Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Victoria's Small Business Festival is Australia's biggest festival of small business with a month long program of events to provide attendees with the essential inspiration, skills & information to start, build & run a business.

The festival's theme is 'add one more skill' to boost productivity. There is a wide range of practical seminars & workshops, new exhibitions, & talks by inspirational business leaders on offer to ensure all small business can unlock the doors to success.

The practical skill areas covered by 2011 festival events range from networking to marketing, financial management to online business strategy, green business to staffing.

Media information on featured festival events is available here.

The festival is also shining a spotlight on Victoria's retailing industry & the important contribution that retailers make to Victoria's economy.

Thousands of prospective & current business owners, managers & their staff are expected to participate in Victoria's Small Business Festival in 2011, accessing hundreds of events taking place across Victoria during August.

View and book events online, find events by date, location, or topic & access all you need to know about the festival using the iPhone App or call 13 22 15 for further information.

Follow the festival on Twitter or Facebook to join the #VicBizFest conversation.


The Hon Louise Asher MP, Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Minister for Tourism and Major Events

Quotes from The Hon Louise Asher MP in relation to Victoria's Small Business Festival are available here and here.

Ross Cameron, Ross Cameron Research, keynote speaker at feature event Small Business BIG Marketing

"I can't stress enough how important it is for business owners to sit down once a week and think about where their business is at and what it is they want to achieve. Getting disciplined at writing down thoughts and turning them into actions will help SMEs stay ahead of the game."

Angela Vithoulkas, retail expert, keynote speaker The Retailers Lunch @ Zinc & director of Sydney's VIVO Cafe Group

"The market is more competitive than ever, with shoppers increasing their search for bargains and spending more time online shopping. Online retailing isn't a replacement for bricks and mortar retailing, but because consumers spend so much time online researching and shopping, it's another place for them to go. If a business doesn't have a presence in that space it is invisible to a wide section of the buying public."

Naomi Simson, founder of online gift service company, Red Balloon, keynote speaker at feature event Small Business BIG Marketing

"A company brand is far more than just the product or service you provide. A brand cannot be delivered without its people who create and shape what it stands for and how it is perceived."

'Don't Miss' Festival Feature Events Over The Next Week!

Small Business Heroes Exhibition: The Retailers - Free, colourful & inspiring photographic display featuring candid images & stories of successful small biz owners taking an innovative approach to their retail biz, The Atrium, Federation Square, 5-14 August.

Retail Selling Strategies From The Top - An exciting series of seminars visiting Shepparton, Sale, Morwell, Geelong & Bendigo delivering new retail selling strategies & the latest in international retail trends to regional Victorian retailers, 8-17 August.

Small Business Speedy Solutions - Want to learn about small business issues & concepts but short on time? Look out for these portable information hubs showing a series of short video clips addressing a variety of common small business issues, 5-14 August, Atrium, Fed Sq; 16-23 August, Central Sq Shopping Centre, Ballarat; 19-21 August, Franchise & Biz Op Expo, Melbourne; 25 August, Small Business BIG Marketing, Melbourne Park Function Centre.

Reed Gift Fair Melbourne 2011 - Where retailers come to find & buy the latest products from the best suppliers in the marketplace TRADE ONLY, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre & Melbourne Showgrounds, 6-10 August.

B31: Ballarat Business Month - A month of dedicated small business events, workshops & seminars held in & around Ballarat, 1-31 August.

Geelong Small Business Festival - Geelong's inaugural small business festival with over 40 information sessions, events & networking opportunities taking place in & around Geelong, 1-31 August.

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Victoria's Small Business Festival

Victoria's Small Business Festival features hundreds of business events taking place across Victoria from 1 - 31 August.

'Add One More Skill' to boost productivity is the festival theme. With a strong emphasis on practical knowledge, new business skills and hands on learning in 2011, it will be simple for business owners, managers and staff to transfer what they learn at the festival into their own workplace.

Small Business Victoria, part of the Department of Business and Innovation, coordinates the festival and collaborates with industry groups, educational institutions, private sector organisations & government agencies to coordinate festival events.

Vinita Kant
P: 03 9651 9410
M: 0438 572 315


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