Chamber Gets Its Claws Out

The Geelong Chamber of Commerce members had their chance to check out the new function rooms at Simonds Stadium with the Geelong Cats’ sponsored June After 5 event. For those who hadn’t had a stickybeak at the new stadium, it was a chance to take in just what all those tax dollars funded. And for those who had taken in the new stand during game day in recent weeks, there was still plenty to talk about.

It’s been a busy few weeks at the Geelong Chamber. CEO Bernadette Uzelac was appointed the new Chair of the Victorian Small Business Ministerial Council by the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis, and the Chamber has thrown its support behind the City of Greater Geelong’s ‘KickStart Your Business’ program with a four-day program aimed at helping refugees launch into small business.

The Chamber’s Small Business Smart Business program worked together with the City to put together the multicultural-focused program that will see participants from Iran, Iraq, Liberia, South Sudan, India and Afghanistan learn how to navigate the basics of small business management. The course will touch on legal issues, permits, work rights, support for small business, overcoming language barriers and opportunities for social enterprise.

The Small Business Smart Business program is an Australian Government initiative.

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