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Small Business Festival returns to Latrobe Valley from with events and networking from 4 to 15 September 2023

Small Business Festival celebrates small businesses' contributions, fostering growth through diverse programs. Gain inspiration, connections, and skills enhancement. Special guests, workshops, and a night market await.

By news@gippsland - 18th August 2023 - Back to News

The Latrobe City Council Small Business Festival is returning this year for a two week-long celebration from 4 - 15 September. The festival delivers a series of events and workshops with thought leaders from around Australia to encourage upskilling, knowledge sharing and networking.

Experience Australia's Small Business Festival, featuring thought leaders across workshops, networking, and events from 4 to 15 September

Experience Australia's Small Business Festival, featuring thought leaders across workshops, networking, and events from 4 to 15 September

Celebrating small businesses

Small businesses bring a unique touch to the broader community and play an important role in the local economy and our City's culture. Mayor of Latrobe City Cr Kellie O'Callaghan said the festival is about celebrating their contributions and nurturing their future, with a diverse and modern program offering.

"The Small Business Festival has a variety of events that are focused on giving our local community the chance to gain inspiration and make new connections. The event was a great success last year, with businesses finding the opportunities the festival events brought to be invaluable in networking, further developing their skills and enhancing opportunities for their business."

"It doesn't matter if you're a business owner or not, all events are relevant to any individual who is ready to learn something new and meet like minded people," said the Mayor.

Event line-up

The festival program includes workshops, keynote presentations, and a night market. There will be several special guest presenters such as award-winning speaker and marketing maven, Katrina McCarter, customer experience mogul Amanda Stevens, Demographic and global trends expert Simon Kuestenmacher. Key business topics such as visual merchandising, marketing, customer experience, maximising profit, podcasting, and more will be covered throughout. The full event line-up is listed below:

Small Business Festival Launch

  • 4 September
  • 11am - 12:30pm
  • Moe Library (invite only)

The Importance of First Impressions with CC

  • 5 September
  • 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Nambur HQ

An Evening with Amanda Stevens

  • 6 September
  • 6 - 8pm
  • Morwell Innovation Centre

Customer Experience Workshop

  • 7 September
  • 6 - 8pm
  • Moe Library

Marketing with no Money with Katrina McCarter

  • 11 September
  • 9am - 12:30pm
  • GPAC

The Secret Language of Consumers with Katrina McCarter

  • 11 September
  • 6 - 9pm
  • MOMO's

Manufacturing Industry Networking Event

  • 12 September
  • 6 - 8:30pm (invite only)

Simon Kuestenmacher Keynote

  • 13 September
  • 6 - 9pm
  • GPAC

Attract, Recruit and Retain Employees Workshop

  • 14 September
  • 12:30 - 3pm
  • Century Inn Traralgon

Collaborating with Universities

  • 14 September
  • 5:15 - 6:45pm
  • Morwell Innovation Centre

Sustainable Development Goals in Gippsland

  • 15 September
  • 7:30 - 9am
  • Morwell Innovation Centre

The Small Business Festival is delivered by council to show support for local businesses and provide them with the resources they need to grow and succeed. To find more information about the festival program and buy tickets online, visit Latrobe City Small Business Festival 2023 page.

Pictures from Latrobe City Council Facebook page.


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