Nov
12
12:30 PM12:30

Open Table discussion

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Our OpenTables are designed to be interactive, fun and engaging for all participants. There is no designated topic or theme. Instead, we invite ACSME members and guests to come along ready to discuss their burning issues, challenges and/or opportunities, ask questions, seek advice, offer support or make introductions, and network with other ACSME members and guests. Whether their questions and issues get addressed or not, everyone leaves with valuable insights.

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Oct
1
12:30 PM12:30

Cross-Cultural Challenges

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We always enjoy talking about culture at ACSME, particularly as we know how important it is in determining the success or failure of any China venture where cross-cultural differences can make or break a deal. However, knowing how hard it can be to tackle this topic in an open forum, with participants at different stages of their China Journey, we have invited a few seasoned experts to share some of their stories and case studies to illustrate how you can address your future cross-cultural challenges with confidence, knowledge and support.

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Sep
3
12:30 PM12:30

Open Table discussion

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Our OpenTables are designed to be interactive, fun and engaging for all participants. There is no designated topic or theme. Instead, we invite ACSME members and guests to come along ready to discuss their burning issues, challenges and/or opportunities, ask questions, seek advice, offer support or make introductions, and network with other ACSME members and guests. Whether their questions and issues get addressed or not, everyone leaves with valuable insights.

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Aug
6
12:30 PM12:30

Raising Capital from China

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Chinese investment into Australia has slowed down significantly in the past two years for a range of economic, strategic and political reasons and we can no longer rely on inbound investment flows to boost our capital-raising activities. But the money is still available in China, and so is the domestic market, meaning that we now need to commercialise our ideas, products and services in China to boost their own domestic ambitions. At the same time, China's "Made in China 2025" vision has boosted investment in foreign technology, innovation and private enterprise. But this also creates some unique challenges.

This will be a great opportunity for attendees to learn from experts and share their experiences, ideas and challenges. The environment in China is changing rapidly and we need to develop new strategies to tap into Chinese capital.

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Jul
2
12:30 PM12:30

Open Table discussion

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Our OpenTables are designed to be interactive, fun and engaging for all participants. There is no designated topic or theme. Instead, we invite ACSME members and guests to come along ready to discuss their burning issues, challenges and/or opportunities, ask questions, seek advice, offer support or make introductions, and network with other ACSME members and guests. Whether their questions and issues get addressed or not, everyone leaves with valuable insights.

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Jun
4
12:30 PM12:30

Importing from China

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As China becomes more innovative and inventive, and moves up the value chain, they will compete with other countries on quality and efficiency, rather than just on price and quantity. As a result, we need to think of China differently when it comes to product sourcing, design and manufacturing. Join us to hear from experts in importing and sourcing, and adopt a different approach when it comes to importing from China.

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May
7
12:30 PM12:30

Open Table discussion

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Our OpenTables are designed to be interactive, fun and engaging for all participants. There is no designated topic or theme. Instead, we invite ACSME members and guests to come along ready to discuss their burning issues, challenges and/or opportunities, ask questions, seek advice, offer support or make introductions, and network with other ACSME members and guests. Whether their questions and issues get addressed or not, everyone leaves with valuable insights.

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Apr
2
12:30 PM12:30

Exporting to China

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China represents Australia’s biggest and most important market for exports yet after removing coal, iron ore and other resources from the export mix, the contribution of our SMEs to Australia-China trade is still relatively small. However, with China’s rising middle class, together with their aspiration Millennials, willing to pay premium prices for Australian products, goods and services, the potential for Australian SMEs to profit from China’s future growth is enormous. What we need is a focus on exports, with ACSME members leading the way. Join us for an interactive and engaging session on how we get better at exporting!

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Mar
5
12:30 PM12:30

Open Table discussion

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Our OpenTables are designed to be interactive, fun and engaging for all participants. There is no designated topic or theme. Instead, we invite ACSME members and guests to come along ready to discuss their burning issues, challenges and/or opportunities, ask questions, seek advice, offer support or make introductions, and network with other ACSME members and guests. Whether their questions and issues get addressed or not, everyone leaves with valuable insights.

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Feb
5
12:30 PM12:30

Round up for 2018 and planning ahead for 2019

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What happened at ACSME in 2018, why it matters, and what should we be planning for 2019?

We will round up 2018 by providing a review of all ACSME activities for the year 2018, a review of what’s happening in the Australia-China space, and some thoughts on how Australian SMEs should be positioning themselves to take advantage of opportunities in 2019

This will be an opportunity for all attendees to share their experiences, ideas and plans for 2019.

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Nov
27
12:30 PM12:30

Deconstructing the Myth of Chinese "Face"

  • Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) 1, Bligh Street Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (map)
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Guest Speaker: Labao Wang, Director, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture

"Face is the core of Chinese culture. If you understand and master it, you can get whatever you want in China" Lu Xun

Some westerners have been told that it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to work with Chinese people due to a common misunderstanding about the concept of "Face". According to Professor Labao Wang, Director, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University, we shouldn't be held back by this myth.

In this thoughtful and engaging session, we will learn more about how "Face" plays such an important part in business and social interactions, and how we can learn from the mistakes of others

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Oct
29
12:30 PM12:30

Protecting Your IP and Patents in China

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Guest Speaker: Scott Bouvier, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons

Everyone worries about protecting their IP in China but very few go to the trouble of registering their patent(s), brand and IP before they start talking to potential investors, business partners and customers.

As the head of KWM’s Intellectual Property practice, Scott Bouvier is highly experienced in advising and assisting Australian and China companies with their IP issues in China and throughout the world, and he works with his Chinese based partners to ensure that patents are properly registered and enforced. He will guide us through the process, explain the costs of protecting your IP and provide examples of where foreign IP has been successfully enforced.

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Sep
11
12:30 PM12:30

Are you China Ready?

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Guest Speaker: Renee Zhao, Partner, Business and Private Client Advisory, ShineWing Australia

Success in China depends on finding the right partners and getting the right advice?

Setting up a business in China is complex and challenging, and requires an understanding of the local environment and accessing the right people. Renee Zhao of ShineWing has spent many years advising Australian companies on their China strategy and will provide us with practical advice on getting the structure right, finding the right partners and leveraging professional services on the ground.

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