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Professional Development

Below, you can find details for some of the professional development opportunities available to you as a small business operator. It is also worth regularly checking other council homepages for courses they may be offering in the business area.

Small Business Mentoring Service

Nillumbik Shire Council, in conjunction with Small Business Mentoring Service, offers FREE business mentoring sessions for Nillumbik businesses.

The Small Business Mentoring Service is an independent, not for profit association and has over 90 mentors (retired and semi-retired experienced and successful business people), who volunteer their time to help small business owners to develop and grow their business.

SBMS mentors will advise you on a range of issues. If you have questions about marketing, management, planning, hiring people, finance or legal matters, the mentor will assist you.

It is confidential free service for established small businesses, start ups and emerging businesses.

To find out more about mentoring, go to

Advanced Small Business Clinics - Enterprise Nillumbik

With the advanced program the sessions are longer, usually around 1.5 hours.

Packages of four sessions are available at subsidised rate of $200.

These sessions are available by prior appointment only. Please email your request to

Programs at Living & Learning Nillumbik

The Nillumbik Living & Learning Centres offer a wide range of adult learning opportunities including accredited training. Small Business Victoria offer a range of courses via Living & Learning Nillumbik, including:

  • Grow Your Business, Green Your Business
  • Starting Your Business Workshop
  • Marketing Basics Seminar
Contact Living & Learning Nillumbik for further information:
Phone: 03 9433 3744

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