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Bendigo Small Business Festival

Bendigo Small Business Festival

The Bendigo Small Business Festival is packed with contemporary presentations from industry experts. Topics include online marketing, how to find and manage money and home based business.

Events


E16022 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to start? Start here! 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

E17879 - Build Your Business Beyond Drought - Small Business Resilience Workshop

If you are a small business owner in a community that has been feeling the economic impacts of the drought, and would like some practical support to help to better plan for your business continuity and financial health, this workshop is for you.

$
Buloke Shire Council Chambers
31 McCulloch Street
Donald 3480

Small Business Bus: Federation Square

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Federation Square
2 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

Football Federation of Victoria: Community in business luncheon

Join an exciting new community business network that brings together key players within football in Victoria – including businesses, football clubs, sponsors, media and even government. Hosted by our dedicated MC George Donikian, the luncheon will also feature great entertainment and an expert panel of prominent football identities.

$150
Leonda by the Yarra
2 Wallen Rd
Hawthorn 3122

Small Business Bus: Federation Square

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Federation Square
2 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

Small Business Bus: Federation Square

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Federation Square
2 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

Employment and workplace industrial relations

Keep up to date with the latest developments in workplace relations law to ensure you are meeting your obligations and protecting your business. Jim Rutherford and Jenni Walker from Harwood Andrews Workplace Relations will present on the latest developments and updates around common law termination of employment and conflicts of interest in employment.

$0
Oscar's Hotel and Cafe Bar
18 Doveton Street South
Ballarat 3350

Small Business Bus: Portland

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside Alibi
55 Percy Street
Portland 3305

The Business of Instagram for Beginners

Do you have an Instagram account but don’t know how it really works? Or do you want to set up an account to boost your social media presence? This instructive workshop will assist you in setting up your account to maximise your business exposure and opportunities. Expert practitioners will teach you the basics and give you a 'big picture' understanding of the Instagram community and its potential benefits.

$37
Enterprise Geelong - Meeting Room #1
100 Brougham Street
Geelong 3220

The art of story telling in business

Storytelling has emerged as the number one leadership skill for the next decade. Are you ready to learn this powerful communication and influencing skill? Storytelling helps you connect, engage and inspire for unprecedented personal and business success. Regardless of age, gender, race, role or industry there are four distinct storytelling styles in business. In this workshop you will learn how to apply these techniques to create and share your unique story. Presented by global thought leader in storytelling and business communication, Yamini Naidu.

$30
Clocktower Centre
750 Mt Alexander Road
Moonee Ponds 3039

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
Mount Alexander Shire Town Hall, Room 1
Frederick Street
Castlemaine 3450

Starting a small or home based business

Starting a business? Ensure you start out on the right foot by planning effectively and structuring your business to maximise your tax position.

$0
Dandenong Library
225 Lonsdale Street
Dandenong 3175

Effective cash flow management for SME's

Effective cash-flow management is a necessity for all businesses. Regardless of how great the business model is, how profitable it is, or how many investors there are, a business simply can’t survive if it can’t manage cash. Learn how to proactively manage your cash-flow to create a more financially sustainable business model.

$0
BOYD Community Hub, Assembly Hall
City Road
Southbank 3006

Maximise the value of your business for retirement

Increase the value of your business and ensure it stands out as an attractive proposition for potential buyers. This entertaining and informative workshop will guide you through the simple steps you can take to add value to your asset. Understand what potential buyers are looking for and how an effective exit strategy can help. You’ll also discover tips to increase profits, minimise tax and maximise super. An essential planning session for all astute business owners.

$29
The Knox Club
Corner Stud Road and Boronia Road
Wantirna 3152

BisNet breakfast: Margot Spalding

This inspiring business breakfast will feature guest speaker Margot Spalding's success story. The Jimmy Possum furniture co-founder and former Telstra Business Woman of the Year will share her insights and business acumen to help you build and grow your own business.

$20
Ballarat Golf Club
1800 Sturt Street
Ballarat 3350

BPW South West business breakfast: Came for work, stayed for the lifestyle

How do regional centres attract and retain talented young professionals who contribute to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the community? Join us for our annual breakfast event where you will hear from a panel of enthusiastic young professionals who came to Warrnambool for employment opportunities and have stayed to make the city their home.

$31
Lady Bay Resort
2 Pertobe Road
Warrnambool 3280

Federal Government Innovation Statement: Opportunities for small business

This topical session examines how business cultures are changing to embrace risk taking and innovation. Discover the new opportunities for your small business within the Federal Government’s Innovation Statement.

$0
VU at MetroWest
138 Nicholson Street
Footscray 3011

E17426 - Survive and thrive in small business

The reality is two out of three small businesses fail within 3 years. This half day conference will give you the tools to be one of the survivors. Find out how you can best equip yourself to survive and thrive in Small Business with a half day program comprising 1) Building High Performance Teams (7.30-9am) 2) Keeping the Cash Flowing (9.30am-11.30am) and 3) Understanding Marketing (12pm-2pm). Book for just one session or come to all three. (Refreshments included.) $20 per session.

$20
North Eastern Hotel
1 Nunn Street
Benalla 3672

Coffee connectors

Connect with other local business operators to gain insights and advice for your own small business. Coffee Connectors is a casual get together over coffee, facilitated by the Wodonga Chamber of Commerce, where business peers freely share ideas to help others in business.

$0
CUBE Cafe
Hovell Street
Wodonga 3690

Workshop: Create compelling visual merchandising

Are you maximising your street level retail offering? Often the only distinction between the success of two business selling similar products is the way the product is visually merchandised. This practical workshop provides the foundations and steps to successfully design and merchandise a retail store. Learn how to effectively showcase your products and drive a strong commercial return.

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

Marketing for small business

Want more customers? Ready to grow your business? Before a business can grow, it must first attract more customers. Being able to attract a steady stream of paying customers will always determine the success or failure of your business. Small business marketing expert Ross Pepper delivers a passionate session, sharing his knowledge, experience and personally developed marketing tools and systems to help you fulfil your vision.

$0
446 Collins Street
Level 1 / 446 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Tech-Innovation and Entrepreneur Forum

Listen to local innovators and entrepreneurs as they share insights into their journey, discuss their wins and losses, and inspire you to start or persevere in your own venture. Also learn about the exciting programs from the National Innovation and Science Agenda. Then watch as young entrepreneurs pitch their own ideas to the panel of judges, hoping to win support and mentoring to fullfil their dreams.

$0
Council Chambers
1 Magid Drive
Narre Warren 3805

Small Business Bus: Hamilton

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside the National Australia Bank Building
131 Gray Street
Hamilton 3300

Trevor Young: PR warrior

Is your business a truly ‘connected’ brand? Discover how to cut through and stay relevant in a noisy, always-on digital world. Speaker and author, Trevor Young, brings insights from the frontline of the communications revolution to help your business market more effectively to your audience. Discover how to change your mindset to succeed in the digital world.

$30
Ballarat Tech Park Central theatre
106-110 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat 3350

Overcoming procrastination and distractions in your business

Feel overwhelmed by distractions and unable to get ahead? Procrastination and distractions will cost you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed opportunities if you allow them to go unchecked. This fantastic webinar will share tips used by successful business owners around the world so that you can eliminate distractions and enhance your productivity.

$0



Multicultural Business Networking

This event is aimed at multicultural business owners and those looking to expand into overseas markets. Listen to a panel of multicultural businesses share their stories, provide advice and solutions. Topics such as business planning, expanding and exporting will be covered. Advice about where to access supporting information and government services to maximise the chances of success will also be provided. The event will include time for Q&A. A light networking lunch will follow the panel discussion.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Stree
Melbourne 3000

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.

$0
The Capital
50 View Street
Bendigo 3550

How to put your marketing on auto-pilot

This workshop will teach you how to put your online marketing on auto-pilot, enabling you to grow your business with minimal effort. Learn how to create a social media sales funnel that includes a combination of organic and paid social media, optimised landing pages and email marketing. Walk away with easy to implement digital marketing systems to help your business succeed.

$30
WYNCITY Bowl & Entertainment
36 Wallace Avenue
Point Cook 3030

Workplace relations update: Manage your risk

Are you responsible for the supervision of employees? This session is designed to equip you with an understanding of some of the challenges presented by workplace laws and will give you practical lessons to take away. Ensure you are up to speed to mitigate this important risk area for your business.

$40
Deakin University, Warrnambool City Centre Campus
Civic Room / 163 Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

Facebook hands-on

Develop your technical skills to get a better return on your Facebook marketing with this practical, hands-on workshop. Bring your own device and learn how to improve posts, develop graphics, create advertisements and measure the success of your efforts. You’ll walk away with the skills and confidence to build a successful social media presence for your business.

$0
Ouyen Neighbourhood House
48 Oke Street
Ouyen 3490

Employee relations briefing - workplace investigations

Employee relations is a complex and challenging area for your business and your brand. Hear from industry experts as they discuss the ins and outs of workplace claims and formal investigations so that you can approach difficult situations with clarity and confidence.

$0
Melbourne Town Hall
Yarra Room / 90-120 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

Setting up a business as a Gen-Y

Elyse Howard delivers a fun and interactive session to help young entrepreneurs turn their ideas into business realities. Learn the basics for setting up a business, plus the all important skills behind creating a simple business plan which positions you for success.

$0
Bearandbean Cafe
46-48 Little Ryrie Street ( rear carpark )
Geelong 3220

KeepIng Safety Simple - K.I.S.S.

Are you lost for time and money, when it comes to safety management? We all need to keep safety at the forefront of our minds in business, but how do you keep it simple? This presentation will not only help reduce the burden of OH&S compliance in your workplace, but it will also help to keep your business protected while reducing your spend and effort in managing your obligations.

$25
The Capital - Bendigo Bank Theatre
50 View Street
Bendigo 3550

Startup super session

Two excellent information sessions for anyone wanting to start a new business. If you’re looking to turn your great idea into a successful enterprise then you’ll need to develop both a great business plan and an understanding of how to avoid the traps and pitfalls which affect so many small businesses. If you’re determined to succeed in your new venture then don’t miss this fantastic free startup super session.

$0
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3199

Capitalise on the digital world without compromising security

Is your business’ security exposed due to an increasing reliance on technology? As cyber-attacks change, enterprise defences must evolve. This essential cyber security session will help small business operators understand security risks and will discuss successful solutions to help minimise those risks.

$0
Box Hill Institute, Nelson Campus
Room 32-33 / 853 Maroondah Highway
Box Hill 3128

Starting a business

Do you have a road map for your new business to survive and thrive? Preparation and planning are the biggest contributors to business success, yet only a quarter of business startups seek professional advice. This seminar is designed to assist prospective business owners and investors to lay the foundations for prosperity.

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

Gov4U: Advice, support and grants in Mornington Peninsula

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed.

$0
Mornington Peninsula Shire
2 Queen Street
Mornington 3931

E17071 - 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
Swan Hill Region Information Centre
Cnr McCrae & Curlewis
Swan Hill 3585

Opportunities and risks of sourcing business from Indonesia

Unearth the hidden opportunities of trade with our nearest neighbour. With a population of 250 million, Indonesia represents an under-explored trade market for many Australian businesses. The Indonesia Business Centre will present this discussion with a panel of experts on importing to this untapped market. The panel will include a representative from the Indonesian government to discuss how Australian small businesses can benefit from this opportunity without exposing themselves to unnecessary risks.

$0
Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia
72 Queens Road
Melbourne 3004

Nine innovative growth strategies for small business: Breakfast

Join experts Sirisha Pinnali and Alex Morrison for more than just a bowl of cornflakes. You’ll leave with nine simple, actionable strategies that will help your small business get from A to B, from where you ‘A’re to where you want it to ‘B’e. You’ll gain an overview of key strategies, practical tips for their implementation and tailored advice for your small business.

$30
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders Street
Melbourne 3000

Gov4U: Advice, support and grants in Whittlesea

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed.

$0
City of Whittlesea Council Offices
Ferres Boulevard
South Morang 3752

What's Inside the Box? Breakfast fun with Tim Gentle

It's so small and it's just a cardboard box, so why is it so special? Be prepare to be amazed as you unwrap your very own cardboard box and see what's inside the box. Be immersed in a new reality as you'll travel the world, learn new things and even discover a few hidden gems the Mildura Region has on offer without even leaving your seat!. You will need to bring your Smartphone along for this!

$27
Mildura Club
85-91 Deakin Avenue
Mildura 3500

Fundamentals of Business Writing

Everyone who works in an organisation needs to write well, but few are ever shown how. The most successful organisations are those who get their message across to their target audience clearly and effectively. This workshop will give you the basic tools to do exactly that. In this Fundamentals of Business Writing seminar from Writers Victoria, you will be introduced to the ’10 commandments of professional writing’. For some they may be a revision, for others they will be a revelation; but all participants will go away with a much clearer idea of how to effectively communicate their messages.

$30
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Effective Business Networking short workshop

Did you know that 87% of business today is generated by networking? Love it or hate it, it is an essential practice for businesses success. In this short 2-hour workshop you will learn proven, effective networking techniques, build your confidence and start connecting with other small business people in your area.

$20
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Workplace relations update: Manage your risk

Are you responsible for the supervision of employees? This session is designed to equip you with an understanding of some of the challenges presented by workplace laws and will give you practical lessons to take away. Ensure you are up to speed to mitigate this important risk area for your business.

$40
Geelong Cats, Captains Room
Kardinia Park
Geelong 3220

Get smart with social media

Blogger, podcaster, author and Flying Solo Editor, Kelly Exeter steps us through a quick-fire exploration of the most effective social media and publishing channels available to today’s small business. From Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, to podcasting and video, you’ll learn what medium deserves your attention and the steps to take to succeed.

$0



Small Business Bus: Ballarat

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside Commerce Ballarat
27 Doveton Street Nth
Ballarat 3350

Small Business Bus: Port Fairy

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
The Village Green
71 Sackville Street
Port Fairy 3284

Grow your business and access your numbers on the go with Xero

This workshop is for small business owners who are looking to save time and increase productivity. Learn how Xero can also help you to: Get paid faster: Send online invoices and receive updates when an invoice is opened. Manage cash flow: See all balances, invoices, bills and expense claims at a glance. Run your business anywhere: Whether you’re in the office or on the beach, get a real time view of your cash flow.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
Bourke St
Melbourne 3000

Collaborate to innovate

Discover how collaboration can make your business more innovative, more agile and more profitable.

$0
The Cluster
Level 17 / 31 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Business insurance solutions

Is your business adequately insured? Learn how covering yourself and your business correctly will save you both time and money in the long run.

$0
Ballarat Business Centre
15 Dawson Street South
Ballarat 3350

Starting out - tips to start your business

Start your business by planning for success. Join Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Geoff Browne, and Anthony Turner from the Small Business Mentoring Service as they provide hints and tips to help get you started in your business and avoid potential pitfalls.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

A history of entrepreneurship: walking tour of Footscray

Be inspired by stories of Footscray’s rich history and discover how layers of migration have built a rich and innovative business community on a two hour walking tour of Melbourne’s inner west.

$0
VU at MetroWesr
138 Nicholson Street
Footscray 3011

How can IP provide competitive and commercial advantage?

Use your brand, ideas and innovations to give yourself a competitive edge in the marketplace. Trademark and patent attorneys use real-world examples to discuss how your intellectual property (IP) can help you to differentiate from your competitors, attract new customers and add value to your business. This informative workshop is supported by a series of complimentary consultations for you to discuss your business’ IP strategy directly.

