One of the many valuable supports Campaspe Shire Council offers the local business community is a series of business skills workshops and seminars for business owners, managers and staff.

Relevant training can improve skills, increase knowledge and make your business more efficient. It can also motivate staff to do the best job possible for your enterprise.

The workshops and seminars offered by council have been heavily subsidised and offer significant value. This kind of training should be seen as an investment in growing your business to its full potential.

Details of upcoming workshops and seminars are published below. These are held in conjunction with Small Business Victoria and delivered by industry experts. To book, please council's Business Network Coordinator, Chris Morgan on 5481 2229 or [email protected] .

Starting Your Business Right

Wednesday, 22 March

Conducting a feasibility study on your business idea is just one of the skills you will learn in this practical workshop, joining a small group of people new to business in your local area.

Led by an expert with real-life small business experience this workshop will cover all the essentials from evaluating business-readiness, market-analysis, determining the best structure, preparing a business plan and a step-by-step guide to getting registered.

There are no guarantees of success in business, but making the right moves at this early stage will ensure you start off on the right path. This workshop will also introduce a suite of great resources and templates to get you started.

All participants receive a free follow up one-on-one mentoring session with an experienced small business mentor who will tailor individual advice and information.

* Participants completing this workshop are eligible for one free mentoring session.

Event information
Wednesday, 22 March
6pm – 9.30pm

Campaspe Shire Council Civic Centre,
Corner of Hare and Heygarth Streets, Echuca 

Pricing: $30

Event ID:        E18237 
To book: Click here

Commercialising your new idea

Wednesday, 26 April and Thursday, 27 April

Many great ideas and inventions never graduate to a fully-fledged business because the feasibility, cost and time to bring a new product or service to market have not been properly considered. Whether you have worked long hours developing your innovation or have an idea that is still untested, you need to plan each stage of how you will get your idea to the market to create a profitable business.

From protecting your intellectual property, to market validation, market entry strategy and how to determine a realistic financial needs assessment, these workshops will help you plan your strategy. Objectively assess the business potential of your idea, innovation or invention and get the right support and advice in this Small Business Victoria workshop that has delivered proven results.

Held over two sessions and facilitated by an experienced innovation and commercialisation practitioner with over 30 years' experience, this workshop is a must.

To tailor advice and develop a commercialisation strategy just for your idea you also get two free follow-up mentoring sessions, to ensure you are on the right track from day one.

Event information
Wednesday, 26 April                      Thursday 27 April
6pm – 9pm                                   6pm – 8.30pm

Campaspe Shire Council Civic Centre
Corner of Hare and Heygarth Streets, Echuca 

Pricing: $75

Event ID:        E18238
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Marketing for Growth

Wednesday, 10 May

A dynamic marketing strategy is the key to achieving business growth objectives. With the latest information and insights from a small business marketing expert and a suite of best-practice templates and resources, this workshop is designed to suit business at all stages. Participants will learn how to refine their existing marketing strategy to expand their business opportunities.

Using proven frameworks to help identify new emerging opportunities and exploring the range of online and offline marketing opportunities participants will be able to develop the right mix for their business. With additional support through a range of templates and resources they will learn how to use research to gain a better understanding of target markets, develop their products and services and improve their key value proposition to attract more customers.

Event information
Wednesday, 10 May, 6pm – 9.30pm

Campaspe Shire Council Civic Centre,
Corner of Hare and Heygarth Streets, Echuca 

Pricing:                  $30

Event ID:                E18239   
To book: Click here


Employing and Keeping the Right Staff

Wednesday, 17 May

Employing someone is one of the biggest business decisions that all business owners will have to make.

So, it is vital that they can make the right decision by understanding what their needs are and how they should go about finding, contracting and managing people. There are also many legal obligations in relation to wages, conditions and other employment matters that business owners must properly deal with.

This practical and interactive workshop will teach participants how to do just that – to find people, contract them, induct them and manage them in line with good management practice and legal requirements.

Event information
Wednesday, 17 May, 6pm – 9.30pm

Kyabram Community and Learning Centre (KCLC)
21-25 Lake Road, Kyabram 

Pricing:                  $30

Event ID:                E18240  
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These popular training sessions are heavily subsidised and are outstanding value. Book online to ensure your place now. 

For more information, contact council’s Business Network Coordinator on 5481 2229 or [email protected] 

Find out more about growing your business at Business Victoria website.