BENDIGO Traders Association president Ross White says excitement is building about the upcoming Support Small Business Day.
"I've had a few traders come in and talk to me about it," Mr White said.
"I've encouraged them so hopefully they've jumped onto the website and registered.
"They seemed excited about it."
The Victorian Government initiative boasts the slogan ‘Shop Big in Small Business’ and offers retailers, cafes, restaurants and service providers to celebrate with one-day events and special promotions on October 19.
Mr White is encouraging local traders to make the most of the opportunity to promote their businesses.
"Hopefully they offer promotions on the day and that sort of thing," he said.
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Bridal and Debutante Creations owner Rhonda Charity has registered for the event and is looking forward to the day.
"Small businesses are very important because it starts with people's dreams and passions," she said.
"Some small businesses grow to be larger businesses in Australia and possibly the world.
"And they also provide employment opportunities for local people."
Solar TLC owner Ella Barker registered for the event after reading an email about the initiative.
"I figured that it was a good chance to get people in and to get our business out there," she said.
"It's just another way of getting exposure which is great.
"We've got an October special running so we'll be promoting that on the day."
Ms Barker said small businesses played a very important role in the community.
"It's always good to support your local business," she said.
The Support Small Business Day is a Victorian Government initiative being supported by the National Australia Bank.
NAB is offering $100,000 worth of shopper incentives, including more than 4000 NAB Support Small Business Day Gift Cards redeemable at participating businesses on the day.
Bendigo businesses registered for the event include: Connections BMF; The Gift Box Shop; Book Now; Aged Care Transition Consultants; Solar TLC Central Vic; Bridal and Debutante Creations; The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Cafe; and Bendigo Aged Care Connections Services.
For more information about the initiative visit www.supportsmallbusinessday.com.au.
And they also provide employment opportunities for local people