Learning the tricks of small business trade

SAVVY: Ian McBurney, Clare Fountain, Sara Hill, Craig Barker and Rachel Paterson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

SAVVY: Ian McBurney, Clare Fountain, Sara Hill, Craig Barker and Rachel Paterson. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

SMALL business owners have the opportunity to learn how to develop, market and sustain their businesses at a one day comprehensive bootcamp next week.

Synergize Hub is co-ordinating the event as part of the Bendigo Small Business Festival.

The event includes four sessions each focusing on an aspect of successful small business ownership.

Clare Fountain of Sorted4Business will speak about defining the key success factors for growth and how to put them into action, which will be followed by Sara Hill of Connect Sustainability who will discuss how building wellbeing builds productivity. 

Rachel Paterson of Paterson PR and Bryley Savage of Friendly Savage will provide cost effective tools to reach a target market. Annie Guthrie of Cadence Business Consulting will close the day with a simple one-page business planning tool to provide a road map for businesses growth. 

The presenters are all members of the Synergize Hub - which is home to 11 micro and small businesses. 

Live Ecological facilitator and sustainability educator Ian McBurney said the major benefit of being part of a co-working space is the supportive culture, sharing skills and creating connections. 

"It is a unique situation where as a small business owner you have access to a team of diverse professionals, who not only understand your experience as a small business owner, but can also provide advice from their field of expertise," he said.

"The small business bootcamp is an opportunity for us to share the benefits of the hub with all of Bendigo’s small business community."

The festival was officially launched last Thursday at the Bendigo Art Gallery. 

It features 21 events in Bendigo through August. 

The Victorian government funded the festival.

For more information about the boot camp visit, www.synergizehub.com.au

For more information about the festival visit, www.bendigosbf.com.au 

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