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B31: Ballarat Business Month

B31: Ballarat Business Month

B31: Ballarat Business Month is in its 12th year. The festival provides development, events and networking opportunities for Ballarat's industry sectors and district throughout August. Organisations can attend workshops, briefings, presentations and networking events to help grow their business.

Events


Small Business Bus: Stawell

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Town Hall car park
63 - 65 Main Street
Stawell 3380

Small Business Bus: Caroline Springs

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside Caroline Springs Library
193 Caroline Springs Boulevard
Caroline Springs 3023

E18062 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

$30
Geelong City Hall
57 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3220

E19454 - Business Planning Essentials short workshop

A clear business plan is a key determiner of long-term business success. Get the tools, templates and support you need in this tried and tested workshop that will introduce you to the business frameworks that will fast-track your success.

$20
Willis Room, Whitehorse City Council
379-397 Whitehorse Road
Nunawading 3131

Small Business Bus: Ararat

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Performing Arts Centre forecourt
201 Barkly Street
Ararat 3377

Small Business Bus: Melton

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Melton Town Centre, Amphitheatre precinct
323 High Street
Melton 3337

E18172 - Advanced Marketing Strategies For Your Business workshop

Do you already understand the basics of Marketing and want to develop your skills to grow your business further with new products, services, or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your business opportunities. This hands-on workshop will challenge you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and boost the effectiveness of your marketing to take your business to the next level.

$30
BizHub at Realm
179 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

E18293 - Financial Health Check short workshop

Do you have a clear picture of how your business is performing financially? Knowing where to look and what to look for is simple when you know how. Learn to track your business finances and use the information to improve performance and viability – and you don’t need to be an accountant!

$20
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Small Business Bus: Beaufort

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Flynn Street car park, next to the band rotunda
72 Neill Street
Beaufort 3373

Small Business Bus: Werribee

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Wedge Street Piazza
94 Watton Street
Werribee 3030

E18161 - Advanced Marketing Strategies For Your Business workshop

Do you already understand the basics of Marketing and want to develop your skills to grow your business further with new products, services, or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your business opportunities. This hands-on workshop will challenge you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and boost the effectiveness of your marketing to take your business to the next level.

$30
Nillumbik Shire Council Civic Centre
34 Civic Drive
Greensborough 3088

E19250 - Advanced Digital Strategies For Your Business workshop

Learn how to develop a strategy to help grow your business through your online activities and make your products and services easy for potential customers to find. This small, interactive workshop will demystify the digital world and help bring focus and clarity to your online marketing activities.

$30
Surf Life Saving Club
Cairns Street
Port Campbell 3269

E18641 - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop

Good record keeping impacts both your business growth and your bottom line. Unlock the benefits of effective record keeping, control systems and financial solutions to optimise your business profitability and performance. This workshop is part of the Starting Your Business workshop series featuring: - Starting Your Business Right workshop - Business Planning Essentials short workshop - Understanding Marketing short workshop - Your Business in a Digital World short workshop - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop - Keep the Cash Flowing short workshop. $30 for all 6 workshops or $10 per workshop.

$10
Traralgon Service Centre and Library
34-38 Kay Street
Traralgon 3844

E19631 - Improve Your Time Management short workshop

Are you a small business owner struggling to find enough time in your day? Learn simple and effective business systems and process that can improve your productivity and get your business organised. Identify relevant, useful actions to help take control of your day in this short two-hour workshop so you can get on with the most important thing –growing your business.

$20
Seville Community House
8 Railway Avenue
Seville 3139

E18146 - Keep the Cash Flowing short workshop

Even a profitable business can fail if it runs out of cash! Cash flow is the lifeblood of a business because it allows you to pay your bills and be free of financial stress. Avoid running out of cash in your business by learning how to effectively forecast and improve your cash flow, and never get left short again. This workshop is part of the Starting Your Business workshop series. Eight workshops for $120. You can book for the whole series or individual workshops.

$20
Ballarat Business Centre
15 Dawson Street South
Ballarat 3350

Small Business Bus: Hoppers Crossing

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Hoppers Crossing Shopping Centre car park
24 Old Geelong Road
Hoppers Crossing 3029

E19440 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

$30
Master Builders
332 Albert Street
East Melbourne 3002

E18642 - Keep the Cash Flowing short workshop

Even a profitable business can fail if it runs out of cash! Cash flow is the lifeblood of a business because it allows you to pay your bills and be free of financial stress. Avoid running out of cash in your business by learning how to effectively forecast and improve your cash flow, and never get left short again. This workshop is part of the Starting Your Business workshop series featuring: - Starting Your Business Right workshop - Business Planning Essentials short workshop - Understanding Marketing short workshop - Your Business in a Digital World short workshop - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop - Keep the Cash Flowing short workshop. $30 for all 6 workshops or $10 per workshop.

$10
Traralgon Service Centre and Library
34-38 Kay Street
Traralgon 3844

Small Business Bus: Edenhope

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside Shire Offices
49 Elizabeth Street
Edenhope 3318

Small Business Bus: Hastings

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside ANZ
36 High Street
Hastings 3915

Small Business Bus: Mount Eliza

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
In the car park at John Butler Reserve
6 Ranelagh Drive
Mount Eliza 3930

Small Business Bus: Kaniva

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside Link Neighbourhood House
Main Street
Kaniva 3419

Small Business Bus: Rye

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Car park opposite the Pharmacy
2345 Nepean Highway
Rye 3941

Small Business Bus: Harrow

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside the hall
Main Street
Harrow 3317

Small Business Bus: Dromana

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
opposite Bendigo Bank
Point Nepean Road
Dromana 3936

Small Business Bus: Endeavour Hills

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Endeavour Hills Shopping Centre
Heatherton Road
Endeavour Hills 3802

Small Business Bus: Castlemaine

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside the Market Building
44 Mostyn Street
Castlemaine 3450

E18419 - Advanced Digital Strategies For Your Business workshop

Do you already understand the basics of Marketing and want to develop your skills to grow your business further with new products, services, or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your business opportunities. This hands-on workshop will challenge you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and boost the effectiveness of your marketing to take your business to the next level.

$30
Civic Centre, Council Chambers
Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets.
Castlemaine 3450

Small Business Bus: Woodend

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Visitor Information Centre
High Street
Woodend 3442

Small Business Bus: Mount Waverley

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside Commonwealth Bank
13 Hamilton Place
Mount Waverley 3149

E19478 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

$30
Ballarat Business Centre
15 Dawson Street South
Ballarat Central 3350

E18113 - Marketing Your Business short workshop

How well do your potential and existing customers know what your business does? Understanding Marketing is not just about having a website, a Facebook page and placing advertisements in the local paper. Marketing is a vital part of establishing and building your business brand. Effective marketing will save you time and money and help you attract and retain a loyal customer base. Develop a marketing action plan to focus your effort and resources in the right areas, including market research, online activities and customer service.

$20
Maribyrnong Civic Centre
Corner Napier & Hyde Streets
Footscray 3011

E19350 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

$30
Brunswick Business Incubator
420 Victoria Street
Brunswick 3056

E18294 - Setting Your Financial Strategy short workshop

Do you know the difference between a budget and a forecast? A good financial strategy is more than just income and expenses. Learn how easy it is to take control and develop a financial strategy that improves how your business runs.

$20
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Small Business Bus: Gisborne

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Nexus Centre car park
off Goode Street
Gisborne 3437

E18451 - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop

Good record keeping impacts both your business growth and your bottom line. Unlock the benefits of effective record keeping, control systems and financial solutions to optimise your business profitability and performance.

$20
Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centres - Warburton Business Village
Woods Point Road
Warburton 3799

Small Business Bus: Carrum Downs

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
In the car park at Carrum Downs Regional Shopping Centre
100 Hall Road
Carrum Downs 3201

E18155 - Advanced Marketing Strategies For Your Business workshop

Do you already understand the basics of Marketing and want to develop your skills to grow your business further with new products, services, or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your business opportunities. This hands-on workshop will challenge you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and boost the effectiveness of your marketing to take your business to the next level.

$30
Wangaratta Council Chambers
Ovens Street
Wangaratta 3677

E19322 - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop

Good record keeping impacts both your business growth and your bottom line. Unlock the benefits of effective record keeping, control systems and financial solutions to optimise your business profitability and performance.

$20
Realm
175 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

E18070 - Advanced Digital Strategies For Your Business workshop

Learn how to develop a strategy to help grow your business through your online activities and make your products and services easy for potential customers to find. This small, interactive workshop will demystify the digital world and help bring focus and clarity to your online marketing activities.

$30
South West TAFE
Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

Small Business Bus: Lancefield

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
In the RV parking area
7 High Street
Lancefield 3435

Small Business Bus: Lang Lang

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Car park opposite the IGA
39 Westernport Road
Lang Lang 3984

E19314 - Business Planning Essentials short workshop

A clear business plan is a key determiner of long-term business success. Get the tools, templates and support you need in this tried and tested workshop that will introduce you to the business frameworks that will fast-track your success.

$20
Mildura Regional Development
60 Madden Street
Mildura 3500

Small Business Bus: Moe

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Moe Library
1-29 George Street
Moe 3825

Small Business Bus: Thornbury

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside the supermarket
673 High Street
Thornbury 3071

E19445 - Winning Government Business workshop

$30
Master Builders
332 Albert Street
East Melbourne 3002

Small Business Bus: Morwell

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside Latrobe City Headquarters
141 Commercial Road
Morwell 3840

Small Business Bus: Brunswick East

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Car park near the corner of Blyth Street
390 Lygon Street
Brunswick East 3057

Community in business

Watch the Manchester United v Liverpool Legends game on July 25, while networking over lunch with like-minded people in business who share your passion for the world game. Take the opportunity to learn more about Community in Business (CIB) ? the perfect entry point for any business looking to support football in Victoria. Organised and operated by Football Federation Victoria (FFV), Community in Business provides exclusive membership benefits, multiple connectivity channels and is the ultimate community business network for key stakeholders within football in Victoria including businesses, football clubs, media and government.

$150
La Unica
476 Brunswick Road
Parkville 3052

E19318 - Marketing Your Business short workshop

How well do your potential and existing customers know what your business does? Understanding Marketing is not just about having a website, a Facebook page and placing advertisements in the local paper. Marketing is a vital part of establishing and building your business brand. Effective marketing will save you time and money and help you attract and retain a loyal customer base. Develop a marketing action plan to focus your effort and resources in the right areas, including market research, online activities and customer service.

$20
Greater Shepparton Business Centre
70 New Dookie Road
Shepparton 3630

E19338 - Setting Your Financial Strategy short workshop

Do you know the difference between a budget and a forecast? A good financial strategy is more than just income and expenses. Learn how easy it is to take control and develop a financial strategy that improves how your business runs.

$20
Selby Community House
Minak Road
Selby 3159

E18295 - Build Your Business Resilience workshop

Have you made a plan to build the resilience of your business and successfully manage through a business interruption? Making sound business decisions in a crisis is very difficult, so planning ahead is essential. Understand the various different types of disaster (natural, human or health) and improve the continuity and resilience of your business in this practical, focused workshop.

$30
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Small Business Bus: Fairfield

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside the Civic Centre
123 Station Street
Fairfield 3078

Small Business Bus: Drouin

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Woolworths Car Park
102 Young Street
Drouin 3818

Bendigo launch party: Linking Central Victorian businesses

Make fresh contacts, meet new clients and celebrate all that's great about small business in Central Victoria. Join us to celebrate the launch of the 2017 Bendigo Small Business Festival and connect with members of business and networking groups from across the region.

$0
The Capital
50 View Street
Bendigo 3550

E19325 - Winning Government Business workshop

Have you identified government as a customer but feel daunted by the procurement processes? Don’t give up on opportunities in this significant sector. Developed by government itself, this workshop will help you make sense of the processes and protocols you need to know to help position your business up to win government contracts.

$30
Baw Baw Shire Council Offices
33 Young Street
Drouin 3818

E19616 - Marketing Your Business short workshop

How well do your potential and existing customers know what your business does? Understanding Marketing is not just about having a website, a Facebook page and placing advertisements in the local paper. Marketing is a vital part of establishing and building your business brand. Effective marketing will save you time and money and help you attract and retain a loyal customer base. Develop a marketing action plan to focus your effort and resources in the right areas, including market research, online activities and customer service.

$20
Manningham Function Centre
699 Doncaster Road
Doncaster 3108

Small Business Bus: Northcote

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside the Uniting Church
247 High Street
Northcote 3070

Small Business Bus: Trafalgar

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2017.

$
Outside Baw Baw Technology Centre
107 Princess Highway
Trafalgar 3824

Choosing freedom

How to deal with your past and own your future. Work with adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety and fear associated with their past, to achieve piece of mind, clarity and confidence. Past memories can keep us trapped, repeating old patterns and sabotaging our best efforts. Unless we acknowledge, deal with and transform these past memories and events they can continue to impact our lives. Choosing Freedom works directly with past memories, gently but powerfully empowering people to transform their lives and take ownership of their future.

$10
Nhill Council Chambers
92 Nelson Street
Nhill 3418

E19479 - Business Planning Essentials short workshop

A clear business plan is a key determiner of long-term business success. Get the tools, templates and support you need in this tried and tested workshop that will introduce you to the business frameworks that will fast-track your success.

$20
Ballarat Business Centre
15 Dawson Street South
Ballarat Central 3350

E19324 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

$30
The Redgum Room, Boroondara City Council
4 Inglesby Road
Camberwell 3124

E18856 - Business Planning Essentials short workshop

A clear business plan is a key determiner of long-term business success. Get the tools, templates and support you need in this tried and tested workshop that will introduce you to the business frameworks that will fast-track your success.

$20
Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade
Altona 3018

E18177 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

$30
Moonee Valley Civic Centre, Committee Room
9 Kellaway Ave
Moonee Ponds 3039

E18129 - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop

Good record keeping impacts both your business growth and your bottom line. Unlock the benefits of effective record keeping, control systems and financial solutions to optimise your business profitability and performance.

$20
Frankston Foundry (business hub)
1-3 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

When buyers meet sellers

If you have Asia in your sights as a market for future trade, business or investment, or perhaps you have already begun, then this forum is your opportunity to exhibit, meet and network with others in the business community, all with a common focus on doing business in Asia.

$20
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
613 Main Road
Ballarat 3350

E18156 - Pricing for Maximum Profit short workshop

How often do you worry about your pricing? There is a reason Pricing is one of the important P’s in the marketing mix. Take the guess work out of your pricing strategy and in just two hours learn how to find the right approach to increase market share and profit.

$20
Wangaratta Council Chambers
Ovens Street
Wangaratta 3677

Festival Podcast Series - #2 - The Women Of Small Business

In Victoria, a huge number of small business owners, starters, movers and shakers, are women. This podcast explores why women become entrepreneurs, the challenges and the benefits and the stories of those who've done it.

$0



Festival Podcast Series - #1 - Humanising Work

It's easy to get lost in the constant busyness of doing everything in your startup. But as your businesses' #1 asset, how will you find the balance between work and well-being? · Protecting your human assets · Mental health · Making sure that your self-employment dream matches up with reality

$0



Festival Podcast Series - #6 - Beyond The Leap: Growing Your Business

So you've been up and running for a few years... Now what? · Starting out in international trade · Small business R&D grants (government and private) · Scaling your business to go from small to medium

$0



Festival Podcast Series - #3 - Taking The Leap: Delve into the mind of a startup

What makes a person take the leap from employee to entrepreneur? . Essentials to consider · Startups on the verge · Where to find support . Making a start

$0



Festival Podcast Series - #5 - Innovation: The Nuts & Bolts Behind the Buzzword

It's the business buzzword that has everyone talking, but what exactly does it mean to be innovative? · Using digital to elevate small business service · Doing big things with small resources · Learning about innovation from the technology boom

$0



Festival Podcast Series - #4 - Social Enterprises: Doing Business For A Purpose

Victoria is on the cusp of a social enterprise startup boom, with businesses from all industries taking up the mantle of social good and community activism. We talk with founders building businesses for social good. · Social Enterprises · Benefit Corporations (B-Corps) · Impact Investing · For Purpose Organisations

$0



BisNet breakfast: Susan Alberti

Start the day with breakfast inspiration from businesswoman, philanthropist and passionate champion for women's AFL, Susan Alberti. Former Western Bulldogs Vice President and National Women's League Advisory Group Director, Susan Alberti is also a tireless advocate for the prevention, treatment and cure of Type1 diabetes. Her achievements saw Susan appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2016 for eminent service to the community for philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and sporting organisations, as an advocate for improved healthcare services for the disadvantaged and as a role model and mentor to young women.

$30
North Ballarat Sports Club
725 Creswick Road
Ballarat 3350

Coffee connectors

Coffee Connectors connects together business owners and managers for discussion and networking with the aim to build strong long-term relationships. Enjoy this opportunity to take time out to make 'slow connections' in a relaxed environment with a focus on ideas about 'how can I help you'?

$0
The Cube Cafe
Hovell Street
Wodonga 3690

Lean startup 101

Boost your business or business idea by getting to know the key concepts behind the lean startup method to create and sustain innovation. It has already worked for all kinds of organisations. Now find out how it can work for you. Session facilitator Thomas Anbeek is a builder with a passion for entrepreneurship and startups. After moving to Australia, Thomas became the first employee at Startup Victoria and was influential in establishing 'Above All Human Conference,' Australia's premier startup conference.

$20
Western BACE
222 Ferris Road
Melton South 3338

Government grants briefing

Imagine if there was funding or assistance that could help your business grow if only you knew where to find it. Well, now you can...There are, in fact, lots of government grants and sources of support to help businesses like yours achieve its goals. We take the legwork out of finding what they are, whether you?re eligible and share what you can do to help get your application across the line.

$0
Quest Shepparton
177-183 Welsford Street
Shepparton 3630

Family business essentials

Take this opportunity to bring your family together for half a day to focus on the health of your family business. This interactive workshop will explore issues critical to family business success and longevity, including leadership, governance, strategy and working with family. Decide where you want to be and how you can harness your distinct competitive advantage to reach your goals. Learn how to:# - Identify family and business as interconnected systems which need to be nurtured - Understand the structures and processes that will professionalise your family business - Complete a diagnostic on your family business and devise effective strategies and actions.

$0
Eastern Innovation Business Centre
5a Hartnett Street
Mulgrave 3121

Workshop: Create compelling visual merchandising

Your shop window is your calling card to your customers – but are you making the most of your street level retail offering? Sometimes the only distinction between the success of two businesses selling similar products is the way the product is visually merchandised. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how to successfully design and merchandise a retail store from visual merchandising experts at this practical workshop. Learn how to best showcase your products with simple tips to help you drive a strong commercial return for your retail offering.

$350
Australian Retailers Association
Level 1 / 112 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne 3002

E19323 - Getting Paid in the Building & Construction Industry short workshop

Are you a small operator in the building and construction industry? Are overdue payments compromising your business and stressing you out? It is possible to take back control. Learn the key business practices that will not only make the administration side of your business a whole lot easier but can also help you to fast-track outstanding payments.

