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From the Chief Executive - 4 August 2017

Submitted on Friday, 4th August 2017

This fortnight we have been connecting with our members all across Victoria, holding the latest round of Government Grant Briefings in Warrnambool, Melbourne, Narre Warren, Sale and Shepparton. These free briefings have been very popular and invaluable for small to medium businesses who may have limited knowledge in the government grants and support available to them.

The last free briefing will be in Mildura on 28 August, and I encourage members in that area to read more and register to attend on our website.

The Victorian Summit workshops have also been very successful in Nunawading and Bendigo this past fortnight. These workshops are an excellent way to get direct interaction and feedback from our members on their key issues and to help formulate our policies for the 2018 State Election campaign.

The next forum, on Liveability and the Visitor Economy, will take place on 22 August and we look forward to a robust and lively discussion on the key issues and opportunities facing the sector.

Our highly popular Victorian Chamber Pitcher Partners Grand Final Lunch 2017 will again be held at the MCG on 27 September. With AFL stars Jarryd Roughead, Chris Judd and Mick Malthouse on the panel, they will talk about their experiences of winning, and losing, a Grand Final. Tickets to this event always sell fast, so reserve yours now if you don’t want to miss out.

The Victorian Chamber is also excited to launch a new type of event with a Global Trivia Night planned for 24 August. If you have ever wanted to learn more from our experts about exporting and how your business can take its first steps towards doing business overseas, this event will be a valuable one to attend. Over a full Chinese banquet at Hutong Dumpling Bar, each table will include a member of our Global team and is an excellent way to network with similar businesses in an informal setting. We hope you can join us and register here.

Mark Stone AM

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