MOVERS and shakers from a variety of small towns are set to share their journeys at an innovative seminar at Cohuna on Friday.
The Small Towns Show and Tell is the brain-child of Cohuna Neighbourhood House co-ordinator, Tanya Black, who has garnered support from a variety of sources to share successful outcomes in small rural communities.
Some highly skilled business people and award-winning communicators will be involved as keynote speakers.
Kerry Anderson is a small business owner, and author of Entrepeneurship: It's Everbody's Business. She was a Victorian Rural Woman of the Year finalist in 2011 for her research into education in the United States.
In 2017 she was one of two Australians invited by the Kauffman Foundation to Kansas City to share knowledge on creating better collaboration between entrepreneurs. She's a columnist for Inside Small Business, is a regular speaker on ABC regional radio and a humanist blogger championing rural businesses.
Pyramid Hill piggery owner, Tom Smith followed advice from the Regional Institute of Australia to seek employees who were migrating from the Phillipines. His initiative shows how taking advantage of a migration influx can be a practical solution to creating new job opportunities in town that is experiencing a population decline.
The institute's executive officer, Jack Archer will also share his observations of what small businesses are able to achieve in small towns and outline key trends in successful enterprises that he has encountered in his research.
Wycheproof Resource Centre president, Ann Durie will talk about how her joint efforts with other locals in the village to build a new bakery was conducive to boosting the town's confidence in local businesses when it seemed every shop was closing.
Boort Business and Tourism Council president, Kathryn Lanyon will speak about the Boort Buy Local Project.
Northern District Community Health promotion officer, Emily Wood will focus on her housing research study of Cohuna.
Gigarre Development Group officer, Jan Smith will speak about the Town Revival initiative, which encourages world renowned musicians to visit the community and foster local talent and help the community realise their own musical potential.
Weekly Times columnist and founder of Renewable Newstead, Gen Barlow will talk about how her project was crucial in shifting local attitudes towards renewable energy.
Chevy Shevlin, of the Newbridge Hotel, will share how local sports teams partnered with the local pub to take on the hotel's lease after the building suffered severe damage in the 2011 floods.
Ms Black said that about 40 people from Melbourne, Bendigo, Quambatook, Swan Hill and Boort had registered.
Registrations are $20 and can be done through www.smalltownshowandtell.com.au or call Cohuna Neighbourhood House on 5456 4666.