Business Workshops & Seminars

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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. 

Connecting Colac Otway Business - An online event to assist local businesses in adapting to new COVID-19 restrictions

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Cafes, restaurants and personal service providers are back in business, but there are strict restrictions to follow to ensure we minimise any risk of virus spread to patrons.

In this webinar, Council's Health Protection Coordinator Tony Gullone will explain the government's current restrictions as they apply to businesses, then he will be available to answer any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity for you to seek clarity on any of the government's directions that you're unsure about.

Date: THIS Friday 5 June
Online webinar
Time: 3
pm to 4pm approximately (depending on how many questions are received)
Register for the webinar


Other 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)