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Workshops and Training

In 2019, workshops and training will focus on using digital technology as a tool to grow your business, and increase your knowledge and confidence when using the latest technology.


Marketing Your Business - Monday 27 May, register here;

Digital Marketing Essentials - Monday 24 June,register here.


Contractors Breakfast

Council spends millions of dollar's annually procuring products and services. If you're a contractor or sell products locally, this forum will equip you with the knowledge you need when going for Council or Government contracts. 


Come and hear about Councils procurement processes, upcoming contracts, and contractor requirements. Attendees will learn how to write tenders, and what contract panel's want to know.
We invite you to submit your questions in advance by emailing us.


DATE:                 Friday, 14 June  2019
VENUE:               Bairnsdale RSL, 2 Bairnsdale-Forge Creek Rd;
TIME:                 7.45 - 10am
COST:                 $25: Includes Breakfast & Morning Tea
REGISTER:         Trybooking


The Small Business Mentoring Service

The Small Business Mentoring Service has been engaged by the Victorian State Government to run a business assistance program for the next five months. The program consists of one to one free mentoring sessions (up to five sessions), mentoring clinics and standalone workshops dealing with recovery strategies for business affected by severe conditions.

What do mentors do……

  • Help analyse business issues: Marketing, Finance, Planning, Budgeting
  • Identify business options and discuss advantages and  disadvantages
  • Help you to make your business better
  • Give you access to organisations that can help
  • Help build action plans based on your personal and business needs.

To register for the free mentoring contact Ross Jennings on Ph: 0409 016 517.


Dry Seasonal Conditions Recovery Program Small Business Information session



“Recovery Strategies for Businesses and Farmers”

Monday 20 May 2019

Venue: Bairnsdale Library, 22 Service Street Bairnsdale

Time: 5.30 to 7pm


Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) in conjunction with East Gippsland Shire Council are offering free information sessions to support businesses in East Gippsland Shire that are affected by the dry conditions. proudly supported by Small Business Victoria/ Victorian State Government This workshop will teach business operators strategies to deal with recovery from severe conditions.
Each attendee will receive a hardcopy of the nationally awarded book “Are you Ready” valued at $35.


Register here

Succession Planning - Tuesday 14 May 2019

This workshop focuses on succession planning for business operators who are planning for retirement. Facilitated by experienced Department of Human Services, Financial Information Officers, you will learn how succession planning can impact your eligibility for the age pension.


Venue:           Bairnsdale Library, Meeting Room 1

                      24 Service Street Bairnsdale.
Date:              Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

Time:              5.30 – 8.00 pm

Cost:               Free event

To register:    Trybooking
Contact:          Marlene Rickhuss on Ph: 5153 9500 or email



Small Business Bus

The Small Business Bus will be visiting East Gippsland in May; register below to attend a free mentoring session and discover how to start or grow your business.

  • FREE confidential mentoring provided by a small business specialist
  • ADVICE on developing your business idea, formulating a business plan, marketing your business, improving your understanding of cash flow management
  • ASSISTANCE from a Small Business Victoria information officer
  • INFORMATION about Small Business Victoria’s programs and services.

East Gippsland Small Business Bus Visiting Dates




Session Date

Booking Website URL

Between Ruskin and Salisbury Streets

Nicholson Street


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Register here

Near the band rotunda

149 Main Street


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Register here

Myer Street, near the corner of Esplanade

10 Myer Street

Lakes Entrance

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Register here




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