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February 2019

Welcome Back to 2019

February 27, Wednesday | 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Bomboras Esplanade, 37 The Esplande
Torquay, 3228
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Free

Torquay Commerce and Tourism Invites you to the first event of the year... Welcome Back to 2019! Open to all local and Surf Coast businesses Stop by and have a coffee and muffin and network with local businesses - COMPLIMENTARY!

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The Geelong HR Roundtable – Change Leadership

February 27, Wednesday | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
James Leslie Council Chamber, Deakin University Waterfront Campus, please enter via Cunningham Street and take the lift to Level 4
Geelong, 3220
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$30

The Geelong HR Roundtable is a series of inspiring and thought-provoking events for the Barwon South West Region’s HR community. Each roundtable is facilitated by a business professional, passionate about a key HR subject who will inform and inspire attendees in areas of personal and professional growth. There are many change management programs, online tools ans supports. We always hear how change is a constant' in today's world. Its true. In fact, change is the norm. Incremental change, large transformation…

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2019 Income Solutions Business Breakfast

February 28, Thursday | 7:00 am - 9:00 am
COPACC Civic Hall, 95-97 Gellibrand Street
Colac, 3250
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$35

KEEP THIS DATE FREE Colac Otway Shire will be partnering for the first time with Income Solutions for their annual business breakfast . Guest speaker will be Dr Paige Williams. Dr Paige Williams knows that helping people to thrive is the key to unlocking passion, potential and performance in the workplace. Using evidence from leadership, positive psychology and business, Paige makes a compelling case to change your recipe for performance improvement from ‘carrots and sticks’ to wellbeing and motivation. More information to follow…

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Leadership for future-focused millennials

February 28, Thursday | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Australia Post Small Business Hive, 108 Gheringhap Street
Geelong, 3220
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$25

Are you tired of hearing all those negative comments about Millennials? You know that you are destined to be a great leader but there are days when you feel so frustrated by glib comments about your attitude, work ethic and creative ideas by older generations who think they know it all? Well, this session is just for you! Innovative, authentic and future-focused leadership is required in business and organizations today. It’s time for Millennials to take the reins and show…

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March 2019

Fermentation 101 – With Narelle Hansen

March 1, Friday | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Meredith Community Centre, 4 Russell Street
Meredith, 3333
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$100.00

Is your business currently or are considering producing fermented goods? Learn the skill of Fermentation in this 3-hour class, making Sourdough Mother, Yoghurt Mother, Lacto Fermented Pickles and Kombucha Drink, all of which you get to take home with you! Light Lunch platter of homemade goodies will be provided.

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Insolvency explained

March 5, Tuesday | 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Rodgers Reidy, 5 Clare Street
Geelong, 3222
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Free

Are you or a client facing issues with insolvency. This 45 minute session will provide a basic background to insolvency appointments and their effect on creditors, directors and employees. The session is aimed at professionals, business owners and employees who want to develop a greater understanding of insolvency in Australia. Insolvency 101 the purpose of insolvency appointments and the insolvency practitioners role; trading on during an insolvency appointment; creditors claims and their rights (includes meetings, dividends, etc.); recoveries of assets and…

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Facebook for Small Business Simplified – Geelong

March 5, Tuesday | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Village Geelong – NAB, 43-45 Brougham St
Geelong, 3220
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$55

This workshop "Facebook for Small Business Simplified" is being delivered as part of the ASBAS Digital Solutions program. **If you have previously registered for the program and paid $55, please call MIC on (03) 94901402 or email asbas@melbourneinnovation.com.aufor the unique coupon code to register for this workshop** Facebook for Small Business Simplified A Facebook business page enables direct communication with your audience. It provides the opportunity for you to reveal the persona behind your brand. Followers will respond to the human side…

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Mental Health First Aid Course

March 7, Thursday | 9:00 am - March 8, Friday | 4:30 pm
Rydges Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Streets
Geelong,
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Most people know that mental health problems are common and disabling. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence based first aid course which, like traditional first aid, teaches an easy to remember 'Action Plan' (ALGEE) which can be drawn upon when providing support. This 2 day course enables participants to become accredited Mental Health First Aiders after successful completion of an online assessment which is valid for 3 years. It is invaluable in today's workplace to ensure there are…

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Boost Business through Facebook Advertising – Geelong

March 12, Tuesday | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Village Geelong – NAB, 43-45 Brougham Street
Geelong, 3220
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$55

