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Family business success

We both had busy, stressful careers before we started our own business. Taking control and working together now gives us a common goal and a real sense of purpose.
Trish and Phil Chapallaz, Solar 4 RVs, Lysterfield  

About the business

Solar 4 RVs is a family-owned business specialising in solar power solutions for caravans, motor homes, camper trailers, boats and industrial mobile or portable systems.

Trish and Phil Chapallaz started the business after planning a caravan trip around Australia.  They realised no lightweight, thin and flexible solar power system existed for eco-minded travellers wanting independence from caravan parks.

The only company in Australia that specialises in this field, Trish says government assistance has been crucial to their success.  The couple has undertaken workshops through their local council and are regular users of the Business Victoria website.

'We work honestly and ethically,' says Trish. 'We are living proof that business people can be responsible corporate citizens and still be profitable.'

About Small Business Workshops and Seminars

Small Business Victoria's Workshops and Seminars offer local and low cost information sessions that are designed to provide sustainable skills for small business operators and those wishing to start a business.

Offered across Victoria, the Workshops and Seminars cover more than 20 different topics including online business, marketing, better business practices, improving cash flow, buying a franchise and finding the right staff.

Business training events are located in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria and can be booked via the Workshop and Events Calendar.

Find out more about the Small Business Workshops and Seminars