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Small Business Bus

Free business advice from an experienced mentor.

Program Overview

Operated by Small Business Victoria, the Small Business Bus visits Melbourne and regional Victoria as a 'travelling office on wheels'. It offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and expert advice from an experienced business mentor.

At a glance
Potential funding

Free assistance to all businesses.

Eligibility

Business intenders and all business owners are eligible for this program.

To get the best results, contact Business Victoria on 13 22 15

Helpful resources come to you

Whether you're planning, starting or growing your business, the Victorian Government's Small Business Bus can help you to develop your business ideas and capabilities.

Free business mentoring on board the Small Business Bus is available from an experienced professional. Sessions are strictly limited so advance bookings are required.

Please visit our Small Business Workshops and Events Calendar to book your session today.

Eligibility Criteria

Anyone interested in starting or growing a small business. Bookings are essential.

If you are a business association, events company or council and would like to enquire about the availability of the Small Business Bus, please call 13 22 15. 

If you would like to register interest in the Small Business Bus visiting your area, please email us

What you get 

A mentor can help you to identify a clear direction for your business, discuss key issues and priorities, and develop an action plan to achieve your goals.

They can advise you in a range of areas including:

  • the viability of your business idea
  • developing a business plan or marketing strategy
  • improving your understanding of cash flow management
  • setting clear goals and objectives for achieving business growth.

Delivered by mentors from the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS), the free 45-minute sessions are available daily from 10am until 4pm and can be tailored to address the specific needs of your business.

All mentoring sessions are private and confidential. They are provided by dedicated volunteers with extensive personal experience in small business and with expertise from senior levels of corporate management.

Mentors are skilled across a number of business areas including finance, human resources and organisational development, marketing, strategy development, business planning and disaster recovery. All clients seen on board the Bus are eligible for ongoing mentoring support from SBMS at a reduced rate.

Tips and hints

If you are interested in a free business mentoring session when the Small Business Bus visits your area, you are advised to book in advance through the Workshops and Events Calendar. Places are limited and they book out quickly. Please note that we only allow one session per person.

If you are unable to secure a booking, add yourself to the waiting list through the calendar or consider booking a low-cost session with the Small Business Mentoring Service directly.

How to apply 

Book via the Workshops & Events Calendar. 

If your preferred session has already been booked you can add yourself to a waitlist.

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