Small business operators in the Alexandra area will be able to access free mentoring, support and government business services when the Small Business Bus visits on Wednesday 2 September 2015. Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis said this year the Andrews Labor Government had doubled its mobile support for small business with a second Small Business Bus now delivering valuable advice to towns and suburbs across Victoria. The bus service provides advice from small business mentoring specialists skilled in marketing, finance, human resources and sales. These experts have extensive experience in operating a small business and in senior business management roles, offering free advice to local businesses. There are more than 532,000 small businesses in Victoria, representing 96 per cent of the states businesses, and more than 28 per cent of those are based in regional areas. This years enhanced touring program will take more information and services to more towns across the state than ever before, benefiting businesses that may not have the time or resources to otherwise access the available support. The two vehicles also play a vital role in providing business recovery support to communities in times of crisis, such as those affected by bushfires. The increased capacity of the program now enables greater flexibility and faster response times when assistance is required. The Small Business Bus will be located outside ANZ, 93 Grant Street, Alexandra VIC 3714 from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday 2 September 2015. For more information about the Small Business Bus or to book a free on-board mentoring session, visit or call Small Business Victoria on 13 22 15. Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes The Small Business Bus is a great service for local businesses to have access to expert face-to-face advice anywhere in Victoria. These support services play an important part in Labors commitment to providing Victorians with greater access to government help and driving ideas and growth within the community. Quotes attributable to the Minister for Small Business, Philip Dalidakis: Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the Andrews Labor Government is committed to providing them with ongoing business support services, encouraging them to grow and create more local jobs.