Boost for small busi­ness

The Tatura Guardian - - People -

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment last week an­nounced the first re­gional Small Busi­ness Fes­ti­val in Shep­par­ton, which this year be­comes part of the suc­cess­ful, long-run­ning Small Busi­ness Fes­ti­val Vic­to­ria.

The inau­gu­ral Shep­par­ton Small Busi­ness Fes­ti­val will join Mil­dura as the two new re­gional sites to host a fes­ti­val this year, as well as a ded­i­cated lo­cal busi­ness event pro­gram through­out Au­gust.

With the fes­ti­val now in its 10th year, the new sites will join with Mel­bourne, Gee­long, Great South Coast, Bal­larat, Bendigo, Gee­long, Gipp­s­land and North-East Vic­to­ria to make the 2015 events pro­gram the big­gest yet.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford said the gov­ern­ment was sup­port­ing busi­nesses in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties to grow, in­vest and cre­ate jobs.

‘‘The ad­di­tion of Shep­par­ton to this year’s Small Busi­ness Fes­ti­val will help give re­gional busi­nesses the sup­port they need to reach their full po­ten­tial,’’ she said.

Ms Pul­ford said this year the pro­gram fea­tured more than 350 events across the state, with many tak­ing place out­side of busi­ness trad­ing hours and across a va­ri­ety of lo­ca­tions, mak­ing ac­cess eas­ier than ever.

She said in­dus­try ex­perts would be on hand to help busi­ness own­ers bet­ter de­velop, op­er­ate and thrive in the Vic­to­rian busi­ness sec­tor, while en­abling net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with other lo­cal op­er­a­tors, in­dus­try ex­perts and as­so­ci­a­tions with state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Ja­clyn Symes said the Small Busi­ness Fes­ti­val would drive ideas and growth within the com­mu­nity, cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties and jobs in Shep­par­ton.

The fes­ti­val event guide and tick­ets are now avail­able at busi­ness.vic.gov.au/fes­ti­val or phone 132 215.

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