Kick-start your Business during the Small Business Festival in Manningham

21 Jul 2015
Vibrant and Prosperous Economy

Learn how to start and improve a business, attend a mentoring session, network with local businesses and be inspired through a dynamic program of events being held this August in Manningham during the Victorian Small Business Festival. A statewide initiative, the Small Business Festival provides inspiration, ideas and information to fuel the small business sector.

Manningham will host a series of business expos, seminars and workshops for the Festival including:


Women Inspiring Business – Expo and Lunch

Tuesday 11 August, 10.00 am – 2.00 pm


The feature event during the Small Business Festival in Manningham, the Women Inspiring Business networking expo and lunch celebrates local women in business and their success stories. The Expo is open to the public from 10.00 am until 12 noon and features a diverse range of local businesses and their services.


A two course lunch will follow the Expo with a presentation from inspirational guest speaker and author Yvonne Bornstein, who survived kidnapping, terror and torture in Russia after a business deal went wrong. Bookings for the lunch are essential and can be made online at 


Manningham City Council would like to thank the following organisations for their support and involvement in the Women Inspiring Business – Expo and Lunch: Bendigo Bank and BMW, as well as Templestowe HYPOXI, the Manningham Business Network, and the State Government of Victoria.


Starting Your Business Workshop

Tuesday 4 August, 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm

Learn how to carry out a feasibility study, prepare a business plan, and determine your best company structure. Participants completing this workshop are eligible for one free mentoring session.

Cost: $30


Free Business Advisory Service

Wednesday 5 August, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Confidential one hour, one on one sessions to help with assessing ideas, business planning and growth strategies.


Amplify Your Marketing Information Session

Thursday 6 August, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

This workshop will give you the tools and confidence to ignite your client attraction capability.


Warrandyte Business Expo

Wednesday 19 August, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Warrandyte Community Church, Yarra Street, Warrandyte

Showcase yourself and find new customers.

For more information or to get involved, visit

Marketing for Growth Workshop

Wednesday 12 August, 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm

From market research and analysing your current activities to understanding your customers’ needs, this workshop will assist you in achieving your growth targets.

Cost: $30


Better Business Practices Workshop

Tuesday 18 August, 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm

Explore improvements you can make in operations, finances and risk management.

Cost: $30


Get Your Business Organised Seminar

Tuesday 25 August, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Develop personal strategies to increase your productivity while still achieving day to day tasks.

Cost: $20


All events (unless stated) will be held at the Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Road, Doncaster. Bookings are essential by visiting or calling Manningham Council’s Business and Project Support Officer on 9840 9310.