$0
Sebastians Restaurant
65-67 Wyndham Street
Shepparton 3630

Bayside Business networking nIght

Usually exclusive to Bayside Business Network members, this special Small Business Festival Victoria session will be open to all small businesses. Meet other local entrepreneurs, learn from their experiences and develop business friendships in an informal surround.

$0
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Cheltenham Road
Black Rock 3193

What to do before starting a business

Do you have a road map for your new business to survive and thrive? Preparation and planning are the biggest contributors to business success, yet only a quarter of business startups seek professional advice. This seminar is designed to assist prospective business owners and investors to lay the foundations for prosperity.

$0
Crowe Horwath
Venue: Level 16, 181 William Street
Melbourne 3000

Club Wednesday: Business Festival Launch

Join the local business community at our special Club Wednesday function at South West TAFE. Club Wednesday offers the perfect chance to network with like minded businesses and community members over drinks and light finger foods. This special event will also see the official launch the 2016 Great South Coast Small Business Festival, and participants will have the unique opportunity to tour the South West TAFE facilities. Walk away with better connections to help your business succeed.

$0
South West TAFE
Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

Business after hours

Business Wangaratta will host their popular Business After Hours networking event as part of the Small Business Festival Victoria. Join us for a great opportunity to meet other business operators and form relationships. This special event will be held in a new venue, which offers an opportunity to see first-hand various businesses throughout Wangaratta. Nibbles and finger food provided.

$0
Snow Road Produce
1604 Snow Road
Milawa 3678

E16169 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
Kyabram Community & Learning Centre (KCLC)
21-25 Lake Rd
Kyabram 3620

030816 - Achieving Financial Success Small Business Workshops Series

Achieving Financial Success Small Business Workshop Series ($80 per participant for the series) Session One: Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop - Wednesday 3 August 6pm to 8pm Session Two: Pricing for Maximum Profit short workshop - Wednesday 10 August 6pm to 8pm Session Three: Keep the Cash Flowing short workshop - Wednesday 17 August 6pm to 8pm Session Four: Financial Health Check short workshop - Wednesday 24 August 6pm to 8pm Session Five: Setting Your Financial Strategy short workshop - Wednesday 31 August 6pm to 8pm

$80
Monash Enterprise Centre
5a Hartnett Close
MULGRAVE 3170

E15888 - Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop

How easily can you access ‘at a glance’ information about your business to reliably inform important decisions? 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 Achieving Financial Success Small Business Workshops Series ($80 per participant for 5 workshops). To book in for the series, please click on the link https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/030816-achieving-financial-success-small-business-workshop-series-tickets-20910528955

$20
Monash Enterprise Centre
5a Hartnett Close
MULGRAVE 3150

Moreland Business Women's Network

The Moreland Business Women's Network (MBWN) is for women entrepreneurs, business professionals, home based business women and mums and those of thinking of starting a business. If you are looking for a different way to grow your business than this dynamic group will give you the unique opportunity to use the power within the network to help move you and your business in a new positive direction. The MBWN has an upbeat energy with a sincere desire to help each other grow personally and professionally in a fun and informative networking atmosphere. These meetings are guaranteed to inspire and motivate all businesswomen. Grow with the MBWN.

$
Moreland Civic Centre
90 Bell Street
Coburg 3058

030816 - Achieving Financial Success Small Business workshop series

Achieving Financial Success Small Business Workshop Series ($80 per participant for the series) Session One: Effective Record Keeping for Small Business short workshop Session Two: Pricing for Maximum Profit short workshop Session Three: Keep the Cash Flowing short workshop Session Four: Financial Health Check short workshop Session Five: Setting Your Financial Strategy short workshop

$80
Monash Civic Centre
293 Springvale Road
Glen Waverley 3150

Bringing independent expertise into a business

Are you looking to grow your business but feel limited by your own knowledge and skill set? Learn how an external advisory board could help to bring in the new skills and knowledge required to take your business to the next level.

$0
Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade
Altona 3018

ebay and online for retail businesses

Innovate your retail business and avoid being left behind as the world moves online. Discover the world of ebay and learn how you can extend your traditional retail offering through a low cost online store. If you’re not innovating, your competition will be. Ebay Queen Katrina Kail will provide up to date, fresh new content and relevant information, giving those who attend an edge in the marketplace. You will walk away armed with new insights and an action plan you can implement within your business the very next day, boosting profits immediately.

$15
Geelong City Hall
57 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3215

Business networking breakfast

Join other small business owners and be part of the recognition and celebration of Maribyrnong's successful multicultural business community. This business breakfast is an excellent opportunity to network and connect with other local businesses. If you are new to business, an entrepreneur, professional, decision-maker or executive, then participating at this event is a must! Hosted by the City of Maribyrnong.

$0
Maribyrnong Council Offices - Reception Room
Cnr Napier Street and Hyde Street
Footscray 3011

Starting Out - tips to start your business

Start your business by planning for success. Join Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Geoff Browne, and Anthony Turner from the Small Business Mentoring Service as they provide hints and tips to help get you started in your business and avoid potential pitfalls.

$0
The Capital
50 View Street
Bendigo 3550

Fast track business expansion

Don’t miss this inspiring session for motivated business owners looking to take their business from ‘good' to ‘great’.

$88
The Close
39 Ovens Street
Wangaratta 3677

E17074 - 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
Swan Hill Reigonal Information Centre
Cnr Curlewis & McCrae
Swan Hill 3585

The B Corp movement - redefining success in business

What is a B Corp and how can B Corp certification benefit my business? This engaging session will show how becoming a B Corp can help you to attract and retain staff, generate trust, and gain competitive advantage. Learn how becoming a good corporate citizen can help you to also run a better business.

$0
Oscar's Hotel and Cafe Bar
18 Doveton Street South
Ballarat 3350

Getting found on Google Maps

Put your business on the map! Getting found on Google Maps is a great way to increase traffic to your business, organisation or region. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to add yourself to Google Maps and then enhance the experience of your visitor by adding your very own 360º virtual tour of your shop, property or facilities. Bring your own mobile device.

$0
Quest Mildura
115-119 Madden Avenue
Mildura 3500

Five must do's to avoid negotiation disasters

Discover the five things that every entrepreneur and business owner must know about negotiation to gain control, confidence and resilience in nerve-racking situations, where there is a lot at stake for you and your business.

$29
Space & Co
Level 9 / 360 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne 3000

Small Business Bus: Warrnambool

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside the Warrnambool Civic Green
34 - 48 Liebig Street
Warrnambool 3280

Export 101 workshop

Do you want to grow your business by entering the global marketplace? The Export 101 workshop will provide you with the essential information and tools required to confidently access and pursue international exporting opportunities. Advice is aligned with the global export programs of both Government and industry at large, so you can tap into a wider support network. The workshop is useful to any business that is exporting or considering exporting goods or services in key markets overseas.

$0
Investment Centre Victoria
55 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Essential Chinese phrases for doing business with China

Do you need to improve your basic language skills when engaging Chinese business partners? This introductory session is designed to assist SME staff who have never learned – or have just begun learning – to develop 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

Small Business Bus: Ballarat

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Bridge Street Mall
62 Bridge Street
Ballarat 3350

Creating a high performance team and culture

Do you want to lead a high performance business? Find out what it takes at this inspiring and energetic session for business growth.

$15
Quest Wodonga
Reid Street
Wodonga 3690

Meet the regulators

Running an existing small business or thinking of starting a new one? Gain practical tips on registering your business, hiring employees, record-keeping, lightening your tax load and advertising your products and services from the regulators in the know.

$0
donkey wheel house
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

How to know and find your ideal client

Do you have a crystal clear picture of your ideal client? Knowing exactly which clients you want to attract helps you focus your efforts so you’re not running around creating 'one size fits all' products, services and marketing that doesn’t have any impact. This webinar shows you how to define your ideal client and make your marketing easier.

$0



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.

$0
Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade
Altona 3018

Survive, grow, thrive in your new business

A positive, practical workshop aimed at providing aspiring entrepreneurs or freelancers with a deeper and better understanding of how to start up a business when you're over 40.

$45
Cliftons
Level 1 / 440 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Online review sites for local business success

Need help managing your business' online reputation? This practical discussion looks at how you can use review websites to your advantage and how to best manage bad reviews if and when they occur.

$0
donkey wheel house
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Diversity - The innovation x-factor?

Diversity is now the X-factor in business success! Diversity helps breed innovation, and innovation breeds business success. Discover in Session 1 of our two part event how diversity in thinking can help you solve your key business issues. In this Afternoon Workshop, running from 4.00pm - 6.00pm, trouble shoot some of your key business issues with a diverse group of experts in an interactive workshop environment. In Session 2, the Evening Panel, we will hear real world advice from industry leaders on how to build, harness and capitalise on diversity in your business. You will have the opportunity to have your questions answered. This session will run from 6.30pm - 8.30pm. You can join either or both sessions.

$10
Inspire9
41 Stewart Street
Richmond 3121

Is small business for you?

Thinking about starting a small business? Career Coaches – Karen Hollenbach and Marina Pitisano – discuss the mindset and entrepreneurial skills required to start and run your own enterprise. This invaluable one hour information session can also be supported by one-on-one career consultations.

$0
Monash Civic Centre
293 Springvale Road
Glen Waverley 3150

Understanding today’s media to help tell your organisation’s story

Knowing how to access the media to tell your story is as important for your business as ever. This workshop will show you how to use the media to market your organisation in today's constantly changing media culture.

$70
Ascend Public Relations and Communications
Central Springs Road
Daylesford 3460

Go online and grow online

Australia Post invites you to attend a free interactive session exploring how to take your Small Business Online and Grow Online. We'll be covering topics such as developing an online store and securely managing payments, through to driving traffic to your website and end-customer delivery. Speakers from the Google™ Partners program and other Small Business specialists will discuss online marketing options for your business to grow online, followed by a panel discussion. Light refreshments will be provided

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Marketing from the ground up for startups

Effective marketing can make or break your small business. Hear from industry experts on how to plan your marketing strategy and communicate more effectively – seeing marketing as an investment rather than an expense for your business. You’ll walk away with practical tips and a sound foundation for your business to implement so that you can maximise your impact in the marketplace.

$40
Frankston City Council - Acacia Room
30 Davey Street (Enter via Young Street)
Frankston 3199

Dimboola - Build Your Business Beyond Drought - Small Business Resilience

If you are a small business owner in a community that has been feeling the economic impacts of the drought, and would like some practical support to help to better plan for your business continuity and financial health, this workshop is for you.

$
Dimboola Community Centre
12 Wimmera Street
Dimboola 3414

Ride the digital wave: Dinner with Chris Riddell (Ballarat)

An online trailblazer and progressive thought-leader, Chris Riddell takes you on an inspiring journey through the world of digital, showing how innovation and new technologies are transforming the way we do business. Enjoy a thought provoking dinner with one of the new economy’s sharpest observers. The digital age is here – discover how to get on board!

$60
Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre
613 Main Road
Ballarat 3350

Financial management and reporting for forward thinking SMEs

Do you want to increase revenue, reduce costs, become more agile and capitalise on emerging markets/opportunities? Developing skills in financial management and reporting is essential for all forward thinking SMEs looking to succeed. Boost your knowledge and gain a clearer picture of your business’ performance with this inspiring financial management presentation – essential viewing for all small business operators.

$0
Rydges on Swanston
701 Swanston Street
Carlton 3053

Local leads, real results: digital marketing workshop

Learn how to create a digital strategy for your business to engage customers in the new economy. 'Local leads, real results' will demonstrate how to be found online, reach more customers and build brand loyalty through targeted digital marketing solutions.

$0
The Capital
View Street
Bendigo 3550

Russel Howcroft: When it's right to be wrong

Join Russel Howcroft – ad man, media personality, television executive and man of many passions – for an animated discussion on the central concept of his new book, 'When it’s right to be wrong’. Through his appearances on ABC1’s The Gruen Transfer, Russel has become a well-regarded public face of brand marketing and advertising in Australia.

$55
The Pier Geelong
10 Western Foreshore Rd
Geelong 3220

Open mic night: Building confidence to market your brand

Join this open mic night and take the opportunity to nuke your nerves by presenting your brand or business in public. Facilitated by Simon Mossman from Mossman Media, the open mic night is a fun, informal evening – with a slightly serious side. The event is designed to encourage and support you to develop practical marketing skills. So take the edge off your nerves – get some Dutch courage, prepare to develop a new marketing capability and join your peers in presenting your business or brand story on stage in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere.

$40
Mills Street Warehouse
6-12 Mills Street
Cheltenham 3192

Stop business burnout before it's too late

As a small business owner you are your greatest asset...and your greatest risk! What will happen to your business if you burn out from overwork? Will it burn out with you? If so, then this practical hands-on workshop is for you. Learn how to identify if burnout is a risk for you, and what actions you can put in place to minimise those risks. You’ll take away the confidence to deal with these issues head on and the inspiration to rekindle your entrepreneurial excitement.

$20
Soulfull Leadership HQ
61 Leather Street
Breakwater 3219

Gov4U: advice, support and grants for SMEs

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

A business growth strategy in a changed world

It is not business as usual anymore. Competition has doubled in five years. Demand is driving markets now, not supply – which means customers are in charge. It means how you market, sell and operate needs to change. Let’s explore what has changed and what you can do about it. Learn how to adapt your business to changing technology and consumer habits at this thought-provoking business planning session.

$10
Alpine Shire Council Offices
Churchill Avenue
Bright 3741

Small Business Bus: Geelong

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Lt Malop Street Mall
113 Moorabool Street
Geelong 3220

Women in Front with guest speaker Clare Bowditch

Join like-minded business people for lunch to hear ARIA Award winning musician, Logie-nominated actress, founder of Big Hearted Business and 774 presenter Clare Bowditch as guest speaker at this stand out networking lunch. The event is an excellent opportunity for small business owners to network, learn new skills and to grow their business. Come along to hear Clare share intimate stories of her entrepreneurial career, about being creative and doing what you love and be treated to a performance by Clare of one of her songs. This event is not to be missed!

$65
Melrose Melbourne
Melrose Drive
Tullamarine 3043

Run your dance school like a successful business

Attention all dance school operators: don’t miss this highly specialised session designed to help make your operation more successful. With advice from industry experts and other dance studio owners, this free session will provide a wealth of tailored information to help you grow your business.

$0
Box Hill Institute, Whitehorse Campus
1000 Whitehorse Rd
Box Hill 3128

Women in business lunch

Put your foot in the door at a Portland Women in Business (PWiB) networking event and develop connections with women who are 'on the same page’ at this relaxed luncheon. You'll discover new business building ideas and be inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of those around you. Our educational and informative guest speakers provide all the tools and empowerment you need to achieve business success.

$0
Portland Business Hub
33 Percy Street
Portland 3305

Secrets of my success: Ballarat

Don’t miss 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. Industry leaders will discuss the benefits of their experiences and share their tips for prosperity. This relaxed and inspiring event will also provide invaluable time to network with like-minded business owners and operators from the region. Presented by Crowe Horwath and the Ballarat Business Centre, this event is free but registrations are essential.

