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Discover the secrets to business growth

Low cost, practical and held at locations near you in both metro and regional Victoria, Small Business Victoria (SBV) workshops are run by experts in their field. 

Places are limited, so bookings for these events must be made in advance through the Workshops and Events Calendar. The workshops cover a range of business topics and some offer a free mentoring session to all participants.

Starting your business

How to turn an idea into a business

Get your bright idea off the ground and running at this essential planning workshop. 

Come to grips with everything you need to know before you start your business, and walk away with a clear vision of what steps you'll need to take to turn your business idea into a reality.

Packed with tips, tools and expert step-by-step guidance, this workshop prepares you to give your business the best chance of success.

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Starting a business: new migrants and asylum seekers 

If you're an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant with a business idea, this essential planning workshop will prepare you for the best chance of success.

Some of the state's biggest business success stories have been started by immigrants new to Victoria – who've come from all over the world.

Understand everything you'll need to know about Australian business culture and starting a business in Victoria.

Walk away feeling determined and prepared, with a clear vision of what steps you'll need to take to turn your business idea into a reality.

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Business planning essentials

How to build a road map to success

Put your business on the path to long-term success at this essential workshop that takes you step-by-step through the process of building a business plan.

Learn how to drive your business forward by mapping out a plan that reveals where your business is at right now, where you'd like it to be in the future – and most importantly – how to develop a clear vision about what steps to take next, and the strategies to get you there.

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Franchise essentials: what you need to know before you buy

Get to grips with everything you need to know before you sign on the dotted line at this essential workshop. For anyone who dreams of running their own show, buying a franchise is a proven alternative to the risks of starting a business from scratch. 

At its best – it will hand you the keys to drive a tried and tested model with backup support whenever you need it. 

At its worst – you could end up buying a business that turns out to be a lemon.

Packed with tips, tools and expert guidance, this workshop teaches you what questions to ask before you decide to buy into a franchise.

Please note: This workshop is delivered depending on demand. If you're keen to take part, send the workshops team an email at ws.sbv@ecodev.vic.gov.au to enquire about availability.


Commercialising your new idea: strategies to get you to market

This workshop teaches you everything you need to know to take your innovation or idea from drawing board – to market launch.

Held over two inspiring workshops – and facilitated by an experienced innovation and commercialisation expert – you'll learn how to assess the feasibility of your new idea, decide its business potential, and develop a clear commercialisation strategy.

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Mastering business basics

Effective business networking: tips to connect with ease

Overcome your fear, and get the edge you need to become a confident networker at this two-hour workshop.

Facilitated by experts in their field, this workshop offers valuable tips and guidance on how to tap into the power of networking. Learn how to build trust and establish connections to promote opportunities that will help your business grow.

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Effective record keeping: how to get on top of paperwork

Less time on paperwork means more time for your business. This essential introduction to good practice record keeping will help you put an end to paperwork that's getting the better of you.

Learn how to easily manage and quickly access the wide range of changing vital statistics generated by your business – from sales figures and stock records to cash flow, what your spending where, and all-important financial performance.

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Effective time management: how to achieve more by doing less

This essential workshop unlocks the strategies and tools to help you manage your time more effectively.

You'll leave this workshop feeling determined and ready to take back control of your day, knowing you have the skills to save time and energy for what matters most – both at home and at work.  

This workshop is delivered depending on demand. If you're keen to take part, send the workshops team an email at ws.sbv@ecodev.vic.gov.au to enquire about availability.

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Effective business practices: improve your systems and processes

Make sure you've got the right systems and practices in place to ensure your business delivers consistent products and services first time, every time – from the get go. 

This essential three and half-hour workshop provides step-by-step guidance on how to streamline the backend of your business, improve customer service, staff engagement and productivity.

Give your business the best chance to shine – because consistency will keep your customers coming back.

This workshop is delivered depending on demand. If you're keen to take part, send the workshops team an email at ws.sbv@ecodev.vic.gov.au to enquire about availability.

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Taking your business online: what you need to know

Get ready to launch your business online at this essential digital workshop.  

Learn how to make informed choices about websites and social media, get across search engines and online advertising, and size up the benefits that each one offers your business.

Taking you right back to basics, this workshop shows you how to access the right tools to begin, and builds a complete picture of the opportunities ahead. 

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Marketing your business: how to get it right – first time

An effective marketing strategy should boost your brand, capture customers, keep them coming back and ultimately save you time and money.

Find out why having just a website and Facebook page doesn't cut it anymore at this back-to-basics workshop. You'll learn how to develop a marketing action plan to keep your effort and resources focused in the right areas.

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Keeping the right staff: how to employ skilled people

Behind every business success story is a great team making it happen. Find out how to identify the right people for your business, and how to motivate them to stay.

Investing in your staff is one of the best investments you'll make for the future of your business. This three and a half-hour workshop is packed with practical advice, tips and templates to show you how.

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Finance fundamentals: how to keep the cash flowing

Spending more time juggling cash than running your business? Making a profit but still struggling to pay the bills?

