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Workshops and Training


Contractor Breakfast

Council spends millions of dollars each year buying products and services. If you're a contractor or sell products locally, this forum will give you the knowledge you need when going for council or government contracts. 


Come and hear about council's procurement processes, upcoming contracts, and contractor requirements. Attendees will learn how to write tenders, and what contract panels want to know.

We invite you to submit your questions in advance by emailing us.


Date:                 Friday, 19 July from 7.45 to 10.00 am
Venue:               Bairnsdale RSL, 2 Bairnsdale-Forge Creek Rd
Cost:                 $25, including breakfast and morning tea


Register now for contractors breakfast



Owning Our Future in Regional Victoria 

You are invited to attend a Gala Dinner for business leaders and advocates of regional innovation in East Gippsland. The Owning Our Future Gala Industry Dinner will celebrate and explore the potential of regional business.


Our keynote speaker, Jillian Kilby draws her listeners to think about how to own their future. She takes her audience 10 years into the future to visualise and anticipate a thriving regional Australia. 


As the winner of the 2018 NSW/ACT AgriFutures Australia Rural Women’s Award, Jillian began researching the needs of business and start-ups in regional areas. Jillian has since purchased an iconic 1880's clock tower in the main street of Dubbo and is currently renovating it to make it the brand-new home of the start-up community in western NSW. Jillian now trades nationally and internationally.


A civil engineer, industry advisor for the Engineering Degree at CSU Bathurst, and a John Monash Scholar holding an MBA and Master of Public Policy from Stanford University, Jillian has demonstrated through her life experiences that owning our future is in our own hands.


This event is an opportunity to hear from a grass roots innovator, while also a great networking opportunity for business leaders in East Gippsland to come together.


Date:            25 July

Venue:          Sporting & Convention Centre, 117 Great Alpine Road, Lucknow

Time:             6.00 pm

Cost:            $45 / person inc, canapes and welcome drink on arrival, followed by dinner and entertainment. 

Register at Trybooking


For further information, please contact Jeanette Seignior, Economic Development Events Officer, on 03) 5153 9500 or email.


Join us for breakfast with Chris Helder,

Chris is a highly sought-after speaker sharing his skills in communication, influence, human potential, leadership and mastering the face-to-face customer experience. Chris has worked with business such as Citibank, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Levi's and many more all over the world, his knowledge and experience will inspire you to turn thoughts into action and inspire yourself and your workplace to reach new heights.


Today, the pressures of running your own business can feel overwhelming with another item on the to-do list, bills to pay and constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve. In this high energy session learn the secrets to increase your effectiveness, cut the noise and discover the activities that will give you real results in your business


Learn how to have an immediate impact in the areas of communication, sales, leadership and building customer relationships.


Date:        5 August              

Venue:      Sporting and Convention Centre, 117 Great Alpine Road Lucknow

Time:        7.45 - 9.30am

Cost:        $25 inc buffet breakfast

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 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


Small Business Bus Dates

Business Victoria's Small Business Bus will be in Bairnsdale on Friday 6 September.

The Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. 

 Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving at Small Business Victoria




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