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It's a good community feeling, running a shop like this in the country. I've met lots of lovely, supportive people. I feel like I really belong and am connected.
Elizabeth Stannells, Bloomin Fresh Stuff, Beaufort

About the business

'Helping you to help the environment' is the catchcry of this gorgeous little shop in regional Victoria.

Bloomin Fresh Stuff retails locally grown plants and produce, organically and home grown fruit, vegetables and preserves, pre-loved gardening and cookery books and toys - sourced, wherever possible from within 100 kilometres of Beaufort.

Elizabeth Stannells started her business two years ago and, along the way, has had mentoring and advice from Small Business Victoria through the Small Business Bus. She says, as a first time small business owner, it has been 'immensely helpful'.

'I've realised that can't fix everything but, in my own business, I can do something,' she adds.

'My shop helps people make conscious decisions about the things they buy and consume, and that's very important to me.'

About the Small Business Bus

Information about the government services for small business can be found on board Victoria’s two Small Business Buses.

Operated by Small Business Victoria, Small Business Buses visit metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria as a 'traveling office on wheels'.

Small Business Buses offer friendly, professional assistance from information officers about Small Business Victoria’s year-round programs and services, and expert advice from experienced business mentors from the Small Business Mentoring Service on a range of business issues.

Book a free 45 minute mentoring session to discuss your business ideas and issues with an expert.

Book in for a session with the Small Business Bus

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