Top Events to Look Out for at This Year’s Small Business Festival

Do you run a small business in Victoria? If so, then this is a great month to network with and learn from other entrepreneurs at the state’s Small Business Festival. Now in its 12th year, the festival runs until 4 September and includes a series of events that will take place all over metro Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Below we’ve picked out a few of our favourite free and low-cost events. And if you’re time-poor and can’t make it, don’t worry — the festival also includes webinars and podcasts for everyone.

Understanding Risk in Small Business

Understanding risk is a vital part of running any organization, big or small. Find out how to identify, measure and avoid risk. Learn how you can ensure that the policy coverage and claims service of the insurer you select are in line with your risk appetite, before it’s too late.
Host: LMI Group Pty Ltd & Insurance Advisernet
When: 9/14/22 August, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Where: Insurance Advisernet Office, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Cost: $5

Small Business Bus

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus provides face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your business. The Small Business Bus is a year-round service visiting all parts of the state, with special sessions during August.
Where and when: All month — check here for dates and locations near you.
Cost: Free

Women in Business Networking Breakfast

Gather with like-minded business owners to share your story and get inspired by leading businesswomen at Maribyrnong. Network over a hot breakfast and help acknowledge the important contributions women have made to the business world.
Host: City of Maribyrnong
When: 15 August, 7:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Where: Maribyrnong City Council, Footscray, Victoria, Australia
Cost: Free


This seminar will show small business operators how to access the advice, support and grants available from the local, state and federal government (including helpful tax information) to help their businesses grow and become more sustainable.
Host: City of Greater Dandenong
When: 17 August, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Where: Dandenong Civic Centre, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Cost: Free

Support Networks for Regional Entrepreneurs

This seminar will show you how to build a supportive community around your business. Discuss what makes an enriching network and learn how to meet the challenges of isolation, how to combine your home life and work life and where to turn when you don’t qualify for traditional business support.
Host: Cohoots Coworking
When: 18 August, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Where: Online
Cost: Free

Get Back an Hour in Every Day

If you’re always short of time, struggling to accomplish what you have to, or feeling hostage to a never-ending to-do list, come to this session for productivity and time management tips and tricks that will enable you to save an hour a day.
Host: Get More Time
When: 25 August, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Where: Geelong Council Offices, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Cost: $20

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