$20
Realm
175 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

Procurement, tenders and contracts

Learn all about procurement, how to win tenders and contracts and ready yourself to be your next you. Ideal for businesses starting up or established who want to grow but don’t know how, this session will provide an overview, references and tips to access larger customers to win larger contracts. Find out what you need to know to focus on selling to government and corporations that require you to submit a tender for contracts. Leave better informed and with a clear path forward to take your next steps.

$49
Mornington Chamber, Mornington Pensinsula Shire Office
2 Queen Street
Mornington 3931

Small business mentoring sessions

Get yourself matched to a mentor! These free 45-minute mentoring sessions are designed to support businesses based in Bass Coast Shire and are offered by Bass Coast Shire Council in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service. Sessions are available between: 10.30am-11.15am; 11.30am-12.15pm; 1.00pm-1.45pm; 2.00pm-2.45pm.

$0
Bass Coast Shire Council
76 McBride Avenue
Wonthaggi 3995

Choosing freedom

How to deal with your past and own your future. Work with adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety and fear associated with their past, to achieve piece of mind, clarity and confidence. Past memories can keep us trapped, repeating old patterns and sabotaging our best efforts. Unless we acknowledge, deal with and transform these past memories and events they can continue to impact our lives. Choosing Freedom works directly with past memories, gently but powerfully empowering people to transform their lives and take ownership of their future.

$10
Dimboola Community Centre
Wimmera Street
Dimboola 3414

Working from home: What you need to know

Are you working from home or thinking about it? Join Bendigo City Council, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the Small Business Mentoring Service over lunch at this expert panel session to discuss everything you need to know about working from home. Find out how to ensure you're set up for success, what laws apply to you and tips to stay productive. Includes a Q&A for the panel to answer all your questions and time to network with other business owners and operators. This is a free event but registration for all attendees is required for catering purposes.

$0
The Capital
50 View Street
Bendigo 3550

The power of small business: It's a team sport

Unleash the power of small. Whether you're a solo operator or employ up to 20 staff, whether you’re home based or have a shopfront, all successful businesses need to surround themselves with a strong support team. Join Rod Fraser and Ellyn Martin from Wodonga’s Business Growth Strategies to ensure you're on track to create your dream team for small business success. Discover your business purpose at this insightful discussion over lunch. Join us to kick off the 2017 Small Business Festival with the first of 44 free or low-cost events held across North East Victoria in August.

$15
Serendipity Cafe
3 Bridge Street East
Benalla 3672

Saving energy made easy

All businesses, big and small, are impacted by the rising price of energy. Find out what practical actions your small businesses can take almost immediately to reduce energy costs and make a difference at this webinar.

$0
Online


Business conversations

Discover how to access new products and services available to help your business grow and succeed at this event hosted by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Talk to representatives from various government departments and get advice about what they can offer to help small business operators, from startups to already established.

$0
Ballarat Town Hall (Trench Room)
225 Sturt Street
Ballarat 3350

Business master plan

Most people go into business for all the right reasons. They start with the passion and desire to make more money and the freedom to work when they want. Unfortunately things often don't turn out as planned and their business starts taking over their lives. So, rather than freedom, they get stuck on the treadmill in busy-ness. It doesn't have to be that way. Sometimes you just need to step back and refocus your energy. This workshop will show you how.

$29
The Hub Parkview
12 Corporate Drive
Moorabbin 3189

Gov4Business

Are you interested in exploring the range of government services available to support your small business? Gov4Business is an ideal opportunity to hear from and meet with representatives from the City of Greater Geelong, the Victorian and the Australian Governments on the services they offer.

$0
Geelong City Hall
57 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3220

iXplain the future 2

Futureproof your business and embrace change to stay ahead of your competitors! iXplainIT's futurist Justin Williams reveals what to expect from the Millennial generation and how they will change the way you run and manage your company. Learn what technology you should invest in, what jobs your children can expect to find and what will interest them. If you enjoyed the iXplain the Future event in 2016, this presentation will completely blow you away. Completely revised, reloaded and upgraded, Justin reveals even more about why businesses need to adapt for the future to ensure they remain relevant and profitable.

$15
Melbourne Parkview Hotel
562 St Kilda Road
MELBOURNE 3004

Peninsula Connect

You’re invited! Celebrate the Small Business Festival, connect with like-minded professionals and toast future success in a relaxing environment at this event hosted by Peninsula Business Networking Inc. Includes a glass of wine on arrival and light refreshments.

$29
Brooklands of Mornington
99 Tanti Avenue
Mornington 3931

Responsible business: Improving your triple bottom line

Responsible businesses are better businesses - they are better for people, the natural environment and they are profitable. People want to work for responsible businesses, customers want to buy from responsible businesses and responsible businesses want to do business with responsible businesses.

$0
Caro Centre
University Drive
Mt Helen 3350

E18296 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

$30
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

NBN and cloud apps

The cloud. What is it, where is it and how does it work? Collect answers to all these questions and pick up innovative cloud solutions to improve you and your business performance. Discover how cloud technology is taking business to next level, improving service delivery, speeding up response times and delivering greater satisfaction to clients. Prepare yourself for the great change the NBN is bringing to the way business operates.

$0
Laverton Community Hub
95-105 Railway Avenue
Laverton 3028

Customer service

Are you a service-industry small business owner? Discover how you can establish higher customer services standards and boost your customer rapport at this engaging 2 hour seminar.

$20
Mechanics Hall Supper Room,
Elizabeth Street
Edenhope 3318

Getting started: What I wish I knew

Passion and excitement are rarely in short supply when starting a new business (or, indeed, rejuvenating the one you're in). But, without careful design, positive can quickly turn to pressure and confusion. Benefit from the wisdom - and learn from the mistakes - of those who have trod the same path before you in this webinar which offers plenty for startup and established business owners alike. Hear from a cross section of soloists as they share valuable insights about what they learned and what they know now that they wish they knew back then! Topics covered include: - Choosing the right time to launch - The role of the side-hustle - What ducks to line up and how - How to avoid the paralysis of perfection.

$0
Webinar

online

Keep your competitors at bay: Protect your IP

Many small business owners fail to make protecting intellectual property (IP) a priority. Yet your IP may be what gives you a competitive edge over larger businesses – especially when your business has great ideas and inventions. Find out how to keep this valuable business safe from mdp Patents director Gavin Doherty. Real-life case studies, including those he has personally encountered, will illustrate the importance of IP and why protecting it matters for your business.

$30
The Kelvin Club
14-30 Melbourne Place
Melbourne 3000

Working from home: What you need to know

Are you working from home or thinking about it? Join Horsham Council, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the Small Business Mentoring Service over afternoon tea at this expert panel session to discuss everything you need to know about working from home. Find out how to ensure you?re set up for success, what laws apply to you and tips to stay productive. Includes a Q&A for the panel to answer all your questions and time to network with other business owners and operators. This is a free event but registration for all attendees is required for catering purposes.

$0
Horsham Rural Council Offices
18 Roberts Avenue
Horsham 3400

Bayside Business Network: Networking night

Widen your business horizons and join us to network with new faces at this social evening normally exclusive to Bayside Business Network members only.

$0
The Baths (upstairs)
251 Esplanade
Brighton 3186

Customer service

Are you a service-industry small business or retailer? Discover how you can establish higher customer services standards and boost your customer rapport at this engaging 2 hour seminar.

$20
Kaniva Link
50 Commerical Street
Kaniva 3419

E19358 - Employing and Keeping the Right Staff workshop

It is often said that "our people are our greatest asset" but how do you make that come true and make sure that you meet your obligations as an employer. Find the answers to all of your questions about employing people at this interactive workshop and learn about how to find, select and retain the right people. You will also hear about how to properly deal the many legal requirements that go with being an employer.

$30
Milpara Community House
21 Shellcot Road
Korumburra 3950

Go and grow online

Explore how to take your small business online and grow your business online at this free interactive session hosted by Australia Post. Share practical knowledge and expertise from expert speakers from leading ecommerce companies. Discuss end-customer delivery and online marketing options with small business specialists to grow your business, develop your website and drive traffic. Wrap up with a panel discussion, networking and refreshments.

$0
Kensington Collective
2 Chelmsford Street
Kensington 3031

Two common finance mistakes made in business

Avoid the pitfalls of common finance errors and learn what not to do in business. Finance Academy Australia's (FAA) research and analysis of hundreds of struggling businesses uncovered two key mistakes common to business failure. Find out what they are at this case study presentation and seminar so you can give yourself the best chance at business success.

$20
Drouin Library
136 Princes Way
Drouin 3818

Tax essentials for small business

If you are new to business or thinking about starting a business, don't miss this session all about tax basics for small business. Learn how to get your financial affairs sorted and straightforward right from the start.

$0
Wyndham City Council Civic Centre
45 Princes Highway
Werribee 3030

Master the secrets of a LinkedIn Ninja

Master the secrets of a LinkedIn Ninja. Many people and organisations have a presence on LinkedIn - but the magic lies in how you use it. Learn tips and tricks from the Asia Pacific region's only certified LinkedIn Ninja Jillian Bullock. Discover how to make the most of your personal profile and your company page on LinkedIn. Hear how you can create a healthy workplace and healthy connections by using LinkedIn to generate new business leads and recruit staff to work at your organisation. What works, what doesn't - come along and find out.

$10
The Hotel Australia (The Aussie)
73 Fryers Street
Shepparton 3630

E19028 - Your Business in a Digital World short workshop

Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or nervous about taking your business online? Take the guess work out of finding the right support with this introductory workshop led by a digital expert with real-life small business experience. Using practical exercises and real-life examples you will learn to make informed decisions about the right tools for your business and how to bring them all together into an effective online strategy.

$20
Alpine Shire Council
Crn Churchill Ave and Hawthorn Lne
Bright 3741

Business Festival launch 2017

Event hosts and nominated guests are invited to attend the Great South Coast regions official launch of the 2017 Small Business Festival. Strictly invitation only. Finger food and drinks provided.

$0
Pavilion Cafe and Bar
50 Viaduct Road
Warrnambool 3280

How to gain major media coverage for your business

Learn the insider secrets to gain major media coverage across television, radio, in major newspapers and magazines and online from a former print and radio journalist. Presenter Penny Smits has helped small business owners and startup founders just like you to gain more than a million dollars' worth of free publicity. Find out how.

$0
Online


Melbourne Business Network festival breakfast

Find out how to engage, connect, network and sell better in the 21st century from leading networking and sales specialists. Understand the important role networking plays in generating sales leads, how to build rapport and how to convert enquiries into great sales outcomes and positive customer experiences. Includes a light breakfast and the opportunity to network with other attendees.

$30
General Assembly
12a / 45 William Street
Melbourne 3000

2017 eftpos Australian Retail Awards

The 2017 eftpos Australian Retailers Association Awards – Australia's first and largest retail awards program – is rapidly approaching and presents a unique opportunity to recognise the best of Australian retail on a national stage. Enjoy a gala night out in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria whilst celebrating industry excellence and inspration. The night's keynote speaker is Swisse CEO Radek Sali, who made his mark in his early thirties turning Swisse into a household name through rapid growth in product lines, stockists and revenue. Don't miss this eagerly anticipated event!

$49
The Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3000

Applied purpose: Elevating culture and performance at your business

How to create a purpose-driven business with an outstanding workplace culture that will not only attract and retain young talent, but improve profitability. Gain a sound understanding of purpose and its application to business and be guided through case studies and examples of purpose-driven business. Learn how to use innovative and practical frameworks to embed purpose into your business and optimise your culture and performance. Hear how fellow participants, high performers and industry leaders have successfully adopted purpose in their workplace cultures. Presented by Founder of Purposeful and host of the 'Humans of Purpose' podcast, Mike Davis.

$130
One Roof Melbourne
77 - 79 City Road
Southbank 3006

By failing to prepare, you're preparing to fail

Accidents happen. Disruptive events – including emergencies – can leave small business vulnerable, exposed and saddled with greater operational risk compared to larger enterprises. An emergency event is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. The impact on staff, family, friends, customers, visitors and neighbours can be so catastrophic that many businesses never recover. Find out how proper planning will help reduce the occurrence and scale of events that could cause disruption and ensure your business is prepared for whatever comes around the corner.

$0
National Wool Museum
26 Moorabool Street
Geelong 3220

Getting the most out of Facebook for business

Businesses have embraced Facebook as a low-cost, easy-to-use channel to engage with customers and prospects. Few, however, understand the tactics and best practices that can boost Facebook into a powerful marketing tool that contributes to their bottom line. Whether your business has 100 followers or 5000, join local digital marketing professional Paul Dillon for an interactive workshop loaded with plenty of examples from local businesses.

$49.95
Mallee Rising
137 Campbell Street
Swan Hill 3585

E19438 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

$30
Brunswick Business Incubator
420 Victoria Street
Brunswick 3056

Life InStyle Conversation Series

Life InStyle Conversation Series is a trade-only education series with daily 90min sessions during Life InStyle fair at the Royal Exhibition Building.

$30
Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson St
Carlton 3053

Making time for marketing

Do you struggle to find time in your day to dedicate to marketing your business effectively? Smart small business marketing takes time but your investment can pay off handsomely in terms of business growth and sales. This webinar will teach you not only how to find time in your schedule for marketing, but also which marketing you should be spending your time on. Small business marketing expert and dynamo Ailsa Page teams up with productivity expert Business Time Lord, Russell Scott to share how it's done.

$0
Online


Life Instyle Melbourne

Life Instyle is home to some of Australia's most esteemed boutique brands and is the definitive destination for buyers, retailers and interior designers who are looking to invest in the curated, local and treasured designs of today – across homewares, lifestyle, kids and baby, apparel and jewellery. Delivering a mix of creative inspiration with the faces behind the products you desire, Life Instyle Melbourne is set in the trendy suburb of Carlton, at the Royal Exhibitions Building for four exceptional days of trade. Over four days, retailers, buyers, interior designers and media gather to celebrate Australian retail with over 600 brands all unveiling their latest creations first to the design industry.

$0
Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street
Carlton 3053

E19196 - Keep the Cash Flowing short workshop

Even a profitable business can fail if it runs out of cash! Cash flow is the lifeblood of a business because it allows you to pay your bills and be free of financial stress. Avoid running out of cash in your business by learning how to effectively forecast and improve your cash flow, and never get left short again.

$20
Benalla Library (Sir Edward Weary Dunlop Centre) - Pat Claridge Room
2 Fawckner Drive
Benalla 3672

Getting food to market: Making the most of labels

Making sure you get your label right is an easy way to prevent unnecessary expense and associated brand damage. Given that incorrect labeling and undeclared allergens are among the major causes of packaged food recalls (an event that frequently costs well over $100,000 and, at worst, lives) accurate labeling makes good business sense. Includes opportunities for networking and a review of participants' labels to give you practical insights into the concepts discussed. Light refreshments will be served.

$0
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, Multipurpose Room 1
251 Faraday Street
Carlton, VIC 3053

How to name your brand or product

Still scratching your head about a good name for your business? (After all, who would have thought naming a business 'apple' was a good idea!) Find out what makes a good name. What do you need to get right before you even start thinking about a name? And how can you protect that name from competitors? Discover where to start and all the tips and tricks behind choosing a name.

$0
Online


DIY PR and communications for small business

When funds are limited, how do you get the message out? Some do-it-yourself PR might be the answer! Learn how to engage with the media, and discover how to market your small business on a shoestring budget.

$0
Online

3550

Improving your business with health and safety

Occupational health and safety (OHS) laws from top to bottom. Get to know your obligations under workplace injury, rehabilitation and compensation law to help injured workers return to work. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how you can improve your business by providing a safe and healthy environment for your workers. Attend these free WorkSafe seminars in Geelong, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Traralgon and Ballarat, share your experience with others and get advice from our experts on OHS and return to work problems or concerns.

$0
Mercure Hotel
613 Main Road
Ballarat 3353

Business women Albury Wodonga

Business Women Albury Wodonga bring to the Border an event to foster networking, connection and engagement for women within the local business community. Come along to gather inspiration with plenty of time to spare to create real and meaningful connections.

$25
Atura Albury
Dean Street
Albury 2640

Office Hours at Inspire9 Footscray

Do you have a business or social impact idea? Sit down with Conrad Tracey from Inspire9 for a FREE 30-minute session. Conrad will be happy to listen to your idea, give you feedback and help to ideate and develop the idea to its full potential.

$0
Dream Factory
90 Maribyrnong Street
Footscray 3011

Using Facebook to build a highly engaged audience

Discover tips, tricks and innovative strategies to build a highly-engaged audience of advocates for your business on Facebook, without spending money on Facebook Ads. Includes top tips for using Facebook Live, Facebook Groups, Facebook Messenger and Facebook Insights that will have people raving about your business and effectively doing your marketing for you.

$30
Wyncity Bowl & Entertainment
1st Floor / 36 Wallace Avenue
Point Cook 3030

Creating your visual voice

Learn how to create your visual voice at this two-hour combined presentation / workshop. Join Simon Duncan from 3rd Man Films as he takes you through the hows and whys of creating an online video presence. Starting with 45 minute presentation about the online video market, this session will be followed by a one and a quarter hour practical workshop as Simon takes out the techno-babble to explain the ins and outs of creating a video marketing strategy for your business.

$20
Rural City of Wangaratta
62-68 Ovens Street
Wangaratta 3677

After Five: August

Wrap up your working day with this "After Five" networking event. Foster new business relationships over drinks and savouries while listening to the evening's host, Body Brilliance Pilates, showcase their business. Members are encouraged to bring along their staff, colleagues or a guest.

$0
Body Brilliance Pilates
Level 1 / 122 Armstrong Street South
Ballarat 3350

Powerful marketing on a small business budget

Learn cost-effective yet powerful marketing strategies to attract and convert more customers at this interactive workshop run by Mitchell Shire Council's Economic Development Unit.

$0
Mitchell Shire Council - Council Chambers
113 High Street
Broadford 3658

My jagged line to success with Carolyn Creswell

Meet muesli mogul Carolyn Creswell and be inspired by the remarkable story of how she grew her business, Carman's, into a highly successful multinational company with an investment of just $1,000.

$55
Truffleduck
66 Hyland Street
Fyansford 3218

#womenempoweringwomen

Join us at this truly inspiring evening as our female panel share their insights, stories and the key tips that have helped to carry and sustain each of them along their professional and personal journeys. Be energised and empowered by the life changing experiences of others as you network with like-minded women. Hosted by ANZ

$10
Mildura Arts Centre
Cureton Avenue
Mildura 3500

Low-cost ways to motivate and sustain performance

Managing staff is one of the hardest things to do in business, because most people can't read their managers' minds, and your staff are probably not as invested in your vision as you! Get help to manage employee performance with a range of low-cost strategies that will enable them to achieve what you need. For many employees, motivation is not just about the money, collect tips on other ethical levers available that can make a huge difference to performance and engage staff in helping you to grow and sustain your business.