$0
Crowe Horwath Boardroom
21 Armstrong Street North
Ballarat 3350

Business grants and assistance for ICT companies

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 for the ICT industry, as well as real-world examples of grants success.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Boost your business with email marketing

Are you making the most of free or low cost email marketing opportunities for your business? Learn how to connect with your customers, how to manage mailouts and how to measure their success. Part information presentation, part informal networking event, you’ll leave this session with a keen understanding of how to maximise this digital marketing medium to get results.

$20
Banyule digiDECL
Shop 31-37 / The Mall
Heidelberg West 3081

Ride the digital wave: Dinner with Chris Riddell (Bendigo)

An online trailblazer and progressive thought-leader, Chris Riddell takes you on an inspiring journey through the world of digital, showing how innovation and new technologies are transforming the way we do business. Enjoy a thought provoking dinner with one of the new economy’s sharpest observers. The digital age is here – discover how to get on board!

$60
Ulumbarra Theatre
Gaol Road
Bendigo 3550

2016 Strathbogie Shire Business Dinner

Join small business operators across the shire as they come together for a night of inspiration, networking and socialising. The Strathbogie Shire Business Dinner is the only event of its kind in Strathbogie. You will enjoy a delicious dinner in a fantastic venue, as you make connections with like-minded business people and share experiences to help foster business growth. Presented by Business Enterprise Euroa and Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce. This event is open to members and non-members.

$65
Fowles Wine
Corner Hume Freeway and Lambing Gully Road
Avenel 3664

Be your own boss – an introduction to freelancing

Tap into the world of freelancing and you’ll never look back. This session is perfect for those looking to get ahead through working independently. Experienced practitioners will guide you through the process of setting up and will steer you away from commonly made mistakes. Learn how to find projects and discover what it takes to achieve success as a freelancer.

$25
Frankston Arts Centre (North and South Studios)
27-37 Davey Street
Frankston 3199

BizFest

BizFest is returning for 2016 – back by popular demand! This motivational business conference includes high profile keynote speakers Emma Welsh and Tom Griffith, the masterminds behind Emma & Tom's whole fruit juices. There will also be a series of breakout workshops, a Q&A panel for small business and speed networking. Don’t miss this opportunity to refresh your business thinking.

$100
Lighthouse Theatre
Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

How marketing contributes to financial performance

Understand the value of marketing and how marketing activities contribute to the financial success of your business at this free three hour workshop.

$0
Federation University - Caro Centre
University Drive
Mt Helen 3350

Leasing a commercial property for your business

Understand your rights when it comes to leasing a commercial property. This informative session will also give you insight into property fitouts, market rental rates and moving your business.

$35
Cliftons
Level 1 / 440 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Business success online made easy

Discover whether your business idea has the strength to survive in the competitive world of online businesses. With low-cost entry causing high levels of competition, many online businesses don’t go the distance. Learn what it takes to cut through and how to position yourself for success.

$15
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Small Business Bus: Tallangatta

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Car park opposite Banool Road
Towong Street
Tallangatta 3700

Small Business Bus: Box Hill

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Box Hill Town Hall
1022 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill 3128

Start designing using Canva

Discover how your business can create more impact through good design. This practical workshop will introduce you to Canva – a free, very easy to use graphic design application built for those with no design experience. In an increasingly visual world, businesses need to develop a more sophisticated design presence to compete. This training session will give you the tools and confidence to improve your business’ image immediately.

$49
Inspire9
1/41-43 Stewart Street
Richmond 3121

Sometimes bad things happen to good businesses

Understand the impacts of insolvency and discover ways you can protect yourself by acting early.

$0
City of Greater Geelong Council
100 Brougham Street
Geelong 3220

From employee to owner

If you’re looking to buy an existing business or start your own venture – this is the webinar for you. Gain valuable insights into what to look out for when buying a business and the process you’ll need to undertake. Expert advice will help you avoid common mistakes and will ensure you understand how to value things accurately to make the best possible investment.

$44



Leads, sales, revenue - Grow your business online

From little things, big things grow! Do you have a bustling bricks and mortar business which doesn’t have a comparable online presence? As your business expands offline, you also need to look after its online growth. Digital experts will show you how to turn your online presence up a notch, leveraging the tools available to maximise your online business growth. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your digital knowledge with this inspiring business lunch.

$35
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Can't spell 'entrepreneur'? It doesn't matter!

Have you ever wondered what an entrepreneur looks and acts like? Would it surprise you that they come from all walks of life and mostly fly under the radar? Find out whether you have the entrepreneurial skills to take advantage of our changing world. Business advocate Kerry Anderson will share her observations in a practical and interactive discussion.

$0
LaTrobe University City Campus
Level 20 / 360 Collin Street
Melbourne 3000

TFIA Industry Panel | The Fashion Innovators

Join a panel of fashion's leading local innovators to discuss strategies for business success in this ever evolving industry. Learn first hand from those who have overcome the challenges of growing a successful fashion business. Whether you are in the process of establishing your brand, considering a future in the industry or ready for some fresh insights, this event is for you.

$30
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

How can IP provide competitive and commercial advantage?

Use your brand, ideas and innovations to give yourself a competitive edge in the marketplace. Trademark and patent attorneys use real-world examples to discuss how your intellectual property (IP) can help you to differentiate from your competitors, attract new customers and add value to your business. This informative workshop is supported by a series of complimentary consultations for you to discuss your business’ IP strategy directly.

$0
Black Stump Bistro
110-114 Eighth Street
Mildura 3501

A business growth strategy in a changed world

It is not just business as usual anymore. Competition has doubled in five years. Demand is driving markets now, not supply – which means customers are in charge. It means how you market, sell and operate needs to change. Let’s explore what has changed and what you can do about it. Learn how to adapt your business to changing technology and consumer habits at this thought-provoking business planning session.

$10
Rutherglen Libray
157 High Street
Rurtherglen 3685

Access subsidised labour

Discover how government wage subsidies can save your business thousands of dollars. This informative workshop will cover what Federal and Victorian government wage subsidies are currently available, and how your business can access them. You will also gain tips on recruitment shortcuts and how employers can access free recruitment services that provide pre-screened, job ready candidates for their business.

$15
MatchWorks Bendigo
26-28 St. Andrews Avenue
Bendigo 3550

Business networking

Meet a panel of prominent Wellington business identities and share their highs, lows and secrets of success at this networking event. Walk away engaged, inspired and having learnt from the experiences of other local business owners and professionals in a relaxed environment. Warm finger food will be provided. Drinks at club prices.

$20
Yarram Recreation Reserve Pavillion
Livingston Road
Yarram 3971

The SEO workshop

An easy interactive guide to better SEO practices with James Smith from Smith Brothers Media. Come and find out how to implement smarter, more cost-effective marketing strategies, using real life case studies and expert advice from SEO specialists. Walk away with a deeper understanding about how to get the most out of your online marketing.

$25
Sandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road
Sandringham 3193

Technologies and trends that shape what we eat

Are you interested in how a growing number of Australian SMEs are capturing high margin niches in the fast growing food production sector? Join us for a dynamic session on the farming of livestock and crops, and how both small and large businesses are using technology to provide the growing global population with a healthy, well-balanced diet. Discover the opportunities for your business in this expanding international market.

$0
Swan Hill Regional Information Centre
Cnr McRae Street and Curlewis Street
Swan Hill 3585

Optimising the performance of your family business

Going into business with family members can be both rewarding and risky. This essential session for any families in business will help you navigate the complexities around your relationships and structures. Expert presenters will leave you with a much clearer vision for how to set boundaries and effective frameworks around your family business.

$0
Craig's Royal Hotel
10 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat 3350

Understanding trends and opportunities in volitile global conditions

Chief economist at the Bank of Melbourne, Hans Kunnen, will give you an insight into current economic trends and opportunities. Hear from one of Australia’s brightest economic minds as he shares knowledge of how the changing global business climate could impact your business.

$55
Deakin University - The Point
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood 3125

Industry innovation - Working with university researchers

Learn how your business could benefit from the research facilities and resources of a university to boost innovation and empower growth.

$0
VU at MetroWest
138 Nicholson Street
Footscray 3011

Gov4U: Advice, support and grants in Hume

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed.

$0
Hume Global Learning Centre
1093 Pascoe Vale Road
Broadmeadows 3047

Tendering success made simple

Learn how to write and win tenders so that your business can capitalise on working with local governments. This practical session is perfect for small business operators who have never tendered before, have limited tendering experience or just need a refresh.

$20
Civic Centre
Level 2 / 225 Lonsdale Street
Dandenong 3175

Social media marketing with video

Whether you are a new start up or an established business looking for an extra edge over the competition, this workshop is for you. You will learn how to position your business so you stand out from the crowd and create an online marketing strategy that is effective, realistic and can help generate more leads and sales. You will walk away with tips that you can action immediately and will have you making the most of social media, YouTube videos and much more.

$15
Inside the Community Centre Building
40 Fulham Road
Rowville 3178

E17655 - 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
Landscaping Victoria
2/497 Burke Road
Hawthorn East 3123

Improving your search engine ranking: more leads, more revenue

In a world where over 90% of online experiences start with a search, showing up on the first page of Google results can be the deciding factor between a business that is successful and one that is not. If you are unsure whether you are correctly optimising your website to be found online, you could be missing out on valuable opportunities for your business. Learn more about how you can improve your online conversions with this practical introduction to paid and organic search engine optimisation. A one-hour workshop will be followed by morning tea and networking.

$15
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Five simple ways Facebook can attract new customers

Facebook is now an integral part of marketing, especially for small and micro businesses. It is low cost, helps businesses identify and win potential customers and produces results. Understand how to leverage Facebook’s digital marketing tools to effectively communicate with your customers and deliver growth for your business.

$35
BEC @ Kangan
38 Buckley Street
Essendon 3040

Digital ice cream: How to keep up in a digital world

Wouldn't you rather be having more fun and making more money with your digital marketing? Russell Pearson, the Brand Design Guy, will help you discover the options available and will show you how to determine the most effective and enjoyable marketing approach for your business. This fun, engaging and practical workshop will leave you with the tools and knowledge to attract more customers and generate more profit, more often.

$25
Monash Enterprise Centre & Business Incubator
5A Harnett Close
Mulgrave 3170

DIY PR: new ways to attract media attention

Having your business featured in the media is a cost-effective way to promote yourself, attract new customers and stimulate business growth. In this session, you will undertake practical exercises to approach media – both traditional and digital. Learn how to prepare for your PR campaign and discuss what media outlets will consider ’newsworthy'. Discover what you can do to get noticed and featured.

$49
Inspire9
1/41-43 Stewart Street
Richmond 3121

Small Business Bus: Rutherglen

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside the IGA
95 Main Street
Rutherglen 3685

Export 101 workshop

Do you want to grow your business by entering the global marketplace? The Export 101 workshop will provide you with the essential information and tools required to confidently access and pursue international exporting opportunities. Advice is aligned with the global export programs of both Government and industry at large, so you can tap into a wider support network. The workshop is useful to any business that is exporting or considering exporting goods or services in key markets overseas.

$0
Craig's Royal Hotel
10 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat 3350

Small Business Bus: Footscray

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Paisley Street Car Park, next to Footscray Library
56 Paisley Street
Footscray 3011

E17612 - 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
Wimmera Business Centre
62 Darlot Street
Horsham 3400

Small business mentoring sessions

Free, one-on-one advice for your small business. Bass Coast Shire Council in conjunction with the Small Business Mentoring Service is offering complimentary business mentoring sessions to support businesses which are based in Bass Coast Shire. Mentoring sessions are free but bookings are essential.

$0
Bass Coast Shire Council Civic Centre
76 McBride Avenue
Wonthaggi 3995

How to take amazing images for your business

A great picture can not only tell a thousand words, it can also do a lot of the hard work in selling your goods or services. If you want to take amazing photos for your website, marketing and general business purposes then come along to this workshop and learn how to put the wow into your imagery!

$49

265 Pakington Street
Newtown 3220

The new way to get more leads

Learn how to attract new customers by offering customers something they really need. One sure-fire way to get more leads is to offer prospects something that adds value to their life and that they're willing to exchange for their attention. The better you can match your offer with what your prospect is looking for, the more successful you will be at capturing their details and getting them closer to being a customer. This webinar will show you the keys to building your own 'lead magnet'.

$0



Attract new customers with social media

Everyone seems to be talking about social media these days, but how can Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn actually help your business? If you are not effectively using social media, you could be missing out on valuable opportunities for growth. This workshop is specifically designed for businesses looking to gain insights, learn best practice principles and review their current online strategies. A light lunch and networking session will follow the workshop.

$30
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Ten top tips for business finance success

Explore the options available to assist small businesses with their cash management. Obtaining a business loan is often the first thought people have when experiencing cash flow issues, but perhaps this business model needs reinvention. This interactive session will challenge established models of operating and will use case study examples – which the audience will workshop – to investigate more appropriate cash-flow solutions for small businesses. Light lunch will be provided.

$30
Bank of Melbourne
Level 8 / 530 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

E16012 - Build Your Business Advantage workshop

Many successful business operators have built a sustainable competitive advantage by putting in place good systems and processes. Learn simple practices that can improve customer service, staff engagement, productivity and your overall business performance.

$30
Rural City of Wangaratta Council Chambers
62-68 Ovens St
Wangaratta 3675

Workplace relations update: Manage your risk

Are you responsible for the supervision of employees? This session is designed to equip you with an understanding of some of the challenges presented by workplace laws and will give you practical lessons to take away. Ensure you are up to speed to mitigate this important risk area for your business.

$40
TAFEspace Wodonga, Strategic Planning Room
158 Lawrence Street
Wodonga 3690

Starting a podcast for your business

Do you want to start a podcast? Find out the benefits of podcasting for your business, what’s involved and what pitfalls to avoid. Loren Bartley – the producer and co-host of #BusinessAddicts The Podcast – will teach you her proven step-by-step process for creating a podcast that can help grow your business.

$30
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

The six step business blueprint

Building a house without a plan sounds ridiculous. So why do so many business owners try to build a business without a plan? In this powerful presentation business coach, David Guest discusses the simple and proven methods that can be applied to any business to create stunning results.

$27
Outcomes Business Group
1174 Nepean Highway
Cheltenham 3192

Technologies and trends that shape what we eat

Are you interested in how a growing number of Australian SMEs are capturing high margin niches in the fast growing food production sector? Join us for a dynamic session on the farming of livestock and crops, and how both small and large businesses are using technology to provide the growing global population with a healthy, well-balanced diet. Discover the opportunities for your business in this expanding international market.

$0
Quest
Madden Avenue
Mildura 3500

Social media and Trip Advisor for business

If you’re running a retail, hospitality or tourism based business, management of your online reputation is vital for business success. North East digital expert, Sally Rogers, will teach you the tricks and tips you need to make the most of the online world. Learn how to manage your social media presence and to engage with Trip Advisor to manage both compliments and suggestions for improvement. Presented in partnership with Upper Murray Business Inc.

$10
Corryong Council Office
Hanson Street
Corryong 3707

Managing your cash flow

Understand and improve your business cash flow and be guided on the key drivers of cash and how to improve cash flow with simple measures. Learn about tools to get cash flowing again and how to avoid a cash flow crisis. The session includes a panel discussion with Business Banking Managers from the major banks in the area. This free event is designed to provide information and practical skills for people looking to start, operate and grow a small business.

