Brimbank Business Update - Brimbank Business Support and Assistance eBulletin - No. 13
  • We Are Brimbank Awards 2020
  • Business Victoria: Local Manufacturing of Medical Supplies and PPE 
  • VTIC: Resources for Tourism, Retail and Hospitality Businesses
  • Australian Tourism Data Warehouse: Free Listing for Tourism Operators 
  • Last Chance to Book: Supporting Small Business during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Save the Date! The Small Business Bus is on it's way

Celebrating the pride and potential of our city, nominations for the 2020
‘We Are Brimbank Awards’ are now open!

The We Are Brimbank Awards celebrate the pride and potential of our city, and recognise the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of organisations, businesses and groups making a positive difference in Brimbank.

Council recognises the impacts from COVID-19 will be significant and this year will be very different for many. Extraordinary things are being achieved in extraordinary times, and these awards are another way we can help recognise the contributions made. Council is looking for nominations across the following award categories:
  • Culture, Arts & Tourism AwardDemonstrated outstanding contribution to the rich cultural, heritage, tourism and artistic fabric of the Brimbank community.
  • Environment & Sustainability AwardDemonstrated outstanding contribution to the protection, enhancement and awareness of Brimbank’s natural and urban environment.
  • Employment & Enterprise Award - Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the prosperity of Brimbank.
  • Inclusive Brimbank Award - Demonstrated outstanding contribution to promoting participation in community life and supporting proud, safe and healthy citizens.
  • Learning Excellence Award - Demonstrated outstanding contribution to the ongoing education, learning and engagement of the Brimbank community.
Visit We Are Brimbank Awards for more information and to nominate an organisation, business or group in Brimbank. Applications close Wednesday 15 July 2020. 
Register your manufacturing business to help increase Victoria's supply of medical equipment and PPE in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Victorian Government is calling on local manufacturers of medical equipment and personal and protective equipment (PPE) to help meet increasing demand for these critical supplies due to coronavirus (COVID-19). To help easily identify local manufacturing capacity and capability in the production of PPE and medical equipment a Manufacturing Suppliers Portal has been created by the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

For more information and registration details, click here.
The  Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) in partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is offering a free Essentials VTIC Membership (valued $700) to support the visitor economy (tourism, retail and hospitality) industry across Victoria until the end of 2020.  

In addition, they’ve boosted the support available to businesses, by providing access to the workplace relations advice line plus training credit to support upskilling for you and your staff with a number of training options.  

For more information, and to sign up click here
The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) is Australia’s national tourism database and distribution platform representing over 90,000 small and medium sized tourism products and destinations. 

To support Australian Tourism Operators with digital marketing to extend their exposure and attract more business online, ATDW is offering free listings for a limited time.
  • If you are an existing subscriber, your listing will automatically extend by 12 months.
  • New businesses or businesses with an expired ATDW listing can claim a 12-month listing free of charge for a limited time.
Tourism operators in Brimbank are encouraged to list their business on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) site to increase your online exposure over multiple sites.  

Wondering if you can list your business? Check out the listing categories on the ATDW Product Listing page.

Need help creating, updating and optimising your ATDW listing? Visit Victoria is hosting a free, online training session. For more information and to register, click here
Join this webinar with the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, Judy O'Connell to learn how the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) can help landlords and tenants with rent relief negotiations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The VSBC is an independent government agency that advocates on issues that affect small business, ensures you understand your rights and responsibilities and helps you avoid or resolve any disputes whether you are a small business, or support one.

To register, please click here 

For further information about the webinar, please contact
Want to get your business moving?

Are you looking to start a small business but not sure how? Do you own a business and need expert advice on how to grow and thrive?

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus is coming to the following locations in Brimbank: 

St Albans:  Monday 27 July, 10am-4pm, IGA Carpark, 16-18 East Esplanade - register here 

Thursday 30 July, 10am-4pm, Keilor Village, Kennedy Street (next to the Football oval) - register here

: Monday 28 September, 10am-4pm, Marketplace Shoppping Centre, 80 Harvester road (outside Village Cinemas) - registration details to be provided 

The Small Business Bus offers: 

FREE confidential mentoring provided by a small business specialist
ADVICE on developing your business idea, formulating a business plan, marketing your business, improving your understanding of cash flow management and more
• Friendly ASSISTANCE from a Small Business Victoria information officer
INFORMATION about Small Business Victoria’s programs and services

For more information about the Small Business Bus email

Do you have a passion for food? 

Delivered by The Business of Food, the purpose of the IGNITE Food Passions program is to provide ideas and information to get your food business venture started, and is designed for food entrepreneurs who are looking to build on an idea and grown their business. 

Interactive sessions cover business operations and food regulations. You'll also have an opportunity to share your journey.

The Program will be delivered online via Zoom over 5 weeks every Tuesday commencing 14 July 2020. Applications are now open! 

Click here for further information and application details (applications close 21 June 2020). 
DIY Public Relations for Entrepreneurs: Thursday 25 June 2020, 9.30-11.30am 
In this session you will learn about; the inverted pyramid, news values, how to target media, pitching and possible story angles - register here

Managing the Demands of Running a Business: Wednesday 22 July 2020, 9.30-11.00am 
This webinar will provide simple principles to apply daily in your business to increase productivity, profitability and reduce stress and overwhelm - register here

The Get Back on Your Feet program will equip you with the tools to build resilience so that you can navigate a new way of doing business and life.

After major disruption to our business and personal life, we need to define a new way of living and working. This 4-week program is run by Melanie White, a personal and business coach who specialises in helping people change, and cope with change.

With a focus on Positive Psychology the program provides the tools, support and accountability you need to get back on your feet by regrouping, redefining normal, becoming more resourceful and making rational decisions and plans.

The program will be delivered over 4 weeks and topics include:

Week 1, 16 July 2020: Regroup
Regaining composure and prioritising self-care. We’ll focus on these foundational pillars of resilience by reflecting on lessons learned through the chaos and create routines that will bolster health and wellbeing e.g. reducing overwhelm, creating positivity.

Week 2, 23 July 2020: Redefining Normal
Redefine personal and business visions and identify opportunities, drawing on strengths and lessons.

Week 3, 30 July 2020: Resourcefulness
Improve your capacity to step into your business (and life) through connection, collaboration, support and/or resources you need to get back on your feet and back into business.

Week 4, 6 August 2020: Rational decisions and plans
Focus on making rational decisions and creating innovative plans and lifestyle goals as you navigate a new way of living and working.  

Participants who complete the 4 week program will receive a 60 minute coaching session with a health and wellness coach.

Register here 

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.

Explore the Think. Shop. Buy Local map

Find out more about the Think. Shop. Buy Local program, and if you’d like to have your business listed, contact the Economic Development Team.

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.
Find out more about Brimbank.Localised and upload your business profile here

Brimbank.Localised - Networking Webinar
Invite your team, colleagues and friends to join. Practice your lightning pitch and get ready to network online with other business owners in this business-focused networking webinar.
Date: Friday 3 July 2020
Time: 2.30 - 3.30pm
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 
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:  
  • Brimbank Business e-Bulletins (previous editions)
  • 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    
Supporting Small Business during Coronavirus (VSBC) - register here
Pitch Perfect!
 - register here    
Legal Essentials for Start-ups and Small Business register here       
DIY Public Relations for Entrepreneurs register here       
Managing the demands of running a Business - register here
Get Back on Your Feet: How to Regroup and Build  Resilience - register here

Getting Social
Getting Social #1: Start up Smart and Strategic - register here  
Getting Social #2: Making the most of Instagram & Facebook - register here

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

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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