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Overcoming Barriers: SMEs share their strategies

Tuesday 1 June
0930 - 1100

Please note that the registration for this conference, which is a complimentary and open event to be held in conjunction with LAND FORCES, is a two part process.

Firstly, please register directly with CDIC for the Overcoming Barriers: SMEs share their strategies via Eventbrite here.

Secondly, you must also register to attend LAND FORCES as a trade visitor, here.

Your registration as a trade visitor for LAND FORCES will facilitate your entry to the BCEC and the event, your registration with CDIC will facilitate your entry into the conference in Meeting Rooms P3 & P4, Plaza Level of the BCEC on Tuesday 1 June.

Meeting Rooms P3 & P4, Plaza Level, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) 


Doing business with Defence is challenging for new SMEs. What are the cut-throughs and where should SMEs focus their business development resources?  During this session, SMEs will hear directly from some CDIC clients who will explain how they went about addressing these challenges.  

Department of Defence procurements typically have exacting standards and specifications, and these expectations will apply to all businesses in the supply chain.  Developing the necessary service offerings, skills, tools, accreditations and partnerships will take time, planning and investment. 

This session will start with a presentation from the CDIC on grants available to help SMEs assess and improve their business capabilities, as well as take advantage of development opportunities.

Experienced SMEs who have recognised and overcome their own challenges, will share their success strategies for working with defence. The session will conclude with a facilitated peer to peer roundtable discussion on challenges faced by business participants.