$0
La Trobe Visual Arts Centre
121 View Street
Bendigo 3550

Marketing for Growth workshop

Already know about Marketing and now want to grow your business with new products, services, or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your business opportunities. This hands-on workshop will enable you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and focus your marketing strategy to grow your business.

$30
Blackwood Room, City of Boroondara Council Offices
8 Inglesby Road
Camberwell 3124

E16039 - 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
Fitzroy Town Hall
Cnr Napier & Moor Street
Fitzroy 3065

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
Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3199

E15805 - Develop Your Online Strategy 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
Rose Room Terang
129 High St
Terang 3264

Effective cash flow management for SME's

Effective cash-flow management is a necessity for all businesses. Regardless of how great the business model is, how profitable it is, or how many investors there are, a business simply can’t survive if it can’t manage cash. Learn how to proactively manage your cash-flow to create a more financially sustainable business model.

$0
Pascoe Vale Hotel
Railway Parade
Pascoe Vale 3044

E16992 - Marketing for Growth 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
Brimbank City Council - Conference Room
Meeting Room MR4.1, 301 Hampshire Road
Sunshine 3020

E17072 - Save Money and Get Greener short workshop

Reducing your utility consumption is a win-win for the environment and your business! Bring along your bills to this short workshop and in just two hours walk away with a practical, achievable action plan to improve your bottom line. Then proudly use your green credentials to build your business reputation.

$20
Swan Hill Region Information Centre
Cnr McCrae & Curlewis
Swan Hill 3585

CBD renewal workshop

Learn how to successfully manage your business during the Warrnambool CBD renewal works.

$0
City Renewal Hub
Liebig Street
Warrnambool 3280

Accessing the Indonesian market for small businesses

Capitalise on opportunities in Indonesia for your business. With a population of approximately 250 million people, Indonesia provides a great market opportunity to be explored by foreign investors and businesses. The Indonesia Business Centre will present a panel of experts to discuss how Australian small businesses can take advantage of this opportunity while navigating the potential risks.

$0
Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia
72 Queens Road
Melbourne 3004

Wyndham BizNet networking event

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet like-minded small business operators in a relaxed and friendly setting over dinner. Special guest speakers will be presenting insights to help you develop and grow your own business.

$50
Wyndham Cache
243 K Road
Werribee South 3030

E16056 - Successfully Exiting your Business short workshop

Successfully exiting your business takes as much planning as getting started. Sometimes you exit is part of a succession plan, or it could be a sale. This workshop helps you to develop a plan to guide your big decisions, maximise the value of your business and put you in control of how and when you move on.

$20
Milpara Community House
21 Shellcot Road
Korumburra 3950

Getting collaboration right

For micro and small businesses operating in regional areas, collaboration with others can stimulate new business possibilities and reduce the challenges of working in isolation. Collaboration designer and partnership broker, Rhonda Chapman, presents an engaging discussion on how collaboration can invigorate small businesses. Come along and learn the how and why of successful collaborations, without the buzzwords but with plenty of practical insights.

$25
Cohoots Coworking
40 Forest Street
Castlemaine 3450

Passion to plate - recipe for home based success

Busy mother of four, Vy Cardona, shares her experience of starting and expanding a home based business into catering success story. Discover how you too can turn your passion into a profitable business – all from the comfort of your own home.

$0
Yarraville Community Centre
59 Francis Street
Yarraville 3013

Engage I Ignite I Digitise

Grow your business to new heights and learn from experts leading the way in the digital market. Be inspired over breakfast with the latest trends in bringing the physical and digital together through augmented reality – a new and exciting way of setting your business apart from the competition.

$30
NAB Village
700 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3008

2016 eftpos ARA Retail Awards

Join us for a celebration of retail achievement, with the presentation of the 2016 ARA Australian Retail Awards. This event brings Australia’s top retail players from the shop floor to a national stage, recognising their success in the face of a difficult retail landscape. These awards have long helped to foster prosperity and advancement in the retail industry – especially for growing businesses and young entrepreneurs. Enjoy a celebratory breakfast and discover how Australia’s leading retailers are innovating to succeed.

$60
Grand Hyatt - Melbourne
123 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Nine innovative growth strategies for small business: Breakfast

Join experts Sirisha Pinnali and Alex Morrison for more than just a bowl of cornflakes. You’ll leave with nine simple, actionable strategies that will help your small business get from A to B, from where you ‘A’re to where you want it to ‘B’e. You’ll gain an overview of key strategies, practical tips for their implementation and tailored advice for your small business.

$25
Boheme Function Room, Cafe & Restaurant
368 Bridge Road
Richmond 3121

Gov4U: advice, support and grants in Wyndham

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed.

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

National Small Business Conference 2016

Building Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: 29th Annual SEAANZ Conference 10-12 August 2016 Creating an environment that supports entrepreneurship requires attention to a number of factors, including the legal and regulatory system, financial resources, human capacity development, infrastructure and even social norms. Gain new insights into the elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem and how innovative businesses can be supported within this.

$650
The Village, NAB
700 Bourke Street
Docklands 3008

Managing People Performance

Understand what motivates and empowers staff so that you can get the best from people. This insightful program provides small business operators with much needed skills in managing the performance of staff.

$0
BGT
14 Hill Street
Mount Pleasant 3350

Digital tools for business growth

Capitalise on the online tools available to give your business further reach, higher relevance, greater efficiency and lower costs. Whether it be in planning, marketing, recruitment, or finance, new online applications can help you to streamline your processes and expand your business. Learn from the experts, and get the low down on what and how to use the latest online tools that are designed to help your business grow. This full day event gives you the flexibility to select one or a number of workshops, and have different staff attend different workshops on the one ticket throughout the day.

$45
Mercure Hotel
Corner Myers Street and Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220

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
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Beat the overwhelm: Creative hacks for business success

Is your workflow highly productive? Do you make meaningful progress and manage deadlines and deliverables with ease? Are you overwhelmed by demands firing at you from all angles? In this practical 90-minute workshop session, Dr Wendy Elford will teach you how to get creative, maximise your workflow, breakthrough barriers and accelerate your results with surprising ease.

$27.5
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Small Business Bus: Wangaratta

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside the National Australia Bank
45 Reid Street
Wangaratta 3677

How to get found on LinkedIn

Linkedin is a powerful tool for building your professional profile and developing an online business network. This class will take you through the practical ways you can make improvements to your profile and connect in meaningful ways with other professionals. Discover how an effective presence on this dynamic networking channel can help grow your business.

$49
Inspire9
Level 1 / 41 Stewart Street
Richmond 3121

Conscious Business Boot Camp

The Conscious Business Boot Camp is an all day event where existing businesses can hear about the advantages of seeking Benefits Corporation (B Corp) Certification.

$25
TAFESpace Wodonga
Lawrence Street
Wodonga 3690

LinkedIn for lead generation

If you’re in the business of selling professional services and want to learn how to enjoy a steady flow of leads from LinkedIn, join Adam Houlahan as he talks with Flying Solo’s Robert Gerrish. This content-rich webinar will show you how to create a truly compelling profile page and make the most of LinkedIn’s powerful promotional tools.

$0



New age abilities - employment and IT

A new way of thinking could help your business to evolve and compete. This insightful session demonstrates how to use technology to enhance the workplace. Discover how communication developments are enabling businesses to access skilled employees, especially people with disabilities. Learn how to make the most of workforce availability and how to utilise technology to maximise productivity. Morning tea provided.

$10
Gippsland Regional Sports Complex
Cobains Road
Sale 3850

Women's 'unfair advantage' in negotiations and business deals

Every business conversation requires your ability to influence, sell or negotiate to secure value for your business. Discover the approach that makes women 'natural born negotiators' and how to leverage these assets to get a better returns for your business. Gain practical tools, strategies and a real sense of empowerment that does not come from ego or bravado, but from a genuinely robust skillset and mindset.

$29
Space & Co
Level 9 / 360 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne 3000

Social media for small business

Learn how to maximise your use of social media and discover the importance of Trip Advisor for regional businesses. This session will provide practical tips and skills for intermediate users of social media. Boost your online presence today.

$10
Alpine Shire Council Offices
Churchill Avenue
Bright 3741

Women in Business Expo and Luncheon

Be inspired by Stephanie Alexander – writer, chef and founder of non-for-profit foundation the 'Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation'. This not to be missed Women in Business luncheon will provide you with fresh insights and learnings for your own career. Ensure you also stay on see the Women in Business Expo at 11am and help celebrate the diversity of female business leaders in Whitehorse.

$65
One Community
184 Surrey Road
Blackburn 3130

Is Small Business For You?

Thinking about starting a small business? Career Coaches – Karen Hollenbach and Marina Pitisano – discuss the mindset and entrepreneurial skills required to start and run your own enterprise. This invaluable one hour information session can also be supported by one-on-one career consultations.

$0
Monarch Institute
Level 10 / 10-16 Queens Avenue
Melbourne 3000

Turn the mobile web into real profits

In 2016 mobile internet traffic now rules over laptops and tablets. How can your business profit immediately from the mobile internet age? Easy. Learn the top mobile internet secrets from Red Pants Mobile Websites in simple and easy-to-understand language.

$20
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Business grants and assistance explained

Grants and funding can provide fantastic opportunities to start or grow your business. Hear from industry experts on how grants work, how you can access them and how you can capitalise on this type of funding to set your business up for success.

$0
Nillumbik Shire Council Chambers
34 Civic Drive
Greensborough 3088

E15901 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to start? Start here! 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
Living and Learning Inc.
6B Henry Street
Pakenham 3810

The business of food: practical pathways to growth

Whether your dream is a café of you own or a packaged food product on a shelf, this workshop will show you practical pathways to bring your business to life.

$55
Kingston Council Offices
1230 Nepean Highway
Cheltenham 3192

Three keys to achieving small business success

Learn the three keys to starting and profitably growing a small business in Victoria. Bill Lang will share the lessons learned from the approaches of actual Victorian small businesses like Degani Cafes, Crocs Play Centres and Lord of the Fries. Bill Lang has been working with over 100 Victorian small businesses as part of Small Business Victoria's SuccessMap Program.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

On the Couch Torquay

Don’t miss 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. Industry leaders will discuss the benefits of their experiences and share their tips for prosperity. This relaxed and inspiring event will also provide invaluable time to network with like-minded business owners and operators from the region. Presented by Crowe Horwath and the Ballarat Business Centre, this event is free but registrations are essential.

$0
Surf Coast Shire
1 Merrijig Road
Torquay 3228

iXplain the Future: Global trends and technology

Is your business prepared to survive and prosper in the future? Justin Williams – entrepreneur, speaker and educator – explains the new economy. His inspiring presentation will help you to future-proof your business and embrace technological change.

$0
Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel & Spa
Worm Bay Road
Warnambool 3280

Commerce Ballarat 505 Club

An evening of networking and fostering relationships to grow business. Light refreshments are provided.

$0
Radio Ballarat
56 Lydiard Street North
Ballarat 3350

E17607 - 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
The COG
45 Mundy Street
Bendigo 3550

Doing good is good for business

Learn how to do good and do well with this practical 90 minute strategy and marketing workshop. Gain insights, guidance and take part in activities on how to establish a social responsibility strategy and communications plan that's relevant to you and your business. Discover how a commitment to social responsibility can improve your brand’s reputation, help you to attract and retain staff, and help you build trust with your customers.

$40
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

The role of collaboration in innovative enterprises

Discover the key ingredients in creating an innovative, successful business as Australia moves to become a knowledge-based economy. Learn how to foster collaboration and creativity in business from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Alan Finkel AO. This free event is part of the Game Changers Series.

$0
VU at MetroWest
138 Nicholson Street
Footscray 3011

E15873 - Effective Business Networking short workshop

Did you know that 87% of business today is generated by networking? Love it or hate it, it is an essential practice for businesses success. In this short 2-hour workshop you will learn proven, effective networking techniques, build your confidence and start connecting with other small business people in your area.

$20
Welsford St Cafe
2/159 Welsford St
Shepparton 3630

Monash Women's Business Network

A chance for women to further develop their business skills, meet other business owners and listen to great guest speakers. This evening session welcomes guest speaker Margaret Hiatt from Speaking With Purpose. Margaret will share her unique journey to success and show how great things can come from adversity. The Women's Business Network is supported by the City of Monash, and presents an enjoyable forum for businesses to network and to promote themselves.

$20
Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road
Wheelers Hill 3150

Women leading businesses to success

Don’t miss this insightful panel discussion on female leadership in business, and the value women can bring to high growth businesses. Hosted by Artlivemedia in conjunction with Startup Victoria Female Founders, leading female CEOs and directors will share their experiences and demonstrate how your business can benefit from a more diverse leadership team. This event is perfect for both female business leaders and male business operators looking to support the advancement of female leaders within their growing company.

$49.95
RACV City Club
Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Ride the digital wave: Dinner with Chris Riddell (Traralgon)

An online trailblazer and progressive thought-leader, Chris Riddell takes you on an inspiring journey through the world of digital, showing how innovation and new technologies are transforming the way we do business. Enjoy a thought provoking dinner with one of the new economy’s sharpest observers. The digital age is here – discover how to get on board!

$60
Traralgon Vineyard
140 Burnets Road
Traralgon 3844

E15937 - Save Money and Get Greener short workshop

Reducing your utility consumption is a win-win for the environment and your business! Bring along your bills to this short workshop and in just two hours walk away with a practical, achievable action plan to improve your bottom line. Then proudly use your green credentials to build your business reputation.

$20
Montgomery Park Children's Centre
47 Lawson St
Essendon 3040

Small Business BIG Marketing

Get inspired and connect with other small businesses at the Small Business Festival Victoria’s premier event, Small Business BIG Marketing. This half-day marketing event is dedicated to inspiring and motivating the small business sector and is a must for all small business owners and operators in Victoria.

$60
Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf 3006

Innovation: Growing your business in the age of disruption

How do you continue to grow your business in a new world where the speed and rate of change has never been higher? Traditional markets are being disrupted by new business models and exciting technologies everyday – changing the way successful businesses operate. In this workshop Andrew Jones, Co-Founder of G2 Innovation shares the fundamentals of a successful innovation growth strategy for today.

$40
Novotel
Eastern Beach Road
Geelong 3220

SME Asia Cultural Intelligence Fundamentals

Build on your cultural understanding of Asia to maximise your business opportunities. This is a crucial session for any small business looking to trade within Asian markets. It will emphasise the importance of relationship building and trust when engaging with Asian partners, clients and government representatives and will equip you with practical strategies to achieve successful business outcomes.

$
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

E17598 - Measure THE SUCCESS OF your Online Marketing

Start using the wealth of online marketing metrics in your business to measure your results. Learn how to convert site traffic to actual revenue. Find out how your investment of time and money in online marketing can attract new customers and retain existing ones.

$15
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3156

Small Business Bus: Bright

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Senior Citizens car park
2 Cobden Street
Bright 3741

A business growth strategy in a changed world

It is not business as usual anymore. Competition has doubled in five years. Demand is driving markets now, not supply – which means customers are in charge. It means how you market, sell and operate needs to change. Let’s explore what has changed and what you can do about it. Learn how to adapt your business to changing technology and consumer habits at this thought-provoking business planning session.

$15
Quest Wodonga
Reid Street
Wodonga 3690

E17613 - Understanding Marketing 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
Wimmera Business Centre
62 Darlot Street
Horsham 3400

E17599 - Be Found: ATTRACT get searchers CUSTOMERS to your website

Learn best practices for attracting valuable traffic to your website via google search. Break down the jargon on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to a few key areas to improve traffic for your website.

