7 ways to grow your business with Small Business Festival Victoria 2016

Written on 27 June, 2016 by Katharine Gray
Categories: Small Business | Tags: small business

Are you trying to grow your business? Or maybe you’re thinking of striking out on your own? The Small Business Festival Victoria is back in 2016. From 1 – 31 August, there will be more than 450 events for small businesses to learn, get support and grow their network.

Not sure where to start? Read on for the top ways to get the most out of this year’s #SmallBizFestVic

1. Get free mentoring from the experts

It doesn’t matter if you’re new at running a business, or you’ve been in the game for a while – it’s always a good idea to get some extra free expert advice. Come Meet The Experts of the Small Business Bus at Fed Square, enrol for Free Webinars, and come by the Festival Hub @ Donkey Wheel House.

2. Learn how to make the sale

Small Business BIG Marketing is back for its 9th year! Our premier event features half a day of talks by world class speakers, marketing tips, and excellent networking opportunities for anyone wanting to supercharge their business. Our line-up this year includes Emergent’s Holly Ransom, Craig Davis from Brandkarma.com, bestselling author Jason Fox, the Today Show’s Ms Megabyte herself – Yvonne Adele, with renown business coach Toby Travanner returning as MC. Come pick the brains of these marketing experts, and more from the Small Business Mentoring Service and the Australian Marketing Institute.

3. Build your business network

Even businesses need friends, and what better way to do this than to grow your professional network. Networking builds a support group for your business, boosts leads, develops beneficial partnerships, and incubates your ideas. Small Business Festival 2016 has hundreds of networking opportunities, forums, business lunches, and more!

4. Get inspired

Small Business Victoria has more than 30 years of experience supporting and helping business grow in Victoria and each year the Festival pulls together some of the most uplifting success stories to showcase at the Faces of Small Business exhibition. This year, our digital exhibition brings together 11 inspirational stories of ingenuity and entrepreneurship across many industries.

5. Refine your pitch

Got a big idea? #SmallBizFestVic 2016 has plenty of events to help start-ups and innovators get off the ground, finding investors, and tips for doing it right from day 1. Launch your business with help from the Small Business Bus, or be the next big thing at Startup Victoria’s Pitch Night.

6. Expand your business online

Thinking of getting online, or already have a web presence but want to grow it even further. There’s never been a better time to Ride The Digital Wave! Chris Riddell, one of Australia’s brightest digital trailblazers goes on our Roadshow to Regional Victoria. The Festival also has plenty of events for every level of digital expertise, from beginners to experts, for expand your reach onto the global online marketplace. The first ever Victorian Digital Innovation Week also brings together the world’s top innovators including tech pioneer and Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

7. Interact with the festival

And why not? We even have amazing competitions and prizes. Just sign up for our newsletters, or fill out a survey at one of our events and you may get a chance to win prizes including a getaway to recharge. And even after the Small Business Festival is over, Small Business Victoria provides year-round support for your small business.

Get in early!

Discounted early bird tickets are now available for hundreds of events.

Visit our website business.vic.gov.au/festival for more details.