B31 Ballarat Business Month was launched last Wednesday in Bunnings Warehouse by Roger Arwas Executive Director, Small Business Victoria.
Whilst B31 is in its tenth year, Commerce Ballarat is proud to deliver the program for the first time in 2015.
Mr Arwas said the launch was a very important event in the lead up to Small Business Festival Victoria, which statewide will be running about 350 events across the state.
“B31 is and has always been the first of the regional festivals,” he said.
“Small Business Victoria is the Victorian Government’s small business agency and we’ll be doing fourteen feature events ourselves but in total we rely on hosts to stage events with us, in collaboration with us and on our behalf, and that will be over 340.”
Mr Arwas added that Commerce Ballarat was critical and leading the charge for B31 this year. “We are very happy to be a part of the festival this year and maintaining Ballarat’s presence and very active participation in the festival,” he said.
“The list is fixed for this year but if people are interested in participating in future festivals, when the list comes out in December this year and hosts sign up in January next year, and we’ll be very pleased to hear from any organisations that want to participate in the future.” Commerce Ballarat’s will run 28 events from August 3 to 27 for B31: Ballarat Business Month.
These will include such things as: ‘Having difficult conversations’, ‘Workplace relations forum’, tax advice, to ‘Sending business back to school’ at Phoenix P-12 on August 3.
The month will be capped off by the Business Excellence Awards on August 27.
At the launch Cr Amy Johnson said that Ballarat Business Month remains a vital part of the Victorian Government Small Business Festival.
“The City of Ballarat is proud to be a major sponsor,” she said.
“Council understands that a responsive and supportive environment is critical to Ballarat, not only to attract investors but also to consolidate its position as the capital of western Victoria.”