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Reaching out to small business

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Legal firms which participate in the LIV’s Legal Referral Service can broaden their reach to potential business clients by also joining a new database developed by the state government.

The “Find an Adviser” program is a free, searchable database of lawyers, accountants and business professionals who could help small businesses prosper.

State Small Business Minister Joe Helper said the database was aimed at people considering a new business and operators of small and medium-sized businesses across Victoria.

Users can search by location, industry type, area of expertise or even the language spoken, with many advisers also offering a free 30-minute first consultation.

LIV president Tony Burke encouraged law firms to take part in the service to broaden their influence in the community.

“Any initiative of the Victorian government to make it easier for people to get legal advice when setting out to establish a new business is welcome,” he said.

Legal firms could participate in “Find an Adviser” if they were members of the LIV Legal Referral Service and agreed to be included.

Small business owners will also be the focus of an LIV information session to be held in August as part of the Energise Enterprise Festival.

The session, to be held at the LIV Lecture Theatre on 14 August, from 3-5.30pm, will cover a range of topics including avoiding pitfalls, directors’ duties, contracts, franchising and retail leasing.

The festival, which has events at venues across the state, aims to improve business management capability by offering access to high quality information, education and training.

“Find an Adviser” can be accessed at http://www.business.vic.gov.au/findanadviser and the Victorian Business Line on ph 13 22 15.

For information on the LIV’s Legal Referral Service, see http://members.liv.asn.au/livweb/Referral.aspx.

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