This workshop "Boost Business with Facebook Advertising" is being delivered as part of the ASBAS Digital Solutions program. **If you have previously registered for the program and paid $55, please call MIC on (03) 94901402 or email asbas@melbourneinnovation.com.aufor the unique coupon code to register for this workshop** ABOUT THE ASBAS DIGITAL SOLUTIONS PROGRAM The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) program provides low-cost, high-quality digital advisory services to small businesses across Victoria—and it’s come to Geelong! The program is being delivered in…

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SBMS Small Business Clinic – Haddon

March 14, Thursday | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Haddon Community Centre, 396 Sago Hill Road
Haddon, 3351
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Free

Golden Plains Shire Council in conjunction with Small Business Mentoring Service is offering FREE one-on-one small business mentoring clinics to support local business. Small Business Clinics provide general business advice and can assist you in the initial steps you need to take to overcome an issue or information gap. You can take the opportunity to find out about business planning, marketing, finance and more. These sessions are FREE however bookings are essential.  If all sessions are filled please contact Michael Cosgriff, Economic…

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Smartphone Photography for Business

March 14, Thursday | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Australia Post Small Business Hive, 108 Gheringhap Street
Geelong, 3220
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$25.00

Capturing consistent, reliable professional business photos is critical in your branding to followers and buying customers. Join Mike James from Smartphone Photography Training in this fun, information-packed two-hour group workshop. Get more out of your existing smartphone camera; take the right photo, the best way and strategically enhance them – using easy to use intuitive photo editing apps. You will learn the techniques and apps to create photos you did not think were possible on a phone! The smartphone camera…

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Equine First Response Workshop

March 16, Saturday
Tess & Leo, 115 Wainewrights Lane
Buckley, 3240
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$225

First Response Workshops help horse owners do just that – provide the right first response when their horse gets sick or injured. Doing the right thing at the right time is critical to the success of the outcome for your horse when he gets sick or injured. Horse owners have told us over and over that they didn’t know what to do when their horse became sick or injured, that they were unprepared. At this first response workshops horse owners…

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Taking your business online: What you need to know

March 19, Tuesday | 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Smythesdale Well, 19 Heales Street
Smythesdale, 3351
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$20

Take the guess work out of launching yourself online and empower yourself to bring digital thinking into all aspects of your business. Whether you’re a bricks and mortar business or still at the drawing board, this workshop led by a digital expert with real-world small business experience spans the complete digital landscape. Build your understanding of online advertising, search engines, websites, blogs and social media through practical exercises and real-life examples, then learn how to bring them all together into…

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Engage Real Followers with Instagram – Geelong

March 19, Tuesday | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Village Geelong – NAB, 43-45 Brougham Street
Geelong, 3220
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$55

This workshop "Engage Real Followers with Instagram" is being delivered as part of the ASBAS Digital Solutions program. **If you have previously registered for the program and paid $55, please call MIC on (03) 94901402 or email asbas@melbourneinnovation.com.aufor the unique coupon code to register for this workshop** ABOUT THE ASBAS DIGITAL SOLUTIONS PROGRAM The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) program provides low-cost, high-quality digital advisory services to small businesses across Victoria—and it’s come to Geelong! The program is being delivered in…

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Business Planning Essentials: how to build a road map to success

March 20, Wednesday | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
100 Brougham St, 100 Brougham Street
Geelong, VIC 3220
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$20

Put your business on the path to long-term success at this essential workshop that takes you step-by-step through the process of building a business plan. Learn how to drive your business forward by mapping out a plan that reveals where your business is at right now, where you'd like it to be in the future – and most importantly – how to develop a clear vision about what steps to take next, and the strategies to get you there. Put…

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Tax Essentials for Small Business – Torquay

March 21, Thursday | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Surf Coast Shire Offices, 1 Merrijig Drive
Torquay, VIC 3228
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Are you new to business, or thinking of starting a small business? Give your business the best start! REGISTER NOW to come along to this FREE introductory workshop run by ATO staff. You’ll learn about: business structures and their different rules, tax rates and obligations tax and non-tax business registrations allowable deductions, including motor vehicle deductions, depreciation and home-based business expenses annual and quarterly reporting requirements record keeping principles where to go for help and information when you need it.…

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Create Marketing Campaigns with Mailchimp – Geelong

March 26, Tuesday | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Village Geelong – NAB, 43-45 Brougham St
Geelong, 3220
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$55

