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2017 Shepparton Small Business Festival

The Small Business Festival 2017 is the biggest annual learning and networking opportunity for small business owners across Victoria.

Tuesday 1st , to Thursday 31st of August, 2017, at 12:00pm / 6:00pm
Contact: or (03) 5832 1100

Whether you are a retail outlet in the CBD or an industrial business in
Mooroopna, emply 20 staff or just one, work from home or in a large serviced office we encourage you to attend some of the many events that are on offer throughout the month of August.

Government grants briefing - Imagine if there was funding or assistance that could help your business grow if only you knew where to find it. Well, now you can! There are, in fact, lots of government grants and sources of support to help businesses like yours achieve its goals. We take the legwork out of finding what they are, whether you’re eligible and share what you can do to help get your application across the line.

Tuesday 1 August 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Free

Quest Shepparton 177-183 Welsford Street Shepparton 3630

Master the secrets of a LinkedIn Ninja - Master the secrets of a LinkedIn Ninja. Many people and organisations have a presence on LinkedIn - but the magic lies in how you use it. Learn tips and tricks from the Asia Pacific region's only certified LinkedIn Ninja Jillian Bullock. Discover how to make the most of your personal profile and your company page on LinkedIn. Hear how you can create a healthy workplace and healthy connections by using LinkedIn to generate new business leads and recruit staff to work at your organisation. What works, what doesn't - come along and find out.

Wednesday 2 August 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM $10 or $5 for chamber members

The Hotel Australia (The Aussie) 73 Fryers Street Shepparton 3630

Getting food to market: Making the most of labels - Making sure you get your label right is an easy way to prevent unnecessary expense and associated brand damage. Given that incorrect labeling and undeclared allergens are among the major causes of packaged food recalls (an event that frequently costs well over $100,000 and, at worst, lives) accurate labeling makes good business sense. Includes opportunities for networking and a review of participants' labels to give you practical insights into the concepts discussed. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday 8 August 2017 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Free

Greater Shepparton Business Centre - Training Room New Dookie Road Shepparton 3630

Flexible working arrangements  - Find out your rights and obligations as an employer when it comes to flexible working arrangements for staff. Discover the benefits for your business including improved productivity and efficiency and a healthy work / life balance for your staff. You will also gain clarity about the exact circumstances that may make it reasonable to refuse requests for flexibility in your business.

Wednesday 9 August 2017 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM $40 - $60

Quest Shepparton 177-183 Welsford Street Shepparton 3630

Starting Your Business Right workshop - Have you got a great idea you want to turn into a business? This Small Business Victoria workshop will step you through the process, help you get set up right the first time and connect you to a range of government resources and free mentoring.

Thursday 10 August 2017 30 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM $30

Greater Shepparton Business Centre 70 New Dookie Road Shepparton 3630

Two common finance mistakes made in business - Avoid the pitfalls of common finance errors and learn what not to do in business. Finance Academy Australia's (FAA) research and analysis of hundreds of struggling businesses uncovered two key mistakes common to business failure. Find out what they are at this case study presentation and seminar so you can give yourself the best chance at business success.

Monday 14 August 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM $20

Quest Apartments 177-183 Welsford Street Shepparton 3630

Empowering financial freedom for women - Prepare yourself to achieve financial freedom achieve your goals. Women’s financial independence has not only changed personal lives, it has paved the advancement of women in society. Understand the importance of financial freedom and the role it has played in how far women have come. Learn how to achieve wealth creation from specific examples and take your own steps towards furthering your own financial education and literacy. Learn, grow and develop yourself, your team and your business at this workshop delivered by business, professional and entrepreneurial network WOW Women.

Wednesday 16 August 2017 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM $35 or free for Wow Women Members

The Carrington 505 Wyndham Street Shepparton 3631

Global sisters: Women in business standing tall - For women thinking about starting a business, get ready and get set to roadtest your dreams. This is your opportunity to explore your idea (or many ideas) in a supportive environment with three? Business Idea Fitness Tests? Global Sisters is a not-for-profit social enterprise focused on supporting women to stand tall in business. For more information, visit

Thursday 17 August 2017 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM Free

Phillipine House Parkside Drive Shepparton 3630

Improving your business with health and safety - Occupational health and safety (OHS) laws from top to bottom. Get to know your obligations under workplace injury, rehabilitation and compensation law to help injured workers return to work. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out how you can improve your business by providing a safe and healthy environment for your workers. Attend these free WorkSafe seminars, share your experience with others and get advice from our experts on OHS and return to work problems or concerns.

Tuesday 22 August 2017 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Free

Best Western Plus The Carrington 505 Wyndham Street Shepparton 3630

Your Business in a Digital World short workshop - Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or nervous about taking your business online? Take the guess work out of finding the right support with this introductory workshop led by a digital expert with real-life small business experience. Using practical exercises and real-life examples you will learn to make informed decisions about the right tools for your business and how to bring them all together into an effective online strategy.

Tuesday 22 August 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM $20

Greater Shepparton Business Centre 70 New Dookie Rd Shepparton 3630

Murchison Business Event - Social Media and Marketing - Hear first-hand from Will, local digital marketing expert and social media coach, on how you can grow your business through digital and social media.

Wednesday 23 August 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Caledonian Hotel 47 Stevenson Street, Murchison

HR advice on corporate fitness for duty - Learn all about Corporate Fitness for Duties (CFFD) assessments from all angles. You may require medical screening as a condition of pre-employment. Perhaps you have staff not meeting performance expectations, or an employee undergoing treatment for an illness that is not work-related, such as cancer or an old football injury. You may need to assess an employee who has taken extended sick leave or have a duty of care to manage risk to the worker, their colleagues or the public. This session includes including practical advice, the dos and don?ts and an overview of the different HR scenarios that might need an independent clinical opinion.

Thursday 24 August 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Free

GOTAFE - Shepparton Campus 152-200 Fryers Street Shepparton 3630

GV BRain presents Schniz founder Roman Dyduk - Meet Roman Dyduk - the name and the business brain behind Schnitz. Schnitz began its business journey in 2007 when founder Roman Dyduk opened with a single restaurant. The Polish-born schnitzel expert had been at the helm of restaurants in the past, all featuring his signature schnitzel on the menu.

Wednesday 30 August 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM $85

The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank - 7719 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Kialla


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