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Small business workshops 2018

Small business owners in Mount Alexander have the opportunity to build skills and knowledge in a series of low-cost workshops. Mount Alexander Shire Council has partnered with State Government – Small Business Victoria to deliver the workshops that support and encourage local small businesses.

The workshops will be held each month from February to November 2018 at the heavily subsidised cost of $20 – $30. Business Association members who attend at least one of the upcoming workshops will receive a 50 per cent discount for business mentoring sessions with the Small Business Mentoring Service.

Mentoring sessions are also offered as part of the workshop series. These comprise of a one-on-one 1 hour meeting with an experienced business adviser and is offered through the Small Business Mentoring Service and is sponsored by Council and Robertson Hyetts Solicitors.

Business Planning Essentialsl
When: 6:00pm, Monday 5 February
Where: Civic Centre - Council Chambers, Enter via Lloyd Street, Castlemaine

Effective Business Practices
When: TBC March
Where: Civic Centre - Council Chambers, Enter via Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine

Commercialising Your Idea
Session 1
When: 9.30am, Monday 16 April
Where: Civic Centre - Council Chambers, Enter via Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine

Session 2
When: 9.30am, Monday 23 April
Where: Civic Centre - Council Chambers, Enter via Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine

Taking Your Business Online
When: 6.00pm, Monday 7 May
Where: Civic Centre - Council Chambers, Enter via Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine

For further information contact Eva Parkin, Council’s Economy Development Officer, on 5471 1805 or e.parkin@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Business information

There are multiple excellent resources available online to assist you start, run and grow your business.  

Business Victoria  has excellent resources including templates for business plans, checklists, performance mangement and so on. they can also provide business mentoring for new and expanding businesses.

Business.Gov is also a great resource to assist with the right structure of a new or expanding business. Read their step-by-step checklists, training resources and sign up to news and events.

Workspace Australia provides low rent workplaces for new businesses to get established. They also provide ongoing coaching and mentoring for startups.

Business directory

Council supports the promotion and development of a diverse range of businesses with Mount Alexander Business Connect.

Mount Alexander Business Connect is an online community where local businesses can promote their services and expertise. Customers can easily search and find a local supplier.

The regional directory is free to join and is available to all businesses to be seen and connected.

To learn more visit www.mountalexanderbusinessconnect.com.au.

If you are registered you will automatically receive a copy of our business e-newsletter.

Inside story

Tim Preston, designer and rock climber, has invented the LittleHammer and won the Bendigo Inventor of the Year 2015. Read an interview with Tim about his invention and business endeavours. Congratulations Tim!

Business networks

Two business related networks operate in the Shire and hold regular networking events throughout the year.

Business Mount Alexander Inc.

An incorporated association dedicated to supporting, connecting and promoting the business community in the Mount Alexander Shire.

For more information, or to join the mailing list, visit Business Mount Alexander.

Maldon Incorporated

An incorporated association dedicated to fostering and promoting business and opportunities in Maldon through a range of projects and events.

For more information visit Maldon Inc.

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