The Small Business Festival runs for the month of August 2016 from the 1st to the 31st. Connect with other small businesses and be inspired by new-found knowledge you'll learn from experts in your field at this festival. With over 450 events to learn new skills from and a chance to be involved in exciting new opportunities, it can only be good for business.
CLICK HERE for the full Event Program in PDF format to start making an itinerary that'll help the growth of your business. You can also browse the calendar to search by location or suburb. For a printed version of the festival program, CLICK HERE to order. For those of you in regional Victoria, CHECK HERE to see if the festival is coming your way.
Business Victoria is a State Government of Victoria initiative that's managed by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). It's an online resource website that's designed to help you start, run and grow your business. You can access information about key business issues, specific industry sectors, and identify the government licences and regulations that apply to your business. The interactive guides are customised to your area of business and you can find relevant financial support, advice and training. So as not to miss out on future events, you can subscribe or stay in touch on the Facebook pages of Business Victoria and Small Business Festival Victoria .
Check the website for featured and other events at the festival, for a comprehensive itinerary to suit your needs. There are a lot of free events as there are those with a cost involved. There are breakfast and dinner events, as well as a small business bus that'll be at Federation Square, providing free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you. Aside from Fed Square, this bus is visiting all regions of Victoria, so book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business on track.
With limited spaces, you need to get in quick to the Festival Hub, to maximise your festival experience. Featuring 30 workshops and networking sessions at the Hub, access is free with the exception of events, for which you need to register, to attend. Again, spaces are limited.
Be sure to sign up to a few free webinars to access great content and ideas.
Listed below are a few examples of the types of events you can attend through Business Victoria; some free and some with costs between $20 and $30.
Friday 19 August 2016 - 10am to 11am At this webinar, small business marketing expert and dynamo Ailsa Page teams up with productivity expert, Business Time Lord, Russell Scott to teach you how to find time for marketing and what part of marketing your time is best spent on. They'll open your eyes to how it can pay off handsomely in regard to business growth and sales even though it takes time to do things the smart way.
Wednesday 24 August 2016 - 6pm to 8pm Ailsa Page from AP Marketing Works presents this fun and interactive workshop that'll head you in the right direction as to which social media platform is best for your business. You'll gain a fresh perspective that'll be advantageous for your business, instead of frittering away time unproductively.
Friday 26 August 2016 - 10am to 12pm Another Ailsa Page session that'll help you learn from the marketing mistakes of others. This entertaining session will fast track you to a more efficient and successful approach that'll be the difference between success and failure.
Learn some simple skills at this inspirational webinar, to sharpen up your business with your new found knowledge. Work at doubling your profits and creating valuable marketing strategies effectively and efficiently.
Tuesday 30 August 2016 - 6pm to 8.30pm This interactive evening with like-minded business owners is where you'll find out about networking online and offline. Learn the difference, the similarities and what works best. You may well walk away with a few new customers at this networking event.
I love the Small Business Festival. I have gone to events in a number of past ones and have several booked for this year. My picks this year include a 2 hour freelancing workshop in Frankston and a series about getting the most from Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin at Knox. I reccommend everybody has a look at the festival event guide because it isn't just business people that will get something out of this. I always meet really interesting people there too and this is definitely a huge bonus.