Fittingly launched in Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s Automotive Workshop, the Shepparton Small Business Festival began last week.
Greater Shepparton City Council chief executive Peter Harriott welcomed guests to the workshop and said it represented small businesses being the ‘‘engine’’ of this community.
‘‘At council we do appreciate everything small businesses do,’’ Mr Harriott said.
Held throughout August, the festival features various events and workshops to assist small business owners throughout the municipality.
Greater Shepparton will also host two events as part of the Women in Business week from August 14 to 20.
Greater Shepparton Mayor Dinny Adem said it was the third time Shepparton had hosted its own small business festival and reiterated small businesses were the backbone of the community.
‘‘We are on the cusp of taking the leap forward to being one of the greatest regional centres,’’ Cr Adems said.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp spoke about the impact small businesses had on the state’s economy.
‘‘Victoria has more than 556000 small businesses and almost more than a quarter of them are located in rural and regional Victoria,’’ Mr Gepp said. ‘‘And Greater Shepparton has 6282 businesses actively trading and around 97 per cent of these — that’s 6122 — are small businesses.’’
Highlights of the festival include a workshop on the two common finance mistakes made in business, which will be held at Quest Shepparton on Monday, August 14, from 6pm to 8pm, and the Empowering Financial Freedom for Women workshop at The Carrington in Shepparton on Wednesday, August 16, from 5.30pm to 8pm.
■For a full list of events happening in Greater Shepparton and surrounding areas visit www.sheppartonbusiness. com.au or phone Greater Shepparton Business Centre on 58321100.