The Geelong Small Business Festival kicked off this week with an inspiring keynote address from Mia Freedman.

If you missed it, Mia spoke about how she built media juggernaut mamamia.com.au, from writing blogs on her couch to now having 85+ employees! The presentation was funny, raw, real and uplifting.

The Geelong Small Business Festival is in it’s 10th year and COVID-19 isn’t stopping the continued success with over 50 events to choose from. Sessions are designed to suit everyone – business owners, home-based start-ups, digital nomads, creatives and career-minded employees.

Here’s our top picks of events for tourism operators….


SEO training

How to create good SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) for your business

Tue 8 September @ 1 pm – 2:30 pm

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Find out how to identify topics, create a strategy and start implementing for long term, organic traffic!


Working with Family: unfiltered’

Tue 8 September @ 5 pm – 6pm

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Hosted by comedian Claire Hooper, the evening will feature a panel of guests from around the Bellarine who will chat “unfiltered” about the imbalance of light and shade in our current working environment.

Growing by Conscious Collaboration

Wed 9 September  @ 7 pm – 8:30 pm

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Fun with purpose. Learn how three local entrepreneurs have effectively collaborated to pivot their businesses.


Motivate your team during uncertain times

Fri, 11 September @ 1 pm – 2 pm

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It is possible to motivate your employees during uncertain times. In this workshop you will learn what you can do as business leader to help!

Customer service at a restaurant

Step Back & Re-focus, Customer Experience, it’s more important than ever!

Tue 15 September @ 1 pm – 2 pm

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Refresh, reboot and recharge your business. Learn some simple steps that will get you out of your box and driving customer loyalty.


There’s even more great online sessions on the Geelong Small Business Festival website, check it out here.