Geelong Small Business Festival is back in 2020 - host an event

Monday, 29 June 2020

The Geelong Small Business Festival is back in 2020, and we’re calling for businesses and business experts to host events.

The 2020 Festival will be held from 1 to 18 September, giving businesses and business people in the region a chance to safely connect, support and learn from each other. 

We’re looking for events that help support the following themes: 
(we’re also happy to hear your ideas for events)

  • Business essentials post COVID-19
    Cash flow, finance, tax, legal and reopening safely 
    Crisis management, business and financial continuity 
    Streamlining rent, rates, permit fees and other costs
    How to find and apply for grants and funding
    Adapting to future changes in business 
    Cyber security and online safety for business
  • Marketing, sales and promoting your business online 
    Taking your business online 
    Social media and digital promotions (analytics, advertising, search engine optimisation) 
    Video conferencing skills and confidence 
    Branding, PR and marketing your business
  • Starting a business
    Developing business and marketing plans
    Transforming a creative hobby into a successful business
    Home-based businesses
    Side hustles and co-working spaces
  • Growing your business and expanding your networks
    Networking and collaborating
    Business mentoring
    Promoting local procurement
    Design thinking vs LEAN thinking
    Tips for success
  • Career development, leading and managing people 
    Managing a successful team – motivation, recruitment, training and upskilling 
    Matching skilled staff with employers  
    Developing staff, culture and diversity
  • Health and wellbeing
    Staying connected for positive health and wellbeing
    Keeping staff safe and health
    Diet and exercise for health in business and at home
    Occupational health and safety

If you’re ready to help support our business community recover and succeed post-COVID-19, Apply to host an event

(Applications are open until 5:00pm on Friday 17 July)

Page last updated: Monday, 29 June 2020