Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher
Small Businesses Think Big
Victor P Taffa
At the launch of Victoria’s Small Business Festival today, Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said that innovation was the key to business success and encouraged small business to take advantage of opportunities that the festival offers.
Ms. Asher praised Victoria’s over 495,000 small businesses’ small business owners and operators for their contribution to the state’s economy.
“Its important small business continues to be competitive, proactive and efficient. By improving business approaches and technologies we create better businesses and boost the economy.” Ms. Asher said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to supporting small business and individual initiative and creating an environment that rewards those who work hard, save, invest and create employment.”
Creel Price, entrepreneur and co-founder of Blueprint Management Group and keynote speaker at today’s festival launch, said small business needed to make a commitment to innovation.
“Innovation is the responsibility of all employees within an organisation and should be fostered. Setting goals for innovation is important and requires support from all staff within the organisation to make it happen.” Mr. Price said.
At this year’s festival small business owners can ‘add one more skill’ to their itinerary by participating in one of over four hundred workshops running during August 2011.
“The festival’s workshops will deliver practical, easily transferable business skills designed to improve business efficiency and productivity.” Ms. Asher said.
“I encourage small business owners and employees to take part in the festival and add a new skill to their repertoire.”