Boost for small business
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.