Business workshops and seminars

Business Workshops & Seminars

Colac Otway Shire Council fosters and supports local business growth, by offering a range of business workshops and seminars each year to current and prospective businesses and their employees. 

These events enable business people to connect with industry experts and each other to learn valuable, practical business skills. Participants can share and gain business knowledge that will help refine the way they operate and adopt new ways of doing business. 

Past events have included business breakfasts, grants and support seminars, social media training and workshops in succession planning. The Council’s economic development network works with the State Government, Colac & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to conduct these events.

Contact the economic development department for more information on (03) 52329400


Colac Otway Shire Jobs Market Trends

Colac Otway Shire Council along with Geelong Employment Facilitator, Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business in association with the Colac Community Partnership Executive Group were pleased to host a presentation by Ivan Neville, Branch Manager, Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch, Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business. This presentation covered the latest trends in the Colac Otway labour market along with emerging challenges and opportunities for local stakeholders. Mr Neville spoke about how local employers can meet their demand for workers as well as maximising long term benefits for the region.

Click here to view the presentation: 180501-Presentation-by-Ivan-Neville-on-the-Colac-Otway-Labour-Market.pdf(PDF, 1MB)

Invitation - ANZ Business Breakfast 2016



2016 ANZ Business Breakfast - Tuesday 6 December 2016

Colac Otway Shire again partnered with ANZ for the 2016 Business Breakfast.

Guest speaker at the 2016 event was Dan Hunter,  award winning Chef/Owner of Birregurra restaurant, Brae.  Brae is rated number 44 in the world's best restaurant list and continues to win many culinary awards.

Dan shared his experiences and stories to over 100 guests at the business breakfast telling what brought him to our region and how he created his successful business? 

This was a great opportunity to network with other businesses and hopefully many people picked up some tips to help with your own business.


Other business events held in  2016

The Secrets of My Success

 The Secrets of My Success has proved to be another successful business event in the past.  Colac Otway Shire partnered with Crowe Horwath in presenting this 'on the couch' style event where local business people shared their tips for what has worked for them or been a factor in their success. 

The Art of Doing Business
Colac Otway Shire partnered with COPACC and ANZ to present The Art of Doing Business. The interactive workshop was well attended and provided tips on positive communication through voice, tone and body language  and customer interaction.

Flyer The Art of Doing Business