For Suppliers — Small business assistance
As the peak business organisation representing suppliers of products and services to dental practices, the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) naturally has a strong focus on supporting small business. This is hardly surprising given that small businesses make up more than half the ADIA membership and their representatives hold leadership roles at a state / territory and national level.
The advice and guidance that ADIA receives from its small business members have ensured our continued relevance to this vital sector. Indeed, many of the programmes and services offered by ADIA are focussed on providing small business with the tools required for them to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably. These are set out below:
Giving small business a voice in parliament —
As the Australian Government is considering reform on everything from business taxation, international trade agreement, workplace relations legislation to the regulatory standards for dental products, ADIA works to give small businesses in the dental industry a voice. ADIA's policy advocacy team rely heavily on the opinions of its small business members when they brief key Ministers, their advisors and senior public servants on reforms that support the dental industry.
Market research and statistics —
Whereas large businesses are well positioned to assess the market most small businesses face challenges in this area. To help level the playing field ADIA commissions research on the market for dental products, current business conditions for suppliers and business conditions in dental practices plus a detailed review of the current dental workforce.
Exhibitions and business promotion —
Recognising the importance of events such as the ADX Sydney dental exhibition and regional trade shows as a sales vehicle for small business, ADIA's booth allocation arrangements are designed to protect the interest of small business that are active in the Association's activities. Advice on determining booth allocation processes is actually provided by ADIA small business members.
Manufacturing and export assistance —
Small businesses that manufacture dental products in Australia often depend on export assistance to operate sustainably over the long-term and that's why ADIA's support in this area is highly valued. The benefits available to small business range from accessing government grant assistance to understanding the technical barriers to trade that can often hinder new market development.
Employee skills development —
It can be hard to for small business to access affordable industry-specific training and that's where ADIA is great resource. Programmes include induction training, regulatory compliance courses, small business management courses and even assistance in employing apprentices and trainees.
One of the great way that small businesses get in and make a difference is by contributing to ADIA's statistical analysis of the dental industry. Not only does this data empower them to make informed choices about the direction of their business, research such as the Australian Dental Industry Red Tape Index provide the information that allows ADIA to ensure the Australian Government does not adversely affect the interests of this important sector of the dental industry.
These initiatives were identified by small business as being important to their growth and that's why they were developed and delivered by ADIA. This reflects the very nature of ADIA as an organisation for it does not sit separately to this sector of the dental industry but amongst the businesses. This is because small business are actively involved in providing advice and guidance to all aspects of ADIA's work – it's important work and we encourage you to be a part of it.
Member Engagement —
ADIA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. With respect to the Association's work to support small business members, the team in the ADIA national office receive advice and guidance from members serving on national committees, who belong to special interest groups and who attend ADIA State Branch Briefings.
Further Information —
To keep up to date with how ADIA is working to support small businesses in the dental industry, subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dental.industry. Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 1300 943 094.
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