BENDIGO retailers have registered for the Support Small Business Day campaign in the hope the community will get behind the event.
The Victorian Government initiative is designed to increase the competitiveness of small businesses and encourage people to spend locally.
A host of Bendigo businesses have already registered for the event, including The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Café and Harry’s Lolly Shop.
The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Café manager Erin Pethybridge said support from local people was essential to any business.
“We’ve got a very good following of local customers,” she said.
“We just opened a new little café so we’ve got people coming to that one who recognised us.
“So we’ve got a reputation now.
“It’s really nice to have people following us.”
Pledge backing for Support Our Small Business Day
Ms Pethybridge said the business also supported other local companies.
“We source as many things as we can locally and we work with a lot of other local businesses,” she said.
“A lot of our suppliers are the smaller businesses.”
Harry’s Lolly Shop owner Ben Dillon registered for the Support Small Business Day after seeing it on Facebook.
“It caught my attention,” he said.
“We’re a start-up business and we’ve only been open for a few weeks so we thought it would be a good idea.
“It’s a good promotion.
“We hope to have some specials on the day.”
Mr Dillon has his fingers-crossed the wider community will embrace the event.
“It’s good to see that support, an event like this, as a start-up business,” he said.
“It’s very daunting and intimidating to take the dive into running a small business so it’s good to see there are institutions out there that are trying to help.”
Other Bendigo businesses registered for the event include: Connections BMF; The Gift Box Shop; Book Now; Aged Care Transition Consultants; and Solar TLC Central Vic.