April / Design Means Business / Creative Business Basics

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AGDA’s Creative Business Basics event launches on Monday 3rd April at The Edge Innovation Lab.

As part of AGDA’s Design Means Business event series, Creative Business Basics will focus on essential topics that every design professional needs to know if they are just starting out on their own or struggling with the business side of running a studio.

Featuring presentations from three leading industry professionals, the event has been specially curated to tackle those critical questions that sit at the pointy end of businesses operating in the creative industries.

Are my clients profitable?
Do I have to pay superannuation for myself/employees? How much?
Can I get insurance through my superannuation?
Is superannuation tax effective?

With dedicated time for an in-depth Q&A session, this is a chance to put the questions you’ve always wanted to know to a panel of experts.

Come with an open mind and leave with the knowledge and insights you need to change your business for the better.


Steven Gardner, Business Development Manager at Media Super (Qld)

Steven Gardner is the Business Development Manager for Media Super in Queensland. Media Super is the Industry Superannuation Fund for Creative People in Media, Arts, Entertainment and Print. Steven has been working for Print/Media Super for 12 years in Relationship and Business Development roles. He has been in the superannuation industry for over 25 years and worked for both corporate and industry superannuation funds and believes in the industry fund ethos of profit to members and no bonuses or commissions. Steven is passionate about all people being aware of their superannuation entitlements and gaining education so they make the most of something that is part of everyone’s salary package. He speaks to members of all ages and in various forums to ensure that as many people as possible can gain further knowledge.

Matt McCormick, Co-founder and Managing Director at McCormicks Law

Matt founded McCormicks in 2012 with a clear focus and drive to practice law in a better way – better for clients, people and himself. His goal is for the firm to offer not only clear pricing, but true partnerships, alignment of goals and most importantly, value. He ignored the traditional assumptions and commenced a firm on a unique platform which today has become one of Queensland premier boutique law firms with a client roster throughout Australia and overseas. In addition to his litigation and insurance expertise, Matt is the lawyer of choice for businesses in the entertainment space, media outlets, Queensland media and sporting talent and musicians. He has advised major festivals and events countless media agencies and personalities and is a recognised expert on an international level.

Trent Todd, Director at Tinka Consulting

Trent’s professional career has been focused on delivering valuable business and process improvement services to a broad range of companies. His passion lies in assisting business owners understand the drivers of their business to enable growth. Included in this Trent has worked with a range of businesses to increase performance and value. This has included advice on organisational design and development, implementation and growth in organic and inorganic channels.

The Edge Innovation Lab (State Library of QLD)
Stanley Place, Cultural Centre, Southbank

Monday 3rd April
6 for 6.30pm

$35 AGDA Member (DIA/BADC inc.)
$45 Public
$25 Student
$140 Studio (4x staff members / req. 1x Member)*

Early Bird Ticketing closes 11:59pm Monday 27 March
*Email alyons@agda.com.au to process studio bookings

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April 3

$45 - Ticket
$35 - Member
$25 - Student