Geelong Small Business Festival

Now in its sixth year, bookings for the 2016 Geelong Small Business Festival are now open.

The Festival runs throughout the entire month of August and offers over forty seminars, events and networking opportunities for those seeking to start a business, grow their business or up-skill. The festival provides an opportunity to access a range of technical information and expertise at no cost or minimal cost.

The Festival is part of the broader and highly successful Small Business Festival Victoria.

Read about each session and follow the links to book each event individually.


The Geelong Small Business Festival is sponsored by The Victorian Government, City of Greater Geelong, Enterprise Geelong, The Small Business Hive (Australia Post), Business Life, Small Business Smart Business and Geelong Connected Communities.

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Socialise your enterprise in the digital age *event now cancelledEvent ends
Seven strategies for business successEvent ends
WTF (Why Things Fail): Networking & effective communicationEvent ends
Starting your BusinessEvent ends
Success doesn't just happen, you create itEvent ends
All about cloud accountingEvent ends
I need to grow sales... But how? FULLY BOOKEDEvent ends
Westpac Economic Breakfast with Bill EvansEvent ends
Managing your teamEvent ends
How to be a digital thought leaderEvent ends
Build to last: Grow your business for good! *event now cancelled*Event ends
Grow your business with video and YouTubeEvent ends
Creative Advertising for ResultsEvent ends
One-stop small business supportEvent ends
Chamber After 5 - AugustEvent ends
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
Your business: Your termsEvent ends
Cloud accounting & financial literacyEvent ends
Small Business Bus - GeelongEvent ends
How 2 innovateEvent ends
What to do before starting a businessEvent ends
How to take your business to the next level - FULLY BOOKEDEvent ends
The art & science of business communicationEvent ends
Low season marketing strategies on a shoestring budgetEvent ends
Powercor Geelong Business Excellence AwardsEvent ends
How to write killer headlines that get results THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLEDEvent ends
Pricing for sustainable cashflowEvent ends
See the way forwardEvent ends
YouTube: Show the competition how it's done!Event ends
Deeper networking for successEvent ends
It'll cost how much? THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLEDEvent ends
Q&A, Geelong Cats Kicking Goals Behind the Scenes Event ends
Amplify your Success: Dinner with Naomi SimpsonEvent ends
Maximise your intellectual property (& your business potential)Event ends
Creating fresh ideas for business contentEvent ends
iPhone & iPad your business on the moveEvent ends
How to take your business to the next levelEvent ends
Google your businessEvent ends
Session 2 - How to take EVEN BETTER photos for your businessEvent ends
Business grants & assistance explainedEvent ends
Smarter business plansEvent ends
The Business of Instragram for Beginners *Event Sold Out1 August 2016
Improving your business with health and safety *Event Cancelled2 August 2016
Setting up a Business as a Gen-Y2 August 2016
Annual Westpac Economic breakfast with speaker Bill Evans3 August 2016
Workplace Relations update: Manage your risk 3 August 2016
ebay and online for retail businesses3 August 2016
Starting your Business right4 August 2016
Russel Howcroft: When it's right to be wrong4 August 2016
Stop business burnout before its too late5 August 2016
Small Business Bus5 August 2016
Sometimes bad things happen to good businesses8 August 2016
How-to take your business to the next level8 August 2016
How to take amazing images for your business9 August 2016
Business Magic with entrepreneur, Geoff Gourley 9 August 2016
Digital Tools for Business Growth10 August 2016
Chamber After 5 (includes Empowering Entrepreneurs event)10 August 2016
On the Couch, success stories10 August 2016
Innovation: Growing your business in the age of disruption11 August 2016
Sick of paperwork? Learn paperless solutions11 August 2016
Sales for Professionals12 August 2016
Enterprise Geelong Business Cafe: 5 things every SME must know about negotiating14 August 2016
How to Buy or Sell a Business16 August 2016
The new rules of social media16 August 2016
Retail 2016 - Maximise your Christmas trade17 August 2016
What to do before starting a business17 August 2016
Beyond Management: Three essential keys to business leadership18 August 2016
Survive, grow, thrive in your new business18 August 2016
2016 Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards presentation dinner18 August 2016
Financial literacy and cloud accounting19 August 2016
Can't spell 'entrepreneur'? It doesn't matter!19 August 2016
Look big, sound big: Business blogging for growth20 August 2016
Business grants and assistance explained22 August 2016
Run your business from your back pocket22 August 2016
Dealing with the Media23 August 2016
Hints and tips to invigorate your business23 August 2016
Become more sociable *Event Cancelled23 August 2016
Sales and Marketing automation: Revenue regeneration on auto-pilot24 August 2016
Riding the digital wave: Dinner with Chris Riddell24 August 2016
iPhone and iPad your business on the move25 August 2016
Social media really works!26 August 2016
Communicate with your customers using killer content26 August 2016
What's Next? Creating new products for customers27 August 2016
Small Business Bus27 August 2016
Innovate to thrive29 August 2016
How can IP provide competitive and commercial advantage?29 August 2016
Visual Business Planning30 August 2016
IT security and cyber risk31 August 2016