Constituency Question- Small Business
Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (12:35:30): (1204) My question is addressed to the Minister for Small Business in the other place, and I ask: how will my constituents of Mount Waverley district benefit from the focus and support that the Andrews Labor government is providing our small businesses? Recently I joined the Minister for Small Business in attending the Monash council small business masterclass series graduation showcase—that is a mouthful! It was inspiring to see and talk to the many hardworking small business owners who had completed the program. These sessions enabled our businesses to grow in our online environment and to effectively plan business growth. The masterclass series complements Small Business Victoria’s suite of online tools, information, mentoring and workshops on a range of business topics across Victoria. As a previous small business owner myself, I know that you will learn lessons the hard way, but having mentors who can save you that trouble and point you in the right direction can make it so much easier to build a successful business.
Minister’s Answer: The Victorian Government provides a range of services to support small businesses. Local councils, such as the City of Monash, are important partners in ensuring support reaches businesses at the right time in their business cycle, because councils know their local businesses.
The Business Victoria Local Events program provides funding to metropolitan and regional local governments to develop and deliver helpful business learning, networking and upskilling events to Victoria’s small businesses. Through this program, Monash City Council received $20,000 in sponsorship to create business events in the 2019-20 financial year. Small Business Victoria also arranges a program of workshops on a range of topics. There were 395 workshops throughout Victoria in the 2018-2019 financial year, including four workshops in the City of Monash.
The Small Business Mentoring Service currently has 145 small business mentors across the state. Mentoring services are provided through the Small Business Bus, local clinics and individual paid sessions that are subsidised by Small Business Victoria. In 2019, the Small Business Bus has visited the City of Monash five times, conducting 19 free mentoring sessions to date. An additional 25 small businesses from the City of Monash have had tailored individual sessions in 2019.
The Business Victoria website continues to be a popular resource for small businesses, with more than three million visits in the past year. Small businesses can access resources, including the schedule for bus visits, book mentoring and workshops at business.vic.gov.au.
The Hon Adem Somyurek MP
Minister for Small Business