$15
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3156

Survive, grow, thrive in your new business

A positive, practical workshop aimed at providing aspiring entrepreneurs or freelancers with a deeper and better understanding of how to start up a business when you're over 40.

$45
The Elsternwick Club
19 Sandham Street
Elsternwick 3185

E17600 - Effective Content Development - What works and what fails

What message do you want to send to existing and potential customers? What are competitors doing? Produce content that your target audience wants to receive and that aligns to your business goals. From setting marketing goals to developing and implementing a content strategy you will learn the tools to identify the best direction for your business.

$15
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3156

Identify, connect and engage your prospects

Face to face networking and events provide you with opportunities to engage with your prospective clients, customers and suppliers. It is important to identify your target and have conversations that connect and engage your audience. But how do you leave a lasting impression? This interactive workshop will look at ways businesses can build customer relationships and leave a memorable impression. Session includes afternoon tea and networking opportunities.

$35
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

E17601 - Email marketing using Mail Chimp

Email is usually the most cost effective marketing a business can use. MailChimp makes email marketing user friendly and is free for up to 2000 recipients and 12,000 emails a month. Find out how to

$15
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3156

Bedsheets and spreadsheets: Succeeding in family business

Learn how to work effectively in your business when you have Kin in the game. Find that successful balance for families in business. Understand how the dynamics of business and family affect each other, what to do about it and how to leverage the advantages inherent in a family business for best commercial success. Discover the family business community and the wealth of collaboration and support that allows families to share stories and information, and so continue to be the economic backbone of Australia. This event is presented by Family Business Australia and hosted by MGR Advisory Group.

$25
Quills Restaurant
286 Napier Street
Bendigo 3550

Leverage from major events

Learn how to tap into the opportunities and impacts of major events to help grow your business. Hear from a panel of major event experts about how you can leverage the additional patronage and publicity which major events bring to regional Victoria.

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

Sick of paperwork? Learn paperless solutions

Are you sick of paperwork? Does your dashboard fill up with bills and receipts that blow out the window as you're driving? Discover how easy paperless solutions, both in the office, and out and about can change your life and improve your business.

$20
Cloud Accounting Fitness Space / SteamPacket House
Level 2 / Suite 16 / 6-24 Moorabool Street
Geelong 3220

Taking your small business to international markets

Join Tim Harcourt, bestselling author and host of new TV Series ‘The Airport Economist’, and respected international economics commentator in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Tim will join Australia Post in presenting a free interactive session on how to take your Small Business idea to international markets. Light refreshments will be provided.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

E17675 - 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.

$0
Moe Service Centre
1-29 George Street
Moe 3825

Gov4U: Advice, support and grants for SMEs

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed.

$0
Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade
Altona 3018

ANZ Bank presents: women empowering women

Network with like-minded entrepreneurs and be inspired by successful women as they share their insights, stories and key tips gathered on their road to success in their career and life. Drinks and canapés provided.

$0
Mildura Arts Centre
199 Cureton Avenue
Mildura 3500

Technologies and trends that shape what we eat

How will technology and climate change impact on food production? How will global trends affect your business? How will you continue to remain competitive as farming practices evolve? Join us to find out how technology and research is driving agribusiness trends and the way food production will be sustained into the future. Learn how climate change is forcing the rethink of optimum farming practices and the repositioning of traditional crop locations. High calibre speakers will deliver cutting edge insight into the changing landscape of food production so that you can stay on top of this rapidly evolving industry.

$0
Deakin Corporate Centre
Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

Megatrends: Strategic outlook for your business

In today's fast paced world, the rate of innovation and change has never been faster. This engaging business dinner will offer insight into the future of business and global trends. Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve.

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

Digitally prepare your business, take advantage of the NBN

Lots of small businesses have “gone digital” by using devices and apps to do things smarter, faster and more efficiently. In our always-on economy your customers expect you to be readily contactable. Before you launch your business on the road to a digital future, explore business marketing tools, strategies including web, social media and facebook. Become more productive with digital technology to take advantage of the high speed NBN rollout to Maffra, Sale, Stratford and Heyfield.

$25
Maffra Community Sports Club
Johnson Street
Maffra 3860

Business to Business Expo

With around forty exhibitors, this Business to Business Expo provides an exclusive opportunity to network and find new suppliers. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to engage with experts, solution providers and business operators across the region’s community, including tech-innovation entrepreneurs. Enjoy some delicious local food and beverages, and go in the draw to win some fantastic prizes.

$0
Arthur Wren Hall
Stuart Avenue
Hampton Park 3976

Building a business people want to buy

Your business is an asset – maximise its value and and ensure your efforts don’t go unrewarded when it’s time to sell. If you build a business from scratch into a successful enterprise it may become the largest asset you'll ever own, second only to your home. Starting with the end in mind can ensure all your blood, sweat and tears will amount to something when you come to sell or move on. Learn how to get out as profitably and painlessly as possible by developing a sound exit strategy now.

$20
Commercial Hotel Function Room
4-10 Bridge Street East
Benalla 3672

Business grants and assistance explained

Find out how your business can access billions of dollars worth of government grants and assistance. This free seminar will reveal strategies to apply for grants and will provide one-on-one sessions to give you the opportunity to ask direct questions about grants for your business.

$0
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Sales for professionals

Learn how to use multiple conversion techniques, rapport building skills and communication strategies to achieve better sales. This workshop will teach you practical skills to better understand your customers, improve conversations and convert connections into sales. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills and grow your business.

$20
ActionCOACH Office
398 Latrobe Terrace
Newtown 3220

InstaJam: Strategies to grow your business on Instagram

Forget about posting pictures of your lunch – Instagram is an amazing platform for small businesses to connect with their customers and increase their 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.

$45
The Cowork Co
421 Lygon Street
Brunswick East 3057

Introduction to digital marketing

Is your business making the most of the digital revolution? This introductory session will provide you with an overview of how digital marketing can help your business build a profile and attract more customers. Learn how to build your business locally and globally using tools such as search engine optimisation (SEO), social media, email newsletters and digital PR.

$49
Inspire9
Level 1 / 41 Stewart Street
Richmond 3121

Build a seven figure business in school hours

When Denise Hall sold her last business in 2011 it was making seven figures. Find out how she managed to juggle business and family in this inspirational talk. Since selling her business she now acts on behalf of other business owners – helping them to prepare their businesses for sale. She assists all different sizes of organisations – from sole proprietor operations to larger businesses with multiple staff and $5 million turnover. Discover how her advice can help you juggle your double life and add value to your business asset.

$20
Benalla Bowls Club
25 Arundel Street
Benalla 3672

Green your business and save money

Empower yourself with simple ways to cut your businesses electricity costs. This discussion – hosted by Powershop – will look at easy ways to green your business. They will give you a better understanding of your electricity bill and will show you innovative tools which can enable you to reduce your energy use. Two independent industry experts will also discuss energy saving tips for small business owners. Learn how going green can be good for your business' bottom line.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Be a successful yet balanced female entrepreneur

Looking to become an entrepreneur? Looking to be both successful and have a good work-life balance? Many female entrepreneurs find it challenging to start up and those who have started find it hard to balance work with family life. This free event, held by the Global Business College of Australia, invites successful female entrepreneurs to share their stories and experiences. They will highlight learnings which you can apply to your own journey.

$0
Global Business College of Australia
337-339 La Trobe Street
Melbourne 3000

How to sell without looking like you’re selling

Sales strategist, Brad Tonini, will deliver an inspiring session to help you improve your sales techniques and motivate your team to follow suit. Brad will show you how to become more tactical and strategic to increase sales. He will introduce new concepts to take back to your business and increase your sales mojo – without going in for the hard sell!

$20
Mercure Ballarat Hotel
613 Main Road
Golden Point 3350

Creating and developing high performing businesses

Further enhance your profitability by creating and developing a high performing business. International adventurer Graeme Joy will share his compelling experiences and discuss striking parallels between success in expeditions and success in business. Graeme's presentation will focus on the different elements that contribute towards creating and developing a high performance team. This engaging business lunch will leave you inspired to achieve more within your own business.

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

Help Me: Practical tips to start and grow your business

Are you looking to start or grow your own business? INNOVIC hosts this not-to-be-missed business development session with tips, resources and practical help to help you succeed.

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

Boost your business with social media

Did you know that marketing through social media is found to be more effective than traditional marketing? Social media has a recognised positive effect on web traffic, email queries and sales. It offers low cost avenues to raise awareness of your business and increase customer engagement. This session will take you from the basics through to more advanced tools to manage multiple channels. Discover how to effectively engage your customers and leverage social media to grow your business.

$20
Banyule digiDECL
Shop 31-37 / The Mall
Heidelberg West 3081

Inspiring future workplaces

Join this engaging conversation looking at the future of the workplace. Exploring issues to do with technology, diversity, innovation and an ageing population, this webinar is a great way to take part in the discussion around how your business can hone its focus to be genuinely future-thinking. Presented by Australia's number 1 publication for SMEs, SmartCompany, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce. A must for all astute business operators.

$0



Tender writing 101

Tenders can be difficult to understand and complicated to prepare. This essential tendering overview will improve your ability to: - Determine which tenders are right for you to bid on - Understand the clients' needs from the tender documents - Plan and price tenders accurately and competitively Enhance your tendering capabilities and increase your chance of tendering success.

$25
Morley Johnson Building
9-11 Harcourt Street
Bendigo 3550

E16023 - Starting Your Business Right workshop

Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to start? Start here! 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

Identifying export opportunities and doing business overseas

Are you a small to medium enterprise looking to engage in new export markets or to expand globally? Attend this free session and find out how to identify export opportunities and do business overseas. Think big and join the international business trend today.

$0
Global Business College of Australia
337-339 La Trobe Street
Melbourne 3000

Ararat farmers market

Connect with new customers at the Ararat Farmers Market. New stallholders are welcome at this local produce market, run every second Sunday of the month from 9am to 1pm, in Elizabeth Park on the Western Highway.

$0
Alexandra Hall and Surrounds
Western Highway
Ararat 3377

Family business management

Taking over, starting or already managing a family business? Do you want to build success today and tomorrow for your future generations? Global Business College of Australia’s interactive workshop led by experienced successful trainers/family business owners will share valuable tips for successful and sustainable family business operations.

$0
Global Business College of Australia
337-339 La Trobe Street
Melbourne 3000

Five things every SME must know about negotiating

Discover the five things that every entrepreneur and business owner must know about negotiation to gain control, confidence and resilience in nerve-racking situations, where there is a lot at stake for you and your business.

$0
Geelong City Hall
57 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3220

Gov4U: Advice, support and grants in Monash

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed.

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

E16013 - 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
Rural City of Wangaratta Council Chambers
62-68 Ovens St
Wangaratta 3675

Small Business Bus: Pakenham

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Pakenham Place Shopping Centre car park
65 - 69 Main Street
Pakenham 3810

Instagram workshop

Discover how to use Instagram to build your social media presence. This engaging workshop will provide you essential tips and tricks to use Instagram effectively for your business. The workshop is aimed at small online creative businesses and market stallholders and is presented by Markets and Community.

$21.89
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Small Business Bus: Sale

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Raymond Street Mall
Raymond Street
Sale 3850

Online sales strategies

Learn practical methods to develop effective sales strategies and increase your business in the online and social media environment. An engaging and constructive session delivered by James Hunter – co-founder of Hunter Bros Cycling.

$10
Alpine Shire Council Offices
Churchill Avenue
Bright 3741

How to write headlines that get results – copywriting tips for small businesses

Copywriting is the art of writing words that sell. If you write emails, website copy, brochures, social media or blogs, this practical workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to: • use the top 5 headline formulas that get results • build a database list exponentially without spending a cent • get on page one of Google without paying for it • write digital copy for the web, social and email that creates engagement • access influential bloggers with massive followings and have them endorse your products at no cost • use content marketing calendars to automate your writing and amplify your social media campaigns

$35
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Social media: marketing strategies for small business

Do you have a successful social media strategy in place for your business? Are you making the most of the latest opportunities in these dynamic and evolving platforms? Join an enlightening panel discussion on social media marketing for small business. Hear from industry experts including Google, Facebook and social media practitioners who discuss the most up to date social media platforms, uses and strategies. The session will also include an interactive 45 minute Q&A session so that you can have your direct questions answered.

$0
The Village, National Australia Bank
700 Bourke Street
Docklands 8000

What to do before starting a business

Do you have a road map for your new business to survive and thrive? Preparation and planning are the biggest contributors to business success, yet only a quarter of business startups seek professional advice. This seminar is designed to assist prospective business owners and investors to lay the foundations for prosperity.

$0
Crowe Horwath Boardroom
21 Armstrong Street North
Ballarat 3350

Two common finance mistakes made in business

Do you know why most businesses fail in Australia? Do you get confused with accounting and financial jargon? Do you want to have meaningful conversation with your accountant? This insightful session on 'Two common finance mistakes made in business’ can help answer your questions. Learn how to avoid common missteps and how to improve the financial strength of your business.

$20
Morley Johnson Building
23-25 Mitchell St
Bendigo 3550

E17872 - 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
Southern Grampians Adult Education
48 Thompson Street
Hamilton 3300

Understanding business value and business structures

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable legal and accounting advice to structure your business for success. Frank Gambera of McMahon Fearnley Lawyers and Brian Jones of Ahead for Business Chartered Accountant share their extensive experience to help you understand the underlying value of your business and the importance of the business structures within which you operate. This is ideal for anyone considering buying a business, selling a business or expanding their current business.

$25
The Cluster
17/31 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

Six steps to successfully selling your regional business

Is it nearly time for you to sell your established regional business? Whether you’re looking to retire, travel or just do something different, selling a regional business can present unique challenges. Expert adviser, Michael Kerr, has been actively helping business owners for a long time and he understands what is different about the sale of a regional business. This must-see webinar will help ensure you secure the best possible result for your business.

$44



Introduction to Xero

Keeping track of your business finances is one of the most important tasks you have to undertake as a business owner. In this hands-on session, expert presenter Vi Nguyen will guide you through the basics of Xero accounting software and how it can benefit your bottom line. If you’re an astute operator looking for better accounting system for your business, then this is the session for you.

$0
Yarraville Community Centre
59 Francis Street
Yarraville 3013

AHRI HR workshop

Join us for series of roundtable workshops tackling a number of today’s challenges within the HR industry.

$20
Ballarat Golf Club
1800 Sturt Street
Ballarat

Online sales strategies

To survive in today's online environment it is essential that businesses understand the importance of an effective sales strategy – both on and off line. James Hunter from Hunter Bros Cycling and Drizabone has worked with some of Australia’s largest brands and will share his insights and experience in this interactive session.

$20
North Eastern Hotel Conference Room
1 Nunn Street
Benalla 3672

Gaining brand recognition in China eCommerce market

Capitalise on the opportunities for your small business in the lucrative Chinese market. The popularity of Australian products in China gives Australian exporters an unprecedented chance to access new customers and increase their global competitiveness through e-commerce. This informative session will investigate the challenges and opportunities for small businesses and will provide practical advice on operating a business within the Chinese market.

$55
The Casey Corporate Centre
Suites 1 and 2 / 58-60 Victor Crescent
Narre Warren 3805

Gov4U: Advice, support and grants in Greater Dandenong

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed.

