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The Victorian Small Business Festival, running throughout the month of August, has kicked off with more than 400 events offering businesses and entrepreneurs advice and tips across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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Get inspired, connect with other small businesses and learn some tips from the experts in your field. The Small Business Festival has over 450 events to help you start or grow your business, learn new skills and get involved in exciting new opportunities

Accessing great content and ideas wherever you are is easier than ever with the Small Business Festival’s 2016 free webinar series.

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Check out this bunch of Webinars and all FREE

Get smart with social media

3 August, 10:00am – 11:00am
Presented by: Flying Solo

Blogger, podcaster, author and Flying Solo Editor, Kelly Exeter steps us through a quick-fire exploration of the most effective social media and publishing channels available to today’s small business. From Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, to podcasting and video, you’ll learn what medium deserves your attention and the steps to take to succeed.

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How to know and find your ideal client

4 August, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: HerBusiness

Do you have a crystal clear picture of your ideal client? Knowing exactly which clients you want to attract helps you focus your efforts so you’re not running around creating ‘one size fits all’ products, services and marketing that doesn’t have any impact. This webinar shows you how to define your ideal client and make your marketing easier.

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The new way to get more leads

9 August, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: HerBusiness

Learn how to attract new customers by offering customers something they really need. One sure-fire way to get more leads is to offer prospects something that adds value to their life and that they’re willing to exchange for their attention. The better you can match your offer with what your prospect is looking for, the more successful you will be at capturing their details and getting them closer to being a customer. This webinar will show you the keys to building your own ‘lead magnet’.

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LinkedIn for lead generation

10 August, 10:00am – 11:00am
Presented by: Flying Solo

If you’re in the business of selling professional services and want to learn how to enjoy a steady flow of leads from LinkedIn, join Adam Houlahan as he talks with Flying Solo’s Robert Gerrish. This content-rich webinar will show you how to create a truly compelling profile page and make the most of LinkedIn’s powerful promotional tools.

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Inspiring future workplaces

12 August, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Presented by: SmartCompany

Join this engaging conversation looking at the future of the workplace. Exploring issues to do with technology, diversity, innovation and an ageing population, this webinar is a great way to take part in the discussion around how your business can hone its focus to be genuinely future-thinking. Presented by Australia’s number 1 publication for SMEs, SmartCompany, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce. A must for all astute business operators.

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Increasing repeat sales and referrals from existing customers

18 August, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: HerBusiness

Our existing customers can be our very best source of new business, and the best referrers of new clients. Often small-business owners leave this important aspect of business to chance, failing to set up easy ways for customers to be advocates and to refer others, like them. In this webinar you’ll learn easy ways to build upsells, repeat sales and recommendations and referrals into your existing systems so that you can produce predictable future business.

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Secrets to solo success

24 August, 10:00am – 11:00am
Presented by: Flying Solo

After a decade working alongside 100,000+ Australian small business owners, Flying Solo founder, Robert Gerrish understands the essential habits and actions of those who thrive. In this presentation, writer, blogger and award winning soloist, Kate Toon joins Robert to reveal the proven tips, tools and techniques to successfully launch a new venture or rejuvenate the one you’re already in.

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How I got started

25 August, 11:00am – 12:00pm
Presented by: HerBusiness

Hear inspiring stories of startup challenges and success with this engaging hour-long webinar. Apply learnings from others? ups and downs to your own business and discover new strategies for growth.

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Simple ways to green your business and save money

26 August, 12:30 pm – 1:30pm
Presented by: Powershop Australia Pty Ltd

Empower yourself with simple ways to cut your businesses electricity costs. This webinar, hosted by Powershop, will look at easy ways to green your business. The presentation will give you a better understanding of your electricity bill and will show you innovative tools which can enable you to reduce your energy use. Two independent industry experts will also discuss energy saving tips for small business owners. Learn how going green can be good for your business’ bottom line. This will be a prerecording from the presentation being run as part of this year’s Small Business Festival Victoria

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Check out this bunch of Events and all FREE

The new way to get more leads

Learn how to attract new customers by offering customers something they really need. One sure-fire way to get more leads is to offer prospects something that adds value to their life and that they’re willing to exchange for their attention. The better you can match your offer with what your prospect is looking for, the more successful you will be at capturing their details and getting them closer to being a customer. This webinar will show you the keys to building your own ‘lead magnet’.

