Small business operators in the Gisborne area can access free mentoring, support and information about Victorian Government services when the Small Business Bus visits on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

The Andrews Labor Government is doubling its mobile support for small business with a second Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria.

The enhanced touring program will take more information to more towns and benefit businesses that may not have the time or resources to access the services that the Government provides to these valuable employers.

The buses provide free and personalised on-board advice from Small Business Mentoring Service specialists.

Importantly, the two vehicles will also play an important role providing business recovery support where needed for communities affected by bushfire, flood, drought or other disasters. The additional capacity from a second bus will enable much greater flexibility in times of crisis and offer timely assistance when required.

The on-board business mentors are skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales advice and have extensive experience in running a small business or in senior business management.

There are more than 525,000 small businesses in Victoria, representing 96 per cent of the State’s businesses. More than 28 per cent of small businesses are based in regional Victoria.

The Small Business Bus will be located in the car park outside Bendigo Bank, 11 Nexus Way, Gisborne Victoria, 3437 from 10am-4pm, on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

For more information about the Small Business Bus or to book a free on-board mentoring session, visit or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15.

Quotes attributable to the Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas:  

“Small businesses play a vital role in our state’s economy and this program highlights the Andrews Government’s commitment to providing the support they need to succeed,”

“The business mentors have extensive experience in running their own small business or have worked in senior business management. They are skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales.”