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Workshops and Seminars

Run by experts in their field and held throughout the year the Shire facilitated workshops cover a range of topics and provide great information. Some workshops and seminars also offer a free mentoring session to all participants.

The next session for 2018 is:

Advanced Marketing Workshop - How to stay one step ahead

It's not enough to stand apart from your competition. Successful marketing is also about being ready to respond and take advantage of change.
If you've already got a marketing strategy in place, find out how to ramp up your current activities to work smarter at this essential workshop that will ensure you stay one step ahead.

Find out more here.

Host: Southern Grampians Shire Council
When: Thursday 8 May 2018
Time: 5.30pm-9.00pm
Where: Martin J Hynes Auditorium
5 Market Place Hamilton.

Cost: $30 per person

Booking: here or call Sharon on 5573 0202.

You can also book by filling in and returning this form here

Places are limited so please make sure you book these events in advance.

Workshop Date/Time Venue Short Description
Starting Your Business Thursday 22 February 2018 5.30pm - 9.00pm Martin J Hynes Auditorium, 5 Market Place Hamilton. Come to grips with everything you need to know before you get started and walk away prepared with a clear vision of your next steps needed to turn your idea into business reality.
Mobile Business Bus Tuesday 27 February 10.00am – 3.00pm Parking Bays, 131 Gray Street. Book a FREE session with a Small Business Mentor and pick up a range of business information from the mobile business bus.
Creating Effective Digital Content Thursday 22 May, 6.00pm – 8.00pm. Martin J Hynes Auditorium 5 Market Place Hamilton Find out how to ensure the way you communicate with your customers online, whether by website, blog or social media, is not only compelling but aligned to your business goals at this essential small business workshop.
Advanced Marketing Tuesday 8 May, 5.30pm – 9.00pm. Martin J Hynes Auditorium 5 Market Place Hamilton Position your business for next-level growth, build a deeper understanding of your customers and boost the effectiveness of current marketing activities at this hands on workshop.
Business Planning Essentials Thursday 14 June, 2018 6.00pm - 8.00pm. Martin J Hynes Auditorium Learn how to map out a plan that will show where your business is right now, where you’d like it to be in the future and, most importantly, help you develop a clear vision of the next steps and strategies that will take you there.

Business Victoria

Business Victoria, which is a State Government initiative, is a useful resource providing businesses with support and advice on marketing, sales and online, hiring and managing staff and exporting. Business Victoria also offers useful advice on starting and setting up a business including this checklist.

Small Business Clinics

Southern Grampians Shire has partnered with Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) to provide free access to business mentoring sessions.

These free sessions offer businesses an opportunity to gain information for setting up a business and/or provide assistance for established businesses to work through issues they may be dealing with. The sessions are 45 minutes each and are FREE

15 March 2018
Martin J Hynes Auditorium
Book here

Thursday 17 May 2018
Martin J Hynes Auditorium
Book here

Greater Hamilton Brand

A new brand positioning was recently created for the Hamilton region. The ‘Greater’ positioning is the cornerstone of the ‘live, work, invest’ destination brand. It is used to help define the geographic destination, the lifestyle promise, the natural assets and the myriad of business, education, employment and service opportunities.

The word ‘Greater’ also enables the brand to encompass the eight satellite towns and the other features of the region.

The ‘One place. Many possibilities’ brand essence expresses the multi-dimensional emotional and rational benefits of living, working and investing in the region. It is about choice, freedom, lifestyle and optimism.

The new brand essence also acts as a tagline – giving expression to the possibilities that Greater Hamilton offers to those wishing to live, work, learn and invest in the region.

The Greater Hamilton Brand Guidelines assist those that wish to support the regional brand.

For any further information please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Department.

Economic Development and Tourism Department
1 Market Place
Hamilton Vic 3300
Phone (03) 5573 0444

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