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Accelerate Your Business with Strategic Planning & Powerful Connections

14 August 2024 at 1:00 pm in a webinar session online

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Small Business Festival 2024 1 - 31 August 2024

A selection of no-cost, low-cost and value for money events to ‘pick and mix’ from.

Create a schedule of learning opportunities to suit your business needs.


  • Inspiring presentations, engaging activities and practical workshops especially designed for small businesses.
  • Opportunities for networking and connection to learn from others’ experiences.
  • Encouraging ways to start, run and grow a passion into profit.
  • Training sessions with experts providing valuable business insights to improve skills and knowledge.

Empowering small businesses to grow through knowledge, planning and networking.

This session looks at empowerment for small business operators by understanding their business environmental landscape through knowledge, planning and connection.
It will focus on:
– Planning within a changing environment
– Decision making based on metrics
– Reflection of key business indicators
– Connection within the community
This is aimed at start-up businesses, and small businesses that have been in operation and who feel that they need to understand more about the planning and strategic decision making within their business because they want to grow or are worried about their viability.
The essentials about connection to community links and networking for business success. Participants will understand the need for planning and connectivity and where to get assistance from along the way in their business.

Meet Your Facilitator

Ray Jopling, Business Mentor, Asuria
For almost the last 2 years I have been a small business mentor at ASURIA in Melbourne, and my motivation is to use my business and accounting expertise to help start-ups to achieve their goals and dreams by successfully running their own businesses.
I have been a member of CPA Australia for 40 years and have a current and strong skills in accounting and management, and I was manager of the Business Services department at Chisholm for nearly 10 years. Using my knowledge and skills, I enjoy assisting small businesses with all aspects of running their business including budget preparation, monitoring and variance responsibility, business growth, continuous improvement and internal control and governance processes.
I have assisted over 500 start-up businesses as either a facilitator or mentor and I have been a member of many small business networks including treasurer for Business Enterprise Centres Network Victoria (BECNV) and the Small Business Centres Victoria (SBCV).
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