Skip to content


Business Victoria Workshops

Improve your skills to start, run and grow your business

On this page

  • Book a Business Victoria workshop to improve your chances of business success

Note on coronavirus COVID-19

All Business Victoria workshops are currently delivered online and free of charge. We are monitoring the ongoing situation relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) and will update this page should any decision be made to change our event schedule in any way.

Online workshops for your small business

All Business Victoria workshops are specifically designed for Victorian-based businesses and are currently delivered for free online via Zoom.

Explore topics on starting your business, building resilience, marketing, finance, taking your business online and business planning. All workshops are normally low-cost, but during this challenging time they are offered for free.

If you are a Victorian-based business, browse our Workshops and Events Calendar today to find one that suits you.


Starting your business: How to turn an idea into a business

Get your bright idea off the ground and running at this essential planning workshop.

Everything you need to know before you start your business and walk away with a clear vision of what steps you'll need to take to turn your business idea into a reality.

Packed with tips, tools and expert step-by-step guidance, this workshop prepares you to give your business the best chance of success.

Book now


Starting a business: For new migrants and asylum seekers

Some of the state's biggest business success stories have been started by immigrants new to Victoria – who've come from all over the world.

If you're an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant with a business idea, this essential business planning workshop will prepare you for the best chance of success.

Understand everything you'll need to know about Australian business culture and starting a business in Victoria.

Walk away feeling determined and prepared, with a clear vision of what steps you'll need to take to turn your business idea into a reality.

Book now


Business planning essentials: How to build a road map to success

Put your business on the path to long-term success at this workshop that takes you step-by-step through the essentials of building a business plan.

Learn how to drive your business forward by mapping out a plan that reveals where your business is at right now, where you'd like it to be in the future – and most importantly – how to develop a clear vision about what steps to take next and the strategies to get you there.

Book now


Commercialising your new idea: Strategies to get you to market

This workshop teaches you everything you need to know to take your innovation or idea from drawing board – to market launch.

Held over two inspiring workshop sessions – and facilitated by an experienced innovation and commercialisation expert – you'll learn how to assess the feasibility of your new idea, decide its business potential, and develop a clear commercialisation strategy.

Book now


Taking your business online: What you need to know

Get ready to launch your business online at this essential digital workshop.

Learn how to make informed choices about websites and social media, get across search engines and online advertising, and size up the benefits that each one offers your business.

Taking you right back to basics, this workshop shows you how to access the right tools to begin and builds a complete picture of the opportunities ahead.

Book now

SBV Workshops - An introduction to cyber security video transcript (DOCX 14.7 KB)DOCX icon


Marketing your business: How to get it right – first time

An effective marketing strategy should boost your brand, capture customers, keep them coming back and ultimately save you time and money.

Find out why having just a website and Facebook page doesn't cut it anymore at this back-to-basics marketing workshop. You'll learn how to develop a marketing action plan to keep your effort and resources focused in the right areas.

Book now


Finance fundamentals: How to keep the cash flowing

Spending more time juggling cash than running your business? Making a profit but still struggling to pay the bills?

Cash flow is the life blood of every small business – if your business doesn't have enough cash flow, things can start to go wrong. Without cash flow, no business can survive.

This essential small business workshop will ensure you won't get caught short and provides tips for improving cash flow in tough times.

Book now


Getting paid in building and construction: Fast-track your cash flow

Overdue payments to small operators in the building and construction industry can quickly escalate from financial stress to insolvency.

This essential workshop shows you how to fast-track getting paid and gives an overview of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment (SOP) Act.

Step-by-step, the workshop takes you through the payment claim and adjudication process providing you with the right tools, so you can take back control of cash flow.

Book now


Building resilience: How to prepare for business challenges and recovery

Every business faces exposure to risk, whether it be a natural crisis such as a bushfire or flood, or man-made such as accident or illness.

Not having a plan in place to activate in the event of an emergency can seriously compromise your ability to shield your business from crisis fallout.

This three hour workshop shows you how to put in place a practical plan for your business and help you navigate your recovery during tough times.

Don't take the risk and be on the back foot in the event of an emergency – be prepared because you never know when you'll be thankful that you were.

Book now


Selling or succession planning? How to exit successfully

It takes just as much planning to exit your business as it did to get started. You owe it to yourself – and all your hard work – to make sure this last big decision is a success.

Whether you're selling or setting up for succession, find out how to get yourself prepared for your next steps at this essential workshop that puts you in control of how, and when you move on.


Winning government business: What you need to know

If the idea of tendering for government business leaves you scratching your head thinking where to start or imagining a tangle of red tape – then think again.

The Australian government sector spends billions of dollars each year procuring products and services.

This workshop shows you step-by-step how to maximise your chances of success. Don't miss out on a great opportunity – put your business forward as a potential supplier.

Book now

Case Study: Cooking up the perfect work life balance

'I've attended every Small Business Victoria workshop and seminar hosted by Macedon Ranges Shire Council and have had an 'oh my gosh' moment every time! There's always something I can apply directly to my business.'
Rosemary Cimino, Spotted Dog Fudge

Read more on cooking up the perfect work life balance.

Rosemary Cimino in chefs uniform holding a tray of Spotted Dog Fudge
Close quick view window