Victorian Chamber’s Regional Business Recovery Roadshow goes virtual

In partnership with Crown Melbourne, the Victorian Chamber is running free online seminars designed to help regional businesses bounce back after consecutive lockdowns and sparse tourism.


Announced last year but delayed due to COVID-19, the Regional Business Recovery Roadshow is forging ahead in a revised format in February.

Given the crippling impacts of the pandemic, the Chamber and Crown believe it is more important than ever to engage with regional enterprises on important business and economic matters.

Seminar format

The business recovery sessions will include practical information for farmers, suppliers and producers on how to respond to tenders and understand the decision-making criteria for large hospitality vendors.

The Victorian Chamber will also brief attendees on our Federal and State Budget submissions and visitor economy policy platform.

Victorian Chamber Chief Executive, Paul Guerra, will host the event. He will be joined by Crown Group General Manager – Procurement and Supply, Ben Briggs, or Crown Group Head of Procurement – Good Purchasing, Thomas Tuszynski, and Victorian Chamber Manager – Advocacy and Campaigns Rebecca Burdick Davies.

The online sessions will cover:

  • how to respond to tenders and the decision criteria procurement typically uses to make decisions on supplier selection
  • how to engage with large hospitality and tourism venues
  • the Victorian Chamber’s policy platform ahead of Federal and State Budgets and elections.

Attendees will also have the chance to have key questions answered via a live Q&A.

“The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and Omicron variant outbreak has had on our regional businesses has been devastating and we look forward to continuing to helping businesses recover,” Ms Burdick Davies said.

“Our regional food bowl is renowned not just domestically but also globally, and opportunities like these highlight the strength and reliability of our regional businesses at a time of global uncertainty and shortages.

“This double election year is going to be an extremely important one for policy-shaping and the Victorian Chamber would love the opportunity to brief our regional members on our advocacy in this area.”

As the principal partner of the roadshow, Crown says being involved in the VCCI Regional Business Recovery Roadshow is critical for its business, as it relies heavily on a strong local Australian supply chain.

“Partnering with VCCI was a natural extension of our support for Australian business. With over 94 per cent of our total spend going to local Australian businesses, ensuring our pipeline of suppliers for our business is key. These local businesses help us to source the very best local, interstate and international produce available, so that our guests can enjoy a truly world-class experience at our resorts,” Mr Briggs said.

“Consumers are also telling us that buying local is important too – we’ve seen a big and well documented swing with Victorians wanting to support Victorian produce and suppliers. With the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we hope that initiatives like this from VCCI bring new opportunities to regional Victoria and help our state move forward.”

Register now for this free webinar by selecting either of the following sessions: Thursday 10 February from 12pm - 1pm or Tuesday 15 February from 9am – 10am.

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