LORRETTA Stephenson will use a sausage sizzle to help entice customers into her shop this Saturday for Support Small Business Day.
Ms Stephenson is the owner of Less Sugar 4U in Kennington and has high hopes for the day.
"We signed up because we are a small business, we are a bit out of the way of the main city area and sometimes I feel like the people kind of a way from that area get a little bit left out," she said.
"Whether that's right or not I don't know but that's just my perception of it.
"So we're having a sausage sizzle here just to recognise small business.
"We're just trying to promote the area and get traffic in."
Less Sugar 4U has been open for about 17 months and offers a range of diabetic-friendly products.
"I have sugar-free cakes and muffins and it's suitable for anyone who's on a health kick or weight loss or anyone who's a diabetic," Ms Stephenson said.
"We have tables and chairs outside so if people want to come in for coffee they can do that as well.
"I'm also part of a traders' group which is the group of shops that are on the Condon Street side of the lights and we try to all work together and have rewards days and that sort of thing.
"If one shop gets customers in, usually they park their car and the like to browse the other shops as well."
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.
A full list of participating Bendigo businesses is available at www.supportsmallbusinessday.com.au.
Before the Bounce owner Bob Morley said he hopes the event is a success and continues to grow.
"It's a start and I hope it continues next year and the year after that," he said.
On Friday morning Bendigo Traders Association president Ross White said 55 local businesses had signed up to the event.
"That is not bad for the first year," he said.
"So hopefully next year will have a very good future if they can keep it going.
"I'm always a positive sort of a person so I think it will work fantastically.
"All the media has supported it 100 per cent, it's been fantastic how you've all ran with it.
"So fingers-crossed it's well-supported.
"The weather's going to be fantastic so it should be good."
We're just trying to promote the area and get traffic in.