About The Festival

What is Small Business Festival?

Small Business Festival Victoria is an annual festival that comprises an extensive program of hundreds of events in metropolitan and regional Victoria, providing ideas and information to start, operate and grow a business. 

In 2017, the Festival ran from 1 August – 7 September.

Presented by Small Business Victoria, the Festival provides small businesses with the opportunity to exchange ideas, access free or low-cost information and support and establish valuable professional networks. The Festival offers a wide range of practical, interactive and innovative events that cover topics such as business planning, marketing, social media, networking and financial management. All events are presented at low or no cost and designed to help small business owners improve their productivity and offers opportunities to learn from, network, and engage with other like-minded businesses and industry experts.  


Why a Small Business Festival?

The Victorian Government is committed to helping small business thrive. There are more than 541,000 small business (i.e. those with 0 – 19 staff) in Victoria – making up over 97 per cent of the state’s businesses.

Small businesses matter to Victoria – for every 100 businesses in Victoria, almost 98 have fewer than 20 staff and 28 will be in regional and rural Victoria.


The purpose of the Festival is to:

  • Build small business capability through delivery of high quality events
  • Raise the profile and uptake of year round support services for business
  • Celebrate small business and their contribution to the Victorian economy.


2017 Highlights

Feature Events

2017 Feature Events

The 2017 Small Business Festival featured hundreds of events throughout Victoria, including featured premier events in metropolitan and regional Victoria.

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Lydia Lassila at the Bendigo Small Business Festival 2017 Roadshow

Regional Festivals

Our Regional Partner Festivals deliver hundreds of events to regional centres throughout Victoria during the month of August.

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CommBank at Small Business BIG Ideas 2017

Festival Partners

Small Business Festival 2017 was made possible through partnerships, dedicated to helping small businesses in Victoria.

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Help For Small Businesses With Year-Round Services

Discover the many ways Small Business Victoria can help you turn your passion into a successful and profitable enterprise, with workshops, free mentoring through the Small Business Bus, Grow Your Business (GYB) grants, and other small business programs.

Small Business Workshops

Attend low-cost, practical and expertly facilitated workshops in 23 topics to help you plan, start and grow your business.

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Grants for Business

Access funding to develop your business strategy and improve business growth, innovate and export.

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Small Business Mentoring

Contact us to book one to one business mentoring and advice from and experienced advisor.

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Small Business Bus

Our buses are on the move around Victoria. Look for us online to book a time to speak to us about your business needs.

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Visit the Business Victoria website here to find out more about how we can help your business.