StartupSmart’s top picks for this year’s Small Business Festival Victoria

The Small Business Festival Victoria is underway, aiming to provide more than 300 events to people across the state on how to start and grow their own business.


Here are StartupSmart’s top picks:


Developing a High Performing Team

Date: 27 August 5.30-8pm

Venue: Australian Institute of Management

Address: Level 20, 380 La Trobe Street Melbourne

Cost $50


This event, presented by the Australian Institute of Management and Victoria Training College, will help you build a more sustainable and profitable business by converting your team into a high calibre unit.


Thought Dynamics: Create a Culture of Performance

Date: 16 August 2-4pm

Venue: Festival Hub, Federation Square

Address: Corner of Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne

Cost: Free


Want to improve efficiency in the workplace, foster innovation and enhance profits? Then this panel, presented by Thought Dynamics, is for you.


Chinese Negotiating Strategies

Date: 19 August 5-8pm

Venue: Carlton Library meeting room

Address: 667 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Cost: $40


This workshop is aimed at helping small business owners engage effectively with Chinese business counterparts by understanding cultural differences and ways of negotiating.


Accelerate Your Business with Grants

Date: 19 August 12-1.30pm

Venue: The Cluster

Address: Level 10, 50 Market Street Melbourne

Cost: $25


Presented by Treadstone Enterprises, this workshop looks into what business grants are available and how to write that winning application.


Crowd Sourcing: What is it and How to Make it Work

Date: 28 August 2.30-5.30pm

Venue: Trunk Bar and Restaurant

Address: 275 Exhibition Street Melbourne

Cost: $25


Discover how the right questions in the latest market research platform – crowd sourcing – can improve your overall business and marketing strategies. Presented by the Australian Retailers Association.


Convert Website Visitors into Paying Customers

Date: 21 August 9.30-11.30am

Venue: Arrow Internet Marketing

Address: 412 Collins Street Melbourne

Cost: $49


This workshop is about gaining the practical knowledge and tools to help your website turn clicks and page views into revenue.


Kick Start your Idea

Date: 22 August 2-3pm

Venue: Community Bank Stadium

Address: 129-163 Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek

Cost: $10


Have a great business idea? This workshop will help you turn it into a reality with various tips, tools and resources.


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