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Grab a program to the 2014 Small Business Festival Victoria

3 July 2014

More than 300 events to inform, support, engage, celebrate and share small business expertise are on offer during the upcoming small business festival and the 64-page program to plan your calendar is now available for Victorians.

The Victorian Government has published a comprehensive Small Business Festival Victoria 2014 guide, which presents the events that will run in Melbourne and regional Victoria during August.

Member for Ferntree Gully, Nick Wakeling MP, said the easy-to-read event program detailed more than 300 informative business events taking place across the state.

“I encourage all Knox small business owners and people thinking of starting a business to get the festival program, find out what is on offer and get involved celebrating business excellence,” Mr Wakeling said.

Local events being held at Knox Civic Centre – 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South include:

  • Starting Your Business – 7th August – 6.30pm to 9pm
  • Marketing for Growth – 13th August – 9.30am to 1pm
  • Get Your Business Organised – 20th August – 9.30 to 11.30am
  • Women’s Business Forum & Mini Expo – 22nd August –  8.15am to 11am
  • Business Networking  – 27th August -6.30pm to 9pm

“Small business operators and budding entrepreneurs can download or request a copy of the program and book events right now at business.vic.gov.au/festival or call 13 22 15 for further information,” Mr Wakeling said.

Minister for Small Business, Russell Northe MP, said this year’s events program would make participation more accessible than ever before.

“There are more events held outside of business hours, in regional towns and outer Melbourne suburbs and this will make it much more convenient for small business operators to participate,” Mr Northe said.

Highlights of this year’s festival program include:

  • The Creativity for Business Success event series, featuring media identity and successful businesswoman, Clare Bowditch, who will speak about creativity, innovation, problem solving and the benefits of right-brain thinking in everyday business.
  • The annual Australian Retailers Association’s Australian Retail Awards celebrating retail’s best performers.
  • The Small Business BIG Marketing event providing insights from successful marketing professionals – a must do event, which sells out quickly.
  • The Small Business Big Future exhibition, featuring inspiring stories and images from Victoria’s enterprising small business community.
  • The Festival Hub at Federation Square offering seminars, events, mentoring and information about year round government support services.

“Victoria’s small businesses employ more than 1.27 million people and since 2010, 80,000 extra jobs have been created by small businesses across the state. It is vital, through events such as the Small Business Festival, we provide Victorian businesses with opportunities to network and grow and build a better Victoria,” Mr Northe said.

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