• Coalition Government continues to support Victoria’s small businesses
• A number of seminars and sessions available in the north east
• Sykes calls for businesses to make the most of opportunities
Nationals Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes today called for small businesses and individuals interested in starting or expanding a small business to consider participating in some of the events as part of the 2014 Small Business Festival Victoria.
Dr Sykes said the festival is a month long Victorian Coalition Government initiative from 1 to 31 August that delivers workshops, seminars and networking events for businesses across Victoria with a number of events being held in north east Victoria.
“The festival is designed to showcase business and industry within Victoria and bring together a wide range of people to network, share ideas, develop new skills, foster better business practices and promote investment opportunities across the state.
“Seminars and workshops will be held in Benalla, Bright and Mansfield covering topics including social media and marketing, how to start and grow a business, networking, and business planning and development.”
Dr Sykes said the Victorian Coalition Government was strongly committed to the strength and sustainability of small business because of the vital role it plays in the Victorian economy.
“The festival acts as a platform to showcase the many programs and services offered by the Coalition Government that are in place to assist small businesses improve productivity and competitiveness.”
Dr Sykes said the Benalla Electorate was fortunate to have innovative and productive businesses throughout who work hard to provide quality products and services to both their local communities and visitors.
“The 2014 festival program aims to improve the productivity of these small businesses by providing ideas, information and opportunities.
“I encourage small business operators and those interested in establishing a small business to participate in an exciting month of events and make the most of the opportunities provided through the festival,” Dr Sykes concluded.
Event information and the official guide are available online at www.business.vic.gov.au/festival or by calling the Victorian Business Line on 13 22 15.