It's Small Biz Fest Month YAYYYY

Here are a few of this year's Geelong Small Business Festival events coming up that we thought might appeal to almost of our readers. But if these aren't for, never fear, there's heaps more than just these events as part of this month's Festival. Jump online here to see them all - go on, you know you want to.



When: Monday, 7 August, 2017 - 6 to 7.30pm

Where: Geelong City Hall 

Get yourself up to speed with the risks associated with using technology in your business. Come along to hear from IT and legal professionals about the risks involved with technology today, what your legal obligations are and what you can do to protect your business.

Presented by: Base Legal and Hewstone IT



When: Tuesday 8 August 2017 - 7.30 to 9am

Where: Novotel Hotel Geelong

Actually, this one isn't part of the Geelong Small Business Festival calendar of events, but it sounded good, so we popped it in just for fun.

In 2015, the IPA, in conjunction with the IPA Deakin University Research Centre, launched the first ever Australian Small Business White Paper, designed to advocate for better policy outcomes for small businesses.

In 2017, that work is being expanding on to create the second rendition of the White Paper with extended research and further insights from small businesses via a roadshow across Australia. As part of this insight-gaining journey we are coming to Geelong.

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Wednesday, 9 August, 2017 - 6pm to 9pm

Where: Karingal St Laurence's Eastern Hub

Do you want to make your business a better version of itself?

Social Enterprises are purpose-driven businesses led by an economic, social, cultural and/or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit.  This type of business can enable every individual to be change maker and create a positive impact to the Geelong community.

Facilitated by Geoff Gourley of One10, learn more about how to start a Social Enterprise or purpose driven business and simple ways to alter your workplace practices to incorporate purpose and impact fundamentals thinking in your business model… whilst still maintaining financial sustainability and having an impact.

You will also hear about the emerging opportunities locally for SME enterprises and case studies of those that excel in this space. The event will include dinner.

Presented by: Enterprise Geelong, GROW and One10

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When: Saturday, 12 August, 2017 - 9.30am to 12.30pm

Where: Geelong City Hall

How to keep customers coming back to your business, even as new competitors enter your market. Learn how to build a sustainable customer community by setting in motion an ongoing process to continually develop, test and market the pipeline of solutions you offer them. A product pipeline with a focus on solving their problems can mean your customers are more likely to stay loyal to your business, even when competitors have one or two similar products.

Presented by: What Your Customers Want

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When: Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 - 5.30 to 7pm

Where: Geelong Council Chambers

You've had a lightbulb moment for a new enterprise or business idea. Now, find out how to:

- Assess the feasibility

- Write a business plan (required by banks)

- Choose the right business structure

- Monitor results

- Assess associated risks

- Finance your business

- Source insurance cover.

Attend this event and get ready to get started. Take away knowledge, new skills, and valuable checklists to help you achieve your goals.

Presented by: Crowe Horwath

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When: Wednesday, 23 August - 5.30 to 7.30pm

Where: Surf Coast Shire Council

Tread your own path to success. Grab this great opportunity to hear unique stories from the local business community and pick up advice that will help kickstart you on your way. Network with like-minded business owners and operators from the region.

Please feel welcome to forward this invitation to anyone it may apply to, but registration is essential. And while the link will tell you that it's $15, this is actually a FREE event, so book with a clear budgetary conscience and a happy credit card.

Presented by: Crowe Horwath

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