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Small and medium-sized businesses throughout Victoria are competing for staff from the same shrinking pool of talent that large businesses also want to tap into.

To help small and medium-sized business owners and managers plan their future workforce, the Office of Small Business (OSB) has put together a group of leading Victorian business people to share some of their knowledge.
  
The group will form the panel at a business lunch event hosted by OSB called Managing the Skills Shortage. It is designed to provide guests with the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues associated with workforce planning and share practical ideas. The event will be held at the Telstra Dome on Wednesday, August 29 and is a culmination of the month-long activities associated with Energise Enterprise 2007. Tickets are $85 and available from:
www.business.vic.gov.au/mybusinessmypeople

Guests will hear from well-known business expert and demographer Bernard Salt from KPMG – who will be the keynote speaker – as well as from a panel of business operators including:

          Franz Madlener, the owner and manager of Villa & Hut           Jo Collier, the CEO of PeopleCo which is a Skilled company specialising in recruitment for small and medium businesses           Michelle Michie, the Managing Director of Nicholson Media Group
  
The business lunch event is part of the Victorian Government’s push to help small and medium-sized businesses around the state as part of its My Business, My People program. The Victorian Government has recognised that workforce planning is a major issue for businesses. To this end, it has created the My Business, My People initiative to help small and medium-sized businesses in their workforce planning.
  
It offers Victorian small to medium-sized businesses the opportunity to have their business evaluated by an expert and have an action plan designed for them.
  
For further information or to register for this event go to:
www.business.vic.gov.au/mybusinessmypeople

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