Mark Bouris appointed Chair of the SME Association of Australia

The not-for-profit body acts as the anchor for more than 300,000 small and medium businesses in Australia.

06 September 2018

Mark Bouris has stepped up his passionate advocacy supporting the protection and future of small business owners in Australia by accepting the chairmanship of the Small and Medium Enterprises Association of Australia (SMEA).

Founded in 2011, the not-for-profit body acts as the anchor for more than 300,000 small and medium business owners in Australia, interacting with government on key issues affecting the stability and growth of their businesses.

“The significant and high-profile success Mark Bouris has achieved in the business world can be traced back to his very early days when he was a budding and hard-working small business owner himself,” said outgoing SMEA chairman Craig West. “Throughout his business career, Mark has always been in the corner of the small business owner. By agreeing to chair our group, he will be able to push the concerns of small business owners to a previously unachieved level”.

Mr West added: “The timing for small business is critical. The recent reorganisation of the Federal ministry, on top of a procession of changes in recent years, signals the importance for small business enterprises to stay in touch with policy changes and, importantly, to be in a position to influence those changes. With Mark on board, the SMEA will certainly be more active in supporting their concerns and having them heard and hopefully acted upon”.

Mark Bouris , who was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2015 for his significant service to the finance industry, is a prominent figure in the Australian business community, having built several successful businesses over multiple industries.

Founder and Executive Chairman of wealth management company Yellow Brick Road and Founder of online business platform and market place Mentored.com.au, Mr Bouris has been a highly successful entrepreneur, newspaper columnist and television host, anchoring The Celebrity Apprentice and The Mentor programs in recent years. Bouris is also a host of Australia’s No 1 Business podcast, The Mentor.

He said today: “Having been always involved in small business, I’m obviously delighted to accept the role with SMEA, believing that if we can create a more successful small business community in Australia the benefits will flow through to the entire economy. It’s often lonely and frustrating to run a small business and owners work long hours to feed their families and pay the bills. I’m looking forward to working with the small business community to build better businesses and help the owners be more successful.”