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Use workshops and mentors for growth

'I found a terrific mentor who really listened to me. He reaffirmed I was on the right path, and gave me the courage to get out of my comfort zone'.
Rina Chia, Take 2 Markets

Top tips

  • Be passionate about what you do
  • Use workshops and mentors to ensure you are on the right track

The business

Take 2 Markets is a popular women's recycled fashion event, held at indoor venues around Victoria.

Business owner, Rina Chia, sees it as her mission to bring together women who want to buy and sell quality pre-loved fashion and accessories in a fun and friendly atmosphere where, as she says, 'women of all ages, shapes, sizes and tastes are celebrated'.

What helped her succeed?

Rina says she always wanted to grow and learn, and so attended as many Victorian Government seminars and workshops as possible that she felt would help.

She also learned about the Small Business Mentoring Service, offered by the Victorian Government, through the workshops and seminars.

'I found a terrific mentor who really listened to me', she says. 'He reaffirmed I was on the right path, and gave me the courage to get out of my comfort zone'.

Rina's business is flourishing and she says she is 'having a ball'.

'I'm absolutely thrilled to see the business grow into a brand, and I couldn't be happier'.

Small Business Workshops and Seminars

Small Business Victoria's workshops and seminars offer advice about business planning, marketing techniques, budgeting and retaining good staff.

These seminars are designed to provide sustainable skills for small business operators and people thinking of starting up a new business.

Offered across Victoria, they deliver over 20 workshop topics about: online business, marketing, better business practices, improving cash flow, buying a franchise and finding the right staff.
 
Business training events can be located in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria via the Business Victoria Workshop and Events Calendar.

The result

Workshops, seminars and mentors meant that Rina was able to enter the business world with little knowledge and emerge with her business flourishing and growing into a well recognised brand.