Cash flow is the life blood of every small business – if your business doesn't have enough cash flow, things can start to go wrong. Without cash flow, no business can survive. 

This essential small business workshop will ensure you never get caught short again.

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Collecting the cash: how to get paid on time

Don't let outstanding debt drain your cash flow and drag your business down.

Find out how to put in place effective plans and procedures to make sure your customers pay on time, every time – and what to do when they don't.

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Pricing for maximum profit: how to set just-right prices

The prices you charge for products or services are too important to leave to guesswork. 

Priced too low – and you'll run headlong into cash flow problems. Priced too high – and your customers will turn away.

This essential workshop shows how to set a price point that's just right to give your business the best chance to thrive.

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Getting paid in building and construction: fast-track your cash flow

Overdue payments to small operators in the building and construction industry can quickly escalate from financial stress to insolvency.

This essential workshop shows you how to fast-track getting paid, and gives an overview of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment (SOP) Act.

Step-by-step, the workshop takes you through the payment claim and adjudication process providing you with the right tools, so you can take back control of cash flow.

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Building resilience: how to prepare for business risk

Every business faces exposure to risk. It could be a natural crisis event such as a bushfire or flood, or man-made such as accident or illness. 

Not having a plan in place to activate in the event of an emergency can seriously compromise your ability to shield your business from crisis fallout.

This three-and-a-half-hour workshop shows you how to put in place a practical plan to follow in the event of a threat to your business. 

Don't take the risk and be on the back foot in the event of an emergency – be prepared because you never know when you'll be thankful that you were. 

This workshop is delivered depending on demand. If you're keen to take part, send the workshops team an email at ws.sbv@ecodev.vic.gov.au to enquire about availability.

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Business sustainability: simple steps to save rising energy costs

Get some smart tips on how to trim costs, win customers, boost your brand and lighten the environmental footprint of your business. 

Bring your utility bills to this two-hour workshop and take away practical, realistic and affordable ways to save water and energy, and reduce waste.

Please note: This workshop is delivered depending on demand. If you're keen to take part, send the workshops team an email at ws.sbv@ecodev.vic.gov.au to enquire about availability.


Selling or succession planning? How to exit successfully

It takes just as much planning to exit your business as it did to get started. You owe it to yourself – and all your hard work – to make sure this last big decision is a success.

Whether you're selling or setting up for succession, find out how to get yourself prepared for your next steps at this essential workshop that puts you in control of how, and when you move on. 

Please note: This workshop is delivered depending on demand. If you're keen to take part, send the workshops team an email at ws.sbv@ecodev.vic.gov.au to enquire about availability.


Growing your business 

Financing your business: what you need to know

Access to the right type of finance is just as important to small business survival as it is to having money in the bank.


Guiding you through a website of resources – put together by the Australian Bankers' Association and accounting industry group CPA Australia – this essential workshop teaches you how to size up the different sources of finance available, and provides strategies to help you get your application over the line.

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Advanced marketing: how to make your strategy work smarter

It's not enough to stand apart from your competition – successful marketing is also about being ready to respond and take advantage of change.

If you've already got a marketing strategy in place, this essential workshop shows you how to ramp-up your current activities to work smarter and stay one step ahead.

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Already online? How to drive your digital marketing further

Are you already online and thinking 'now what?' Or maybe you're just not sure where to direct your energy next?  

If you're a business owner who's already on top of the basics, this next-level workshop prepares you to move onward and upward through the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Find out how to make your online choices work harder, deliver smarter business outcomes and get the most return from your digital dollar.

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Creating effective digital content: what works and why

Content is king in the digital world – make sure yours is working for your business and your brand, and speaks to the customers you want to attract.

Whether you're communicating with your customers online through a website, a blog or social media, this essential small business workshop unpacks how to make your content compelling – while keeping it aligned with your business goals.

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Facebook for your business: everything you need to get started

Social media is everywhere!

Learn the basics of Facebook marketing success at this essential workshop. Get the skills you need to extract the best from this powerful online marketing tool – a tool that few small businesses can afford to ignore.  

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Winning government business: what you need to know

If the idea of tendering for government business leaves you scratching your head thinking where to start, or imagining a tangle of red tape – then think again.

The Australian government sector spends billions of dollars each year procuring products and services. 

This workshop shows you step-by-step how to maximise your chances of success. Don't miss out on a great opportunity – put your business forward as a potential supplier.

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Business planning intensive: strategies to accelerate growth

If your current plan for growth goes something like "cross your fingers and hope it succeeds" – this workshop intensive provides a strategy to springboard your business – and make sure growth happens.

Taking place over two days – and designed for businesses who've been operational for two years – this program shows you how to recharge your business and take it to the next level, identify new opportunities, and plan for change.

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Case Study: Cooking up the perfect work life balance

'I've attended every Small Business Victoria workshop and seminar hosted by Macedon Ranges Shire Council and have had an 'oh my gosh' moment every time! There's always something I can apply directly to my business.'
Rosemary Cimino, Spotted Dog Fudge

Read more on cooking up the perfect work life balance.

Rosemary Cimino in chefs uniform holding a tray of Spotted Dog Fudge
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