$25
Box Hill Institute
465 Elgar Road
Box Hill 3128

Startup super session

Two great events in one, tailor-made for startups. First things first: avoid the traps that trip with an overview of the thousands of commercial disputes the Victorian Small Business Commissioner successfully deals with each year, and find out how you can reduce the likelihood of being involved in one. Last, but not least: get the lowdown on starting a new business. Do you have a business idea, but just not sure how to get it off the ground? This workshop will explore what you need to have in place in order to achieve your goals.

$0
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

Business networking: What it means to me

Networking Bendigo Inc provides a valuable platform for passionate business people to meet regularly to build trust and grow skills, knowledge, their sphere of influence and their business. All business people, existing, new and past members are invited to attend this breakfast seminar on 'the benefits of business networking on a regular basis'. Find out how networking can boost your success at a business and professional level from five members who will each give a five-minute presentation. Jumpstart your day and enjoy networking at its finest over a set menu breakfast followed by a panel Q&A.

$20
Bendigo Motor Inn
High Street
Kangaroo Flat 3555

How to protect your valuable brands cost effectively

All about the practical fundamentals of trade mark protection and clearance and how they link to your business goals. Find out how to protect your brand in Australia and overseas, how much it will cost and how to avoid infringing the rights of others. Learn from effective strategies used by other small businesses and their approaches to managing costs on a budget. This workshop will dispel common myths and reveal hard truths about intellectual property. This event will be tailored to the needs of participants as much as practicable, with discussion and queries encouraged.

$0
Webinar
Webinar
Webinar 3000

Understanding risk in small business

Understanding risk is a vital part of running any organization, big or small. Find out how to identify risk, measure it, and plan to avoid it and why the right insurance for your business is not about the cheapest price. Insurance and risk management specialists who help businesses after losses explain what's behind the fine print of the key insurance covers available. Learn how you can ensure that the policy coverage and claims service of the insurer you select are in line with your risk appetite, before it's too late to find out.

$5
Insurance Advisernet Office
Hawthorn Road
Caulfield 3161

Podcast: Innovation round lessons from leading entrepreneurs

Get your hands on the keys to innovation that will inspire you to do something awesome! This podcast will be packed with insights from the personal experiences of Michael E Gerber (The E-Myth); Marcus Sheridan (Sales Lion); Chris Marr (The Content Marketing Academy); John Warrillow (Built to Sell); Miriam Pleininger (Babel); Holger Seim (Blinkist); David Jenyns (Authority Content and Bo Burlingham (Inc Magazine). Four episodes will be available on the date and time specified for the sessions and will remain available for the duration of the Small Business Festival 2017.

$7
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Introduction to co-working

When leasing an office is prohibitively expensive and you're over the isolation of working from home, co-working can be a great alternative. Find out how to make the most of this emerging working trend used by entrepreneurs around the world. Whether you want network, create a social workplace culture or just need a space to get some serious work done, co-working could be the solution you've been looking for. It can also be profitable! This is a free event, and you're welcome to continue working in the space for the remainder of the day. What do you have to lose?

$0
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

Casey Cardinia Women's Business Lunch: Creativity For Business Success

Guest Speaker: Clare Bowditch, Founder of Big Hearted Business We're delighted to announce that our 2017 Women's Lunch is open for business and bigger than ever! Proudly hosted by the Casey Cardinia Region and presented as part of the annual Victorian Small Business Festival running state wide from 1-31 August, this lunch will provide you with the perfect opportunity to network with other local business women (and men), enjoy a beautiful two course lunch, along with a glass of bubbly on arrival. I think we could safely say that this years guest speaker Clare Bowditch is an extraordinary and inspiring person! She has managed to combine her artistic talents with the qualities of a successful businesswoman. She is an ARIA award winning songwriter, performer, radio broadcaster and Logie-nominated actor.

$90
Cardinia Cultural Centre
Lakeside Drive
Pakenham 3810

Secrets of my success

Grab this great opportunity to hear unique stories from the local business community and pick up advice that will help you tread your own path to success. Network over lunch with like-minded business owners and operators from the region. Please feel welcome to forward this invitation to anyone it may apply to, but registration is essential.

$20
Crowe Horwath
21 Armstrong Street North
Ballarat 3350

Webinar: Shattering glass ceilings and the status quo

Talk of gender equality in the workplace is not new. March figures reveal the pay gap is alive and well, with full-time Australian women paid, on average, 16 per cent less than men. Inside ASX 200 companies, just nine women were CEOs and only ten were chairing boards. There are women, however, who are breaking though glass ceilings and becoming champions to those coming up the ranks. Find out what success can look like for women in the modern workplace and what it really means to shatter that ceiling in this webinar.

$0
Online

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HR advice on corporate fitness for duty

Learn all about Corporate Fitness for Duties (CFFD) assessments from all angles. You may require medical screening as a condition of pre-employment. Perhaps you have staff not meeting performance expectations, or an employee undergoing treatment for an illness that is not work-related, such as cancer or an old football injury. You may need to assess an employee who has taken extended sick leave or have a duty of care to manage risk to the worker, their colleagues or the public. This session includes including practical advice, the dos and don'ts and an overview of the different HR scenarios that might need an independent clinical opinion.

$0
Geelong City Hall
30 Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220

Reed Gift Fair

Prepare yourself for the Christmas rush. Be the first to uncover the latest innovations and stay one step ahead of your competitors as you source thousands of trending pieces and favourite products across eight distinct categories at the Reed Gift Fair. Attend industry-leading education sessions at this trade-only fair that will bring together 800 brand new and returning exhibitors across two enormous venues (MCEC & Melbourne Showgrounds). Note that Reed Gift Fairs is a trade-only event and admission is free upon validation of the necessary trade credentials and completion of the registration process.

$0
MCEC & Melbourne Showgrounds
Doors 1-6 / 2 Clarendon Street
Southbank, Melbourne 3000

Freedom! How to successfully transition to self-employment

How to realise your dream and turn that idea of working for yourself into action. Perhaps it's the freedom to better balance family and work life. Or maybe you want to turn your passion into a business. This workshop will explore how you can develop a plan to successfully make that transition into self-employment. Discuss your ideas with other like-minded people, collect invaluable feedback, discover a process to achieve your goal and leave with the foundations of a plan to successfully transition to the next phase of your working life. Morning tea will be provided.

$20
Sam Merrifield Library
762 Mt Alexander Road
Moonee Ponds 3039

The hidden code behind sales and leadership excellence

How to connect, build likeability, trust and rapport to close the sale while inspiring a high performing team. Find out how all that is possible using no more than the science of human behavior. There are no steps to learn, no tricks, no gimmicks and you absolutely won't be doing anything that resembles the "old school" hard sell. Discover how human behavior impacts every interaction and how you can use your conscious mind to appeal directly to the unconscious mind of your buyers and team members.

$67
Geelong City Hall
57 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3219

Retail Therapy (Reed Gift Fair)

Reed Gift Fair presents Retail Therapy - 60-90min trade-only workshop sessions happening daily at Reed Gift Fair. Please check full schedule on Reed Gift Fair website for up to date details on session topics and times.

$30
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Doors 1-6 / 2 Clarendon Street
Southbank, Melbourne 3000

Meet your market: Experience $eekers

Tourism is soooooo last century. Today it’s all about the visitor economy, including the emergence of ‘experience seekers’. Get to know these travellers focussed on genuine experiences in authentic destinations. Ninety per cent of Bellarine Peninsula business is part of the visitor economy, from the bookstore, café, gift shop and accommodation provider to services and supermarkets. Find out how to take your visitor experiences to the next level with author, marketing strategist, small business mentor and tourism professional Despina Karatzias. Collect new ideas to offer unique, customised and authentic guest experiences that your visitors will want to absorb and share.

$0
Ocean Grove Bowling Club
18 The Terrace
Ocean Grove 3226

Get your small business health and safety compliant

Employers have a number of compliance obligations in relation to workplace health and safety. This presentation will help you find your way around the laws and regulations that apply to small business owners and operators, and arm you to better manage the ongoing challenge of ensuring you have the necessary people and resources to implement those requirements.

$15
National Hotel Complex
182-186 High Street
Bendigo 3550

Being a freelancer in a regional town

Discuss how others have successfully resolved the challenges that can dampen the spirits of enterprise when your market is not outside your door, the income is less, and support is largely not around. Discover how this environment, conversely, can also be a fantastic enabler of work / life balance. This free webinar features a diverse panel of rural freelancers, all in the continuous process of establishing themselves. Share their stories of successes, strategies, marketing processes and how they cope with the challenges. Each has their own approach which, as you will discover, isn't necessarily 'by the book'.

$0
Online


2017 Bizweek Eastland experience: From ordinary to extraordinary

Meet Dianne McGrath, one of seven Australians shortlisted as a Mars One astronaut candidates for the remaining 'Mars 100'. The Mars One mission seeks to establish the first permanent human settlement on Mars - it is a one-way journey. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dianne talk about the Mars One mission, why she signed up, how it is affecting her life and what she's learnt along the way. Dianne shares her insights about how we are all courageous in different ways, about setting goals, having a vision or a sense of purpose and how to take those first steps.

$50
Hoyts Cinemas - Eastland Shopping Centre
171-179 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

Creating your visual voice

Video marketing: everyone’s doing it, but should you? Find out what’s involved, discover your visual voice and how you can get your business on board this growing marketing initiative. Cut through the techno-babble at this workshop that will explain all the ins and outs of creating a video marketing strategy.

$15
Quest Wodonga
Reid Street
Wodonga 3690

Webinar: Retail leases: Your rights and responsibilities

Get to know the main causes of retail tenancy disputes and pick up handy hints and tips to prevent them at this free retail lease webinar. Join Mark Schramm, Senior Manager at the Victorian Small Business Commission, to learn more about landlord and tenant rights, responsibilities and obligations under the Retail Leases Act 2003. Attendees will also be able to send in real-time questions that will be addressed at the end of this 30-minute presentation.

$0
Webinar

Online

E19034 - Employing and Keeping the Right Staff workshop

It is often said that "our people are our greatest asset" but how do you make that come true and make sure that you meet your obligations as an employer. Find the answers to all of your questions about employing people at this interactive workshop and learn about how to find, select and retain the right people. You will also hear about how to properly deal the many legal requirements that go with being an employer.

$30
Alpine Shire Council
Crn Churchill Ave and Hawthron Lne
Bright 3741

7 keys to present like a superstar

Do you freak out at the thought of giving a presentation? Perhaps you ramble, blush or say 'um' a lot? Kiss those days goodbye and discover how to present like a superstar. Learn how to enhance your communication and presentation and produce a message that inspires, so you can feel irresistible, confident and at ease in front of any audience. Presenter Julie-Anne Black has worked with a who?s who in business, sport and entertainment, including stars Ray Martin, Eddie McGuire, Marcia Hines, HG & Roy, Julia Morris and Larry Emdur, in a dynamic 22-year career as a top TV and events producer. Now she combines her expertise as an internationally accredited Mindset, Body Language and NLP Trainer to give you the cool tools to create human change.

$52
The Village at NAB
700 Bourke Street
Docklands 3008

Customer service: Give it your best

First impressions are lasting. Learn how to project your best self at this practical workshop full of tips and tricks to put into action straight away. Understand attitude - what is it and why it matters; who your internal and external customers are and how to improve your communication, questioning and listening skills. This workshop will empower you to give your customers a memorable experience and encourage them to return again and again.

$25
SuniTAFE
Benetook Avenue
Mildura 3500

Tenderwrite workshop presented by Venture Melton

Tender writing is an art worth learning. Discover top quality tender techniques that will put your business in contention for millions in government contracts. Federation University's Geraldine Lewis will demystify the procurement process, share practical tendering tips and show you what it takes to win new business. Consultants usually charge companies thousands for this specialist advice, but Melton City Council's commitment to local business means a special subsidised group rate has been negotiated exclusively for City of Melton-based operators at this first ever Venture Melton Tender Write workshop. But you must be quick as numbers are strictly limited.

$20
Western BACE
222 Ferris Road
Melton South 3338

E18420 - Build Your Business Resilience workshop

Have you made a plan to build the resilience of your business and successfully manage through a business interruption? Making sound business decisions in a crisis is very difficult, so planning ahead is essential. Understand the various different types of disaster (natural, human or health) and improve the continuity and resilience of your business in this practical, focused workshop.

$30
Civic Centre, Council Chambers
Civic Centre, Council Chambers, Lyttleton and Lloyd Streets.
Castlemaine 3450

Crack your stress code and watch business grow

More often than not, people shy away from stress. But did you know that stress is actually beneficial for you and your business? Furthermore, growth occurs from periods of stress. Come along and deepen your understanding of how your body responds to stress, and discover how to successfully conquer its effects on your health. Learn simple but hugely effective techniques to reduce the effects of stress and how to wind back the damage done. For people experiencing all levels of stress and anxiety to insomnia and depression.

$0
Sandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road
Sandringham 3191

Cyber-security: Managing technology risks in your business.

Get yourself up to speed with the risks associated with using technology in your business. Come along to hear from IT and legal professionals about the risks involved with technology today, what your legal obligations are and what you can do to protect your business.

$20
Geelong City Hall
57 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3220

Handling your own PR

Get help to promote your products, whether online or within a bricks and mortar retailer. If you are in a muddle about the media and the part they play in the PR merry go round, this session will guide you through the whole PR process, from writing a media release that will get results to the best way to send it out to the media. Come away with a kit bag chockfull of all tricks of the trade that will help you to score free media coverage.

$20
Rupanyup CFA Station
25 Wood Street
Rupanyup 3388

Setting up your first online store

You've already got the website, and with more and more consumers buying goods over the internet, now is the time to get your business selling online. Learn just how easy it is to use the world's leading content management system, WordPress, to create an online store and explore ecommerce integrations that help sell products and process online payments.

$40
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

Cloud accounting: Making the transition

Cloud accounting is the best invention since the abacus. It has revolutionised the way small businesses organise and manage every aspect of the accounting process. Discover cloud accounting's advantages over desktop accounting tools, and how it has leveled the playing field between small business and larger competitors. This webinar highlights how cloud accounting will drastically save you time, provide advanced real-time reporting and will introduce several cloud accounting systems you may consider for your business, ranging from free to paid software. It will also give you a succinct walk-through of the application ('app') ecosystem.

$0
Online


Developing and growing your franchise system

The key to a successful franchise system is to model, plan and build it right from the beginning with a considered approach to make sure you have all the right business systems and structures in place for future growth and success. This session will help you discover: • the crucial foundations needed to grow the business • the documents and systems legally required • how you will attract and qualify your franchisees • the structure and resourcing requirements of your head office to support the franchisees

$
Bluerock
Level 16, 414 Latrobe Street
Melbourne 3000

United we succeed: Getting collaboration right

Businesses competing for the tourist dollar often put the idea of collaboration aside out of fear. Yet your competitors could be your next source of advantage, and one of your greatest tools on the path towards growth or improvement. Share the experiences of successful hospitality stalwart and businessman, Sorrento Catering Co’s Barry Iddles throughout regional Victoria as he explains why getting the collaboration mix right can be your best move forward to give your customers an amazing experience.

$25
360Q
2 Wharf Street
Queenscliff 3225

Preparing your business for succession or sale

Get to grips with the challenges of preparing your business for sale or succession at this interactive workshop. Real case studies will highlight what you need to consider and all the steps to take to prepare your business for its eventual handover to either your family or its new owners.

$0
Oscars Hotel
18 Doveton Street South
Ballarat 3350

Marketing muckups and how to avoid them

Mucking up your marketing not only costs your money and time, but the opportunity cost of missing out on customers can be the difference between success and failure. In this entertaining session, marketing expert Ailsa Page will help you to learn from the marketing mistakes of others so that you can skip them yourself and jump straight into a more efficient and successful approach for your business.

$20
Newport Community Hub
13-15 Mason Street
Newport 3015

From kitchen table to success: Legal necessities

You've had the idea, now how do you turn it into a business? Learn all the legal necessities you need to cover when establishing your business. Ideal for someone either turning a hobby into a business or about to transition from employee to business owner, this workshop will give you the opportunity to think about what needs to be covered as well as ask questions specific to your business. Topics covered include protecting your brand and intellectual property, what happens when you hire employees, making sure you get paid and the legal minefield of social media. Don't miss this great opportunity to work with one of Bendigo's leading female business lawyers, Riley Driscoll, to start you on the right path of taking your business to success.

$0
O'Farrell Robertson McMahon Lawyers
Level 1 / 35 Queen Street
Bendigo 3550

Digital engagement implementation workshop

Take a look inside the world of digital marketing and digital productivity. Find out how technology can be used across all areas of business – how it can save time, increase productivity, open new markets and connect small businesses to global economies.

$25
Phillip Island Visitor Information Centre
895 Phillip Island Road
Newhaven 3925

Social media marketing with video

Whether you're a new startup or an established business looking for an extra edge over the competition, this workshop is for you. Learn how to position your business so you stand out from the crowd and how to create an online marketing strategy that is effective, realistic and helps to generate more leads and sales. Walk away with tips you can action immediately to make the most of social media, YouTube videos and much more.

$20
Rowville Neighbourhood Learning Centre
40 Fulham Road
Rowville 3178

Digital day out: Online marketing and videography

Take a digital day out in Benalla to share in the knowledge and on-the-ground experience of two small business experts in the fields of video marketing and online sales. Co-founder of Hunter Bros Cycling apparel James Hunter shares his simple yet effective sales strategies in the ever-changing online space which can be applied to any business at Session 1 from 11.00am-12noon. Return after lunch to learn how to create your visual voice with Simon Duncan from 3rd Man Films as he takes you through the hows and whys of creating an online video presence at Session 2 from 1.00pm-3.00pm.

$40
North Eastern Hotel
1 Nunn Street
Benalla 3672

Write copy people actually read

Got a love-hate relationship with words? A website peppered with jargon and acronyms? Struggling to get customers to take action? No idea what SEO means for your copy? Relax! Great writing skills can be taught and this class will show you how. Find out how to turn a scramble of words into searchable, bold and hardworking content that will make your audience stop and take notice. For communications professionals and business owners who want to learn more than writing 101, this class combines copywriting techniques, journalism principles and digital marketing to craft business copy, from blogs to Google Adwords.

$15
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Using Facebook to build a highly engaged audience

Discover tips, tricks and innovative strategies to build a highly-engaged audience of advocates for your business on Facebook, without spending money on Facebook Ads. Includes top tips for using Facebook Live, Facebook Groups, Facebook Messenger and Facebook Insights that will have people raving about your business and effectively doing your marketing for you.

$30
Brunswick Business Incubator
420 Victoria Street
Brunswick 3056

Gov4u: Advice, support and grants in Monash

Discover how to access advice, support and grants available for small business operators from the three tiers of government - local, state and federal - that can help your business grow and succeed. Incorporates time to network with fellow participants and presenters.

$0
Eastern Innovation Business Centre
5a Hartnett Close
Mulgrave 3170

Getting food to market: Making the most of labels

Making sure you get your label right is an easy way to prevent unnecessary expense and associated brand damage. Given that incorrect labeling and undeclared allergens are among the major causes of packaged food recalls (an event that frequently costs well over $100,000 and, at worst, lives) accurate labeling makes good business sense. Includes opportunities for networking and a review of participants' labels to give you practical insights into the concepts discussed. Light refreshments will be served.

