Brimbank Business Update - Brimbank Business Support and Assistance eBulletin - No. 20

  • Business Victoria: Business Support Fund Expansion
  • Business Victoria: Stage 4 restrictions for business and industry
  • Applications Open: CUL-TI-VATE Program 
  • Last Chance to Register: Brimbank.Localised Virtual Meetup
The Victorian Government announced updated restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria

·    Stage 4 restrictions are in place from 6pm on Sunday 2 August for metropolitan Melbourne.

These restrictions mean that many businesses will have to operate in a limited capacity or can no longer operate. To support businesses impacted by these restrictions, one-off grants will be made available to eligible businesses under the Business Support Fund – Expansion program: 

for employing businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

Businesses which have already received a BSFe grant, or have applied for one, will not need to re-apply. Successful applicants will automatically receive this additional allocation. Applications for the program will be extended until 14 September 2020.  

For more information click here 
The Victorian Government has announced updated restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

Stage 4 restrictions for business and industry

The 3 August 2020 Statement from the Premier outlines the three lists that will apply during Stage 4 restrictions:

·       industries that can continue to operate: supermarkets, grocery stores, bottle shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, newsagencies, post offices – plus everyone involved in our frontline response. 

·       industries that must cease onsite operations: including some retail, some manufacturing and administration. These businesses will all need to close by 11:59pm Wednesday 5 August, unless they have specific circumstances that mean they need longer to shutdown safely. 

·       industries permitted to operate onsite with significantly restricted or industry specific obligations. Some retail stores will be permitted to operate contactless ‘click and collect’ and delivery services with strict safety protocols in place, and hardware stores can remain open onsite, but for tradespeople only.

A table detailing the directions for each industry sector is available here

For more information about Stage 4 restrictions click here

Are you looking to accelerate your business idea? Then our 9-week CUL-TI-VATE Program designed for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and small business owners is for you!

The program runs over nine weeks in a fast paced mode that mirrors the speed needed to succeed in the real world.  Successful applicants must be able to commit to the full program which will be held every Wednesday commencing 2 September 2020.

For more information and to apply, click here

You’re invited to the Localised Brimbank Meetup!

It’s a great way to learn from local experts.
Brett Melville, from Digital Treasury will be guest speaker and his topic will be ‘SEO – Google My Business Tips’.

Hear directly from and network with a range of businesses and organisations within Brimbank. These business focused events are easy and effective. It’s a great way to introduce yourself, your business and your expertise by getting up and promoting your business to the crowd in the form of a lightning pitch (only 20 seconds!).

Register now to add it to your calendar 🙂 You won’t be disappointed, these virtual meetups are easy, fun and potentially commercially rewarding!

Register here

The Brimbank COVID-19 Response and Recovery Strategy includes the development of a business website under the Economic Development Response (Business Support and Assistance).

Stage 1 of the website is now live and provides business information and links about COVID-19, as well as information about Council’s Business Support and Assistance; Events and Programs; and Investment and Resources.

Go to to view the website. 

Like us on the Brimbank Business Link facebook page for regular updates. 

The Think. Shop. Buy Local Alpaca map aims to make it even easier for locals to find out who is open, and to support and stay connected to their local business community. 

All businesses in Brimbank are welcome to have their business listed on the Think. Shop. Buy Local map - and if you're offering take-away, delivery, online shopping, online fitness classes or virtual services during COVID-19 it's even more important to let locals know.

Find out more about the Think. Shop. Buy Local alpaca map

Download the Think. Shop. Buy Local flyer in Vietnamese

Explore the Think. Shop. Buy Local map 

If you’d like to have your business listed, contact the Economic Development Team.
Brimbank.Localised - it’s more than business to business – it’s business to people, people to business – it’s a business community – it’s letting people know where there is local expertise, local services and local opportunity.

There is no cost to sign up to Brimbank.Localised, and by signing up you will receive ongoing promotion and exposure to other Brimbank businesses, access to local supply chains and local business networks.

Brimbank.Localised is ready for Brimbank businesses to upload their profile, business information, articles and blogs - you'll just need a photo, logo, website and business details to create your profile account and get started.

Guide to getting started

Brimbank.Localised Getting Started guide (English)
Brimbank.Localised Getting Started guide (Vietnamese)

Find out more about Brimbank.Localised and upload your business profile here
Have you responded to the Business Impact Survey?  
We'd really like to hear from you to gain an understanding of how COVID-19 (coronavirus) is impacting your 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 
Facebook Marketing to get leads - register here
Virtual Networking Night in Action - Register here
Facebook Marketing for eCommerce - Register here
How to Rank Higher in Google Maps - Register here
7 Steps to Digital Marketing Strategy - Register here
Selfcare: You can't pour from an empty cup - Register here
Using LinkedIn and your Personal Brand to win work - register here

Getting Social
Getting Social #3: Facebook Advertising Essentials - register here
Getting Social #4: Creating great content - register here
Getting Social #5: Getting Stuff Done! - register here

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

Upskill My Business (Business Victoria)
Develop your business skills and strenghten your business - for further information click here

ATO: Support for Small Business Webinar
A wide range of interactive online webinar seminars presented by experienced tax officers, you can ask questions to help you apply the information to your situation - register

Australian Small Business Advisory Servies (ASBAS) 
ASBAS is delivering FREE online workshops and Business Resilience programs for Victorian businesses: 

Online Workshops  - Register here
Business Resilience Program - Register here

Business Resilience Mentoring - Register here
Business Resilience Workshops - Register here

Business Mentoring 

Council's partnership with the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) and ION Group provides businesses with vouchers to access to mentoring support. Sessions are provided either online via Skype/Zoom or by telephone.

SBMS mentoring sessions are designed to provide operational support and identify resources for businesses in these extreme times.  There are different mentoring options available, as well as  speaking languages other than English.

ION Group provides a strategic ‘whole of business’ approach to their mentoring sessions and an opportunity to review your situation, planning and business strategy, and adaptation strategies for re-opening, reinventing and rebuilding your business.

For more information and a discussion about your mentoring needs, contact the Economic Development Team

A special edition of LINK has been produced which focuses on COVID-19 business support and assistance from Council and Government. There is also information about Brimbank.Localised, the Brimbank Think. Shop. Buy Local alpaca map and the 2020 Business Development Program.  

Download a copy of LINK here 
or go to

Are you a local business looking for new staff and want to employ local?

There's no cost to join the Joblink community or to post your employment opportunities. You’ll also receive promotion for your business on the JobLink Facebook Page.

Check out Brimbank Joblink for more information and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook

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