Small business operators in the Bannockburn area will be able to access free mentoring, support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Friday 17 March 2017.
Businesses in surrounding towns such as Inverleigh, Teesdale, Lethbridge, Meredith and Batesford can also take advantage of the bus services on offer during this visit to the region.
The Andrews Labor Government doubled its mobile support for small business in 2015, with a second Small Business Bus delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria for the past two years.
The bus service provides advice from small business mentoring specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating small businesses and in senior business management roles.
In 2015-16 more than 1,500 small businesses accessed free on-board mentoring, while a further 6,200 received assistance from information officers.
This year’s enhanced touring program will take more information and services to more towns across the state than ever before, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support.
The two vehicles also play a vital role in providing business recovery support to communities in times of crisis, such as those affected by bushfires or the dairy crisis.
The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required.
The Small Business Bus will be located outside the Farmers Market, 23 High Street, Bannockburn, VIC 3331 from 10am to 4pm on Friday, 17 March 2017.
The bus will also be visiting Geelong and Queenscliff in the same week.
Free mentoring sessions on board the bus are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to book a session, visit business.vic.gov.au/sbb or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria.”
“This program plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across the state.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis:
“Victoria is home to more than half a million small businesses and we are leading the country in small business growth.”
“We understand that our small business community is the backbone of our local economies right across the state and the Small Business Bus is a fantastic program that brings expert services right to your doorstep.”