$0
Greater Shepparton Business Centre- Training Room
New Dookie Road
Shepparton 3630

Business value: Coming or going?

Get a handle on the real worth of your business and find out how to value potential new acquisitions. All good business owners should know and monitor the wealth contained in their business. If you’re planning to exit, understanding its true worth will be vital for decision making and core to negotiations. It can also be crucial when making commercial investment decisions and tax planning. Presenter Value ADE prepares business appraisals for companies large and small, from SMEs to ASX-listed. They’ll show you how to value your business, how that value can be improved and share current trends in acquisitions.

$25
RACV City Club
Level 2 / 501 Bourke St
Melbourne 3000

Business grants and assistance explained

Find out how grants provide a leg-up to business, how they work, how to find them from federal, state, local governments and other sources and how to decide which ones to apply for. By the end of this seminar you will be on your way to working out what your grant strategy is and how that aligns with your business. Explore specific grant and assistance packages, as well as real-world examples of success. Please note, the focus of this seminar is on grants for business, not community organisations.

$0
Bendigo Library
251-259 Hargreaves Street
Bendigo 3550

Working from home: What you need to know

Are you working from home or thinking about it? Join Geelong City Council, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the Small Business Mentoring Service over lunch at this expert panel session to discuss everything you need to know about working from home. Find out how to ensure you're set up for success, what laws apply to you and tips to stay productive. Includes a Q&A for the panel to answer all your questions and time to network with other business owners and operators. This is a free event but registration for all attendees is required for catering purposes.

$0
National Wool Museum
26 Moorabool Street
Geelong 3220

PR and marketing hacks

Have you always wanted to know the difference between PR and marketing? Or perhaps you just need to clarify which to use when. Discover the difference between the two and how they work well together in this webinar of PR and marketing hacks specifically for small business. Pick up great tips on how to work with the media and link this with other marketing strategies together to really stand out from the crowd and achieve great bang for your marketing buck. Presented by marketing specialist Ailsa Page from AP Marketing Works and PR specialist Amanda Mills from Greenlight PR.

$0
Online


E19313 - Effective Business Networking short workshop

Did you know that almost 90% of business today is generated through networks? Love it or hate it, effective networking is an essential skill to master for your business success. This short 2-hour workshop will help you develop effective networking skills with the latest techniques and insights straight from experts who have built successful businesses.

$20
Realm
179 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

How to start, build and grow your business online

Technology has made starting a business online relatively inexpensive compared to bricks and mortar, but unfortunately only a very small percentage will succeed. Learn proven strategies to start your online business, build a successful online brand or presence and how to maintain your position. Covers:# - Understanding the Australian digital landscape - Things to consider when building a website - How to attract your target market to your website - Introduction to online marketing and social media strategies - How to measure the success of your online strategy - Free tools for online marketing.

$15
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

How to have impactful conversations to grow your business

Discover how the quality of your conversations can influence long-term relationships, staff and customer experiences and ultimately your profits. The effectiveness of conversations - both between employees and with customers and suppliers - impacts every organisation and business. This interactive seminar will provide the opportunity to practise real, engaging and open conversations. Find out how to tap into the ideas and concerns of customers, staff and other stakeholders, and learn how to ask the right questions to identify opportunities and areas for constructive problem solving.

$35
Coaches Avenue
Level 1 / 844 Nepean Highway
Hampton East 3188

Webinar: Read the fine print: Contract terms

Join the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) at this free webinar to learn about the risks businesses face when signing standard form contracts. Find out how recent legislative changes provide greater protections for small business and get an overview of the VSBC services that help businesses resolve commercial disputes quickly and at low cost.

$0
Online

Online Webinar

How to manage stress in your small business

Manage the stress of running a business more effectively with the power of mindfulness. Learn to respond to situations rather than react emotionally and how this helps to reduce stress in daily life. This interactive seminar includes the opportunity to practice mindfulness techniques that will help you improve business performance and productivity as well as your overall health and wellbeing.

$15
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Getting food to market: Making the most of labels

Making sure you get your label right is an easy way to prevent unnecessary expense and associated brand damage. Given that incorrect labeling and undeclared allergens are among the major causes of packaged food recalls (an event that frequently costs well over $100,000 and, at worst, lives) accurate labeling makes good business sense. Includes opportunities for networking and a review of participants' labels to give you practical insights into the concepts discussed. Light refreshments will be served.

$0
The Rural City of Wangaratta Council Chambers
62-68 Ovens Street
Wangaratta VIC 3677

Success stories connecting business funding and innovation

Discover how you can collaborate with the research sector to find expertise to support your business. Innovation Connections is a Federal government program that offers eligible Australian SMEs an opportunity to improve their competitiveness by building relationships with Australian research organisations. Find out what's available to help you test and develop new ideas with commercial potential and identify knowledge gaps that may be preventing business growth. Victoria University staff, government and businesses will share their experiences of collaboration and co-funding, successful projects, and how you can connect to other business assistance packages.

$0
VU at MetroWest
138 Nicholson Street
Footscray 3011

Taking your business to international markets

Ready to go global? We'll help you get there. Overseas markets offer great opportunities for your business, but knowing where to start can sometimes be confusing. Our international event will be jam-packed with advice to make your journey easier. Grow your business internationally with free expertise in a range of areas, such as:# - Selling internationally - Capitalising on China?s eCommerce growth - International online marketplace insights - Importance of international returns - Delivery solutions for your business.#So, if you want to expand overseas, this event is for you.

$0
Australia Post
111 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

iXplain Millennials (by a 40 year old millennial)

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Millennial Generation but were afraid to ask. iXplainIT's futurist Justin Williams lifts the lid on this amazing upcoming generation gained from extensive research and interviews. Find out what makes Millennials engage and learn, and why they are going to completely change the world as we know it. How do we deal with them in our business and how do we set our Millennial children on the path to a happy and fulfilling life?

$10
Quest Warrnambool
15-19 Liebig Street
WARRNAMBOOL 3280

Feng shui for good fortune

If you find yourself challenged at every turn, the energy in your home or work environment is very likely out of balance. Founder of the Feng Shui Girl, Kelly Ingram, believes Feng Shui will help. Feng Shui is not a religion, nor is it magic; it is an ancient Chinese art of understanding the universe and its laws in order to bring happiness and success in all areas of life. Let Kelly explain how balancing the energies in your environment can enhance inner peace and harmony, improve health and relationships and open you to receiving abundance and good fortune.

$38
The National Hotel
191 Moorabool Street
Geelong 3220

Five wellness tips for efficiency at work

Implement wellness tips in to your daily work practice, and nourish your key asset: You.

$15
Bendigo Library, Activity Room 1
259 Hargreaves Street
Bendigo 3550

Business grants and assistance explained

Uncover the world of grants, and find out how your business can benefit with a free one-on-one consultation. Learn how grants work, how to find them from federal, state, local governments and other sources and how to work out which ones to apply for. By the end of this seminar you will be on your way to deciding what your grant strategy is and how that aligns with your business. Expert presenters will also explore some specific grants and assistance packages, as well as real-world examples of grants success. Please note, the focus of this seminar and the private consultations is on grants for business, not community organisations.

$0
Chittick Park Community Place
Chittick Park, Pollard Street
Seymour 3660

E18131 - Commercialising Your New Idea workshop

Are you ready to take your new idea to the marketplace? Start here! Over two inspiring workshops an experienced innovation and commercialisation expert will help you assess the feasibility of your idea, determine its business potential and help you develop a clear commercialisation strategy to help you get to market. The two workshop sessions are: Tuesday 8 August 2017, 6pm - 9pm Thursday 10 August 2017, 6.30pm - 9pm

$75
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

Handling your own PR

Get help to promote your products, whether online or within a bricks and mortar retailer. If you are in a muddle about the media and the part they play in the PR merry go round, this session will guide you through the whole PR process, from writing a media release that will get results to the best way to send it out to the media. Come away with a kit bag chockfull of all tricks of the trade that will help you to score free media coverage.

$20
Council Chambers Nhill
92 Nelson Street
Nhill 3418

Pitch deck creation: Finding an advisor for your startup

Be guided by experienced capital raisers step-by-step to build your startup's funding pitch. Find out what angel and early stage investors are looking for, and be introduced to different storytelling frameworks to construct your ideal deck to your ideal audience.

$40
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

Legal workshop for startups

Entrepreneurs often don't know the full extent of how the law can help or hurt them. This workshop will introduce you to the many legal considerations that impact startups, including business forms and structure; employment; intellectual property protection; and considerations for venture capital investments.

$40
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

Get found online: Digital marketing masterclass for business

A free digital marketing masterclass for all time-poor and resource-constrained small businesses presented by General Assembly especially for the Small Business Festival. Takeaways: - How SEO, search marketing and social media fit in with your overall marketing strategy - Choose the social platforms that are crucial to your business vertical, and tailor your message across platforms - Create shareable content to grow and maintain engaged social audience - Get the low down on the best free and paid tools for social listening and media monitoring - A checklist of SEO essentials, from keyword research to publishing fresh content and UX considerations - Adwords and search engine marketing: Is it right for your business? Plus other digital marketing channels to round out your online marketing strategy, including content, blogging, email marketing, and more.

$0
General Assembly
Level 12A / 45 William Street
Melbourne 3000

E19311 - Employing and Keeping the Right Staff workshop

It is often said that "our people are our greatest asset" but how do you make that come true and make sure that you meet your obligations as an employer. Find the answers to all of your questions about employing people at this interactive workshop and learn about how to find, select and retain the right people. You will also hear about how to properly deal the many legal requirements that go with being an employer.

$30
Cohuna Community Meeting Room
King Edward Street
Cohuna 3568

Seven innovative DIY strategies: Ideas that add cashflows

DIY strategies to transform your business. Learn how simple day-to-day ideas – no matter how small – can be converted into ongoing cashflows for your small business. One of the key issues small business owners face is strategy implementation and following through. But not any more! Recharge your business at this interactive and insightful business breakfast session that includes a nine-week follow-up program. Learn practical DIY tips to get you started on new strategies tailored to your specific business – and the best ways to measure their progress.

$27
Le Boheme Cafe
368 Bridge Road
Richmond VIC 3121

Protect and grow: Securing your IP

Intellectual property from top to toe, and its impact on your small business success. Find out how on how to protect and grow your intellectual property (IP) rights, such as trade marks, copyright and patents, to give you a competitive advantage in the market. Learn how to identify and protect your IP from experienced trade mark and patent attorneys from Davies Collison Cave (DCC), and share their insights into ways you can develop a tailored strategy to leverage IP and give your business the best advantage.

$15
Quest Wodonga
46 Reid Street
Wodonga 3690

Pivot: Change your business and thrive.

How to pivot your businesses (or a new idea that's not quite hit the mark) to create new revenue or market opportunities. Some of the world's most trusted brands had to pivot before they became successful. YouTube, for example started as a dating video website. Explore and workshop your own opportunities to short or long-term pivot, understand where to begin and build a road map for future exploration. Light breakfast provided.

$20
Eastern Innovation Business Centre
5A Hartnett Close
MULGRAVE 3170

Mobile photography and photo editing apps

Get noticed! Learn what to photograph, how to set up the photo and edit the image – all on your phone! This workshop will empower you to view your phone camera differently and transform your photos from happy snaps to 'wow'.

$37
Geelong City Hall
30 Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220

Victorian state government assistance for SMEs

Find out how to access the advice, support and grants available from the Victorian government to help your business start up, grow and become more sustainable. Hosted by Regional Development Victoria Mildura office.

$0
Mildura Regional Development
60 Madden Avenue
Mildura 3500

Workplace Relations: From hiring to firing

Learn the dos and don'ts everyone in business needs to know about managing their employees. This presentation of the latest developments and updates to workplace relations law is for all business owners and anyone working in management, human resources, industrial relations or organisational development. Presented by Harwood Andrews Accredited Specialists in workplace relations, Jim Rutherford and Sonia McCabe.

$0
Oscar's Hotel, The Garden Room
18 Doveton Street South
Ballarat 3350

How to leverage Facebook for business

Create awareness, drive traffic and generate leads for your business from the valuable business intelligence Facebook puts at your fingertips. Just over 65% of the Australian population actively use Facebook, making it one of the most efficient digital marketing tools for businesses for anyone wanting to target the right audience at a relatively low cost and easily measure return on investment. Find out how to work smarter with effective use of Facebook data to engage customers, stay on top of consumer trends and one step ahead of your competitors.

$15
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

E18297 - Business Planning Essentials short workshop

A clear business plan is a key determiner of long-term business success. Get the tools, templates and support you need in this tried and tested workshop that will introduce you to the business frameworks that will fast-track your success.

$20
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Understanding risk in small business

Understanding risk is a vital part of running any organization, big or small. Find out how to identify risk, measure it, and plan to avoid it and why the right insurance for your business is not about the cheapest price. Insurance and risk management specialists who help businesses after losses explain what's behind the fine print of the key insurance covers available. Learn how you can ensure that the policy coverage and claims service of the insurer you select are in line with your risk appetite, before it's too late to find out.

$5
Insurance Advisernet Office
Verdun Drive
Narre Warren 3805

Small business secrets: It's all about the people

Your people are what sets your business apart. Share tips on how to achieve success with your team and how your employees can give you a leg up to propel your business forward. As a small business owner, we know your role is challenging. But it's your people who will make or break your business and help you meet your goals. This webinar covers: - Professional development and up-skilling - Setting goals for you and your people - Ensuring your people are doing the right thing when no one's looking - Why people can make or break your bottom line.

$0
Online


Getting food to market: Making the most of labels

Making sure you get your label right is an easy way to prevent unnecessary expense and associated brand damage. Given that incorrect labeling and undeclared allergens are among the major causes of packaged food recalls (an event that frequently costs well over $100,000 and, at worst, lives) accurate labeling makes good business sense. Includes opportunities for networking and a review of participants' labels to give you practical insights into the concepts discussed. Light refreshments will be served.

$0
West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation
Unit 2 / 65 Victoria Street
Warragul 3820

Business grants and assistance explained

Find out how grants provide a leg-up to business, how they work, how to find them from federal, state, local governments and other sources and how to decide which ones to apply for. By the end of this seminar you will be on your way to working out what your grant strategy is and how that aligns with your business. Explore specific grant and assistance packages, as well as real-world examples of success. Please note, the focus of this seminar is on grants for business, not community organisations.

$0
City Hall
30 Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220

Creating a mentally healthy workplace

Create a mentally healthy workplace for yourself and your employees. Join Beyond Blue, the ATO and the Victorian Small Business Commissioner as they discuss strategies and the benefits of a workplace which is great for everyone in your business. This session will be held in a relaxed environment with a light working lunch and will include time for Q&A and networking with other businesses. This is a free event but registration for all attendees is required for catering purposes.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

How to get free traffic from Google

When over 90 per cent of online experiences start with a search, Google's front page can be the difference between business success and failure. Optimise your website to ensure you don't miss valuable opportunities for your business. Get tactical insights into how you can get organic (free) traffic from Google. Learn: - Insider tactics to improve your rankings on Google - Four key factors to optimise your website - How to build your website's authority through quality content and link building - How to optimise and improve your results in local maps searches (Google My Business).

$15
Melbourne IT
Level 3 / 469 La Trobe Street
Melbourne 3000

Flexible working arrangements

Find out your rights and obligations as an employer when it comes to flexible working arrangements for staff. Discover the benefits for your business including improved productivity and efficiency and a healthy work / life balance for your staff. You will also gain clarity about the exact circumstances that may make it reasonable to refuse requests for flexibility in your business.

$40
Quest Shepparton
177-183 Welsford Street
Shepparton 3630

Introduction to business negotiation skills

Success in business and life depends in part on your skill as a negotiator. Expert negotiators seem to sail through, deftly avoiding the obstacles the rest of us stumble over: problems with suppliers, overdue invoices, difficulties with staff. This interactive workshop will introduce different negotiation styles and equip you with key tools to dramatically improve your negotiation skills. Australia's leading conflict resolution expert, Rebecca Carroll-Bell, shares proven techniques you can start using straight away on the phone, face-to-face or on email to improve everyday interactions at work and at home.

$47
Foothills Conference Centre
48 Edinburgh Road
Mooroolbark 3138

Marketing for small business

The ability to attract a steady stream of paying customers is the difference between business failure and success. Find out how to attract more customers, grow your business and make more money. Join small business marketing expert Ross Pepper as he shares his knowledge, experience and personally developed marketing tools and systems to help you fulfil your vision. Learn how to quickly determine which marketing strategies are worthwhile, how to stand out from the crowd, and which are the most profitable marketing methods for your business (including SEO, Facebook, JV and Lumpy Mail to name a few).

$15
Bayview on the Park
52 Queens Road
Melbourne 3000

Build a business with purpose and thrive

Take the tough out of starting or running a small business. Find out how to build a business with purpose to give yourself a key competitive advantage in what is a highly competitive environment. Learn how to develop a business model that deeply resonates with you and enables you to better connect with your customers and the community and thrive. Speaker Mark Kukanesan has a background in business consulting and financial services and is the founder of Do It Diff.

$13
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

E18157 - Financial Health Check short workshop

Do you have a clear picture of how your business is performing financially? Knowing where to look and what to look for is simple when you know how. Learn to track your business finances and use the information to improve performance and viability – and you don’t need to be an accountant!

$20
Wangaratta Council Chambers
Ovens Street
Wangaratta 3677

Ten top tips for business success

Learn strategies to not only safeguard your business but improve profitability and growth. Crowe Horwath explain in simple and practical terms the key issues most effective for business success. Pick up valuable tips and advice spanning the entire life cycle of business, including planning, budgeting and monitoring cashflow, loan payments and reviews, marketing, staff and employment issues, stock control and management, system implementation, key financial indicators, process review, risk and protection. Consider business coaching and mentoring options available and take away checklists and handouts to put it all into action. Relevant to small and medium-sized businesses from any industry sector.

$0
Blue Malt Cafe
106 Gray Street
Hamilton 3300

Showcasing digital services for small business

Experience the digital products and services the ATO has on offer for businesses and start-ups. You will be guided through practical and interactive demonstrations. Which include: how the ATO is making it easier for small business and how they are assisting small businesses to get it right from the start. Come along to learn how the ATO App, the business performance check tool and Alex the 24/7 virtual assistant can benefit your business.

$0
Australian Taxation Office
19 George Street
Dandenong 3175

Fact or fiction: Finance in the front bar

Grab a drink, sit back and have a chat about enhancing your business and personal wealth. This isn't another boring financial seminar. Instead, the first round at the Rifle is on us as you make your way to around the front bar to take a seat at each of four tables to chat to our team. Topics include SMSF for business, business insurance and estate planning, commercial financing options, and wealth building. Entry is $10 and will be donated to the OTIS Foundation. First drink and nibbles provided.