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

Save Money and Get Greener short workshop

Reducing your utility consumption is a win-win for the environment and your business! Bring along your bills to this short workshop and in just two hours walk away with a practical, achievable action plan to improve your bottom line. Then proudly use your green credentials to build your business reputation.

$20
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

Small Business Bus: Cranbourne

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Cranbourne Homemaker Centre Carpark
Corner of Thompsons Road and South Gippsland Highway
Cranbourne 3977

CGU Insurance - risk management

Learn basic models of work health and safety risk management to help create a healthy, safe, and productive workplace.

$0



Small Business Bus: Traralgon

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside the DELWP Office
71 - 79 Hotham Street
Traralgon 3844

Look big, sound big: Business blogging for growth

Discover how you can increase market share, significantly raise your business profile and find broader solutions for clients by using a strategic blogging campaign. Marketing expert, Liz Grant, and PR specialist, Nicole Crammond, will help you understand what blogging is and what it can do for your business. Walk away with a tailored plan for success.

$25
Riddells Creek Neighbourbood House
59 Main Street
Riddells Creek 3431

Ecommerce for small business

Find out how to be a part of the global growth area of e-commerce with this free overview workshop for small businesses. Explore what it means for your business and learn how you can tap into this exciting business platform.

$0
Investment Centre Victoria
55 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Marketing on a shoe string

Keen to market your business better but concerned about the potential cost? Come along to this practical workshop on developing cost effective marketing strategies for micro and small businesses utilising a variety of free or low cost tools. Make the most of your marketing dollars with this fantastic free event.

$0
The Village National Australia Bank
700 Bourke Street
Docklands 3008

How to turn ideas into online products and make money while you sleep

Whether you want to build an online business from scratch or amplify your existing online presence, this practical workshop will give you the tools and strategies you need to fast-track your business idea and take it from concept to completion. You’ll learn how to: • spot lucrative, profitable niches that are yet to be tapped • use lean thinking test your concept before launching • find cost-effective outsourcing services that eliminate overheads and staff • get your products listed on the world’s biggest online marketplaces • work collaboratively with the power players to fast-track your growth to reach new markets

$35
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Business lunch

Join the Wodonga Chamber of Commerce for the annual North East Small Business Festival lunch. Network with other local business operators and stay up to date with what’s happening in the local business community.

$15
Hollywoods Pizza Bar
Thomas Mitchell Drive
Wodonga 3690

How to buy or sell a business

Are you looking to buy an existing business or sell your own? Buying or selling a business is one of the largest transactions you will ever undertake, and even if you have been through the process before, it can be risky. Chartered accountant and business adviser, Philippa Bakes shines a light on both sides of the transaction – highlighting what to look for and how to maximise value.

$30
Greater Geelong and Bellarine Tourism Boardroom
Level 1 / 48 Brougham Street
Geelong 3220

State of the city: an economic perspective

Learn about Warrnambool's current economic state and where the city is heading. Hear from local industry experts and get the low down on current and future figures – from population right through to tourism numbers. Discover how your business can participate in the city's vision and benefit from its growth. Light lunch provided.

$0
Deakin - Warrnambool Corporate Centre
165 Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

Demystifying automation for small business

Automation is the new buzzword for business, but what does it really mean and how can it help your small business? Join us at this free event to find out.

$0
Xero HQ
1/6 Elizabeth St
Hawthorn 3122

Grant writing and preparation workshop: Swan Hill

Grants provide fantastic opportunities to grow your business. Discover how to make the most of them at this engaging workshop. You’ll learn how to prepare successful grant submissions and how to maximise your effort by repurposing your submission content for other business marketing purposes.

$0
SuniTAFE Swan Hill Campus
64 Sea Lake-Swan Hill Road
Swan Hill 3585

Grow your business and access your numbers on the go with Xero

This workshop is for small business owners who are looking to save time and increase productivity. Learn how Xero can also help you to: Get paid faster: Send online invoices and receive updates when an invoice is opened. Manage cash flow: See all balances, invoices, bills and expense claims at a glance. Run your business anywhere: Whether you’re in the office or on the beach, get a real time view of your cash flow.

$0
Donkey Wheel House
Bourke St
Melbourne 3000

Social media Q&A for business

Gain a better technical understanding of the online platforms available to market your business. This session will focus particularly on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, with an in depth overview of analytics, advertising and engaging your market. Come armed with your questions so that industry experts can provide advice specific to your unique areas of interest.

$25
Freight Bar
Corner of Mair and Peel Street
Ballarat 3350

Strategies for building your business

Position your business for success. This strategic planning session will provide you with simple strategies to build your business including: marketing, business planning, understanding your customers, online strategies, business innovation and more.

$0
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum
Board Room / 12 Silkstone Road
Korumburra 3950

Review and improve your business with industry leaders

Don’t miss your chance to diagnose problems and find solutions to help your business to prosper. Find out the most common issues facing business owners in Bendigo and be given access to industry leaders to assist you with the unique issues holding back your business.

$0
Capital Theatre, Banquet Room
50 View 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.

$0
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
33-37 Ford Street
Wangaratta 3677

E16993 - Develop Your Online Strategy 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
Brimbank City Council - Conference Room
Meeting Room MR4.1, 301 Hampshire Road
Sunshine 3020

E17876 - Build Your Business Beyond Drought - Small Business Resilience Workshop

If you are a small business owner in a community that has been feeling the economic impacts of the drought, and would like some practical support to help to better plan for your business continuity and financial health, this workshop is for you.

$
Murtoa Neighbourhood House
36 McDonald Street
Murtoa 3390

Working successfully across the generations

Make the most of younger employees and discover how investing in them can pay dividends for your business. Hear form leading presenters who specialise in working across generations as they explain what motivates today’s youth. Find out how tapping into their strengths, and helping them with career advancement can lead to loyal, high-performing workers with immense benefits for your business.

$20
Covers Restaurant - GOTAFE
152-200 Fryers Street
Shepparton 3630

The new rules of social media

Break through barriers and make a real connection with your online audience. James Crook – the best selling author of 'Digitally Enhanced' – shows you how to overcome the new social media obstacles and grow your business online.

$29
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre
51 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3220

E17075 - 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
Swan Hill Regional Information Centre
Cnr Curlewis & McCrae
Swan Hill 3585

E15973 - Your Business in a Digital World short workshop

Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or nervous about taking your business online? You have come to the right place. Whether starting a new business or taking an existing business online, this short workshop will help you make informed decisions about the right online tools for your business.

$20
Peterborough Community Complex
Macs Street
Peterborough 3270

Business breakfast: information, education, inspiration

Come along for an inspiring business breakfast where you’ll learn from the experiences of other local business operators. Create links and keep yourself informed on the local economy. Presented by the Ararat Rural City Council, in collaboration with the Ararat Regional Business Association.

$0
Alexandra Oval Community Centre
Waratah Avenue
Ararat 3377

Starting out - tips to start your business

Start your business by planning for success. Join Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Geoff Browne, and Anthony Turner from the Small Business Mentoring Service as they provide hints and tips to help get you started in your business and avoid potential pitfalls.

$0
Northern Grampians Shire Council Chambers
Main Street
Stawell 3260

Retail 2016 - Maximise your Christmas trade

Capitalise on the busiest shopping period to maximise your sales this Christmas. Presented by specialist retail consultant, Sue Anderson, this retail planning workshop will inspire you for a bumper festive season in 2016 with contemporary approaches to redesigning Christmas. Sue will share over 20 years of experience in helping her clients achieve impressive growth and tangible results through a process of analysis, creative planning and implementation.

$15
The Monahan Centre (Queenscliff Sporting Club)
Hesse Street
Queenscliff 3225

Gov4U - Advice, Support & Grants For Small Business

Discover how government grants and advice can help your business grow. Learn how the three tiers of government all offer different programs to help you succeed. 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 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; a Skills Adviser from the Industry Skills Fund; the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources; and an Economic Development specialist from Moreland City Council.

$0
Gardiner Room
420 Victoria Street
Brunswick 3056

E15806 - Business Planning for Growth workshop

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? This workshop can help you to put the right strategy in place to make it happen. This intensive two-day program will help you identify new growth opportunities and plan changes you need to move confidently into the next phase of your business. Supplemented with five hours of one-on-one support from an experienced small business mentor, you will learn how to implement your plan to drive your business growth.

$200
Corangamite Shire Civic Centre
181 Manifold St
Camperdown 3260

Business networking essentials

Make the most of your precious time and build your business network properly from the outset. This practical session will teach you how to network, where to network, what questions to ask and how to follow up to get the best results for cost-effective business growth.

$33
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Australia's Family Business National Conference 2016

Australia’s Family Business National Conference brings together family businesses from across the country, along with those who work with Family Businesses to help them thrive. The conference will see a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship as well as core family business issues. This three day program sees a mix of Australian and International speakers, and presents numerous opportunities to learn from – and network with – others in the family business sector.

$1900
Pullman Melbourne Albert Park
65 Queens Road
Melbourne 3004

Small Business Bus: Cowes

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside the Cowes Customer Service Centre
91 - 97 Thompson Avenue
Cowes 3922

Going mainstream on Mainstreet

Discover how developing and marketing a brand for your mainstreet can revolutionise customer perceptions. A fascinating webinar for traders looking to collectively promote their local area.

$0



Purpose driven enterprise: Balancing profit and purpose

Learn from some of the brightest minds in social entrepreneurship today and discover how this innovative approach to business can help your own enterprise.

$0
The Depot, donkey wheel house
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

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.

$0
Quest Wodonga
46 Reid Street
Wodonga 3690

NBFC business advantage luncheon

Join guest speaker Geoff Harris, co-founder of Flight Centre, at this insightful business networking lunch. Come along to hear his business story and advice in building a strong business. Tickets include a two course menu with drinks at bar prices. Hosted by the North Ballarat Football Club, you’ll take away learnings and connections to help build strength in your own business.

$50
North Ballarat Sports Club
725 Creswick Road
NorthBallarat 3350

Workplace relations update: Manage your risk

Are you responsible for the supervision of employees? This session is designed to equip you with an understanding of some of the challenges presented by workplace laws and will give you practical lessons to take away. Ensure you are up to speed to mitigate this important risk area for your business.

$40
Premiere Function Centre
29 Grey Street
Traralgon 3844

Chinese e-commerce practical workshop

Gain a deeper understanding of the Chinese e-commerce landscape and what opportunities exist for Australian SMEs. This specialised workshop will provide tips and advice to help you break into the Chinese digital marketplace. Covering everything from the platforms available to the products in demand, if you are looking at selling online to China this is a must attend!

$35
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Would anyone want to buy your business?

An invaluable event for any small business owner looking to plan for the future and potentially sell their business.

$0



Blend networking online and face to face

This practical and insightful session is a unique opportunity to learn how to combine the value of face to face and online networking to help grow your leads and nurture referrals in a fast paced, ever changing environment. Two leading business owners – Kerryn Powell and Karen Hollenbach – discuss the importance of retaining your face-to-face connections and explore how online tools like LinkedIn should be used to compliment these efforts. Learn how to convert conversations into sales and the understand the value of authentic relationships.

$45
Woodlands Golf Club
Whyte Street
Mordialloc 3195

Building a strong team and culture in your business

Join entrepreneurial business owner Dr Shane Buntman as he shares valuable insights and skills from his experience creating a successful small business. Dr Buntman will demonstrate how to build a strong team culture, especially in the health industry. This seminar will inspire those considering starting up a small business to get moving and motivate existing small business owners to drive harder to reach the top of their field

$6.22
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Growing a business

Following on from last year’s celebrated 'Starting a business' seminar, this event will build on topics like business plans, financing and KPIs to demonstrate how to successfully grow a small business.

$0
Crowe Horwath
Napier Street
Warragul 3820

E17526 - 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
NGIV Office
3/307 Wattletree Road
Malvern East 3145

E17606 - Develop Your Online Strategy 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
The COG
45 Mundy Street
Bendigo 3550

What's next: Tips to invigorate your business

Change is inevitable. Join Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Geoff Browne, and Anthony Turner from the Small Business Mentoring Service at this free information session to discuss ways to invigorate your business.

$0
Trench Room - Ballarat Town Hall Ballarat
Sturt Street
Ballarat 3350

What to do before starting a business

Do you have a road map for your new business to survive and thrive? Preparation and planning are the biggest contributors to business success, yet only a quarter of business startups seek professional advice. This seminar is designed to assist prospective business owners and investors to lay the foundations for prosperity.

$0
Council Chamber
30 Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220

Working successfully across the generations

Make the most of younger employees and discover how investing in them can pay dividends for your business. Hear form leading presenters who specialise in working across generations as they explain what motivates today’s youth. Find out how tapping into their strengths, and helping them with career advancement can lead to loyal, high-performing workers with immense benefits for your business.

$20
Tower Restaurant - GOTAFE
27 Docker Street
Wangaratta 3677

Trading into China

Capitalise on the growing demand for Australian products in Asia for your business. This practical workshop from Dr Alvin Lee – an expert in marketing to China – will help you to overcome challenges in introducing your goods or services to Asian markets.

$0
Deakin Corporate Centre
163 Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

E16168 Effective Record Keeping for Small Business’ short workshop

How easily can you access ‘at a glance’ information about your business to reliably inform important decisions? 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
Function Room, Shire of Campaspe HQ
Cnr Hare & Heygarth Streets
Echuca 3564

E15890 - 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 Achieving Financial Success Small Business Workshops Series ($80 per participant for 5 workshops). To book in for the series, please click on the link https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/030816-achieving-financial-success-small-business-workshop-series-tickets-20910528955

$20
Monash Enterprise Centre
5a Hartnett Close
MULGRAVE 3170

Top social and digital marketing tips

Keep your business front and centre with expert tips on social media, digital marketing, branding and public relations. Explore top-line social media and digital marketing to better support your business, and walk away with the strategic skills to make a difference in this space.

$20
Civic Centre
Level 2 / 225 Lonsdale Street
Dandenong 3175

Social media for business

Stay ahead of technology and learn how to leverage social media for business success.

$0
Werribee Learning Centre
9 Bridge Street
Werribee 3030

Is your business digitally ready?

Technology and the digital age has transformed the way we work and the type of work we do. This workshop is set at a beginner/intermediate level so that attendees can walk away with an actionable understanding of the current digital landscape and how it can drive success and growth for their business.

$0
General Assembly Melbourne
45 William Street
Melbourne 3000

E17877 - Build Your Business Beyond Drought - Small Business Resilience Workshop

If you are a small business owner in a community that has been feeling the economic impacts of the drought, and would like some practical support to help to better plan for your business continuity and financial health, this workshop is for you.

$
Yarriambiack Shire Council
34 Lyle Street
Warracknabeal 3393

E16055 - Marketing for Growth workshop

Already know about Marketing and now want to grow your business with new products, services, or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your business opportunities. This hands-on workshop will enable you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and focus your marketing strategy to grow your business.

$30
Selby Community House
Minak Road
Selby 3159

Northern Multicultural Small Business Awards

Join us to celebrate the achievements and remarkable entrepreneurial spirit of some of Victoria’s most outstanding multicultural small businesses. Be inspired by examples of small business innovation and excellence, meet with liked minded people, grow your network, share knowledge and experience and have your questions answered by our panel of Small Business specialists.

