SMALL BUSINESS BUS COMES TO TOWN

Small business operators in the Kilmore, Seymour, Euroa and Benalla will be able to access support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits next month.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria said the Andrews 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.

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 2017 more than 1,180 small businesses accessed free on-board mentoring, while a further 4,980 received assistance from information officers.

This year’s touring program will take information and services to towns across the state, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support.

The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required.

“The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice,” Ms Symes said.

“This program plays an important part in Labor’s commitment to providing Northern Victorians with greater access to government support services to encourage business and jobs growth across country Victoria.

“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 Northern Victoria and the Small Business Bus is a fantastic program that brings expert services right to your doorstep.”

The Small Business Bus will be located:

  • Outside Rustik Café, 28 Bridge St East, Benalla, from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday, March 13;
  • Opposite the Commonwealth Bank, 76 Station Street, Seymour, from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, March 14;
  • In the car park at the corner of Binney and Brock Streets, 89 Binney Street West, Euroa, from 10am to 4pm on Monday, March 19.
  • Outside the Commonwealth Bank, 47 Sydney Street, Kilmore, from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday, March 21.

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.