$10
The Rifle Brigade
137 View Street
Bendigo 3550

Young professionals network: Trivia night

Network, build new relationships and get to know other like-minded young professionals at this fun evening event that includes a complimentary drink on arrival, finger food, giveaways and prizes to be won at trivia run by Trivia with a Twist.

$15
Mitchell Harris Wines
38 Doveton Street North
Ballarat 3350

Startup Manual launch and startup funding panel

If you’re already in a startup or even just thinking about it, and you’ve thought “If only I had a manual to follow,” your wish has been granted. LegalVision's Startup Manual is the first of its kind in Australia. A comprehensive handbook for founders covering all stages of the startup lifecycle, it includes 10 case studies featuring top VC fund partners and leading Australian startups. Attend the launch event to grab a copy, take part in a panel Q&A, and network with other startup founders, investors and entrepreneurs.

$0
Hub Australia
Level 2 / 696 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Emerging opportunities in social enterprise

Do you want to make your business a better version of itself? Social Enterprises are purpose-driven businesses led by an economic, social, cultural and/or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit. This type of business can enable every individual to be change maker and create a positive impact to the Geelong community. Facilitated by Geoff Gourley of One10, learn more about how to start a Social Enterprise or purpose driven business and simple ways to alter your workplace practices to incorporate purpose and impact fundamentals thinking in your business model, whilst still maintaining financial sustainability and having an impact. You will also hear about the emerging opportunities locally for SME enterprises and case studies of those that excel in this space.

$0
Karingal's Eastern Hub
285a McKillop Street
East Geelong 3219

Be your own boss: An introduction to freelancing

Learn how to be your own boss and master the art of freelancing. Hear from Australia?s leading freelance experts and leave with the knowledge needed to launch and grow your venture. Learn how to:# - Craft an elevator pitch and discover the freelance marketplaces available in your industry to help you win work fast - Determine your market offering, test demand and build a buffer before you take the leap to freelancing.#Requirements: a laptop, phone or tablet and business cards for networking.

$40
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

Introduction to social media

You can't afford to ignore social media. Your customers are on it and they expect your business to be on it too. If you don't exist on social media, then you don't exist to your customers. Gain an overview of the main social medium platforms - including their pros and cons - to help you decide where to develop a social media presence and how to get the most out of your chosen platform.

$25
Sam Merrifield Library
762 Mt Alexander Road
Moonee Ponds 3039

How Artificial Intelligence can save your business thousands

Break down the myth that Artificial Intelligence and machine learning is bad for humanity. Learn how potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars can be saved by implementing smarter AI in your businesses. Discover the advantage they create for your staff to focus on what matters most - customer experience and service.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

2017 Inspiration Series: Small Business Festival special

Today your network is your key tool for success. We work to develop your confidence and simplify your road to success by engaging you in our collaborative community. Join us for this fun event with purpose. Start with drinks and canapés on arrival and then settle in to hear an amazing woman share her story. Prepare to be inspired and motivated ? precisely the aim of our network! Membership of Business in Heels is FREE. As an added bonus, we support local non-profit groups by providing the opportunity for them to present their organisation to our attendees, we then reward them by donation a portion of ticket sales.

$40
Proudfoot's Boathouse
2 Simpson Street
Warrnambool 3280

Foreign exchange market and international trade panel

If international trade is important to you and your business, this is the one small business festival event you can't afford to miss. Whether your business is a startup, established and considering going international, or a seasoned importer / exporter, all attendees will gain a greater understanding of the services and support available to help your business grow with international trade. Includes networking opportunities with experts and other attendees on arrival and after the event.

$0
Maribyrnong City Council
Cnr Hyde Street and Napier Street
Footscray 3011

Makers, creatives and bright ideas in the digital age

Discover the current digital landscape and how it allows anyone to bring their bright idea, skills or creativity to life. Meet four business owners who harnessed the power of digital to build significant businesses that support themselves and their families, starting from no more than an idea, a maker's passion, an artistic flair or just an itch they needed to scratch. These thriving thinkers, makers and creatives of the Artisan Hills are proof that the benefit of digital can turn any idea into a viable business.

$30
Platform 3095
965 Main Road
Eltham 3095

E19646 - Marketing Your Business short workshop

How well do your potential and existing customers know what your business does? Marketing Your Business is not just about having a website, a Facebook page and placing advertisements in the local paper. Marketing is a vital part of establishing and building your business brand. Effective marketing will save you time and money and help you attract and retain a loyal customer base. Develop a marketing action plan to focus your effort and resources in the right areas, including market research, online activities and customer service.

$20
Kaniva LINK Neighbourhood House
50 Commerical Street
Kaniva 5268

Why small businesses fail and how to avoid it

Help your business perform like the rockstar business you know it will be at this interactive webinar that borrows from real business case studies to give you the best possible chance of success. Discover the many ways businesses fail and how to avoid them, ideas for recurring revenue streams, online avenues for all businesses and sources of finance to get started without risking your home.

$0
Online


Leading change that sticks: Corrinne Armour

How to lead change that sticks! Get the very latest on the solutions that will help you front up to increasing change and complexity in this age of disruption. Learn what brain science tells about why change is hard, and diagnose your own below-conscious relationship to change. Learn how to build resilience and communicate change with greater confidence, flexibility and impact. With up to 70 per cent of organisational change initiatives failing, what will be your edge? This keynote address and discussion with leadership and change expert Corrinne Armour is hosted by the GMC-Women in Manufacturing Network and Geelong Quality Council.

$0
Geelong Conference Centre
Adams Court
East Geelong 3220

The Big Geelong Co-Working Day

This all-day business event is a dynamic 'co-working crawl', like a 'pub-crawl', but for co-working! Register for any, or all, of the day's activities on the event page, including 4 high-profile speaker events with generous hospitality, in 5 locations across the day, all for the one low price. Your ticket even includes a seat on the 'Big CoClub Bus', with on-board experts, networking and business bonuses, to make the most of your day. PLUS, you'll get a BONUS CoClub Pass' for 8 days of open co-working across Geelong, from August 10 - 18, 2017! You're welcome to join us for all - or part - of the day, on or off the 'Big CoClub Bus', in or out of the co-working spaces, kicking off with a breakfast event, followed by morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea event... and carrying on into the evening.

$25
Multiple venues- starting at Federal Mills Innovation and Tech Hub - The Federal Café, Restaurant & Bar
13-35 Mackey Street
North Geelong 3215 3220

Mitigating risk: Complying with your legal obligations

Are you aware of your legal obligations as a small business owner? Litigation and dispute resolution is time consuming, expensive and best avoided. Understand your legal obligations and requirements and find out how you can address them before you end up in trouble. It's knowledge that could not only save you financially, it could ensure the survival of your business. Whether you're starting a business, successfully running an SME or considering opportunities to exit your business, this seminar will examine the key issues you must address to protect yourself against a legal dispute with a stakeholder. The event seminar will finish at 9.30am, with one-on-one seminars from 9.30am to 11.00am.

$0
Slater and Gordon Werribee Office
90A Watton Street
Werribee 3030

Boost your Facebook presence with targeted advertising

Research tells us that as Facebook's popularity has grown, the 'organic' reach of posts has dropped to as low as four per cent. Therefore if you want to extend the reach of your message, Facebook advertising has become a necessary tactic. It also allows business to target types of customers with greater precision. Find out about Facebook's different advertising options, including targeting by customer demographic, behaviours and interests and how to target customers by email address and past visitors to your website at this workshop led by experienced local digital marketing professional Paul Dillon.

$49.95
Mallee Rising
137 Campbell Street
Swan Hill 3585

E18855 Advanced Digital Strategies For Your Business Workshop - Hobsons Bay City

Learn how to develop a strategy to help grow your business through your online activities and make your products and services easy for potential customers to find. This small, interactive workshop will demystify the digital world and help bring focus and clarity to your online marketing activities.

$30
Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade
Altona 3018

E18917 - Effective Business Networking short workshop

Did you know that almost 90% of business today is generated through networks? Love it or hate it, effective networking is an essential skill to master for your business success. This short 2-hour workshop will help you develop effective networking skills with the latest techniques and insights straight from experts who have built successful businesses.

$20
Quest Bundoora Apartments
40 Janefield Drive
Bundoora 3083

Flexible working arrangements

Find out your rights and obligations as an employer when it comes to flexible working arrangements for staff. Discover the benefits for your business including improved productivity and efficiency and a healthy work / life balance for your staff. You will also gain clarity about the exact circumstances that may make it reasonable to refuse requests for flexibility in your business.

$40
All Seasons Hotel
171-183 McIvor Road
Bendigo 3550

E19452 - Your Business in a Digital World short workshop

Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or nervous about taking your business online? Take the guess work out of finding the right support with this introductory workshop led by a digital expert with real-life small business experience. Using practical exercises and real-life examples you will learn to make informed decisions about the right tools for your business and how to bring them all together into an effective online strategy.

$20
Realm
179 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

Understanding risk in small business

Understanding risk is a vital part of running any organization, big or small. Find out how to identify risk, measure it, and plan to avoid it and why the right insurance for your business is not about the cheapest price. Insurance and risk management specialists who help businesses after losses explain what's behind the fine print of the key insurance covers available. Learn how you can ensure that the policy coverage and claims service of the insurer you select are in line with your risk appetite, before it's too late to find out.

$5
The Office
Parker Street
Williamstown 3016

E19344 - Business Planning Essentials short workshop

A clear business plan is a key determiner of long-term business success. Get the tools, templates and support you need in this tried and tested workshop that will introduce you to the business frameworks that will fast-track your success.

$20
Darebin City Council
Level 1, 350 High Street, Preston
Preston 3072

How to fire someone without getting sued

Everyone wants to hire great people. But firing non-performers is a whole other story and a must-have skill for every small business. Employers face three main problems when it comes to firing an employee: they fear getting sued; they fail the unfair dismissal test; or, they do nothing and just hang on to the non-performing employee, which impacts productivity and morale. It costs an employee less than $100 to lodge a complaint and up to the equivalent of six months salary to for you to pay an Unfair Dismissal fine. So the onus is on you, as a business owner, to educate and protect yourself. Get yourself equipped with tools to help you reduce your risk and understand how you can exit non-performing employees confidently at this webinar. A free unfair dismissal calculator template will be included for all attendees to help you calculate potential costs and exposure.

$0
Online


GrantReady

Uncover the world of grants and find out how your manufacturing business can benefit with a free one-on-one consultation. We'll help you understand how grants work, how to find them from federal, state, local governments and other sources and how to decide which ones to apply for. By the end of this seminar you will be on your way to working out what your grant strategy is and how that aligns with your business. Explore specific grant and assistance packages for the manufacturing industry, as well as real-world examples of success. Please note, the focus of this seminar and the private consultations is on grants for business (specifically manufacturers), not community organisations.

$0
Quest Wodonga
Reid Street
Wodonga 3690

Public relations and brand influence masterclass

To give your business the best chance to stand out in today's crowded digital landscape, strategic brand presence and influence matter more than ever. At this masterclass you will learn practical tips on how to develop your own PR campaign to promote your brand, business, product or service. And gain insights to master your brand influence. For more details, please visit: https://lulumpr.eventbrite.com.au

$104.54
Melbourne Polytechnic Learning Centre
Level 1 / 403 Chapel Street
South Yarra 3141

How to find your ideal mentor

Do you often wish you had a sounding board for your ideas? If you-re ready to ditch the feeling of being 'overwhelmed', ready to have more clarity and ready for more support in your business, then a mentor could be right for you! Discover how to get your very own mentor and what to look for.

$0
Online


Life design for startups and business leaders

You're an entrepreneur, a leader, one of an exciting crowd of ambitious people who want to change the world. Your latest startup is going to take extraordinary effort. But you can take a different approach to planning and learn how you can lead a more balanced portfolio life instead. Discover how to blend spending time with friends and your favourite sports and hobbies with your special project. Learn how to set yourself up for more - not less success. Be clear about this. You'll want to keep both healthy and sane; some of the most successful people on the planet have shown how well this lifestyle can work. This is your chance to join them.

$0
Online

Online

Working from Home: What you need to know

Are you working from home or thinking about it? Join Ballarat City Council, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the Small Business Mentoring Service over lunch at this expert panel session to discuss everything you need to know about working from home. Find out how to ensure you?re set up for success, what laws apply to you and tips to stay productive. Includes a Q&A for the panel to answer all your questions and time to network with other business owners and operators. This is a free event but registration for all attendees is required for catering purposes.

$0
The Trench Room
The Trench Room / Ballarat Town Hall / 225 Sturt Street
Ballarat 3350

Leveraging psychology in digital marketing

Keep your customers engaged and then keep them coming back by leveraging the key principles of consumer psychology into your marketing strategies. Modern marketing is all about listening to your customers and then designing campaigns and solutions that match. Find out how to accurately anticipate future customer behaviour and how to move them comfortably onwards towards a quick and repeatable conversion.

$0
Collins Room, Quality Hotel Batman's Hill On Collins
623 Collins Street
Melbourne CBD 3000

Meet the regulators

Tap into the free tools and resources available from four federal government agencies: the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC); the Fair Work Ombudsman; the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Presenters from each of these agencies present constructive advice on how to manage and grow your business.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Working from home: What you need to know

Are you working from home or thinking about it? Join Hepburn Shire Council, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the Small Business Mentoring Service over afternoon tea at this expert panel session to discuss everything you need to know about working from home. Find out how to ensure you?re set up for success, what laws apply to you and tips to stay productive. Includes a Q&A for the panel to answer all your questions and time to network with other business owners and operators. This is a free event but registration for all attendees is required for catering purposes.

$0
Hepburn Shire Council Offices
10 Duke Street
Daylesford 3460

Central European Business Forum

The Suggestometer, Radium, Biro pens and the Prezi are all innovations from Central and Eastern Europe and the inspiration for this year's Central European Business Forum. Seek out opportunities to connect your small business enterprise with like-minded entrepreneurs and markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Join in to innovate, network, gather information and new insights, explore options and link up with internationalisation experts and advisers.

$0
International House of Chambers
Level 5, 121 Exhibition Street
Melbourne 3000

Five things I wish I knew starting out

Learn the skills you need to build your vision into a successful business. Find out how to build and retain a strong team, develop your leadership abilities and how to create robust systems and processes without losing focus on the bigger picture.

$10
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Ten top tips for business success

Learn strategies to not only safeguard your business but improve profitability and growth. Crowe Horwath explain in simple and practical terms the key issues most effective for business success. Pick up valuable tips and advice spanning the entire life cycle of business, including planning, budgeting and monitoring cashflow, loan payments and reviews, marketing, staff and employment issues, stock control and management, system implementation, key financial indicators, process review, risk and protection. Consider business coaching and mentoring options available and take away checklists and handouts to put it all into action. Relevant to small and medium-sized businesses from any industry sector.

$0
Chalambar Golf Club
118 Golf Links Road
Ararat 3377

Business after five: Workplace health

Mix and meet with fellow business owners and organisations as you find out more about products and services provided to the Bendigo business community. Discover how workplace setting and infrastructure directly influences the physical, mental, economic and social wellbeing of workers and, in turn, the health of their families, communities and society.

$0
Bendigo Health
100 Barnard Street
Bendigo 3550

E18612 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

$30
Greater Shepparton Business Centre
70 New Dookie Road
Shepparton 3630

Is bad branding damaging your business credibility?

Ever judged a book by its cover? Learn the different ways customers do business with you based on your image and first impressions. If you want to gain a candid understanding about how your customers are judging you then come along to find out more.

$27.5
No Grey Creative
183 Highett Street
Richmond 3121

Create a your business splash on no money

Learn how to be more creative and resourceful in your marketing moves. How to build large on- or off-line events and promotions guaranteed to make a big splash and gain great exposure, followers or sales, with little to no money. Learn from case studies, including charity events, developing awards, conference and Facebook events, all of which cost nothing but the energy to put them together. Leave armed with a template that will show you how you can achieve exactly the same.

$15
The Boroondara Room
4 Inglesby Road
Camberwell 3124

Words that captivate and keep customers

Do you want to ensure your website content attracts customers? This session will help you create accurate and engaging text for your business. Ian Gilbert is a journalist of 25 years standing, working as a writer and editor for newspapers such as The Age and The Australian, plus magazine and online titles. He is an "editorial entrepreneur", having branched out from mainstream print journalism into providing online content, bespoke editing and training. Ian believes too many businesses create great-looking websites - but then treat content as an afterthought. This session is aimed at both sole traders and larger businesses, and will range from advice on tailoring content for better SEO to tips on better grammar and how to write an executive blog.

$0
Maribyrnong City Council
Cnr Hyde Street and Napier Street
Footscray 3011

Choosing freedom

How to deal with your past and own your future. Work with adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety and fear associated with their past, to achieve piece of mind, clarity and confidence. Past memories can keep us trapped, repeating old patterns and sabotaging our best efforts. Unless we acknowledge, deal with and transform these past memories and events they can continue to impact our lives. Choosing Freedom works directly with past memories, gently but powerfully empowering people to transform their lives and take ownership of their future.

$10
Rainbow Council Mecca Supper Room
Federal Street
Rainbow 3424

PeninsulaHack

Mornington Peninsula's inaugural Hackathon brings together the region’s best creative, business and technical problem solvers to solve the specific challenges currently facing the region. Kicking off with a Friday morning business breakfast featuring special guest speakers in the startup scene, the event continues with parallel streams of open lectures and workshops on business and technology, all available to the public and participants throughout the weekend. There will be a cost for the business breakfast of $60. There is no cost for the hackathaon.

$0
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

Gov4u: Advice, support and grants

Find out about government advice, support and grants available for entrepreneurs, new business startups and small or medium enterprises (SMEs) to start up, develop and grow.

$0
Wyndham City Council Civic Centre
45 Princes Highway
Werribee 3030

Improving your business with health and safety

Occupational health and safety (OHS) laws from top to bottom. Get to know your obligations under workplace injury, rehabilitation and compensation law to help injured workers return to work. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how you can improve your business by providing a safe and healthy environment for your workers. Attend these free WorkSafe seminars in Geelong, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Traralgon and Ballarat, share your experience with others and get advice from our experts on OHS and return to work problems or concerns.

$0
Geelong Conference Centre
20 Adams Court
East Geelong 3219

Starting a Wordpress site

Websites are an essential window into your business for current and potential customers. Find out how to create a simple website for your small business using WordPress. Learn how to create a WordPress account, choose a theme, create pages, create a news post, insert images and set up a home page. Bring along your laptop so that you can create your website during this interactive session. Handouts will be provided.

$20
Realm
179 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

How to protect your valuable products cost effectively

All about the practical fundamentals of patent/design protection, clearance and licensing, and how they link to your business goals. Find out how to protect your product in Australia and overseas, how much it will cost and how to avoid infringing the rights of others. Learn from effective strategies used by other small businesses and their approaches to managing costs on a budget. This workshop will dispel common myths and reveal hard truths about intellectual property. This event will be tailored to the needs of participants as much as practicable, with discussion and queries encouraged.

