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Event host information 2017

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  • What is Small Business Festival Victoria
  • Why a Small Business Festival?
  • Why become an event host?
  • Register to be an event host for 2017
  • Download the Event Host handbook

What is Small Business Festival Victoria?

Small Business Festival Victoria is an annual festival that comprises an extensive program of over 400 events, providing ideas and information to start, operate and grow a business. 

In 2017, the Festival will run from 1 – 31 August across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Presented by Small Business Victoria, the Festival provides small businesses with the opportunity to exchange ideas, access free or low-cost information and support and establish valuable professional networks. The Festival offers a wide range of practical, interactive and innovative events that cover topics such as business planning, marketing, social media, networking and financial management. All events are presented at low or no cost and designed to help small business owners improve their productivity and offers opportunities to learn from, network, and engage with other like-minded businesses and industry experts.  

2016 Festival Outcomes Report (Download - PDF)

Why a Small Business Festival?

The Victorian Government is committed to helping small business thrive. There are more than 541,000 small business (i.e. those with 0 - 19 staff) in Victoria – making up over 97 per cent of the state’s businesses.

Small businesses matter to Victoria - for every 100 businesses in Victoria, almost 98 have fewer than 20 staff and 28 will be in regional and rural Victoria.

The purpose of the Festival is to:

• Build small business capability through delivery of high quality events
• Raise the profile and uptake of year round support services for business
• Celebrate small business and their contribution to the Victorian economy.

Why become an event host?

There are a number of benefits of becoming a Festival event host including:

  • The opportunity to network  with small business owners, intenders and Festival partners
  • Marketing and promotional support from Small Business Victoria through the Festival website and the Small Business Festival Victoria overarching advertising, online  and PR campaign
  • Option to apply for tickets to attend the invitation-only Festival Launch, subject to availability
  • Complimentary tickets to Small Business BIG Ideas half-day event, Festival Roadshow and other Festival activities subject to availability
  • Option to include an exclusive offer in the Festival Digital show bag which is available to 10,000 Festival newsletter subscribers, subject to terms and conditions
  • Access to a tailored Small Business Festival Victoria 2017 event evaluation report, with valuable Festival findings and statistics.

Event Host Handbook (Download - PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Be a part of Small Business Festival 2018

Event applications have now closed for 2017.

Interested in hosting an event in Small Business Festival Victoria 2018? Register your interest below.

Register here

Please contact the Festival team if you have any questions: festival@business.vic.gov.au

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For any further questions, please email the Small Business Festival team at festival@business.vic.gov.au.