Brimbank Business Update - Business Support and Assistance - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) No. 5
What's in this weeks eBulletin

  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Membership
  • CitiPower and Powercor support for Small Business
  • Useful Facebook Pages/Groups to follow
  • Mental Wellbeing Support for Small Business
  • Business Support and Assistance (COVID-19)
  • COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 
  • Small Business Mentoring Service 
  • Business Development Program
  • Good News Stories
  • Helpful Links
  • Contact the Economic Development Team


Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Membership 

VCCI are currently offering free 12 month entry level membership (Networker - $350 and Essentials - $700) and a credit to all current members of up to $500.
To compare membership levels and to choose which level is best for you and your business click here.


CitiPower and Powercor support for Small Business
Small businesses and residential customers impacted by COVID-19 will be able to access electricity bill relief under a new support package announced by energy network businesses today.
Under the support package:
 
  • CitiPower and Powercor are working with electricity retailers to support residential customers who go on payment plans or hardship arrangements as a result of COVID-19. This will apply for customer network charges from 1 April to 30 June 2020.
  • Network charges will be rebated for small business customers experiencing financial stress and who have temporarily ceased trading as a result of the pandemic. This applies for network charges from 1 April to 30 June 2020.
For more information about the support package, click here.


Useful Facebook Pages/Groups to follow

Australian Government  
Official Facebook account of the Australian Government sharing information on the response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.facebook.com/ausgov

Business Victoria 

Big help for small business. Providing practical and relevant tools and information to help small businesses reach their full potential.
https://www.facebook.com/businessvic

Australian Tax Office (ATO)
For the latest information on COVID-19 support and tax and superannuation information.
https://www.facebook.com/atogovau

Australian Government Department of Health  
Update to date information for the community on COVID-19.
https://www.facebook.com/healthgovau

I am a business owner in Victoria
This Group is a networking tool set up by Business Victoria to support Victorians who run their own business or are interested in starting one.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/businessvic  

Brimbank City Council 
For the latest news and information affecting the Brimbank Local Community.
  
https://www.facebook.com/BrimbankCouncil 


Mental Wellbeing Support for Small Business
Looking after your own mental health as well as that of your staff is equally important. Beyond Blue have provided practical advice and a guide for small business owners to help you navigate this challenging time including supporting employees, working from home, and accessing support.
For more information, click here


Business Support and Assistance: COVID-19
Council’s Business Support and Assistance website page provides information, support and resources for businesses affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. Find out about: 
 
  • Council's Business Support
  • Victorian Government Business 
  • Victorian Government Economic Survival Package
  • Australian Government Business 
  • Australian Government Stimulus Package - Business 
  • Australian Government - JobKeeper Payment for Employers and Employees
  • AusIndustry Contact Centre 
  • Australian Taxation Officer (ATO)
  • Victorian Chamber of Commerce Industry (VCCI)
  • Working for Victoria Fund - Support for Displaced Workers
  • Small Business Mentoring Service (SMBS)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
For more information and contact details for the Economic Development team, click here  


COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
We would like to gain an understanding of how COVID-19 (coronavirus) is impacting local business. Your input will be used to inform action and advocacy for assistance, and inform government on short and long-term recovery priorities.
This survey is mainly multiple choice and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Complete the Business Impact Survey here


Small Business Mentoring Service

The Small Business Mentoring Services (SBMS) offers low-cost mentoring sessions designed to provide support for businesses in these extreme times. Sessions are held with a mentor of your choice by Skype, Zoom or telephone. For further information about the SBMS service, please contact ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au or phone 9249 4000.  


Business Development Program - Upcoming Webinars 

Brimbank Business Association: Business Loans and Mortgage Support During COVID-19, Wednesday 29 April 2020, 10-11am
Managing your business or personal loans during COVID19 - register here   


Matthew Steer and Kennedy Guy: Financial Survival Planning, Thursday 7 May 2020, 12.30-1.30pm
Find out about Government Entitlements and Mandatory Code of Conduct (Landlords) - register here   
 

Digital Treasury: How to build a professional website in WordPress, Thursday 14 May 2020, 9.30-11.30am
Find out how to create a website so you can communicate effectively with potential customers - register here   
 

Australian Tax Office (ATO)
A series of webinars that cover both general and industry-specific areas of tax obligations - for further information click here  

Small Business Victoria
A series of webinars to improve chances of business success - for further information click here  

Key Business Advisors: Survive and Thrive 
A series of webinars to get you through challenging times - for further information click here   

Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS): Business Resilience Program 
The ASBAS Business Resilience program is specifically designed to assist small businesses suffering the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Support includes free access to virtual mentoring, online workshops, and resources.
To find out more about the program and eligibility criteria click here

Webinars are subject to change with new topics being added regularly.  For more information click here.  

Good News Stories

Are you doing something different in your business during the COVID-19 crisis? Let us know, we are looking for good news stories to share about business innovation and changes made to allow your business to continue running during the current crisis. Email us at ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au   


Helpful Links:

Need to speak to someone in the Economic Development tea
m?

If you need assistance finding information, please contact the Economic Development team at ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9249 4000 Translation and interpreting services are available here  



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