Small Business Ministerial Council


The Small Business Ministerial Council (SBMC) was established to advise the Minister for Small Business on issues affecting the sector and help Victoria be the best state to do business.


The SBMC is chaired by Ms Bernadette Uzelac, an experienced businesswoman and human resources practitioner who holds senior board positions within the Geelong community.

Ms Uzelac has been involved with business issues affecting the Geelong region and plays a central part in creating a dynamic business ecosystem in the region.

In addition to the Chair, the Minister for Small Business has appointed 14 members to the Council — regional, metropolitan, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander small business owners and entrepreneurs with experience in communications, education, construction, retail, sustainable energy, finance and accounting, manufacturing, human resources and startup business ventures:

  • Ms Bernadette Uzelac, Calezu Investments
  • Mr Stuart Benjamin, Elmstone
  • Mr Morgan Coleman, Vets on Call
  • Ms Beverly Friend, Sports Dieticians Australia
  • Mr Martin Ginnane, Ginnane & Associates
  • Mr Isaac Harrison, Bunjil Energy
  • Ms Jirra Harvey, Kalinya Communications
  • Mr David Jones, DP Jones & Co Foundry Bronze Plaques Kyabram
  • Pr Tui McKeown, Monash Business School
  • Ms Teresa Mitchell, La Concierge Pty Ltd
  • Mr Matthew Murphy, Prime Financial Group Ltd
  • Ms Fides Mae Santos-Arguelles, Fides & Associates
  • Ms Brigit Schonafinger, Fishbowl PR
  • Ms Leah Supple, Supplementary Complete Accounting


With the small business sector representing almost 98 per cent of all businesses in Victoria, the SBMC's role is to bring their experience as connected, innovative and productive small business operators to a consultative forum that helps government understand, first hand, the issues common to the sector.

Page last updated: 1 May 2019