Small Business First Episode 6

Kochie’s Business Builders is back for episode 6 of our special series, Small Business First.

The past few weeks have seen businesses reopening and rebuilding from the COVID-19 lockdown. We’ve seen a shift in how businesses operate. From moving to online sales to working remotely and using technology to ensure they get the most out of their teams. In this episode, shine a light on Australia’s exporters. Finding ways to support them in this time of crisis. Australia is a trading nation – but how do we cope when borders are closed?

First, we catch up with Amanda Essery, CEO and founder of  Lovekins a Sydney based business that specialises in skincare and wellbeing products for babies and mothers. Amanda sources local bush ingredients to form the basis of the skincare range. Essery talks to SBF about how she has taken the brand global and showcased native ingredients on the world stage. Amanda also speaks with Kochie about how her business is faring during the crisis.

Cynthia Dearin, International Speaker and export expert says the coronavirus crisis is forcing exporters  to diversify supply chains and move their IP and content online.Cynthia explains to Kochie the opportunities that are available to exporters during the crisis and why you should be looking to exploit these opportunities right now.

We meet up with Mike Vecchione cofounder of dried abalone producer Candy Abalone. The brand was founded following the Japanese tsunami crisis, when Vecchione and his partner realised there was an opportunity to sell to the Chinese market. 

While our panel discussion this week is with Airport Economist Tim Harcourt and the small business commissioner Chris Lamont  join Kochie at the Barangaroo Studio to discuss how to exporters can survive this time of crisis.

Tune in to the next episode of Small Business First on Channel 7 on Sunday at 1 pm AEST. Check out Small Business First here.

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