$0
Webinar
Webinar
Webinar 3000

Podcast: Innovation round lessons from leading entrepreneurs

Get your hands on the keys to innovation that will inspire you to do something awesome! This podcast will be packed with insights from the personal experiences of Michael E Gerber (The E-Myth); Marcus Sheridan (Sales Lion); Chris Marr (The Content Marketing Academy); John Warrillow (Built to Sell); Miriam Pleininger (Babel); Holger Seim (Blinkist); David Jenyns (Authority Content and Bo Burlingham (Inc Magazine). Four episodes will be available on the date and time specified for the sessions and will remain available for the duration of the Small Business Festival 2017.

$7
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Australian Industry Group (AIG) briefing

Thinking about dipping your business toe into export? Perhaps you export already and you're thinking about stretching towards new horizons. Go on! Open your doors to the wider world and explore your potential for export and new export markets with TradeStar trade adviser Dean Freeman.

$0
Mildura Regional Development
60 Madden Avenue
Mildura 3500

Writing a hi-fi marketing communications brief

Whether you do it yourself or hire a copywriter, clear, concise and compelling advertising and social media copy always begins with precise and insightful thinking. Find out how to nail the all-important 'communication brief' for your written word marketing activities. The more high-fidelity the brief, the higher the chances your message will reach your target audience.

$30
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Grow your business with podcasting

Everything you need to know to produce a great podcast. Find out how you can empower yourself to drive new customers and clients to your business and build community with a powerful and engaging podcast series. Creators and hosts of the 'Humans of Purpose' and 'Pathways podcast' Mike and Drew will blend best practice case studies and emerging trends from around the world as they share their experiences on the way to becoming successful podcasters, so that you can too.

$40
York Butter Factory
62-66 King Street
Melbourne 3000

Instajam: Strategies to grow your business on instagram

Forget about posting pictures of your lunch on Instagram. Find out how to take full advantage of this amazing platform for small businesses to connect with their customers and increase sales. This practical workshop will have you posting, hashtagging and making valuable connections with ease. Gain the skills to capitalise on this active and engaging social media platform to grow your business.

$55
The Cowork Co
421 Lygon Street
Brunswick East 3057

Invest in people and invest in your future

At Apprenticeships Matter we believe investing in your people is an investment in the future of your business. Inform yourself about all the government-funded programs available that will enable you to realise the full potential of your business and staff. Find out about the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network, federal government incentives for employing an eligible apprentice or trainee, and how to access advice on training solutions to meet the needs of all industries, from entry level positions to senior roles.

$10
Karstens
123 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Enhancing online productivity

Enhance your businesses productivity. Attend this event and discover how to grow your business while reducing the amount of physical resources you use.

$0
TAFESpace Wodonga
Lawrence Street
Wodonga 3690

How to build a referral-based business

Referrals are the holy grail of business. Imagine getting a constant stream of pre-sold, highly qualified prospects, all ready to buy, right now, regardless of your price. Well, now you can. Learn the secrets to building a business that markets itself, and find out how you can get even more referrals, all day, every day. Tune in to this webinar and walk away with practical proven strategies and a referral plan that will revolutionise your business.

$0
Webinar
Webinar
WEBINAR WEBINAR

Safety Messaging: ingredients for business success

Presented by Ballarat Regional Occupational Safety and Health Group (BROSH)

$25
Oscars
18 Doveton St South
Ballarat 3350

Business grants and assistance explained

Find out how grants provide a leg-up to business, how they work, how to find them from federal, state, local governments and other sources and how to decide which ones to apply for. By the end of this seminar you will be on your way to working out what your grant strategy is and how that aligns with your business. Explore specific grant and assistance packages, as well as real-world examples of success. Please note, the focus of this seminar is on grants for business, not community organisations.

$0
Western BACE
222 Ferris Road
Melton South 3338

E19451 - Advanced Digital Strategies For Your Business workshop

Learn how to develop a strategy to help grow your business through your online activities and make your products and services easy for potential customers to find. This small, interactive workshop will demystify the digital world and help bring focus and clarity to your online marketing activities.

$30
Realm
179 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

Plan, prepare, protect and prosper: Practical SME tips

Key tips, useful tools and essential resources available that newly-hatched innovators, entrepreneurs and anyone thinking about getting started in business needs to know. Find out how to register and renew business and company names; types of business structures; tax essentials and obligations; idea validation; intellectual property and types of protection; business planning basics; funding options; courses, programs, resources and support. Presented by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC), ATO, INNOVIC (the Victorian Innovation Centre) and Small Business Centres Victoria (SBCV). Includes Q&A.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Taking your sales online

Create an online shopping experience that excites and engages your customers to drive more sales. We walk you through getting your store up and running and show you how to enrich and market your products. Ideal for both bricks-and-mortar stores wanting to expand their omni-channel presence, and dedicated online sellers alike. Presented by Arpastart, a web design and development business specialising in eCommerce. Light refreshments provided.

$20
Little Green Corner
42 Little Ryrie Street
Geelong 3220

How to price your product and service

Little or no financial background can lead people in business to implement pricing strategies that fail from a customer perspective. If you’ve ever felt nervous about putting up your prices or confused when asked for a discount, then this seminar is for you. Gain insights about: - Critical things to consider when setting a price - Factors that affect pricing - How to bundle and package - Developing value based pricing model for your business.

$20
All Seasons Bendigo
171-183 McIvor Road
Bendigo 3550

2017 Bass Coast Business Awards

Celebrate the excellence, success and innovation of business in Bass Coast at the Bass Coast Business Awards and this opportunity for businesses to network and showcase their services.

$60
RACV Inverloch Resort
70 Cape Paterson-Inverloch Road
Inverloch 3996

Why small businesses fail and how to avoid it

Help your business perform like the rockstar business you know it can be at this interactive seminar that borrows from real business case studies to give you the best possible chance of success. Discover the ways to avoid common business pitfalls, ideas for recurring revenue streams, online avenues for all businesses and sources of finance to get you started ? without risking your home.

$0
St James Building
350 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004

Establishing a new product pipeline

Learn how to keep customers coming back to your business, even as new competitors enter your market, by setting in motion an ongoing process to continually develop, test and market the pipeline of solutions you offer them. A product pipeline with a focus on solving their problems can mean your customers are more likely to stay loyal to your business, even when competitors have one or two similar products.

$25
Geelong City Hall
57 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3220

Identifying export opportunities and doing business overseas

Think big, think global and join the trend to international business. Find out how to expand your business overseas at this interactive session that will pinpoint exporting demands and opportunities with a particular focus on China, and include a thorough analysis of the global export market.

$10

338 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Dynamic local leadership

When we think of leadership and leaders, we think of famous national and even global examples. Yet the vast bulk of leading is done right here - at the local level - with very little training for the role. Learn clear and easy-to-follow frameworks that will support you to explore leadership in the landscape of small to medium-sized businesses. Discover the (not so) "soft" side of all successful businesses, as you join Joanne Clark from Destiny Pursuit Coaching & Training at this powerful workshop designed to inspire confidence in new and emerging leaders.

$35
Eastern Hub Geelong
285A McKillop Street
East Geelong 3220

Tender writing: It's easy when you know how

Take the mystery out of the tender process and learn how to achieve greater success when submitting tenders. This free workshop includes:# - An overview of the City of Ballarat’s procurement process - How to source tender opportunities - Understanding tender documents - Writing successful tenders - Tender evaluation and how winners are decided.

$
Ballarat Town Hall - Trench Room
225 Sturt Street
Ballarat 3350

Understanding risk in small business

Understanding risk is a vital part of running any organization, big or small. Find out how to identify risk, measure it, and plan to avoid it and why the right insurance for your business is not about the cheapest price. Insurance and risk management specialists who help businesses after losses explain what's behind the fine print of the key insurance covers available. Learn how you can ensure that the policy coverage and claims service of the insurer you select are in line with your risk appetite, before it's too late to find out.

$5
Insurance Advisernet Office
Newstead Drive
Doreen 3754

The art of listening

No wonder it's hard to pay attention. The average person spends nearly half their time 'mind wandering' - that is, doing one thing but thinking about something else. According to American Advertising Association estimates, consumers receive 3,000 marketing messages per day, all competing for their attention. Neurologists studying this phenomenon have found people are overwhelmed, easily distracted and 'shutting down'. In this noisy and fast-paced world, the ability to listen with focus and clarity has become a must-have skill. Come along to this fascinating presentation and discover what the art of listening can add to your business and personal life.

$10
Quest Mildura
15 Madden Avenue
Mildura 3500

Grow your business through online marketing

Billions of people search products and services online. So how do you stay front of mind and ensure your customers and prospects choose you when they are ready to buy? Join this workshop to learn how to simplify your approach and walk away with easy-to implement tactics to put your marketing on auto-pilot, and grow your business.

$30
The Cowork Collective
421 Lygon Street
Brunswick East 3057

How to disrupt your industry with influential leadership

Find out how Australian entrepreneurs are disrupting their industry sectors with leadership, influence and impact. This two-hour interactive workshop looks at the communication and marketing strategies of serial disruptors, and how they successfully expose their product or service across the marketplace on a shoe-string budget.

$45
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Information marketing: Why you must do it

Effective marketing and sales is about taking your potential customers (leads) on a journey - the journey to become customers. Free yourself from the struggle of treating sales as a "push" strategy of having to convince leads to buy your products. Discover instead the more effective education strategy and how it can unlock your sales potential. Providing information, when done well, will have customers lining up at your door to buy. Find out how to achieve an effective information marketing system from this one-hour Facebook Live session.

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Detox, refresh, grow: SMART 90-minute business planning

Detox your business with a SMART business plan – specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and tested for growth. All it takes is one easy hands-on interactive session online and 90 minutes. Join like-minded women entrepreneurs to work together to create a one page SMART Nine-Hat business plan that will target business growth and take your business to the next level. Get clarity in what you need to fire up your business – all from the comfort of your home or office.

$19
Online


Harnessing your passion for powerful marketing

Marketing is an necessary part of any small business. But when resources are limited and options so many, it can be difficult to know what to choose. If you’re still chewing over which approach is best for you, come along to this business lunch presentation and take away the tools to get the greatest bang for your marketing buck. Presenter, business specialist and AP Marketing Works founder Ailsa Page believes your best business advantage is as simple as passion. Find out how to harness it and share Ailsa’s powerful marketing tips at this informative presentation delivered in her fun and quirky style.

$55
Clarion on Canterbury
326 Canterbury Road
Forest Hill 3131

Improving your business with health and safety

Occupational health and safety (OHS) laws from top to bottom. Get to know your obligations under workplace injury, rehabilitation and compensation law to help injured workers return to work. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how you can improve your business by providing a safe and healthy environment for your workers. Attend these free WorkSafe seminars in Geelong, Warrnambool, Shepparton, Traralgon and Ballarat, share your experience with others and get advice from our experts on OHS and return to work problems or concerns.

$0
Premiere Function Centre
29 Grey Street
Traralgon 3844

Your website performance health check

Is your website letting you down? Your web and social media presence is like your shop window – ensure your website is working hard to deliver an outstanding user experience in front of the right people during this live website 'health clinic'. Presenters Arrow Digital will conduct interactive health checks of selected participant sites to diagnose gaps in their digital strategies and what can be done to turn their results around. This must-attend event will take you through all the necessary steps to improve user interaction for new and prospective clients through digital innovation.

$29
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Introduction to business negotiation skills

Success in business and life depends in part on your skill as a negotiator. Expert negotiators seem to sail through, deftly avoiding the obstacles the rest of us stumble over: problems with suppliers, overdue invoices, difficulties with staff. This interactive workshop will introduce different negotiation styles and equip you with key tools to dramatically improve your negotiation skills. Australia's leading conflict resolution expert, Rebecca Carroll-Bell, shares proven techniques you can start using straight away on the phone, face-to-face or on email to improve everyday interactions at work and at home.

$47
360 Cube
Unit 4 / 83-87 Wellington Street
St Kilda 3182

Sisters doing it for themselves

Meet others in business through the facilitated networking time and have your questions ready to ask the panel. This event is guaranteed to give you a much-needed injection of enthusiasm for small business. Warning: if you are not in business already, you may just leave this event inspired to have a career change! Light refreshments provided.

$25
Newport Community Hub
13-15 Mason Street
Newport 3013

Networking for Northside creative women

Creative women from all fields are invited to gather at the iconic Thornbury Bowls Club to meet, share stories and skills, fuelled by nibbles and drinks. Includes fun activities to make meeting new people easier and less daunting, as well as a skill-sharing platform to ensure that everyone walks away with practical help for their business.

$35
Thornbury Bowls Club
27 Ballantyne Street
Thornbury 3071

How to be a mumpreneur and have it all

Women are succeeding as entrepreneurs at all levels, setting new records in the history of small business. Women are creating, making and leading the micro to small business sector, selling and engaging, collaborating and supporting each other and building empires doing it. The once unthinkable idea of 'having it all' is possible and instead of playing by the work-life balance rules, women now set their own. Gather inspiration at this interactive workshop for any woman with a passion, wanting to take an educated leap into entrepreneurship and seeking insight to balance a family with a successful career.

$20
Australia Post Small Business Hive
108 Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220

Content marketing workshop

Content marketing from all angles. Find out what this marketing must-do strategy is all about and how you can do it in this two-hour intensive workshop. Learn the principles and methodology of content marketing, including:# - What is a content marketing strategy and how to develop one - Writing a content marketing plan - How to develop your content process to realise results.#Discover how to measure and optimise content to improve search results, social engagement and generate leads, using case studies, current statistics, practical hands-on tips and templates.

$20
Western BACE
222 Ferris Road
Melton South 3338

Two common finance mistakes made in business

Avoid the pitfalls of common finance errors and learn what not to do in business. Finance Academy Australia's (FAA) research and analysis of hundreds of struggling businesses uncovered two key mistakes common to business failure. Find out what they are at this case study presentation and seminar so you can give yourself the best chance at business success.

$20
Quest Apartments
177-183 Welsford Street
Shepparton 3630

Surviving and thriving mumpreneurs

We live in a society with endless opportunities for "mumpreneurs", whether starting up or already thriving in business. If you'd love to start your own business but lack the confidence, time, motivation and drive to take the leap, this workshop will show you how to set meaningful, action-taking goals which will help create your path to get there. Leave inspired, with the tools and skills to set meaningful business and life goals so you can get started tomorrow.

$0
Yarraville Community Centre
59 Francis Street
Yarraville 3013

Choosing freedom

How to deal with your past and own your future. Work with adults who are struggling with stress, anxiety and fear associated with their past, to achieve piece of mind, clarity and confidence. Past memories can keep us trapped, repeating old patterns and sabotaging our best efforts. Unless we acknowledge, deal with and transform these past memories and events they can continue to impact our lives. Choosing Freedom works directly with past memories, gently but powerfully empowering people to transform their lives and take ownership of their future.

$10
Wimmera Business Centre
62 Darlot Street
Horsham 3400

Modern leadership for the modern woman

Develop your own modern leadership style and approach that works for you, rather than emulating the outdated male leader influence you've experienced in the past.

$20
Online

Online

Women in Business networking breakfast

Maribyrnong City Council invites you to our annual Women In Business Breakfast, celebrating the role of women in our business community. Gather with like-minded business owners to share your story and be inspired by leading women in business at Maribyrnong. Come and enjoy a hot breakfast and networking opportunities and be part of this great event that acknowledges our women in business.

$0
Maribyrnong City Council
Cnr Napier Street and Hyde Street
Footscray 3011

Guest ready: Expectations of the modern-day guest

What special touches add to an overnight guest's experience? As an accommodation operator, how do you improve your room offering and stay relevant in today's market without spending a fortune? Kylie Schurmann, Marketing Manager of the award-winning Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, shares tips and tricks to be perfect host and boost your accommodation sales. Using the Royal Mail Hotel as a case study, learn how to collaborate with other operators to develop attractive packages and gain a better understanding on what elements you need to combine to create the perfect stay for your guest. Breakfast provided.

$25
Monahan Centre - Queenscliff Sporting Club
Hesse Street
Queenscliff 3225

Guerrilla marketing: The art of grabbing attention

Is your business struggling to stand out? Brainstorm clever, low-cost marketing ideas for your small business at this interactive workshop. Learn to surprise your audience when they least expect it, evoke curiosity about your product or service and generate that all-important word-of-mouth. If you find yourself using the same advertising techniques year after year, consider this alternative advertising style that uses creative techniques to deliver maximum impact on a small budget. Breakfast provided to get your creative juices flowing.

$25
Zeemo
Building 1 / Ground Floor Suite 2 / 66 Victor Crescent
Narre Warren 3805

AHRI forum

Jump start your day with HR food for thought over breakfast. The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) is the national association representing human resource and people management professionals. Chew over industry issues and ideas from presenters and fellow colleagues at this interactive AHRI breakfast forum for HR professionals.

$20
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
613 Main Road
Ballarat 3350

E19460 - Advanced Marketing Strategies For Your Business workshop

Do you already understand the basics of Marketing and want to develop your skills to grow your business further with new products, services, or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your business opportunities. This hands-on workshop will challenge you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and boost the effectiveness of your marketing to take your business to the next level.

$30
Willis Room
379-397 Whitehorse Road
Nunawading 3131

HR 101: HR essentials for your business

Running a business is not easy. Whether startup or growing business, you are responsible for a team of employees watching your every move. You want to do the right thing, but are not sure where to start. How do you know who to hire? What are your legal obligations? How do you terminate someone's employment and not end up in court? Human resources, or HR, is an essential management skill that every business owner or general manager needs to learn. Discover essential areas of HR you need to know, and take away practical tips on how to implement these in your workplace.

$20
Evans Faull Office
Level 1 / 1405 Malvern Road
Malvern 3144

The female advantage to better business

Build on the unique place women hold in business. This workshop will give you a fresh perspective on the communication skills that contribute to business success and you will leave empowered with confidence in your natural leadership abilities.

$20
Brimbank Community and Civic Centre
301 Hampshire Road
Sunshine 3020

Global sisters: Women in business standing tall

For women thinking about starting a business, get ready and get set to roadtest your dreams. This is your opportunity to explore your idea (or many ideas) in a supportive environment with three 'Business Idea Fitness Tests'. Global Sisters is a not-for-profit social enterprise focused on supporting women to stand tall in business. For more information, visit globalsisters.org

$0
North East Artisans
122 Bridge Street East
Benalla 3672

E19251 - Marketing Your Business short workshop

How well do your potential and existing customers know what your business does? Understanding Marketing is not just about having a website, a Facebook page and placing advertisements in the local paper. Marketing is a vital part of establishing and building your business brand. Effective marketing will save you time and money and help you attract and retain a loyal customer base. Develop a marketing action plan to focus your effort and resources in the right areas, including market research, online activities and customer service.

$20
Yackandandah Community Centre
High St
Yackandandah 3749

Shifting to self-employment for professional women

For professional women with specialist niche expertise who now want to commercialise their knowledge and skills. Find out how to set up your own consultancy, service, mentoring or training business and what that might involve. Practical, down-to-earth advice includes how to understand business using a simple to understand business model (revenue, making or buying a product, marketing and selling, daily admin tasks and profitability); how to market your expertise in a short-attention digital world, sell your services, formulate a simple strategy and how to make it happen. Includes case studies and a practical course booklet.

