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About Us

The story behind Small Business Expos

Small Business Expos are one day pop up B2B marketplaces focused on generating solid sales leads for small business owners. Run by a dedicated Expo Team, our staff includes an event manager, sales manager, sound and audio-visual manager, speaker manager and public relations and marketing interns.

Our Expos currently run in five regions across South East Queensland, including: Brisbane, North Brisbane, Logan, North Gold Coast and South Gold Coast. Each Expo involves around 1000 business owners and promotes to over 150,000 small business owners.

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The founder of Small Business Expos

Paula Brand is the CEO of Small Business Expos. Paula is an advocate for invisible small businesses (mobile, micro, online and homebased) which make up one third of the small business community.

With 24 years of event and industry development experience across Queensland and the rest of Australia, she has won a series of industry awards:

  • WINNER 2017 Ambassador Small Business-Homebased Business Community – International Women’s Day – Women at Work Awards
  • WINNER 2017 Awardee of Merit – Gold Coast Women in Business Awards – Community Category
  • WINNER 2016 Empowered Biz Mums- Leadership Award

The Small Business Expos Advisory Board

Small Business Expos has a four-member Advisory Board to assist with branding, strategy, business operations, crisis management and policy advice. Lean more about each member by clicking the profiles below.

David Power

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David Power was the youngest Councillor ever elected to the Albert Shire in 1991 prior to amalgamatation with Gold Coast City. He became Chair of Planning North and Chair of Strategic Planning upon amalgamation and held Strategic Planning until his retirement in 2007. He was Deputy Mayor from 2004 till 2007 and is recognised as one of the foremost experts on City management and planning in Australia having since provided consulting services nationally and internationally. He is the only elected representative to be invited to take full membrship of the Planning Institute of Australia without a formal planning degree. He is the intitiator and strategist of the Gold Coast Light Rail, Gold Coast Marine Precinct, Gold Coast Knowledge Precinct and the largest urban water conservation strategy in the Southern Hemisphere. He has consulted to Government Departments such as Infrastructure Australia as well as the private sector. He currently is Chairman of the Board for Resilere Group Ltd, is Vice Chairman of the Australia China Chamber of CEOs, a strategic advisor to the Small Business Association of Australia and continues to provide mentoring and management consulting services to small business.

Jim Burkett

Business Expos | Brisbane | Gold Coast | Small Business Expos | Jim Burkett
Jim’s experience spans global corporations, SMEs and start-ups through supporting their strategic operations and trading. His last role was as an Asia Pacific General Manager of a specialised department for a Fortune 500 U.S. based multinational. Jim brings strong leadership, agility and commercial acumen combined with extensive experience across diverse projects, cultures and industries. Fostering local business success ensuring collaboration and granting positive market sentiment are the main reasons for his involvement in Small Business Expos.

Lars Halvorsen

Business Expos | Brisbane | Gold Coast | Small Business Expos | Lars Halvorsen
Lars Halvorsen began his career in the media and advertising as a cadet journalist with his hometown newspaper in North Queensland. He soon moved to radio as an announcer, writer and producer and worked in various roles in radio and television all over Australia including Cairns, Tasmania, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Los Angeles. Lars has created some of the most successful and memorable advertising campaigns for some of Australia’s most successful brands, including: The Coffee Club, Brisbane Broncos, Credit Union Australia, Ergon Energy, Cadbury, Woolworths, Ideal Electrical Suppliers, The MS Society of Australia, and Stockland just to name a few. Lars has a wealth of international experience, credentials and creative expertise in brand building, differentiation and franchising across a range of industries including: retail, fast food, travel, destination marketing, tourism, financial services, property, real estate, automotive, energy and climate change. Lars is a multi-international, award-winning creative advertising writer, conceptualist, brand architect, and marketing strategist with experience in every advertising medium in Australia, Canada and the United States. Lars also offers proven skills and talents as a creative writer, producer, director and sound engineer for both radio and television, and is acknowledged as one of Australia’s best skilled “creative advertising and marketing ideas people”.


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