Geelong Small Business Festival

Enterprise Geelong is proud to coordinate The Geelong Small BusinessFestival... a month long celebration of the importance of small business to our region.

There are over 16,000 businesses currently operating in Geelong. In fact, small business accounts for over 96 per cent of total businesses in Geelong.  They are a major contributor to our local economy and a major employing sector.

The Geelong Small Business Festival now in its seventh year, is a flagship event in the local business calendar.  We are proud to be part of the broader and highly successful Small Business Festival Victoria. We are also happy to boast we’re the largest festival outside Melbourne delivering 58 events this year.

The festival is an opportunity to empower small business owners with information, tips and advice on the “business” of “running a business”.  Event topics include :

  • Entrepreneurs and Start Ups
  • Marketing and Social Media
  • Networking
  • Business Development and Sales
  • Employing and Leading People

The Geelong Small Business Festival is our way of improving access to information for small business owners in a variety of sectors -  across a wide range of topics.

The Festival is also an important forum for small business to network and connect with other small businesses.  We hope you take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of meeting like minded people.

Make sure you book in nice and early for the events you want to attend.

And a big thank you to our Sponsors this year. 

  • Small Business Festival Victoria
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Future Proofing Geelong
  • Geelong Connected Communities
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Worksafe

Download the Geelong Small Business Festival Brochure.

Any questions regarding the Program can be directed to Michelle Flight, Enterprise Geelong on 5272 5138 or mflight@enterprisegeelong.com.au

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On the couchEvent ends
Fearless business inventory (FBI) - CANCELLEDEvent ends
Innovate for success with web powerEvent ends
Look big, sound big: business blogging for growthEvent ends
Enterprise Geelong Business Cafe - Speed NetworkingEvent ends
Building your business communityEvent ends
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Cloud accounting & financial literacyEvent ends
Small Business Bus - GeelongEvent ends
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How to take your business to the next level - FULLY BOOKEDEvent ends
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The art & science of business communicationEvent ends
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How to write killer headlines that get results THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLEDEvent ends
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YouTube: Show the competition how it's done!Event ends
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It'll cost how much? THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLEDEvent ends
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Maximise your intellectual property (& your business potential)Event ends
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Session 2 - How to take EVEN BETTER photos for your businessEvent ends
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ebay and online for retail businessesEvent ends
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Small Business BusEvent ends
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Sick of paperwork? Learn paperless solutionsEvent ends
Sales for ProfessionalsEvent ends
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How to Buy or Sell a BusinessEvent ends
The new rules of social mediaEvent ends
Retail 2016 - Maximise your Christmas tradeEvent ends
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Survive, grow, thrive in your new businessEvent ends
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Financial literacy - are you in the business of making moneyEvent ends
Can't spell 'entrepreneur'? It doesn't matter!Event ends
Look big, sound big: Business blogging for growthEvent ends
Business grants and assistance explainedEvent ends
Run your business from your back pocketEvent ends
Dealing with the MediaEvent ends
Hints and tips to invigorate your businessEvent ends
Become more sociable *Event CancelledEvent ends
Sales and Marketing automation: Revenue regeneration on auto-pilotEvent ends
Riding the digital wave: Dinner with Chris RiddellEvent ends
iPhone and iPad your business on the moveEvent ends
Social media really works!Event ends
Communicate with your customers using killer contentEvent ends
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Small Business BusEvent ends
Innovate to thriveEvent ends
How can IP provide competitive and commercial advantage?Event ends
Visual Business PlanningEvent ends
IT security and cyber riskEvent ends
Gov4Business - Government Support for your Business1 August 2017
Annual Westpac Economic Breakfast with Bill Evans2 August 2017
Cyber Security is Everyone's business - Torquay2 August 2017
By failing to prepare, you're preparing to fail3 August 2017
My Jagged Line to Success with Carolyn Creswell3 August 2017
PODCASTS - Lessons from World Leading Entrepreneurs4 August 2017
Fit for Duty - HR Advice on Corporate Fitness for Duty4 August 2017
The hidden code behind sales and leadership excellence5 August 2017
Meet your Market, Experience Seekers7 August 2017
Cyber-Security managing technology risks in your business7 August 2017
United we succeed - Getting Collaboration right8 August 2017
Working from home, what you need to know8 August 2017
Feng Shui for good fortune8 August 2017
Mobile Photography and Photo Editing Apps9 August 2017
Business Grants and Assistance Explained9 August 2017
Emerging Opportunities in Social Enterprise9 August 2017
The Big Geelong Co-working Day10 August 2017
Leading change that sticks with Corrinne Armour10 August 2017
Improving your business with Health & Safety11 August 2017
Taking your Sales Online11 August 2017
Establishing a new product pipeline12 August 2017
Dynamic Local Leadership14 August 2017
Facebook Live - Information Marketing, why every business must do it14 August 2017
How to be a Mumpreneuer and have it all14 August 2017
Guest Ready - Expectations of the Modern Day Guest15 August 2017
Small Business Bus - Mobile Business Centre in Ocean Grove15 August 2017
WEBINAR - Kochie's Expert Panel for Business Growth15 August 2017
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Protect and Grow - Securing your IP to create a vital business asset16 August 2017
Small business bus - Mobile Business Centre in Belmont16 August 2017
How to take amazing images for your business16 August 2017
Starting or Buying a Business16 August 2017
Flexible Working Arrangements17 August 2017
Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards17 August 2017
Managing Business Reputation in the Online Age18 August 2017
Work from home and actually make money19 August 2017
Instagram Basics for Buisnesses - 6 steps to success21 August 2017
Bedsheets and Spreadsheets - Start your home business today22 August 2017
Simple ways to Save Energy and $$ in your Business22 August 2017
How to price your product and service22 August 2017
How to understand Financial Statements23 August 2017
WEBINAR - Kochie's Expert Panel, Staying ahead of the curve23 August 2017
On the Couch with successfull business owners - Torquay23 August 2017
7 keys to present like a superstar24 August 2017
Simple SmartPhone Video Marketing24 August 2017
Get back an hour in every day25 August 2017
The Big Niche Clarity Day: Niche Success Strategies26 August 2017
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Measure your marketing and improve your results28 August 2017
Building an entrepreneurial community with Jason Clarke and the Upstart Team28 August 2017
Getting food to market - Making the most of your food label29 August 2017
Getting the right Staff29 August 2017
Breaking Business Barriers30 August 2017
Digital Marketing in 201730 August 2017
Get Serious about Social Media with Kochie's Digital Experts31 August 2017
Build a better brain for business31 August 2017
Entrepreneurs Geelong Breakfast - Getting comfortable with risk1 September 2017