$20
Whittlesea Council Offices - Fountain View Room
25 Ferres Boulevard
South Morang 3752

E17878 - Build Your Business Beyond Drought - Small Business Resilience Workshop

If you are a small business owner in a community that has been feeling the economic impacts of the drought, and would like some practical support to help to better plan for your business continuity and financial health, this workshop is for you.

$
Gateway BEET
75 Lascelles Street
Hopetoun 3396

Beyond management: Three essential keys to business leadership

For business owners, taking the step beyond managing and shifting your focus to the bigger picture of leading means a change – not only in what you do, but how you communicate and how you think. Join language expert, Joanne Clark, for an enlightening breakfast session. Joanne will explore the concept of business leadership and provide you with practical tips and leadership skills to help you escalate results in your business.

$37
Geelong Conference Centre
Adams Court / Eastern Park Circuit
Geelong 3219

Get connected

Gain powerful tips to grow your business through networking. This event is not just about schmoozing or handing out business cards. It's about building meaningful relationships, establishing trust and knowing why you're in business. It's about the art of giving rather than taking. Rediscover your passion for being in business and allow it to drive your success. This morning session will be hosted by the president of the Melbourne Business Network Facilitator, Bev Friend.

$25
Sothertons Chartered Accountants
Level 6 / 468 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3004

Business grants and assistance for manufacturers

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 for the manufacturing industry, as well as real-world examples of grants success.

$0
Greater Dandenong City Council Office
225 Lonsdale Street
Dandenong 3175

Delegation skills for your business

Do you find it challenging to delegate? You’re not alone, yet successful delegation can often be the key to business growth. Empowering others to take on some of your existing tasks can free you up to attend to the strategic development of your business. This program provides small business operators with skills and practice in providing delegation activities that encourage best performance and generate results.

$0
BGT
14 Hill Street
Mount Pleasant 3350

Work on your business not in your business

It’s all too easy to be consumed by the busy-ness of business. Small business owners can often feel the need to do everything themselves. This inspiring session will encourage you start working on your business rather than in it – providing tools and advice to help you leverage the skills of support staff, delegate tasks and manage your time more effectively. Don’t miss this opportunity to take back control of your time and your business.

$25
Monash Enterprise Centre
5A Hartnett Close
Mulgrave 3170

Success outside home office walls – mastering the transition

Are you running a small or home-based business and looking to grow your venture? This one day event is jam packed with workshops on various hot topics to support you to take the next step for your business. The event will also include workshops, case study presentations and networking opportunities. Enjoy lunch, hear from key guest speakers and take a tour of the Western BACE. Don’t miss this fantastic business development day.

$20
Western BACE
222 Ferris Road
Melton South 3338

E17602 - Planning your Social Media Marketing

Not sure where to start when it comes to social media? Before jumping in, identify your social media business goals and develop a social media plan. Learn how to develop a plan that includes all the platforms you intend to use: e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, or YouTube.

$15
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3156

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Ararat Performing Arts Centre car park
231 Barkly Street
Ararat 3377

Website development for your business

Maximise your website’s capabilities and ensure you are protected against cyber attacks. In this session we will help to build your knowledge around domain name registration, the security of your website and optimising your website for searches.

$15
Quest Wodonga
Reid Street
Wodonga 3690

How young entrepreneurs use technology for business growth

Discover how young entrepreneurs are using technology and the media to innovate, disrupt, and accelerate their business growth. You will learn how they build their online market presence using the power of Google and social media, as well as formulating strategic partnerships with the media. Discover how you can apply these new approaches to your own business to achieve growth in the new economy.

$30
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Small Business Bus: Meeniyan

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside the old Town Hall
97 Whitelaw Street
Meeniyan 3956

Get more referrals and repeat sales from existing customers

Our existing customers can be our very best source of new business, and the best referrers of new clients. Often small-business owners leave this important aspect of business to chance – failing to set up easy ways for customers to be advocates and to refer others, like them. In this webinar you'll learn easy ways to build upsells, repeat sales and recommendations and referrals into your existing systems so that you can produce predictable future business.

$0



E17603 - Facebook for your business

This workshop will provide you with the basics to get up and running with your profile and business page. Learn about using links, images and video and encouraging sharing to increase your reach. Examine advertising via boost posts and scheduling ad campaigns.

$15
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3156

Future fit: Prep your business for the future with Chris Riddell

The one thing we can rely on these days is for things to change fast. So how do you prepare your business for tomorrow’s world? This session is designed to get you future fit, as you hear from globally-recognised futurist, Chris Riddell. Chris will help you to not only understand digital trends, but will show you how to capitalise on them for your own business growth.

$0
The Glasshouse
Corner Batman Avenue and Olympic Boulevard
Olympic Park Melbourne 3000

Survive, grow, thrive in your new business

A positive, practical workshop aimed at providing aspiring entrepreneurs or freelancers with a deeper and better understanding of how to start up a business when you're over 40.

$45
Geelong Tourism
Level 1 / 48 Brougham Street
Geelong 3220

E17604 - Twitter: Finding your audience

Are you struggling to keep the pace on Twitter or simply want to know what a hashtag is? See for yourself how beneficial Twitter can be for small to medium sized businesses with case studies. Twitter is a huge online source of content and people needing expert help. Find similar businesses to yours and analyse what they do.

$15
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3156

Marketing for small business

Want more customers? Ready to grow your business? Before a business can grow, it must first attract more customers. Being able to attract a steady stream of paying customers will always determine the success or failure of your business. Small business marketing expert Ross Pepper delivers a passionate session, sharing his knowledge, experience and personally developed marketing tools and systems to help you fulfil your vision.

$0
donkey wheel house
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

HR advice on fitness for duty (FFD)

Are you responsible for managing staff? Workplace health and safety is a complex area for small business operators, and it can be difficult to know what the most appropriate approach is when an employee’s health affects their ability to work. This informative session will help you understand your obligations and responsibilities around ‘fitness for duty’ (FFD) assessments. Learn how to approach situations respectfully, how to uphold your duty of care and how to protect your business when difficult situations arise.

$0
The Capital
50 View Street
Bendigo 3550

Start up to success for under 30's

Expand your knowledge of how to create and run a business – taking it from startup to success in three years! Designed specifically to assist young entrepreneurs, with advice and tips on how to initiate your business and turn it into a successful, profitable enterprise.

$0
Phoenix Youth Centre
72 Buckley Street
Footscray 3011

E17605 - Linked In for Business - How to make the most of LinkedIn

Connect with people who have a common interest in professional networking. Covering how to find the best use of LinkedIn for you and your business and how to get the best results from your investment.

$15
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3156

Grant writing and preparation workshop: Mildura

Grants provide fantastic opportunities to grow your business. Discover how to make the most of them at this engaging workshop. You’ll learn how to prepare successful grant submissions and how to maximise your effort by repurposing your submission content for other business marketing purposes.

$0
SuniTAFE Mildura
Benetook Avenue
Mildura 3500

E17800 - Marketing for Growth 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
St Kilda Town Hall
99a Carlisle St
St Kilda 3182

How can IP provide competitive and commercial advantage?

Use your brand, ideas and innovations to give yourself a competitive edge in the marketplace. Trademark and patent attorneys use real-world examples to discuss how your intellectual property (IP) can help you to differentiate from your competitors, attract new customers and add value to your business. This informative workshop is supported by a series of complimentary consultations for you to discuss your business’ IP strategy directly.

$0
Warrnambool Corporate Centre (Civic Room)
163 Timor Street
Warrnambool 3280

Strategies for building your business

Position your business for success. This strategic planning session will provide you with simple strategies to build your business including: marketing, business planning, understanding your customers, online strategies, business innovation and more.

$0
Foster War Memorial Arts Centre
Meeting room / 79 Main Street
Foster 3960

Pitch perfect: 100 words to success

Forget the social media hoopla for just a second. One of the biggest tools you have is the words that come out of your mouth. What do you really say when someone asks what you do? Can you deliver a perfect pitch in the 60-second limelight of a network meeting? At this interactive workshop presented by Natalie J. Dowling, you’ll master how to nail your narrative and get your pitch perfect.

$24.5
The Morley Johnson Building
23-25 Mitchell Street
Bendigo 3550

Annual business and tourism networking evening

Enjoy a chance to network, share ideas and be the first to see some exciting new initiatives the City of Wangaratta are launching at their annual ‘Business and tourism networking evening’. This event is open to all businesses and individuals to attend. With entertainment, a complimentary glass of wine and catering provided – it's set to be yet another standout event on the local business calendar.

$15
Cafe The Pre Vue
66-68 Faithful Street
Wangaratta 3677

Young professionals networking evening

Are you a young professional looking to build your business connections? This relaxed event provides young professionals with an opportunity to get together to build networks and strengthen relationships with like-minded individuals.

$0
Freight Bar & Restaurant
Corner of Mair and Peel St
Ballarat 3350

Shepparton stories of inspiration and innovation

Would you like to be more innovative in your business? Maybe you just need a bit of inspiration to boost business? Either way you’ll get all that and more if you come along to Shepparton Stories of Inspiration and Innovation! Be inspired by a panel of three local businesses as they share the real story behind their business decisions and how they nurtured their innovative ideas to profit.

$15
Parklake Hotel
481 Wyndham Street
Shepparton 3630

Small Biz Q&A

Join a panel of small business experts, raconteurs and enthusiasts as they battle out some of your most burning questions, pain points and "we'll take that as a statement" style rants. Hosted by Australia's number one publication for SMEs, SmartCompany, and featuring some dubious impressions of Tony Jones, don't miss out on this informative, engaging and enlightening event, as panelists solve all the problems faced by Australia's small business sector.

$0
donkey wheel house
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

2016 Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards presentation dinner

Celebrate what it means to be considered among 'the best of the best' at the inspiring Geelong Business Excellence Awards. The local business sector contributes significantly to the economic and social wellbeing of our community, and these awards provide an excellent opportunity to recognise and celebrate business excellence in the Geelong region. The awards program will finish with one of the biggest Gala Dinner Ceremonies on the Geelong calendar. This uplifting evening will allow you and your staff to connect with other local businesses and share in their success.

$170
The Geelong Arena
110 Victoria Street
North Geelong 3220

Small business dinner

Connect with other local business leaders and hear new ideas for growth at this engaging small business dinner. Speakers will discuss a range of topics to help you better manage and advance your business.

$0
Richmond Henty Hotel
101 Bentinck Street
Portland 3305

Book keeping for startups

Learn the financial fundamentals of starting a small business. From invoicing your customers to paying staff and understanding your balance sheet – you’ll walk away empowered with the knowledge you need to run a financially robust business.

$40
Frankston City Council - Acacia Room
30 Davey Street (Enter via Young Street)
Frankston 3199

Digital marketing in the consumer directed care era

Using digital media as part of your marketing mix has become even more important in the new age of aged care and NDIS funding. This workshop discusses how increased choice will drive consumers online to weigh up their care options. Expert presenters will demonstrate how word of mouth referrals, social media and the My Aged Care website will all help to influence decision making. Care providers can’t afford to miss this crucial workshop with highly tailored, industry-specific insights.

$95
Ballarat Technology Park Mt Helen - GEC Meeting Room
University Drive
Mt Helen 3350

Financial literacy and cloud accounting

Are you interested in managing your business finances more effectively? Empower yourself with the knowledge and confidence to make more informed financial decisions, and learn how technology can help to improve your bottom line.

$0
Council Chamber
30 Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220

Small Business Bus: Horsham

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Outside Wimmera Business Centre
62 Darlot Street
Horsham 3400

New Beginnings Fair

No matter where you’re at – whether brainstorming concepts, contemplating the leap into your own business, or already established and rolling – why not come along to New Beginnings Fair to connect with and learn from those who can lend a helping hand? This action packed one day event will leave you inspired by the drive of other successful entrepreneurs and energised with contacts, ideas and advice for your own venture.

$45
Laurens Hall
183 Laurens Street
North Melbourne 3051

How to launch a successful business

Keen to know what you need to know about start-up businesses and how to launch into success? Tim Roberts, Managing Director of TR Consulting, will use his knowledge and expertise to take you through a step-by-step guide to setting up a business and will give you the tools you need to succeed.

$0
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
251 Faraday Street
Carlton 3053

Women in business: skills and networking for growth

Gain valuable business skills and strategies for growing your business and learn from the experiences other female entrepreneurs over morning tea. Hosted by Negotiis Business Advisors, this interactive session will provide you with a better understanding of what it takes to be successful, how to differentiate your business in the market, how to prepare for business growth and how to minimise risk.

$0
Hobsons Bay Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade
Altona 3018

Small business can do good

What is a social enterprise and how will these new businesses change Australian workplaces and the national economy? Leading social enterprise development experts, Social Traders, share their insights into the social enterprise business model. Discover how this new way of doing business can change your thinking and contribute to the greater good.

$25
Donkey Wheel House
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

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



How to develop, own and use a brand

Distinguish yourself in the market and increase the value of your business by nurturing a strong brand. This seminar will explore the crucial role brands play in facilitating long-term commercial success of businesses. Don’t miss out on this essential session for startups and existing small business owners.

$15
Work-Shop
195 Argyle Street
Fitzroy 3065

Can't spell 'entrepreneur'? It doesn't matter!

Have you ever wondered what an entrepreneur looks and acts like? Would it surprise you that they come from all walks of life and mostly fly under the radar? Find out whether you have the entrepreneurial skills to take advantage of our changing world. Business advocate Kerry Anderson will share her observations in a practical and interactive discussion.

$0
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine, Boardroom
Level 1 / 48 Brougham Street
Geelong 3220

Get found with Google SEO

Is your website earning its keep on search engine sites? Simply having a website does not mean that your business will show up in Google searches. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) will help to ensure potential customers can find you online. Part information presentation, part informal networking event, you’ll leave this session with a keen understanding of how you optimise your website to get results.

$20
Banyule digiDECL
Shop 31-37, The Mall
Heidelberg West 3081

Learning from Entrepreneurs

Learn valuable skills and gain new ideas from leading entrepreneurs and business innovators.

$0
AGSE Building
Room 207 / Cnr William and Wakefield Streets
Hawthorn 3122

2016 ANZ Sunraysia daily innovation awards networking event

Join us for a networking event which celebrates the business of innovation. Learn from the accomplishments of other innovative entrepreneurs and consider how their success could be applied to your own business. Welcome drink on arrival and nibbles provided.

$0
The Theatre Club @ Mildura Brewery
Langtree Avenue
Mildura 3500

2016 Bass Coast Business Awards

The 2016 Bass Coast Business Awards celebrate the excellence, success and innovation of business in Bass Coast, while providing an opportunity for businesses to network and showcase their services. Learn from the achievements of other small businesses and take away new insights for your own business.

$60
Silverwater Resort
17 Potters Hill Road
San Remo 3925

Look big, sound big: Business blogging for growth

Discover how you can increase market share, significantly raise your business profile and find broader solutions for clients by using a strategic blogging campaign. Marketing expert, Liz Grant, and PR specialist, Nicole Crammond, will help you understand what blogging is and what it can do for your business. Walk away with a tailored plan for success.

$25
Geelong City Hall
30 Gheringhap Street
Geelong 3220

Start your own business essentials

Do you have what it takes to start and sustain a small business? This business development workshop will discuss all of the legal and financial essentials, as well as the personal skills required to run a profitable small business.