This workshop "Create Marketing Campaigns with MailChimp" is being delivered as part of the ASBAS Digital Solutions program. **If you have previously registered for the program and paid $55, please call MIC on (03) 94901402 or email asbas@melbourneinnovation.com.aufor the unique coupon code to register for this workshop** ABOUT THE ASBAS DIGITAL SOLUTIONS PROGRAM The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) program provides low-cost, high-quality digital advisory services to small businesses across Victoria—and it’s come to Geelong! The program is being delivered in…

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Localised Meetup

March 29, Friday | 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Barwon Water, 55–67 Ryrie Street
Geelong, 3220
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Free

Think all networking events are the same? Then you haven't been to a Localised Meetup. Meet the people behind the business, let others know what you do and pitch your business to the room, and hear from Give Where You Live and Barwon Water on how they're working together to make a positive impact on social and economic outcomes in the region.

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April 2019

Optimising business value and Turnarounds

April 2, Tuesday | 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Rodgers Reidy, 5 Clare Street
Geelong, 3222
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Free

Is your business (or a clients business) facing challenges, we help you understand your business and how to generate greater value from it. This 45 minute session will provide a basic background to implementing and managing a business turnaround. The session is aimed at professionals and business owners who want to develop a greater understanding of how business turnarounds can work. A brief overview of what is discussed is summarised below. Does your business make sense and how does the model create…

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SBMS Small business clinic – Meredith

April 4, Thursday | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Meredith Community Centre, 4 Russell Street
Meredith, 3333
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Free

Golden Plains Shire Council in conjunction with Small Business Mentoring Service is offering FREE one-on-one small business mentoring clinics to support local business. Small Business Clinics provide general business advice and can assist you in the initial steps you need to take to overcome an issue or information gap. You can take the opportunity to find out about business planning, marketing, finance and more. These sessions are FREE however bookings are essential.  If all sessions are filled please contact Michael Cosgriff, Economic…

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Health and Safety Representative Initial OHS 5 Day Training Course

April 8, Monday | 9:00 am - April 17, Wednesday | 4:30 pm
Rydges Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Streets
Geelong,
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To exercise your powers and rights as a Health and Safety Representative (HSR) effectively, it is essential that you receive training. This WorkSafe-approved 5 day course gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence to represent your designated work group and to help make their workplace safer. Days include 8,9,15,16,17 April, 2019. During this program you will increase your knowledge of: The occupational health and safety legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR The legislative obligations and duties of employers and…

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Record Keeping (GST registered) for Small Business

April 11, Thursday | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Surf Coast Shire Offices, 1 Merrijig Drive
Torquay, VIC 3228
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Free

Are you new to business, or thinking of starting a small business? Give your business the best start! This FREE 2 hour introductory workshop is for small businesses who: want to learn how to keep records to claim all entitled deductions are registered for GST or who are thinking of registering for GST. At this event you will have hands-on experience of recording money in and out of your business. You will also learn how to calculate and record GST…

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Assertiveness in Workplace

April 15, Monday
Rydges Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Streets
Geelong,
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Improve your self-awareness and communication skills so you can be more assertive at work and fulfil your professional goals. By learning to deal with others more effectively and negotiate better outcomes in confrontational or tense scenarios you will take greater control of your professional and personal life. During this one day program you will increase your knowledge of: The key elements of assertive behaviour How to apply assertive behaviour techniques Strategies on how to be a better communicator

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Starting your Business: how to turn an idea into a business

April 30, Tuesday | 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
100 Brougham St, 100 Brougham Street
Geelong, VIC 3220
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$30

Get your bright idea off the ground and running at this essential planning workshop. Come to grips with everything you need to know before you start your business, and walk away with a clear vision of what steps you'll need to take to turn your business idea into a reality. Packed with tips, tools and expert step-by-step guidance, this workshop prepares you to give your business the best chance of success. After this workshop you are entitled to a free…

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May 2019

Record Keeping (not GST registered) for Small Business

May 9, Thursday | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Surf Coast Shire Offices, 1 Merrijig Drive
Torquay, VIC 3228
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Are you new to business, or thinking of starting a small business? Give your business the best start! This FREE 2 hour introductory workshop is for small businesses who: · want to learn how to keep records to claim all entitled deductions · are not registered for GST. At this event you will have hands-on experience of recording money in and out of your business. You will also learn time-saving tips allowing you to focus on your business. (More information…

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Managing Termination, Redundancy and Unfair Dismissals

