2017 Festival Partners & Sponsors

Principal Partner

Commonwealth Bank

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

At CommBank, we believe the future is an exciting place to do business. Whether you are starting, buying, growing or managing a business of today, we know that change is a constant and brands need to be future-fit.

We are delighted to partner with the Victorian Government to deliver the Small Business Festival, and provide a place for small business to be inspired, connect with other businesses and take-away practical tips and tactics, and we invite everyone along to join in on the conversations, opinions, thoughts and ideas of some of the brightest minds from Victoria and abroad.

We will be opening the doors to our Pop Up Innovation Lab in the Melbourne CBD during the festival, taking businesses behind the scenes to access insights, intelligence and interactive experiences to provoke different thinking and uncover big ideas.

In an action packed month, we will be running thought leadership events, innovation workshops and discovery tours within the space for visitors to witness the stages of the innovation process as they happen, from idea to execution. The Pop Up Innovation Lab is more than informative – it’s inspirational. And we can’t wait to have Small Business Festival visitors come innovate with us!



Major Partners

Australia Post

Australia Post

Australia Post has partnered with small business for over 200 years.

Advocating for small business – helping to go online, grow their business and sell overseas – Australia Post supports entrepreneurship as part of its purpose of helping everyone, everywhere, every day.

Delivering to 11.5 million addresses and maintaining over 4,000 post offices, the largest network in the country, Australia Post is uniquely placed to help small business connect to advice, opportunities, customers, other small businesses and communities.

Australia Post continues to innovate and invest in new solutions to help small business with online selling, international sending and making business simpler.





Vodafone is proud to be a major partner of the Small Business Festival, and to be a supporter of small businesses

Over 80% of small businesses believe exploiting mobile will be crucial to their business, yet only 22% believe their current systems deliver the flexibility and responsiveness they need.

Vodafone wants to change this, which is why we offer personalised plans and support to make technology easy.

We can’t wait to connect with  you at one of our events during the Festival.



Digital partner

Smart Company

Smart Company

Supporting partners SmartCompany.com.au is Australia’s one-stop shop for SMEs and entrepreneurs, featuring news, advice and insights relevant to those working in the fast-paced world of small business. SmartCompany’s archive of news, feature articles, entrepreneur interviews and webinars covers the gamut of business content, including finance, advertising and marketing, startups, growing a business, superannuation, HR, tax and more.



Media partners

SBS Small Business Secrets

Small Business Secrets

Hosted by Ricardo Goncalves, find out the secrets to running a successful Australian business each week on Small Business Secrets. Sundays at 5pm on SBS and on SBS On Demand.




3AW 693

Melbourne’s own 3AW 693 offers hard hitting, honest, entertaining radio that empowers listeners. We strive to deliver content as diverse as the city we broadcast to, and proudly call our own. Openline 96 900 693.



Supporting partners

Flying Solo

Flying Solo

Working for yourself needn’t mean working by yourself. We exist to support those going it alone in business and our 100,000+ community are simply the friendliest group of like-minded individuals around. Membership brings a host of professional development tools, promotional benefits and more. We’d love you to join us!



Her Business


HerBusiness trains women business owners how to market, operate and grow their business so that their results line up with their vision.
HerBusiness is for YOU if you want to:

  • Grow your business
  • Make connections
  • Promote your business
  • Get new skills
  • Become confident
  • Get a mentor




Net Registry

Netregistry is Australia’s most trusted online provider. We offer all the services you need to grow online, from domain names, web hosting, and intuitive DIY options, to fully managed online marketing and web design solutions – all designed to help you succeed online while saving time and money.