers and optimise your online presence.

Jonathan Forage

Business 101: Marketing your business in an online world

3 June 2015

Hear tips, tricks and insights on what you can do do market your business online. The City of Sydney Marketing Manager and Digital Marketing Specialist will take you through how the City uses social media, and international social media company Lednyak and Associates will explain how they use social for their clients.

Image of Nathan Farrell from Nathan Farrell entertainment

Live Music 101: The essentials of live music

29 April 2015

Want to transform your business into a live music hot spot? Thinking about starting a live music venue? Hear insights from industry experts on how to programme live music - and why you should!

Michael Rantissi - business 101

Business 101: So you want to start a small business

4 March 2015

Featuring business advisors, small business owners, planners and other experts giving advice on how to start a small business.

Dave Bonourvrie - Grow your business

Business 101: Grow your business

15 October 2014

The City's Business Advisor and our Specialist Planner join Mike Dovey from Marketing AroundYou, Lisa Penson from SmallBiz Connect, Luke Heard of PKF Lawler Consulting and Novata Cpaital and Dave Bonouvrie from Lednyak and Associates to talk about the best ways to grow your business.

Speakers during a question and answer session at business 101

Business 101: Marketing Your Business in an Online World

11 April 2014

Hear how the City of Sydney uses social media. Also offering their expertise are international social media company Lednyak Social’s Managing Director Gina Lednyak and Head Strategist Dave Bonouvrie, as well as Brand Governess for Nudie Juice, Carlie Platts.

Andrew Dowling, Founder and CEO,

Business 101: Start-ups August 2013

21 August 2013

Featuring tech business owners, entrepreneurs and technological experts, this seminar will help people who want to start up a technology business.

Will Young

Business 101: So, you want to start a small business?

19 June 2013

Featuring business advisors, small business owners, planners and other experts giving advice on how to start a small business.

Adam Ford

Heritage 101

16 May 2013

Featuring heritage architects and builders, this workshop aims to ensure the participants feel confident about taking in a heritage restoration project.

Peter Cooper

Business 101: Start-ups March 2013

6 March 2013

Get ‘plugged in’ to the Sydney startup community

Stephen Gilby

Talking Shop Seminar Series - Summer in the City

20 November 2012

Opportunities for your business to engage with new customers.

Rebekah Campbell

Talking Shop: Insights to help grow your retail business

6 August 2012

Insights to help retail businesses grow and evolve to meet the market's ever-changing needs.

Matt Newell

Talking Shop: new and innovative ways to create loyalty for your brand

15 May 2012

New and innovative ways to create loyalty for your brand.

Suzie Matthews

Talking Shop: Sydney retail businesses and Christmas

21 September 2011

How to best benefit from our dynamic and inspiring Christmas program of events and activities, aimed at promoting Sydney as a world-class retail destination.

Leigh Small

Talking Shop: Marquee events

21 September 2011

Speakers from Events New South Wales, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Festival and more tell you how you can get involved in some of Sydney's unique events.

Professor Lorraine Gamman

Retail loss prevention & safety seminar for small business

5 April 2011

How to design out shoplifting, the rights of retailers, and procedures to manage and support staff.

Last updated: Monday, 13 February 2017