Thursday 01, Jun 2023

New partnership announced for 2023 Geelong Small Business Festival

The City of Greater Geelong is excited to announce a new partnership with the Geelong Chamber of Commerce for the 2023 Geelong Small Business Festival. The partnership, which will see the Chamber take the lead in delivering the event, will support the continued growth and evolution of the festival. The Geelong Small Business Festival is the region’s largest dedicated business festival.

Now in its thirteenth year, the festival has become a staple in the calendar for local businesses and entrepreneurs to connect with each other, be inspired, and learn how they can grow their business. The partnership between the City and the Chamber has been formed based on the shared goal of cultivating economic prosperity and a thriving business community in Geelong.

The event, happening in August 2023, remains open to operators and entrepreneurs from all industries, and for businesses of all sizes – including sole traders and home-based businesses.
Attracting thousands of participants every year, the festival aims to provide insights, resources, and practical strategies for navigating the evolving business landscape successfully.

Mayor Trent Sullivan said the new partnership delivery model was a great result for the local business community. “Council is committed to fostering an environment that nurtures small business, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the Geelong Small Business Festival has become one of our most valued
flagship events,” Mayor Sullivan said.

“We are proud to be delivering the Festival in partnership with the Geelong Chamber of Commerce in 2023, and excited to see what opportunities arise from this new approach.”
Geelong Chamber CEO Jeremy Crawford said he was looking forward to delivering the event in collaboration with the City. “This collaborative effort provides our business community with a diverse range of opportunities to learn, connect, and grow as both businesses and business leaders,” Mr Crawford said.

“Supporting our local small to medium businesses builds a stronger, more resilient Geelong and we firmly believe that investment into our small to medium enterprises drives economic growth and job creation.”

Expressions of interest will be open soon for businesses and individuals to submit their ideas for training sessions, workshops or events as part of the Geelong Small Business Festival.

Head to to register your interest or for more information.

Up to date information will also be shared through the City of Greater Geelong and Geelong Chamber of Commerce communication channels.