At a small business roundtable held last year Gippsland small business owners said they wanted visibility and easy access to available government assistance.

According to Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Judy O’Connell, working together, business owners and government officials have developed the ‘Grow your Business, Together’ initiative. The pilot is happening in Warragul next Tuesday 20 March.

“Small business owners told us there was so much information and support and they didn’t know how to find what was really important.”

A pop-up information centre will provide Warragul business owners with support at a ‘one-stop-shop’ at the Courthouse Restaurant on Tuesday 20 March from 10am-2pm.

Business owners will be able to have their questions answered by local, state and federal government agencies and small business mentors all under one roof.

The pop-up centre will feature representatives from the Victorian Small Business Commission, Consumer Affairs Victoria, Fair Work Ombudsman, Rural Financial Counsellors, Regional Development Victoria, Sustainability Victoria, Australian Taxation Office as well as the Latrobe Valley Authority.

“If you want advice on employing staff, reducing your energy bills, starting a business, or anything else, we will have people who can answer your questions.” Ms O’Connell said.

No bookings are required and a free cappuccino or latte will be provided to all business owners who attend.

The pop-up information centre will run in the garden at the Courthouse, 72 Smith Street, Warragul from 10am-2pm on Tuesday 20 March.

Short presentations from each agency will take place between 10:30am and 11:45am.

The pop-up information centre is part of ‘Small Business Day’ in Warragul, which will also feature a free breakfast at Warragul Country Club hosted by Warragul Business Group and attended by the Hon Philip Dalidakis MP, Minister for Small Business and Ms O’Connell.



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