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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.

SEO Foundations - Monday 29 April, register here;

Marketing Your Business - Monday 27 May, register here;

Digital Marketing Essentials - Monday 24 June,register here.


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 access the FREE mentoring support, visit the SBMS website, click on “I want to book with a Voucher”, type the Code DSCI5 and fill out your business details. Your mentor will be in contact within 72 hours
The SBMS will also be visiting the following locations: 

  • Orbost- Tuesday 26th March 2019, Orbost Service Centre, 1 Ruskin Street
  • Mallacoota -Monday 1st April 2019, Mallacoota Library, 70 Maurice Ave
  • Omeo – Tuesday 2nd April 2019, East Gippsland Shire, 179 Day Ave.
  • Bairnsdale Monday 8th April 2019, Bairnsdale Library, Meeting room 2, 22 Service Street.
  • Paynesville – Monday 15th April 2019, Paynesville Library, 55 The Esplanade.

Information Session:

Presented by the author of “Are you Ready”, Anthony Turner, this workshop will teach business operators strategies to deal with recovery from severe conditions;
Each attendee will receive a hard-copy of the Nationally awarded book “Are you Ready”.

Date: 15 April 2019
Bairnsdale  Library, Room 1

22 Service Street
6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

To register for the free mentoring program or to attend the workshop go to the SBMS website, or contact Ross Jennings on Ph: 0409 016 517.


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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