$0
Holmesglen TAFE - Chadstone Campus
Building 1 / Level 1 / Lecture Room 33 / Corner Batesford Street and Warrigal Road
Holmesglen 3148

Financial management and reporting for forward thinking SMEs

Do you want to increase revenue, reduce costs, become more agile and capitalise on emerging markets/opportunities? Developing skills in financial management and reporting is essential for all forward thinking SMEs looking to succeed. Boost your knowledge and gain a clearer picture of your business’ performance with this inspiring financial management presentation – essential viewing for all small business operators.

$0
Peppers Moonah Links Resort
Peter Thomson Drive
Fingal 3939

Social media strategies for your small business

Develop an active social media strategy to maximise your online marketing efforts. Facilitated by an expert social media consultant, you will examine various social media tools and devise cost effective social media strategies for your small business. This is a step by step workshop that will show you how to utilise social media in devising or expanding your business' marketing strategy.

$0
Holmesglen TAFE - Chadstone Campus
Building 1 / Level 1 / Lecture Room 33 / Corner Batesford Street and Warrigal Road
Holmesglen 3148

What makes us buy and buy in with Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory delivers an informed, engaging and highly entertaining presentation on what drives human behaviour. Discover how this knowledge can help your business connect with your customers and drive successful sales. Dan brings his experience from the ABC's Gruen Transfer, time spent in the US and UK working as a stand up comedian and time spent working on the world's biggest global brands to Gippsland to help inspire your business and give you the tools to achieve your vision.

$25
Bairnsdale RSL
Corner Princes Highway and Forge Creek Road
Bairnsdale 3875

Exit strategies for business owners

Thinking of selling, exiting or retiring from your business? This practical seminar will show you what you need to consider before you make this big decision. Leaving a business is never easy, but this session will help you minimise the uncertainty and will assist your decision making on the choices in front of you.

$55
Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Level 2 / 150 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Small Business Bus: Mildura

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Langtree Mall
Langtree Avenue
Mildura 3500

E17870 - Understanding Marketing 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
Ballarat Business Centre
15 Dawson Street South
Ballarat 3350

Take advantage of Free Trade Agreements: Mildura

Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) offer agriculture, food and beverage companies a unique competitive edge in numerous Asian markets. Learn how to take advantage of the FTAs; select markets and prepare for export trade. Walk away with a clear understanding of what assistance is available for businesses to navigate our international FTAs and make the most of these opportunities.

$0
Mildura Development Corporation
110 Eighth Street
Mildura 3500

Social media and HR for ostriches

Are you sticking your head in the sand regarding social media and your employee obligations...even just a little bit? Managing people and marketing your business are two of the most important roles of small business owners. Get a better handle on both of these diverse business management skill sets at this informative two hour session.

$15
TAFESpace Wodonga
Lawrence Street
Wodonga 3690

Communicate with your customers using killer content

Stop writing article after article and hoping someone takes action! Working with Joanne Clark, language master and Jurgen Strauss, webmaster you will discover how to build a highly effective content strategy, with killer content that attracts your audience's attention. Lunch is included with this invaluable online marketing event.

$75
Deakin Warrnambool Corporate Centre
163 Timor Street
Warrnambool 3220

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.

$0
City Hall
55 Little Malop Street
Geelong 3220

What's next: Tips to invigorate your business

Change is inevitable. Join Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Geoff Browne, and Anthony Turner from the Small Business Mentoring Service at this free information session to discuss ways to invigorate your business.

$0
The Cluster
31 Queen Street
Melbourne 3000

E16014 - Save Money and Get Greener short workshop

Reducing your utility consumption is a win-win for the environment and your business! Bring along your bills to this short workshop and in just two hours walk away with a practical, achievable action plan to improve your bottom line. Then proudly use your green credentials to build your business reputation.

$20
Rural City of Wangaratta Council Chambers
62-68 Ovens St
Wangaratta 3675

7 Things Your Bank Won’t Tell You and 10 Top Tips for Success

Wouldn’t it be good to know how to approach a lender and what things they are looking for? This interactive session will help you access credit successfully. Learn how to set yourself up with the correct conditions for successful borrowing, and discover tools to better manage your cash-flow. Expert presenters will use case studies to demonstrate the optimal lending parameters and how to meet them.

$25
Sandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road
Sandringham 3193

What makes us buy and buy in with Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory delivers an informed, engaging and highly entertaining presentation on what drives human behaviour. Discover how this knowledge can help your business connect with your customers and drive successful sales. Dan brings his experience from the ABC's Gruen Transfer, time spent in the US and UK working as a stand up comedian and time spent working on the world's biggest global brands to Gippsland to help inspire your business and give you the tools to achieve your vision.

$35
Criterion Hotel
Macalister Street
Sale 3850

What makes us buy and buy in with Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory delivers an informed, engaging and highly entertaining presentation on what drives human behaviour. Discover how this knowledge can help your business connect with your customers and drive successful sales. Dan brings his experience from the ABC's Gruen Transfer, time spent in the US and UK working as a stand up comedian and time spent working on the world's biggest global brands to Gippsland to help inspire your business and give you the tools to achieve your vision.

$25
Century Inn
5 Airfield Road
Traralgon 3844

Tender Writing - its easy when you know how

Submitting tenders can be an intimidating and daunting task for small business operators. Learn how to approach tenders with confidence using the knowledge and advice you’ll gain at this free and informative skills development session. You’ll leave this event with a clear understanding of how to write a tender and empowered with the skills to position your business for success.

$0
Trench Room, Town Hall
Sturt Street
Ballarat 3350

Small Business Bus: Mildura

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Langtree Mall
Langtree Avenue
Mildura 3500

Pitching for international business workshop

Want to grow your business internationally? In this free, communications focussed workshop you will find out how to effectively market your business to international customers and how to perfect your 'elevator pitch' to be more successful in attracting international business.

$0
Investment Centre Victoria
55 Collins Street
Melbourne 3000

Dealing with the media

Do you sometimes wonder how some businesses manage get their story into the media? Come along to this workshop to get a better understanding of what the media considers newsworthy and learn how to approach journalists. Discover how you can maximise media coverage to increase the profile your business.

$20
Waurn Ponds Library
140 Pioneer Road
Waurn Ponds 3216

What's next? Creating new products for customers

Not sure what’s next for your business? Learn a simple process to create new value, new products and services for both existing and new customers.

$25
Riddells Creek Neighbourhood House
59 Main Road
Riddells Creek 3431

Get found on Google: DIY SEO workshop

Learn actionable, hands on techniques to improve your business' search engine optimisation (SEO). There are two informative workshops available.

$20
Morley's Emporium
23 Mitchell Street
Bendigo 3550

What makes us buy and buy in with Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory delivers an informed, engaging and highly entertaining presentation on what drives human behaviour. Discover how this knowledge can help your business connect with your customers and drive successful sales. Dan brings his experience from the ABC's Gruen Transfer, time spent in the US and UK working as a stand up comedian and time spent working on the world's biggest global brands to Gippsland to help inspire your business and give you the tools to achieve your vision.

$30
Warragul Country Club
41 Sutton Street
Warragul 3820

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.

$0
Greater Shepparton Business Centre
70 New Dookie Road
Shepparton 3630

School of hard knocks for stressed business people & reluctant entrepreneurs

Are you a stressed out business owner or a reluctant entrepreneur? Former AFL footballer, media personality and philanthropist, Glenn Manton, presents a lively, interactive workshop to help overcome your obstacles and think outside the square. This highly motivating session will leave you inspired to take your business to the next level.

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

Working from home? Things you need to know

Take a closer look at the fine print of running a small business. Join the Victorian Small Business Commissioner at this free webinar for an overview of the rights and obligations of small businesses under Australian Consumer Law. Contracts, local laws and leases will all be covered in this informative session.

$0



Take advantage of Free Trade Agreements: Swan Hill

Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) offer agriculture, food and beverage companies a unique competitive edge in numerous Asian markets. Learn how to take advantage of the FTAs; select markets and prepare for export trade. Walk away with a clear understanding of what assistance is available for businesses to navigate our international FTAs and make the most of these opportunities.

$0
Swan Hill Regional Information Centre
Corner McRae Street and Curlewis Street
Swan Hill 3585

Tourism operators workshop: planning for the future

How can tourism operators adapt and capitalise on increasing tourist numbers to the South Coast?

$0
The Pavilion - La Bella Function Room
50 Viaduct Road
Warrnambool 3280

How can IP provide competitive and commercial advantage?

Use your brand, ideas and innovations to give yourself a competitive edge in the marketplace. Trademark and patent attorneys use real-world examples to discuss how your intellectual property (IP) can help you to differentiate from your competitors, attract new customers and add value to your business. This informative workshop is supported by a series of complimentary consultations for you to discuss your business’ IP strategy directly.

$0
The Schaller Studio (Workshop)
Corner of Lucan Street and Bayne Street
Bendigo 3550

Hints and tips to invigorate your business

Change is inevitable. Join Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Geoff Browne, and Anthony Turner from the Small Business Mentoring Service at this free information session to discuss ways to invigorate your business.

$0
The National Wool Museum
26 Moorabool Street
Geelong 3220

Business in the online/social media environment

With the impact of online sales changing the face of retail and service industries dramatically, small businesses need to develop their understanding of online and social media. This session will help identify the steps you need to take to survive and grow. Change is both necessary and possible, and this presentation can show you how.

$10
Indigo Shire Council Offices
2 Kurrajong Way
Beechworth 3678

Creative industry: Speed mentoring and networking session

Pitch your idea to a panel of Creative Industry experts and peers and receive crucial feedback for you to take the next step in your venture.

$0
VU at MetroWest
138 NIcholson Street
Footscray 3011

One page business planning

Gain focus and direction for your business. Learn how to develop a succinct and meaningful one page business plan so you can position for success.

$0
The Chamber, Williamstown Town Hall
Ferguson Street
Williamstown 3016

Ride the digital wave: Dinner with Chris Riddell (Warrnambool)

An online trailblazer and progressive thought-leader, Chris Riddell takes you on an inspiring journey through the world of digital, showing how innovation and new technologies are transforming the way we do business. Enjoy a thought provoking dinner with one of the new economy’s sharpest observers. The digital age is here – discover how to get on board!

$60
Quality Suites Deep Blue Hotel and Spa
Worm Bay Road
Warrnambool 3280

Financial planning for small business

Financial planning is a crucial skill for small business operators. Join Deakin University for a free financial planning session to learn new skills and expand your knowledge in this area. The session will cover investment planning, business planning, taxation planning, insurance, business succession planning, as well as superannuation and retirement planning.

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

The Creative Entrepreneur: From idea to success

Setting up your own business can be an exciting time. Before you start, save yourself time and money by being aware of what's involved in running a business. Come along to hear the stories of a range of successful startups and learn from their experiences. They'll present their projects and share insights into how to start, build, fund and run your own successful startup busines

$0
RMIT University - Building 16 (Storey Hall)
336-348 Swanston Street
Melbourne 3000

Pitch better and sell more

Have you ever met someone at a function where they tell you a longwinded story about what they do – and at the end you’re still unsure what they’re talking about? Or perhaps they tell you their occupational title and you immediately lose interest. Don’t allow your business to miss opportunities like this. This essential session for small business operators will help you understand your own value proposition so that you can tailor a compelling ‘elevator pitch’ for your business. Walk away with the tools to create a succinct and easy-to-understand pitch so you can capitalise on every new opportunity.

$45
Automatic Bakery
Level 1 / 26 Liddiard Street
Hawthorn 3122

Create your digital success story

Discover how you can leverage digital technology to capitalise on changing consumer behaviour. Make the most of the opportunities within the new digital economy and take your business to the next level. Evening includes a panel discussion, light supper and networking opportunities.

$25
The Mummery Room, Edendale Farm
Gastons Road
Eltham 3095

Sales and marketing automation: Revenue generation on auto-pilot

Learn how automated sales and marketing can revolutionise your business – giving you back your time and ensuring that these crucial business tasks are not left unattended. Sales and marketing are the two most vital operations of every small and medium business. A carefully crafted combination of sales and marketing is essential for successful business growth, yet these tasks require significant time and resources which many small businesses don’t have. If you find you’re struggling to dedicate the time required to achieve success with traditional marketing and sales processes, then an automated approach could lift your business to the next level.

$10
Alex Popescu Room, Simonds Stadium
Moorabool Street
South Geelong 3220

What makes us buy and buy in with Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory delivers an informed, engaging and highly entertaining presentation on what drives human behaviour. Discover how this knowledge can help your business connect with your customers and drive successful sales. Dan brings his experience from the ABC's Gruen Transfer, time spent in the US and UK working as a stand up comedian and time spent working on the world's biggest global brands to Gippsland to help inspire your business and give you the tools to achieve your vision.

$25
Ramada Resort
2128 Phillip Island Road
Cowes 3922

E15833 - Business Planning for Growth workshop

Are you ready to take your business to the next level? This workshop can help you to put the right strategy in place to make it happen. This intensive two-day program will help you identify new growth opportunities and plan changes you need to move confidently into the next phase of your business. Supplemented with five hours of one-on-one support from an experienced small business mentor, you will learn how to implement your plan to drive your business growth.

$200
Baw Baw Shire Council Offices
33 Young Street
Drouin 3818

E16822 - Marketing for Growth workshop

Already know about Marketing and now want to grow your business with new products, services, or markets? Learn how to refine your existing marketing strategy to expand your business opportunities. This hands-on workshop will enable you to build a deeper understanding of your customers and focus your marketing strategy to grow your business.

$30
Knox City Council
511 Burwood Highway
Wantirna South 3152

From 'awkward' to 'awesome'

The ability to have open and effective conversations can have an enormous impact on your business – from the quality of your relationships through to the bottom line of your balance sheet. This interactive seminar will build your confidence and give you the tools to engage in positive communication for your business.

$35
Speakeasy Kitchen Bar
359 Chapel Street
South Yarra 3181

Small Business Bus: Seymour

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 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

$
Opposite Commonwealth Bank
76 Station Street
Seymour 3660

Secrets to solo success

After a decade working alongside 100,000+ Australian small business owners, Flying Solo founder, Robert Gerrish understands the essential habits and actions of those who thrive. In this presentation, writer, blogger and award winning soloist, Kate Toon joins Robert to reveal the proven tips, tools and techniques to successfully launch a new venture or rejuvenate the one you’re already in.

$0



What makes us buy and buy in with Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory delivers an informed, engaging and highly entertaining presentation on what drives human behaviour. Discover how this knowledge can help your business connect with your customers and drive successful sales. Dan brings his experience from the ABC's Gruen Transfer, time spent in the US and UK working as a stand up comedian and time spent working on the world's biggest global brands to Gippsland to help inspire your business and give you the tools to achieve your vision.

$30
Salvation Army Leongatha Corps
2 Long Street
Leongatha 3953

E15902 - Business Planning Essentials short workshop

A clear business plan is an essential determiner of long-term business success – as the saying goes, ‘fail to plan and you plan to fail’. Get the tools, templates and support you need to guide you through the key steps in the planning process and give your business the best chance of success.

$20
Living and Learning Inc.
6B Henry Street
Pakenham 3810

Workplace relations update: Manage your risk

Are you responsible for the supervision of employees? This session is designed to equip you with an understanding of some of the challenges presented by workplace laws and will give you practical lessons to take away. Ensure you are up to speed to mitigate this important risk area for your business.

$40
Quest Shepparton
177-183 Welsford Street
Shepparton 3630