The themes of tech innovation in agriculture, supporting rural small businesses to compete in an economy disrupted by 24/7 online shopping, female entrepreneurship and developing young people and communities with the skills for the jobs of the future will feature heavily during the Digital Innovation Festival Mallee kicking off this Friday 23 August in Swan Hill.
We're excited to announce a range of free and low-cost services for young people, community groups and the unemployed to complement the low-cost services we’ve provided to new and existing businesses since we opened in June 2017.
We're excited to share with you our strategic vision for revitalising the region we live in, the Mallee. Initiatives include "Y-Commerce", an ambitious program to develop young people to acquire key digital business skills and match them with small businesses wanting help to grow in the digital economy. A code club and an online marketplace with local products supporting local businesses + more.
I moved back to my hometown of Swan Hill, Victoria, in 2014. having seen it disappear in my rear vision mirror as a teenager in 1989 when I left for university. It's fair to say that, like many young people who leave regional Australia to chase opportunities, I never entertained the thought of moving back one day.
There's a lot about Stacy Brown's story that many small business owners could relate to and so much to be inspired by.
In 2007 Stacy found herself divorced and responsible for raising three kids aged six and under. Her way out was to start a home-based business cooking chicken salad (a staple dish in the southern states of the US) and deliver it door-to-door.