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Free seminar to help grow and build your business online

Business and retail experts will join together early next month to host a free seminar in Frankston to offer tips and advice to small business owners and entrepreneurs on how to grow their business online.

Local Federal MP for Dunkley, Bruce Billson, said the seminar is a great opportunity for current and future business owners to engage with and hear from business owners as well as representatives from PayPal, the Australian Retailers Association and eBay.

In recent years we have seen a big shift toward online retailing which in some sectors is more popular than traditional bricks and mortar retailing.

In 2013 internet retailing grew by 15 percent, reaching sales of $6.5 billion and in the twelve months to 2014, Australians are estimated to have spent $15.5 billion online.

Australians are increasingly researching purchase choices on-line and prefer to spend their money with Australian on-line businesses.

It is important to have an on-line channel to customers and better still, embrace enhanced business performance and customer connection technology can offer.

We want to support more local businesses to grow by gaining an edge through affordable on-line engagement.

The seminar will present the latest e-Commerce trends, provide information on how to give your business a competitive edge, online secrets of Australian businesses as well as an interactive Q&A session.

This seminar isn’t about trying to sell anything; it’s about small business people sharing with other business owners what can work in a real life setting.

At present 35 per cent of small businesses have very low digital engagement and do not use the internet at all.

A recent study of five countries found that if small businesses had a high level of digital engagement it could result in a $770 billion in increased revenue.

I encourage small business owners and entrepreneurs to register for the free seminar.

The seminar will be held on Friday 12 September 2014 from 7:15-9am at the Frankston International Motel, 389 Nepean Highway, Frankston.

To RSVP please call (03) 9781 2333 by COB Friday 5 September 2014.