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Discover the secrets to business growth

Low cost, practical and held at locations near you in both metro and regional Victoria, Small Business Victoria (SBV) workshops are run by experts in their field. 

Places are limited, so bookings for these events must be made in advance through the Workshops and Events Calendar. The workshops cover a range of business topics and some offer a free mentoring session to all participants.

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. 

Come to grips with 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.

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Starting a business: new migrants and asylum seekers 

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

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.

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.

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Business planning essentials

How to build a road map to success

Put your business on the path to long-term success at this essential workshop that takes you step-by-step through the process 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.

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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 workshops – 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.

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Mastering business basics

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. 

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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 workshop. You'll learn how to develop a marketing action plan to keep your effort and resources focused in the right areas.

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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 never get caught short again.

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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.

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Building resilience: how to prepare for business risk

Every business faces exposure to risk. It could be a natural crisis event 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-and-a-half-hour workshop shows you how to put in place a practical plan to follow in the event of a threat to your business. 

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. 

This workshop is delivered depending on demand. If you're keen to take part, send the workshops team an email at ws.sbv@ecodev.vic.gov.au to enquire about availability.

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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. 

Please note: This workshop is delivered depending on demand. If you're keen to take part, send the workshops team an email at ws.sbv@ecodev.vic.gov.au to enquire about availability.


Growing your business 

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.

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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
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