SMEs from Various Industries Gather at 2013 SME BizTech Summit
SMBWorld Asia’s 2nd Annual SME BizTech Summit, held at Hilton Hotel Singapore on 27 June, attracted participants from industries ranging from Business Services to Retail to Manufacturing and Construction. More than half of the attendees were senior directors, CEOs and business owners from SMEs in Singapore.
A broad mix of 22 speakers from technology vendors, SME business owners and senior executives spoke during the summit.
Tech companies and sponsors Hewlett Packard, Konica Minolta and Avaya were on hand to provide advice for SMEs to find the most viable technology solutions for their needs. Exhibitors at the event also included SingTel, M1, NEC, Citic Telecom, Toshiba and NEC.
Participants at the summit indicated that the economic situation, workforce issues and operational expenses were their top business concerns and a core reason why they attended the conference.
SMEs’ key business concerns over the next 12 months
Francis Chu, a speaker with the SME Infocomm Enabler Division at IDA Singapore explained how local companies can apply for financial assistance to improve their operations and business efficiency and the benefits and funding from the government’s iSprint programme.
Abilash Pillai from AMI-Partners, a technology and SME research consultancy, spoke about the opportunities and pitfalls to avoid if you are an SME business.
Business owners from several leading SME organisations in Singapore such as PestBusters, KinderGolf, WTP The Furniture Company, NTUC Learning Hub, LUNCH Actually and HungryGoWhere took centre stage as speakers during the afternoon conference sessions.
The SME BizTech Summit is an annual event and a crucial resource for senior business management and professionals working in small to mid-size businesses.
From utilising the cloud in your business to building a plan to protect your business data, and from contract negotiation, talent retention to managing your supply chain, the conference is joined by experts who can provides comprehensive business and technology advice on the next steps an SME should take to strengthen and build their infrastructure and resources, and position themselves for growth over the next few years.
| Feedback from participants“It is an excellent summit – very insightful.”
– Mr. Jeremy Tan, Marketing Manager, Excelco Equipment Pte Ltd.
“Well qualified speakers made this event highly credible.”
– Mr. Chong Mian Tang, General Manager, Medicare (s) Pte. Ltd.
“An excellent SME event.”
– Mr. Chin Shen Yang, Partner, YWL & Co.
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