$15
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

State of the city: Warrnambool's economic perspective

Business owners and community members are invited to hear the recent findings of the 2017 Warrnambool Business Survey first hand and find out the very latest on Warrnambool's current economic conditions.

$0
Lady Bay Resort
2 Pertobe Road
Warrnambool 3280

Business networking luncheon

Network with Golden Plains business leaders during lunch at Smythesdale's historic Courthouse Hotel as you listen to guest speaker Associate Professor Sam Henson, Head of Campus (Ballarat) and former Associate Professor International, Faculty of Business of Federation University, Ballarat.

$27.5
Courthouse Hotel
Brooke Street
Smythesdale 3351

Women in business: Strategies for success

Professional women are riding the crest of a tidal wave of new leadership. And you want to be on it! Whether you are working professionally or just starting your own business, now is he time to stop being your own best-kept secret and start sharing your best work with the world. As a successful businesswoman in high-pressure occupations Julie-Anne Black has coached executives and leaders. It's her mission to show you how to take charge of your success and happiness by boosting your communication skills and shedding your excuses. This masterclass will show you how to produce a life that is more compelling to live than a hit TV show is to watch with Julie-Anne's formula to success. It's all about confidence, communication, highs and lows, cultivating a voice of influence, the x-factor, passion, inclusion, making decisions, and tapping into your feminine power. Join her to find out how.

$52
The Village at NAB
700 Bourke Street
Docklands 3008

Organisational optimisation with Ron Gauci

Learn how you can achieve organisational optimisation at the School of Hard Knocks for Stressed Business People and Reluctant Entrepreneurs. Formerly CEO of Federation Square, Melbourne Polytechnic, and Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, Ron Gauci is a dynamic and inspirational businessman taking on some of the most difficult commercial and brand reputation challenges. Come and hear what he has to say that you can take away and apply to your own business tomorrow.

$20
Waverley RSL
Sunset Room / Level 1 / 161 Coleman Parade
Glen Waverley 3150

Kochie's expert panel: Business growth

Best known as host of Seven Network's breakfast program Sunrise, Kochie (David Koch) started out as a financial journalist and now runs KBB Digital, which specialises in digital marketing solutions for small businesses across Australia. Kochie has a unique understanding of key trends in Australian business, having produced a hundred episodes of Business Builders. In this webinar you?ll hear Kochie and his experts unveil the latest in digital marketing trends. Glean valuable inside knowledge you can apply to your business with a discussion of key trends and opportunities coming up in the next six months.

$0
Online

3000

Understanding risk in small business

Understanding risk is a vital part of running any organization, big or small. Find out how to identify risk, measure it, and plan to avoid it and why the right insurance for your business is not about the cheapest price. Insurance and risk management specialists who help businesses after losses explain what's behind the fine print of the key insurance covers available. Learn how you can ensure that the policy coverage and claims service of the insurer you select are in line with your risk appetite, before it's too late to find out.

$0
Oscar's Hotel
Dawson Street
Ballarat 3350

Meeting demands of customers in a new era of ecommerce

We live in a culture of instant gratification that is both exciting and helpful. But for small businesses, customer expectations of rapid and personalised service can create a demand that is challenging to meet – particularly when you’re up against large companies already delivering it. This session will share strategies to thrive in this non-stop economy that small-business owners can apply straight away: from making your business smartphone friendly, to hiring staff whose job it is to rapidly respond to customers.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

E18806 E18347 - Getting paid in the building and construction industry

Are you a small operator in the building and construction industry? Are overdue payments compromising your business and stressing you out? It is possible to take back control. Learn the key business practices that will not only make the administration side of your business a whole lot easier but can also help you to fast-track outstanding payments.

$20
Uni Hill Conference Centre
30 Graduate Drive
Bundoora 3083

Women who startup

A panel of female entrepreneurs and business leaders share their personal journeys starting or leading a business. Gather up food for thought to apply to your own experience from the challenges each faced, the pitfalls they had to navigate and the wisdom learnt on the way to where they are today.

$0
The Old Chapel
RMIT Building 11 / Old Melbourne Gaol / Level 3 / Room 1 / 124 LaTrobe Street
Melbourne 3000

Five simple steps to a profitable business

Create a profitable and sustainable business in five simple steps. Find out the proven strategies employed by successful multi-national brands so you can apply them immediately in your own business. Learn the strategic secrets behind business success; how to stop chasing clients and start attracting them instead; how prospective clients make buying decisions and so much more.

$19
Watsonia Library
4-6 Ibbottson Street
Watsonia 3087

Fringe benefits tax laid bare

Do you know how to correctly account for a vehicle provided to an employee? Do you hold a staff Christmas function and expect to claim the cost as a tax write off? Maybe you provide a telephone or pay for something else on an employee?s behalf, but do you know your obligations? Over the past couple of years, Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) has been the subject of increased focus from the Australian Tax Office (ATO), tripling their revenue generated from it. This session is aimed at businesses that provide benefits to employees. Tea, coffee and nibbles provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes.

$0
Banquet Room, The Capital
50 View Street
Bendigo 3550

How to build a high profit marketing campaign

Enjoy the festival launch over dinner as you discover the secrets to planning a high profit marketing campaign. Learn how to set a budget, execute a strategy and reap the rewards in sales and growth. Ticket price includes dinner.

$45
Horsham Sports and Community Club
177-179 Baillie Street
Horsham 3400

Bookkeeping for startups

Learn all about the fundamentals of starting a small business and leave empowered to take the first step. Know your obligations, how to correctly keep documents and records and effectively understand reports.#Learn:# - How to prepare a tax invoice - Record keeping: Purchases and payments - Tax obligations, including GST and PAYG withholding - Employing and paying staff - Reporting: Understanding the figures - Filing source documents.

$40
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

E18614 - Your Business in a Digital World short workshop

Do you feel excited but uncertain about how to take your business online? Take the guess work out of finding the right support with this introductory workshop led by a digital expert with real-life small business experience. Using practical exercises and real-life examples you will learn to make informed decisions about the right tools for your business and how to bring them all together into an effective online strategy.

$20
Workspace Mundy Street
45 Mundy Street
Bendigo 3550

Taking the leap: Women in business panel discussion

Got a business itch you'd like to scratch, a possibility you're pondering, or teetering on the edge of a leap? Be inspired, gain courage and practical insights from business women who've done just that. Dive into what it takes, practically, strategically, emotionally and financially, what to consider, how to get organised and put together the building blocks to move forward. This live panel event is for everyone wanting to start their own business, side gig or be braver in their working life. Ask questions, plan next steps, meet like-minded folk and walk away ready to take action.

$50
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Evaluating insurance for business owners

Insurance explained in plain, simple English. If your eyes glaze over whenever you consider which insurances you or your business may need, rest easy. This workshop has the lot covered: from a range of business insurances, such as public liability and professional indemnity, to different personal insurances, including life insurance and income protection. Find out how to protect your business and yourself, without paying for insurances you may not need and empower yourself, at last, to make the right decisions for your situation. Hosted by Mount Martha Accountants and followed by light networking and refreshments.

$11
Mornington Hotel
917 Nepean Highway
Mornington 3931

Transitioning your idea into a business

Ever considered the potential of your idea as a profitable business? Perhaps you've received great feedback from family and friends but you're unsure whether you should develop it into a business? Or, you may be busy with family, commitments or another job leaving you no time to consider how it could become a viable business venture. Now's your chance to find out. Join founder and Managing Director of UPTURN Business Advisory Lidija Mihoc as she shares the knowledge that has assisted many startups to convert their idea into a profitable business.

$0
Online


Instagram for business

Ever wondered how Instagram could benefit your business? Find out how to use Instagram, composition, flat lays, filters, hashtags and other free (and some paid, but not required) apps to engage, find your tribe and build your brand. If you don't have a business, you're still welcome to attend - this class is for newbies! Requirements: Instagram app, iPhone (or Android).

$0
Yarraville Community Centre
59 Francis Street
Yarraville 3013

Productivity formula for women in business

Discover the seven-minute conversation to reduce wasted time and increase productivity. Join people and culture specialist Lisa Wiking at this webinar with a focus on helping female business owners to engineer their workplace environment for maximum productivity, growth and profit. Most business owners want to achieve growth and improve profits. But many become frustrated and overwhelmed trying to do so. The problem, believes Lisa, occurs when owners focus on dollars to grow and overlook their people. Profit, she says, is simply an outcome that reflects the real test of how well you manage and lead people. Join her to discover the specific leadership formula to follow which she says will determine the profit result.

$20
Online

Online

Protect and grow: Securing your IP

Intellectual property from top to toe, and its impact on your small business success. Find out how on how to protect and grow your intellectual property (IP) rights, such as trade marks, copyright and patents, to give you a competitive advantage in the market. Learn how to identify and protect your IP from experienced trade mark and patent attorneys from Davies Collison Cave (DCC), and share their insights into ways you can develop a tailored strategy to leverage IP and give your business the best advantage.

$15
Geelong Corporate Centre
Cunningham Street
Geelong 3220

Flexible working arrangements

Find out your rights and obligations as an employer when it comes to flexible working arrangements for staff. Discover the benefits for your business including improved productivity and efficiency and a healthy work / life balance for your staff. You will also gain clarity about the exact circumstances that may make it reasonable to refuse requests for flexibility in your business.

$40
Deakin University
Brother Fox Building, Princes Highway
Warrnambool 3280

E18298 Marketing Your Business Short Workshop for Knox City Council

How well do your potential and existing customers know what your business does? Understanding Marketing is not just about having a website, a Facebook page and placing advertisements in the local paper. Marketing is a vital part of establishing and building your business brand. Effective marketing will save you time and money and help you attract and retain a loyal customer base. Develop a marketing action plan to focus your effort and resources in the right areas, including market research, online activities and customer service.

$20
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Creating a mentally healthy workplace

Create a mentally healthy workplace for yourself and your employees. Join Beyond Blue, the ATO and the Victorian Small Business Commissioner as they discuss strategies and the benefits of a workplace which is great for everyone in your business. This session will be held in a relaxed environment with a light working lunch and will include time for Q&A and networking with other businesses. This is a free event but registration for all attendees is required for catering purposes.

$0
Webinar

3000

Getting traction: Attract customers; accelerate success

So, there you are with a great website, cool logo and a snappy profile, but things are a little quieter than you'd like. All too often the frenzy of launch can be followed by a period where time seems to stand still. Fear not - it happens to all of us and there's a community here to help you get past the dips and move onwards into a thriving business. In preparation for this session, we invited established soloists to think back to their early days and let us in on their secrets to accelerate success. The outcome is a webinar brimming with learned wisdom gold. Themes discussed include: - Getting noticed in a crowded marketplace - The ninja approach to networking - Social media strategies that work - Inviting and using testimonials and reviews - Planting daily seeds for sustainable success.

$0
Webinar

online

GrantReady workshop

Is applying for grants all too hard for your organisation? Take control of your grant future and build your capability for long-term success. Join national leader GrantReady to share the knowledge and skills that have helped them access over $500 million in grants and rebates for thousands of organisations around Australia. GrantReady has worked on both sides of the equation as both successful grant writers and as program developers and assessors for government grant programs. They know what it takes to think right, build successful grant strategies and access grants again and again. They’ll show you how you can too.

$0
Rural City of Wangaratta
62-68 Ovens Street
Wangaratta 3677

How to take amazing images for your business

Want to take great photos for your website, marketing and general business purposes...? Come along to this workshop and learn how to put the wow into your imagery!

$49
Sara Taylor photography
2 Mercer Street
Geelong 3220

LinkedIn business brand booster blueprint for women

LinkedIn is an amazing social media platform to build your brand and increase your business results. Find out how to create an authentic blueprint to boost your business brand, optimise your LinkedIn personal and company profile, select the right strategies for your purpose (publishing, participation, promotion) and apply techniques that are aligned, affordable, measurable and rewarding.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Women in business

Celebrate the diversity of female business leaders in Whitehorse at the Women in Business Expo. Be inspired by a presentation by Nicole Livingstone, whose multifaceted career and business journey began on the Australian Swimming Team aged just 13. After a 12-year international sporting career, a media career in a variety of roles followed. Today, In addition to media commentary, Nicole is involved in numerous sporting boards and Ovarian Cancer Australia.

$65
One Community
184 Surrey Road
Blackburn 3130

Women in Business lunch: Breaking workplace barriers

Author and documentary maker Angela Pippos hosts a panel of leading local women for an interactive Q&A at this inaugural Brimbank Women in Business lunch and celebration of the important role women play in Brimbank's business community. Angela's documentary about the rise of women in football, "League of Her Own" screened nationally in February and she recently released her second book. Whether you're an established business or just getting started, everyone from the business community is welcome to attend this event in the historic Overnewton Castle. So, come and celebrate 'Celebrating Women in Business Week', connect and network.

$45
Overnewton Castle
51 Overnewton Road
Keilor 3023

Get your big girls pants on: Business lunch

Recharge over lunch with fellow professional women at this inspiring networking event hosted by the Macedon Ranges Business Networking Group. Hear from Nicky Buckley, Ambassador for Ovarian Cancer Australia and Rodan and Fields Consultant and take part in a panel discussion that will provide practical insights from leading Central Victorian professional women. Lunch (including glass of sparkling on arrival, two-course shared table menu, tea and coffee) provided.

$69
Macedon Wine Room
652 Black Forest Drive
Macedon 3440

E18071 - Commercialising Your New Idea workshop

Are you ready to take your new idea to the marketplace? Start here! Over two inspiring workshops an experienced innovation and commercialisation expert will help you assess the feasibility of your idea, determine its business potential and help you develop a clear commercialisation strategy to help you get to market.

$75
SW TAFE
Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

Achieve more by doing less

Take control of your work environment and procrastinate less with clever ways to manage your time, without being a pedantic list manager or becoming rigidly inflexible! No expensive tools or razzle dazzle here, just recognition there's just never enough time to do all the things on your list. Sound familiar? Give yourself permission to say "I don't have to!" Attend this entertaining and engaging presentation to pick up ten low-cost strategies to help you achieve more, by doing less. Lighten your load and take away 15 practical tips and tools to help you, and your team, achieve what's most important.

$15
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

E19331 - Starting Your Business in Victoria workshop

Are you an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant and want to start a small business?

$
Realm
179 Maroondah Highway
Ringwood 3134

Tradie after hours

Connect with like-minded tradespeople and others in industrial, manufacturing and engineering-type businesses at Tradie After Hours. Network, compare notes, business experiences and pathways, and explore strategic partnerships and opportunites for the future.

$10
The Birallee Tavern
Melrose Drive
Wodonga 3690

Women in small business networking evening

The number of Australian women operating their own businesses has steadily increased over the past 20 years. Celebrate their inspirational stories at this free event hosted by Australia Post that champions the accomplishments of women in small business. Share practical knowledge and experience, tips and helpful ideas from small business owners guest speakers. A strong network is a key step to success. Network with like-minded women afterwards and take advantage of this chance to build some wonderful business connections, while learning how to improve and grow your small business. For anyone already in business or those aspiring to start one.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Starting or buying a business

You've had a lightbulb moment for a new enterprise or business idea. Now, find out how to: - Assess the feasibility - Write a business plan (required by banks) - Choose the right business structure - Monitor results - Assess associated risks - Finance your business - Source insurance cover. Attend this event and get ready to get started. Take away knowledge, new skills, and valuable checklists to help you achieve your goals.

$0
Geelong Council Chambers
57 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3218

E18474 - Effective Business Networking short workshop

Did you know that almost 90% of business today is generated through networks? Love it or hate it, effective networking is an essential skill to master for your business success. This short 2-hour workshop will help you develop effective networking skills with the latest techniques and insights straight from experts who have built successful businesses.

$20
Ballarat Business Centre
15 Dawson Street South
Ballarat 3350

Empowering financial freedom for women

Prepare yourself to achieve financial freedom achieve your goals. Women’s financial independence has not only changed personal lives, it has paved the advancement of women in society. Understand the importance of financial freedom and the role it has played in how far women have come. Learn how to achieve wealth creation from specific examples and take your own steps towards furthering your own financial education and literacy. Learn, grow and develop yourself, your team and your business at this workshop delivered by business, professional and entrepreneurial network WOW Women.

$35
The Carrington
505 Wyndham Street
Shepparton 3631

Victorian Chamber presents: Fast forward speed networking

Connect, convert, grow. There's no better way to meet new leads and make new connections after a busy day at work than at our hugely successful Fast Forward Speed Networking. You'll have two minutes to chat before moving onto the next contact. All you need is a brief, punchy narrative about why you're here and what makes your business great, and business cards to swap. Afterwards, there's plenty of opportunity to continue the conversation over canapés and drinks. This event is a great way to promote your skills and business. Numbers are capped and this event always sells out.

$60
Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
131-135 Bourke Street
Melbourne CBD 3000

Business challenge night

You're invited! Established in 2012, Camberwell Network is a friendly, inclusive and welcoming group of small business owners who live and work in Camberwell who gather together on the third Wednesday of every month to network, share stories and further authentic trusted business relationships. Join them on 16 August 2017 as they explore the theme of business challenges. Each guest will be invited to share one business challenge and how they overcame it. Share your wisdom and come away with new and current insights into real issues facing local businesses. Everyone is welcome.

$0
Elyros
871 Burke Road
Camberwell 3124

Digital marketing for retailers

Discover 21 ways to increase your retail sales. Digital marketing is a constantly changing landscape. With more and more retailers turning to online shopping, don't get left behind. Unlock the enormous potential of social media advertising tools, Google Adwords and conversion optimisation techniques (to name a few), to grow your business by becoming more accessible and searchable. Learn how to increase your retail sales and take control of your overall marketing goals with this two-hour workshop by Arrow Digital, who have over ten years of experience working with various eCommerce and retail stores.

$49
Arrow Digital
Level 14 / 10-16 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Five easy steps to maximising your profit

It takes just five easy steps to maximise your profit. Come along and find out what they are. Learn how to increase enquiries, increase conversions, average sales value, increase net profit margin and increase your most profitable sales.

$20
Warracknabeal Shire Council
34 Lyle Street
Warracknabeal 3393

E19036 - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop

Good record keeping impacts both your business growth and your bottom line. Unlock the benefits of effective record keeping, control systems and financial solutions to optimise your business profitability and performance.

$20
Alpine Shire Council
Crn Churchill Ave and Hawthorn Ln
Bright 3741

How to price your product or service

Get to grips with pricing and how to calculate what to charge. If you've ever felt your product or service is worth more than what you're charging but are confused about the numbers, this commonsense seminar will strip the jargon from the business finance essentials that everyone needs to use when pricing.

$20
Council Chambers - Meeting Room
2 Queen Street
Mornington 3931

E19474 - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop

Good record keeping impacts both your business growth and your bottom line. Unlock the benefits of effective record keeping, control systems and financial solutions to optimise your business profitability and performance.