May 10, Friday
Rydges Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Streets
Geelong,
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Under current employment legislation, costly consequences await organisations found to be recruiting, managing or terminating staff incorrectly. This interactive one day program will familiarise you with your legal obligations as an employer, while also allowing you to share your knowledge and gain from the experiences of others. This program will increase your knowledge of: Counselling and discipline Managing termination Managing unfair dismissal claims Managing restructure and redeployment situations

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Marketing your Business: how to get it right first time

May 13, Monday | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
100 Brougham St, 100 Brougham Street
Geelong, VIC 3220
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$20

An effective marketing strategy should boost your brand, capture customers, keep them coming back and ultimately save you time and money.Find out why having just a website and Facebook page doesn't cut it anymore at this back-to-basics workshop. You'll learn how to develop a marketing action plan to keep your effort and resources focused in the right areas.

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Winning Government business: What you need to know

May 15, Wednesday | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Bannockburn Cultural Centre, 27 High Street
Bannockburn, 3331
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$20

It’s not just big business that wins government contracts. Small business, too, has an equal chance to make one of the largest buyers of products and services in Australia your next customer. Learn everything you need to know to position your business to stand out and win one of the many tender and contract opportunities regularly available. Understand how each level of government – local, state and federal – is different and get to grips with the terminology, the protocols…

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SBMS Small business clinic – Teesdale

May 23, Thursday | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Teesdale Community Hall, 1109 Bannockburn-Shelford Road
Teesdale, 3328
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Free

Golden Plains Shire Council in conjunction with Small Business Mentoring Service is offering FREE one-on-one small business mentoring clinics to support local business. Small Business Clinics provide general business advice and can assist you in the initial steps you need to take to overcome an issue or information gap. You can take the opportunity to find out about business planning, marketing, finance and more. These sessions are FREE however bookings are essential.  If all sessions are filled please contact Michael Cosgriff, Economic…

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New to Human Resources

May 31, Friday | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Rydges Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Streets
Geelong,
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Good HR practices help to ensure your business is legally compliant, attracts high-quality staff, increases output and efficiency and creates a strong and positive workplace culture. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and other workplace laws coupled with a changing economic landscape has made effective HR management more pivotal than ever. Effective HR management is particularly challenging if you have responsibility for managing this business function, but no formal training or background in the area. This half day program you…

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June 2019

Starting your business: How to turn an idea into a business

June 6, Thursday | 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Smythesdale Well, 19 Heales Street
Smythesdale, 3351
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$20

There are no guarantees in business, but often it’s what you do before you get started that will ensure those vital first steps are on the right path for the best chance of success. So, take the guesswork out of your next steps and get ready and fully prepared to get your business off to the right start at this practical three and a half-hour workshop led by an experienced small business operator with real-life know-how and lots of insight…

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Starting your Business: how to turn an idea into a business

June 13, Thursday | 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
100 Brougham St, 100 Brougham Street
Geelong, VIC 3220
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$30

Get your bright idea off the ground and running at this essential planning workshop. Come to grips with everything you need to know before you start your business, and walk away with a clear vision of what steps you'll need to take to turn your business idea into a reality. Packed with tips, tools and expert step-by-step guidance, this workshop prepares you to give your business the best chance of success. After this workshop you are entitled to a free…

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Investigations in the Workplace

June 14, Friday
Rydges Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap & Myers Streets
Geelong,
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Internal investigations are important for ensuring reports of bullying, harassment, discrimination and serious misconduct are handled correctly. This one day program gives you a sound understanding of what an investigation should involve and gives you the skills and confidence to conduct investigations into various matters, should you need to. This program will increase your knowledge of: Legal considerations The role of an investigator and the investigation process Common issues and pitfalls The interview process Determining what evidence to use Report…

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SBMS Small business clinic – Inverleigh

June 20, Thursday | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Inverleigh Public Hall, 71 High Street
Inverleigh, 3321
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Free

Golden Plains Shire Council in conjunction with Small Business Mentoring Service is offering FREE one-on-one small business mentoring clinics to support local business. Small Business Clinics provide general business advice and can assist you in the initial steps you need to take to overcome an issue or information gap. You can take the opportunity to find out about business planning, marketing, finance and more. These sessions are FREE however bookings are essential.  If all sessions are filled please contact Michael Cosgriff, Economic…

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October 2019

ANZ COLAC OTWAY BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2018-2019

October 26, Saturday | 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
COPACC – Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre, 95 - 97 Gellibrand Street
Colac, 3250
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Details of this event will be posted as they come to hand.

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