Tuesday 9 August 2016
FREE

LinkedIn for lead generation

If you’re in the business of selling professional services and want to learn how to enjoy a steady flow of leads from LinkedIn, join Adam Houlahan as he talks with Flying Solo’s Robert Gerrish. This content-rich webinar will show you how to create a truly compelling profile page and make the most of LinkedIn’s powerful promotional tools.

Wednesday 10 August 2016
FREE

Inspiring future workplaces

Join this engaging conversation looking at the future of the workplace. Exploring issues to do with technology, diversity, innovation and an ageing population, this webinar is a great way to take part in the discussion around how your business can hone its focus to be genuinely future-thinking. Presented by Australia’s number 1 publication for SMEs, SmartCompany, and the Australian Chamber of Commerce. A must for all astute business operators.

Friday 12 August 2016
FREE

CGU Insurance – risk management

Learn basic models of work health and safety risk management to help create a healthy, safe, and productive workplace.

Tuesday 16 August 2016
FREE
Wednesday 17 August 2016
FREE

Going mainstream on Mainstreet

Discover how developing and marketing a brand for your mainstreet can revolutionise customer perceptions. A fascinating webinar for traders looking to collectively promote their local area.

Would anyone want to buy your business?

An invaluable event for any small business owner looking to plan for the future and potentially sell their business.

Wednesday 17 August 2016
FREE

Get more referrals and repeat sales from existing customers

Our existing customers can be our very best source of new business, and the best referrers of new clients. Often small-business owners leave this important aspect of business to chance – failing to set up easy ways for customers to be advocates and to refer others, like them. In this webinar you’ll learn easy ways to build upsells, repeat sales and recommendations and referrals into your existing systems so that you can produce predictable future business.

Thursday 18 August 2016
FREE
Friday 19 August 2016
FREE

Making time for marketing

Do you struggle to find time in your day to dedicate to marketing your business effectively? Smart small business marketing takes time but your investment can pay off handsomely in terms of business growth and sales. This webinar will teach you not only how to find time in your schedule for marketing, but also which marketing you should be spending your time on. Small business marketing expert and dynamo Ailsa Page teams up with productivity expert Business Time Lord, Russell Scott to share how it’s done.

Working from home? Things you need to know

Take a closer look at the fine print of running a small business. Join the Victorian Small Business Commissioner at this free webinar for an overview of the rights and obligations of small businesses under Australian Consumer Law. Contracts, local laws and leases will all be covered in this informative session.

Tuesday 23 August 2016
FREE
Wednesday 24 August 2016
FREE

Secrets to solo success

After a decade working alongside 100,000+ Australian small business owners, Flying Solo founder, Robert Gerrish understands the essential habits and actions of those who thrive. In this presentation, writer, blogger and award winning soloist, Kate Toon joins Robert to reveal the proven tips, tools and techniques to successfully launch a new venture or rejuvenate the one you’re already in.

How I got started

Hear inspiring stories of startup challenges and success with this engaging hour-long webinar. Apply learnings from others’ ups and downs to your own business and discover new strategies for growth.

Thursday 25 August 2016
FREE

Simple ways to green your business and save money

Empower yourself with simple ways to cut your businesses electricity costs. This webinar – hosted by Powershop – will look at easy ways to green your business. The presentation will give you a better understanding of your electricity bill and will show you innovative tools which can enable you to reduce your energy use. Two independent industry experts will also discuss energy saving tips for small business owners. Learn how going green can be good for your business’ bottom line. This will be a prerecording from the presentation being run as part of this year’s Small Business Festival Victoria.

Friday 26 August 2016
FREE
Monday 29 August 2016
FREE

Marketing and money: Two Ms of successful business

Learn how to double your profits and and create valuable marketing strategies in the most effective, smart and time efficient ways. Running a successful business requires a keen understanding of the two Ms: Marketing and Money. This inspirational webinar will give you the simple skills and knowledge to sharpen up your business with confidence.

How to build a referral based business

Learn the secrets to building a business that markets itself. Award winning business coach David Guest reveals practical and proven referral strategies that will revolutionise your business.

Wednesday 31 August 2016
FREE
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