$20
Kilmore Library - John Taylor Room
12 Sydney Street Kilmore
Kilmore 3660

Swan Hill Women Empowering Women: When sleeping women wake, mountains move

Join us at Swan Hill's inaugural Women Empowering Women event, "When women wake, mountains move". Share the stories and insights that have carried and sustained the professional and personal journeys of our inspiring female panel including Yvonne Jennings (Murray Mallee Machinery), Meg Downie (AFLW), Elli Pellegrino (Paper Scissors Rock Hair Lounge), Anne Daniel (Vic Rep Federation of BPW Australia). Be energised by the life changing experiences of others as you network with like-minded women. Men and women are warmly welcomed at this event hosted by ANZ, the Swan Rural City Hill Council and Business and Professional Women.

$10
Swan Hill Club
17 McCallum Street
Swan Hill 3585

LGBT small business owners networking evening

Meet other LGBT small business members, swap ideas and war stories, hear about available support and enjoy an evening of networking. Share the experiences of starting and running a small business from two guest speakers: one of the owners of the iconic Hares & Hyenas bookstore and vice-president of Globe Melbourne Mark Kukanesan.

$0
Hare Hole, Hares & Hyenas
63 Johnston Street
Fitzroy 3065

Low-cost high-impact team building strategies

How to get the best from the people you hire. Ten low-cost, high-impact strategies to build and sustain a high performing team to deliver the results your business needs. Successful teams don't just happen because we call people "team members". And sadly, not everybody you employ will be as motivated or committed to your goals as you. So, if you're about to, or have already, engaged a group of staff, don't miss this chance to learn about the stages of team development, how to get the best out of diverse groups of people and sustain them to achieve your goals.

$25
Centre for Adult Education (CAE)
253 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000

Achieving sustainability in transnational education

Learn from first-hand experience how to set up or operate an offshore campus and how you can join the rapidly growing worldwide demand for transnational education (TNE). Find out why now is the perfect time to join this great expansion opportunity and how to minimise the challenges.

$0

338 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Women in business: Engaging your team for success

It's no longer enough to tell employees to do their job in exchange for a wage - employees are searching for more. If you feel like you're beating your head against the proverbial brick wall, this webinar is for you. Shift from being a demanding boss to becoming an inspiring leader instead. Let people and culture specialist Lisa Wiking show you how when you choose to be a better leader, you inspire your people to achieve their full potential. Uncover the recipe that will show you how.

$20
Online

Online

Economic and investment breakfast

Get a window into the future with Bernard Salt. His leading work in demographics for KPMG Australia delivers vital insights into societal changes that impact decision making. Bernard’s work has predicted major trends, including the baby boomer ‘sea change’, ‘Gen-Y career and lifestyle expectations’ and the ‘man drought’. His recent theory about the impact of smashed avocado on Gen-Y property aspirations went viral. Discover what demographic trends tell us about the bigger picture and how that will impact our tomorrow. Widely regarded as one of Australia's leading social commentators, Bernard’s presentation is not to be missed.

$55
The Point, Level 1, Building BC
221 Burwood Highway
Bruwood 3125

Gov4U

The 'Gov4U' seminar for small business operators will show you how to access the advice, support and grants available from local, state and federal governments (including helpful Tax office information) to help your business grow and become more sustainable. The session will be jointly delivered by the Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) and an Economic development specialist from City of Greater Dandenong. There will also be time to network with fellow participants and presenters.

$0
Dandenong Civic Centre
Level 2 / 225 Lonsdale Street
Dandenong 3175

Creating awesome teams

Find out how to create an awesome team that supports and inspires you. This session is for you if you're not getting the results you want from your team, struggling to inspire them to greatness, or if you are tired of being the default 'go-to' person. Learn how to build a culture with the momentum to create a life of its own, where each team member becomes responsible for not just themselves but the team as a whole. Discover how to make a good business great with an inspired team that operates from a culture of gratitude and respect, where everyone barracks for the success of others as well as the ultimate growth of your company.

$49
The Eastern Innovation Business Centre
5a Hartnett Close
Mulgrave 3170

Global sisters: Women in business standing tall

For women thinking about starting a business, get ready and get set to roadtest your dreams. This is your opportunity to explore your idea (or many ideas) in a supportive environment with three 'Business Idea Fitness Tests'. Global Sisters is a not-for-profit social enterprise focused on supporting women to stand tall in business. For more information, visit globalsisters.org

$0
Phillipine House
Parkside Drive
Shepparton 3630

Flexible working arrangements

Find out your rights and obligations as an employer when it comes to flexible working arrangements for staff. Discover the benefits for your business including improved productivity and efficiency and a healthy work / life balance for your staff. You will also gain clarity about the exact circumstances that may make it reasonable to refuse requests for flexibility in your business.

$40
Geelong Cats
Kardinia Park
Geelong 3280

Project startup: The ultimate guide for women

Get your business off to a flying start in this two-hour session packed with essential start-up know-how presented by five women experts at the top of their game. Discover the power of a supportive network; legal matters for start-ups; planning business finances and knowing your numbers; moving your business out of the home, and how to get media coverage.

$0
Dream Factory
90 Maribyrnong Street
Footscray 3011

Online sales strategies: James Hunter

Small businesses confront the daunting reality of online business every day. Learn simple sales strategies that work and practical ways to harness social media to extract the best outcomes. Co-founder of cycling apparel brand Hunter Bros Cycling, James Hunter draws on his experience in senior sales roles with some of Australia’s best-known consumer brands to outline a simple, stepped approach to growing sales in an online environment. After growing up in North East Victoria, James is now based between Collingwood and the Kiewa Valley. For further information please check out James on Redbank & Hunter and Hunter Bros Cycling

$20
Rural City of Wangaratta
62-68 Ovens Street
Wangaratta 3677

How to maximise your networking investment

Maximise your networking opportunities to grow leads and nurture relationships, and discover why this is an integral part of any marketing strategy for business growth. Find out how to plan, prepare and follow up your networking activities so you can generate business and gain knowledge, experience and connections.

$40
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

How to succeed in email marketing

Are your email subscribers just not opening your emails? Or maybe when they do, they're not that interested? Perhaps you feel unsure about what to send your list? If you struggle to send anything at all, or you've fallen into the trap of sending everything to everyone, discover the easiest and fastest ways to send better emails (and get better results).

$0
Online


Working from home: What you need to know

Are you working from home or thinking about it? Join Stonnington Council, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the Small Business Mentoring Service over lunch at this expert panel session to discuss everything you need to know about working from home. Find out how to ensure you?re set up for success, what laws apply to you and tips to stay productive. Includes a Q&A for the panel to answer all your questions and time to network with other business owners and operators. This is a free event but registration for all attendees is required for catering purposes.

$0
Malvern Town Hall - Council Chamber
Cnr Glenferrie Road and High Street
Malvern 3144

Essential Chinese phrases for doing business

Need to improve your basic language skills when engaging with Chinese business partners? This introductory session is designed to help small business staff who have either never learned or are just beginning to learn communication skills in Chinese. Learn basic greetings, an understanding of pronunciation and simple phrases for use in a business context.

$40
Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne
172 Bouverie Street
Carlton 3053

Women in Front Networking lunch with Dr Susan Carland

Author, academic and social commentator Dr Susan Carland will speak on equality, leadership and diversity at this year's Women in Front Networking Lunch. Named on the 20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices list by The Age in 2012, Susan regularly appears online, on radio, on television and in print writing about contemporary Australia. She is the author of recently published Fighting Hislam, Women, Faith and Sexism; has a PhD from Monash University's School of Social Sciences and is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University's National Centre for Australian Studies.

$65
Melrose Reception
Corner Melrose & Carrick Drive
Tullamarine 3043

Wodonga development lunch

Get the very latest on what’s around the corner in your community from local developers currently involved in construction projects within the region. The Wodonga Development Lunch is open to all interested local business people.

$65
The Club House
Clubhouse Place
Wodonga 3690

Women in business: Meeting the challenge

Be inspired by the very different personal journeys of four women striving to balance motherhood with business. Share their insights and lessons learned as they speak frankly about navigating the, at times debilitating, obstacles life has thrown; all the while remaining focused on finding success, both at home and professionally. While geared towards working mums, all are welcome to attend this panel-style workshop. A light lunch will be provided.

$15
The Boroondara Room
4 Inglesby Road
Camberwell 3124

Procurement, tenders and contracts

Learn all about procurement, how to win tenders and contracts and ready yourself to be your next you. Ideal for businesses starting up or established who want to grow but don’t know how, this session will provide an overview, references and tips to access larger customers to win larger contracts. Find out what you need to know to focus on selling to government and corporations that require you to submit a tender for contracts. Leave better informed and with a clear path forward to take your next steps.

$49
Casy Council Chambers
Magid Drive
Narre Warren 3805

Tactics for collaboration success

Turbo charge your ideas and discover the power of peer collaboration to make the impossible possible. Learn what collaboration means and how to leverage it in every facet of your business. Find out how to identify potential collaboration partners (including ones you never dreamed of), how to pitch and how to create a simple collaboration plan to give your idea the best chance of success. For entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs (those working for someone else who seek to innovate) and small business owners who know it's time for change but feel stuck in overwhelm and don't know where to begin.

$59
Donkey Wheel House
Level 2 / 673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Leading mindfully

For anyone who feels captive to their expanding "to do" list and with no time or energy for the things that matter, mindfulness promises a simple, sustainable and powerful solution. Here's your chance to find out out. Learn more about mindfulness, what it is and how to practice it at this experiential and interactive workshop that draws on the latest cognitive neuroscience research to help you become more effective in leadership, and to rediscover pleasure and enjoyment in your working day.

$25
Housey Housey
12 Armstrong Street North
Ballarat 3350

Activate Ballarat

Come and get to know all that Activate Ballarat, a meeting point for new Ballarat residents and established community members, has to offer. The group focuses on:# - People: Connecting newcomers and existing community members to spark ideas and share experiences - Place: Acting as an information channel to promote existing social, professional and community networks, events and support systems - Potential: Exploring opportunities for all to contribute to the ongoing development of the region.

$25
Housey Housey
12 Armstrong Street North
Ballarat 3350

Celebrating women in business with Melbourne Business Network

Be inspired by a panel of top women in business who have faced and conquered the challenges that can hold women back from achieving in business. Hear their success stories and how they not only broke through these barriers but inspired others to do so. Learn, be inspired, meet other women and build your knowledge on how others have made an impact on their business to achieve success.

$35
The Cluster
Level 20/31 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

How to be the employer of choice for women

If your business isn't set up to attract and retain talented women, you are ignoring fabulous opportunities for your business and your employees. Pick up all the skills and the knowledge you'll need to establish your business as a great place for women to work and develop from OFRM's lawyers Riley Driscoll and Marika McMahon. Understand both the legal and practical issues of workplace strategies, policies and procedures, including maternity leave, parents returning to work, flexible and remote working arrangements, family violence policies and other gender equity strategies. Be guided by practical real-life examples from businesses who are doing it right, so you too will have all the necessary tools in place to help your business become an employer of choice for women.

$0
O'Farrell Robertson McMahon Lawyers
Level 1 / 35 Queen Street
Bendigo 3550

E19433 - Pricing for Maximum Profit short workshop

How often do you worry about your pricing? There is a reason Pricing is one of the important P’s in the marketing mix. Take the guess work out of your pricing strategy and in just two hours learn how to find the right approach to increase market share and profit.

$20
St Kilda Town Hall
99a Carlisle Street
St Kilda 3182

Empowering financial freedom for women

Prepare yourself to achieve financial freedom and achieve your goals. Women's financial independence has not only changed personal lives, it has paved the advancement of women in society. Understand the importance of financial freedom and the role it has played in how far women have come. Learn how to achieve wealth creation from specific examples and take your own steps towards furthering your own financial education and literacy. Learn, grow and develop yourself, your team and your business at this workshop delivered by business, professional and entrepreneur of the year Tracey Sofra.

$35
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Winning the inner-game of customer engagement

In a world of increasing competition, distraction and noise, it can be hard to keep your customers engaged and coming back for more. Help your business to survive and thrive with new ways to deliver an exceptional customer experience, both online and offline. Discover valuable insights and tips that will captivate the hearts, minds and spirit of your customers, keep them coming back for more and then sharing the experience with their friends. Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell will introduce her role and the services available to support your business.

$55
Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street
Box Hill 3128

How to price your product or service

Get to grips with pricing and how to calculate what to charge. If you've ever felt your product or service is worth more than what you're charging but are confused about the numbers, this commonsense seminar will strip the jargon from the business finance essentials that everyone needs to use when pricing.

$20
Kilmore library
12 Sydney Street
Kilmore 3764

DIY marketing: Photography tips for business owners

The necessity for well-crafted visual content that will cut through the noise on digital marketing platforms is more important than ever. Learn the basic concepts of photography and get to know some of the many easy-to-use tools available at this workshop. Bring your DSLR camera or smartphone with you to learn:# - Key principles of photography and tips for taking great shots - Useful photography applications for small business - A list of key tools to help bring out the best in your photos - A ?cheat sheet? to use after the session.

$40
Frankston Foundry
1 Keys Street
Frankston 3199

I made it work: Women in small business

Gain insight into what's needed from you in business. Apart from the commitment and drive to keep at it when things are not going as planned, you also need to include your closest family and friends. You have to maintain a life outside business, even though your business becomes your life. Understand the effort and mindset required and be inspired to work toward the rewards for your effort. Each of the four business women presenters started with little more than a desire to create the business they believed would provide income, independence and fulfil a dream to be self-sufficient. You will have direct 1:1 access to the four presenters so you can discuss your situation and gain feedback from someone who has 'been there and done that'. Light refreshments will be available on arrival and a Q&A forum will be held after the presentations with all four panel members.

$20
Kangan Institute
38 Buckley Street
Essendon 3040

Smart women: How to succeed in small business

Learn from three women who have built their small business empires from ideas to success stories. Join Smart50 Award winners Kate Morris, founder of Adore Beauty; Dannielle Michaels, co-founder of b.box for kids; and Karen Justice, founder of Just for Pets for an evening full of insights for the next leaders in small business.

$20
TBA
TBA
Melbourne 3000

How to maximise the value of your business

Thinking about preparing your business for sale? Imagine being able to name your sale price and then getting it! Make it happen by getting to know the eight key drivers of business value that buyers look for, when the best time to sell is, and what a good business exit planning process looks like.

$49
Lardner Park
155 Burnt Store Road
Lardner 3820

Sustainable social enterprise, capitalism and money

Join a fresh conversation about the role of social enterprise in our modern society. Hear a range of leaders from across the social enterprise community share how they went from the start-up phase to becoming sustainable organisations. Find out how they determined the right mix of capital as they grew (philanthropic, grants, investment) and how they overcame their own psychological anxieties and fears in relation to money. Explore philosophical questions including: What are the moral limits of markets? How can we all be more conscious consumers? How does capitalism need to evolve to create a more inclusive, sustainable society?

$0
donkey wheel house events
673 Bourke Street
MELBOURNE 3000

Mortlake big brekky for business

Start your day over breakfast with the best of local produce as you network with like-minded small business people, chew over ideas and celebrate the launch of the 'Mortlake - Places to Explore' website. Includes guest speakers from Moyne Shire Council and the Mortlake Community Development Committee. Feature guest and local business owner Liz Fowler from Liz Fowler Marketing and Events will share her business story and give tips on branding, communication, social media and 'business creativity'.

$10
Olivine Restaurant
Dunlop Street
Mortlake 3272

Support networks for regional entrepreneurs

How to build your own supportive community around your small business venture. Participate, contribute and connect to this free online forum of particular relevance to regional entrepreneurs as you find out who are your best supports, where to find your business allies, why your peers may be your ideal experts, what kind of business information is relevant for you and strategies to build your networks. Discuss what makes an enriching network and learn, hands-on, how to meet the challenges of isolation, combining home and business, and where to turn when you just don't fit in with traditional business supports.

$0
Online

3450

Podcast: Innovation round lessons from leading entrepreneurs

Get your hands on the keys to innovation that will inspire you to do something awesome! This podcast will be packed with insights from the personal experiences of Michael E Gerber (The E-Myth); Marcus Sheridan (Sales Lion); Chris Marr (The Content Marketing Academy); John Warrillow (Built to Sell); Miriam Pleininger (Babel); Holger Seim (Blinkist); David Jenyns (Authority Content and Bo Burlingham (Inc Magazine). Four episodes will be available on the date and time specified for the sessions and will remain available for the duration of the Small Business Festival 2017.

$7
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Global sisters: Women in business standing tall

For women thinking about starting a business, get ready and get set to roadtest your dreams. This is your opportunity to explore your idea (or many ideas) in a supportive environment with three 'Business Idea Fitness Tests'. Global Sisters is a not-for-profit social enterprise focused on supporting women to stand tall in business. For more information, visit globalsisters.org

$0
The Cube Wodonga
118 Hovell Street
Wodonga 3690

Four ways for women to use LinkedIn for business

Unlock the power of LinkedIn for your small business. Understand its key relationship building and content marketing principles to grow your business. You've done your research and you kow thatLinkedIn delivers nearly three times the sales conversion of other social media platforms (Hubspot Study); that LinkedIn requires more attention and that you need to spend more time on it. This one one-hour webinar is your next step. Discover the four key ways you can grow your business with LinkedIn with one of Australia's leading independent LinkedIn consultants, Karen Hollenbach. Then take the insights shared and apply them to your LinkedIn Profile and daily LinkedIn activity. Use LinkedIn to:# - Expand your network - Raise awareness of your brand and business - Establish your personal brand within and beyond your industry - Position yourself as a thought leader - Amplify your sales and marketin

$27
Online

3166

Establishing a new product pipeline

Learn how to keep customers coming back to your business, even as new competitors enter your market.

$25
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Managing business reputation in the online age

Your reputation is one of your most valuable business assets. Find out how to protect it inside the rising pressure cooker of fake news, disinformation and social media's reach into to all corners of our daily lives. Building and maintaining public trust and confidence in your business is a priority. Learn to identify and respond to risks, develop a clearer understanding of how to maintain a positive brand image and take charge of your reputation strategy.

$25
Waurn Ponds Library
230 Pioneer Road
Grovedale 3216

How to price your product & service

Get to grips with pricing and how to calculate what to charge. If you've ever felt your product or service is worth more than what you're charging but confused about the numbers, this commonsense seminar will strip the jargon from the business finance essentials that everyone needs to use when pricing.

$20
1330 - Thirteen Thirty
1330 Ferntree Gully Road
Scoresby 3179

Steps to resilience

People often think resilience is about being strong and resistant to pressure. But true resilience is about understanding the effect of business and life challenges and acquiring the skills to bounce back in a way that doesn't deplete or wear us out. Peak performance coach and Collingwood Hall of Fame member Mark McKeon will deliver a keynote presentation with a focus on:# - Four steps to true resilience - Why stress is not the problem - How we can all avoid the dangers of adrenal fatigue and achieve truly sustainable peak performance.

$55
Box Hill Golf Club
202 Station Street
Box Hill 3128