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Workshops and Training

Small Business Mentoring

The Victorian Government through the Dry Seasonal Conditions Initiative will provide businesses in our shire with up to five free mentoring sessions.


To assist businesses impacted by dry seasonal conditions, the Small Business Mentoring Service with the support of Small Business Victoria are conducting Small Business Clinics, these 45-minute, one-on-one sessions are supported by council.


For further Information contact Small Business Mentoring Service Manager, Ross Jennings on mobile: 0409 016 517

Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Introductory Workshops

The Victorian Government has partnered with Swinburne University to deliver Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 – Factory of the Future workshops across regional Victoria.

Future-proofing Victorian manufacturing SMEs – Going digital is now becoming a necessity for manufacturing SMEs.

The Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Hub, an initiative of the Victorian Government delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and supported by the Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC) intends to help Victorian manufacturers to:

- Connect to global supply chains
- Compete on differentiated value (not cost/price)
- Adopt innovative business models
- Enhance global competitiveness

What is the Advanced Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Hub?
It is a new platform for businesses to experience and road-test advanced manufacturing technologies and new business strategies in collaboration with Swinburne.  The Hub takes Victorian manufacturing SMEs on a digital transformation journey to help them define their digital strategies and redefine how to create and capture value.

Introductory Workshops
The Interactive workshop is packed with industry examples to help manufacturers evaluate their position across 13 key areas of industrial and manufacturing competitiveness.  It will enable you to produce a point-in-time self-assessment and report that identifies both immediate, and medium-term, opportunities for growth and potential investment.

Four FREE workshops have been scheduled to ensure you have the opportunity to participate in this exciting new initiative. 

Registration is essential and numbers are limited so please register early – to register click on the link below:
Thursday 13 February 2020 – 7.30am to 10.30am – Bairnsdale

Wednesday 12 February 2020 – 7.30am to 10.30am - Sale

Wednesday 18 March 2020 – 7.30am to 10.30am - Warragul

Thursday 19 March 2020 - Traralgon

Need to know more – please contact Michelle Anderson on (03) 5116 7306 


Business Training Workshops

Starting Your Business Monday 1 March 2020 at 9.30 am

There are no guarantees in business, but often it’s what you do before you get started that will ensure those vital first steps are on the right path for the best chance of success.

Find out how to plan, prepare and test your business idea, step by step, in a small group setting that will equip you to make informed decisions about what you need to do next to minimise the risks and make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead.


Bairnsdale Library, Service Street


Register at Trybooking

For further information contact Marlene Rickhuss, Ph: 5153 9500 or email


Business Planning - How to build a roadmap to success Monday 20 April 2020 at 9.30 am

In this workshop you will learn how to:

• Discover and explore new opportunities
• Identify key risks and limits to growth
• Solve problems using a range of tools and processes
• Think ahead and size up future directions
• Create a business framework
• Develop strategies to fast track success
• Build a one-page business plan
• Access tools, templates, support and resources


Bairnsdale Library, Service Street


Register at trybooking

For further information contact Marlene Rickhuss, Ph: 5153 9500 or email


Want To Get Your Business Moving 

Are you looking to start a small business but not sure how?  Do you own a business and need expert advice on how to grow and thrive?


The Small Business Bus offers:

Free confidential mentoring provided by a small business specialist.

Advice on developing your business idea, formulate a business plan, marketing your business, improving your understanding of cash flow management and more.

Friendly assistance from a Small Business Victoria's programs and services information officer.


Book a session and discover how the Small Business Bus can help you plan, start or grow your business. To register visit Small Business Victoria's website.


Small Business Bus Dates: Lakes Entrance, 22 Mechanics Street on Monday 22 June 2020 between 10am - 4pm.  




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