Preparations are well underway in Victoria for Australia’s largest small business festival, which aims to help owner-operators expand, acquire new skills and identify opportunities.
This will be Victoria’s 13th annual festival and the schedule is packed with events held across metropolitan Melbourne and in various regional centres. Many are available free of charge.
The Festival runs from August 1-31.
Small Business Minister Philip Dalidakis praised local owner-operators for embracing the festival.
“Small business owners have bought into it. We’ve provided opportunities for them to learn, to grow, to expand their businesses, and to also increase their knowledge: whether marketing, sales or even technology. They’ve been able to find something they need,” he explains.
“Small business confidence is sky high. Victoria has more than 576,000 small businesses and there is no greater way to test that confidence than to see how many businesses have started up over the last three years.”
Backing the small business community, this year the Victorian budget allocated an extra $13.5 million for small business mentoring and support. A key aspect of this mentoring is helping business owners understand how they can benefit from the digital economy.
An extra $55 million was allocated to the Investment Attraction and Assistance Program, which aims to attract new businesses to Victoria and help existing businesses expand, creating new local jobs.
The government hopes the Small Business Festival will excite owners to take advantage of the new initiatives. Program and information are available here.