• Local Business Support - Think, Shop, Buy and Dine Local Competition 
  • COVID-19 Visitor Registration (QR Code)
  • Shaping Brimbank
  • Join our Decisions that Drive Profits Program
  • Last Chance for Tickets
  • Modern Manufacturing Initiative Grant
  • Victorian Government Tenders
  • Tender Processes and Business Plan Guidance 

Local businesses Green Empire St, The Usual Joint (Sunshine North), Sunshine Social (Sunshine West), The Western Sports Centre (Derrimut), Flowerlicious (Cairnlea) and Taylors Lakes News and Lotto have partnered with Council in the what ‘Local’ is to you competition during April. 

You can make a comment and upload images as well as videos, don’t forget to vote on your favourite social media post. The seven most shared social media posts will be awarded a $100 or $50 shopping voucher from one of these popular local businesses.

Hear from local businesses about what 'local' is to them, and join the conversation to share your thoughts for a chance to win!

Enter Now! 

Is your QR Code Connected to Victoria's Contact Tracing System?

Record keeping is vital to keeping Victorians COVIDSafe. All QR code apps used for record keeping must connect with the Department of Health’s contact tracing system.

Use the free Victorian Government QR Code Service, or check if your QR code app provider is compatible with the Victorian Government’s new Visitation Application Programming Interface (API).

A 28-day compliance amnesty applies from 6pm on 26 March until 6pm on 23 April 2021.

Check the list of businesses required to use the electronic record keeping.

This exclusive business program is limited to just 10 local businesses with an annual turnover above $500,000. 

The Decisions that Drive Profits Program provides support to businesses recovering from the impacts of Covid-19 that are looking for their next stage of growth.

The program runs over three months and includes three group sessions and three one-on-one consulting sessions with business experts to help you drive profits in your business. 

For more information and to apply click here 

What are your hopes and priorities for Brimbank?

Council is seeking your feedback to help shape the 2021 – 2025 Council Plan, the Community Vision 2040 and the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.

Find out how you can provide feedback here

Catapult is a free action-orientated workshop for small business owners to set solid business foundations to grow their business.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Business Performance
  • Customer Experience
  • Digital Marketing
Participants will receive three implementable plans to effect real change in their own business.

For more information or to reserve your place
click here.

The Federal Governments Modern Manufacturing Initiative grant program is now open for applications from manufacturers in the following sectors:

  • Food and beverage
  • Defence
  • Recycling
  • Clean Energy

To see if your manufacturing business is eligible for this and other grant programs like it, click here.

There’s currently over sixty tenders open on the State Government’s tender portal.

If you're a business ready to pitch for State Government business, you can read more details and apply here.

If you'd like to know more about the tender process, make sure you read the next article about a free introductory webinar. 

In this webinar experts explain in simple terms common tender processes and what all successful businesses have in common ... creating a business plan. 

Register Now!

Export.business.gov.au helps Australian businesses grow overseas. Created by Austrade, the website provides data-driven export information, tools and insights to help new exporters learn the basics and find advice on preparing for global growth.

So if you're seeking to reach new international markets and customers, check it out!

The Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus will be visiting Sunshine on the 27th of April between 10am-4pm. Head down to 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine (in front of Library) for general business information. 

Learn new skills to build your business: 

21st - Tender Processes and Business Plan Guidance - Register here
- Trending Social Media Platforms - Register here
- Eventbrite: How to run an online event - Register here  
23rd - CATAPULT - register here
27th -
UX & UI - Fundamentals for a knock out website - Register here 
28th - Art of Social Selling - Register here
- How to run an Online Course - Register here 
29th - How to Rank Higher in Google Maps - Register here 

Develop your business skills and strengthen your business - for further information click here 

Small Business Bus 
27 April - 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine (outside Library)

Small Business Victoria

A series of webinars to improve business success - for further information click here  

ATO: Support for Small Business Webinar
A series of free interactive online webinars presented by experienced tax specialists, where you can ask questions to help you apply the information to your situation - register here

Struggling with Business Recovery and Resilience Post 2020?

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry offers eight hours of professional mentoring for businesses effected by COVID-19 during 2020. To find out how you can access this free service for your business click here.

Are you feeling distressed or anxious about your business?

The Partners in Wellbeing helpline offers free and confidential one-on-one access to experienced wellbeing, financial and mental health counsellors who understand exactly what you’re going through.

So if you want to improve your sense of wellbeing and develop coping strategies to get through this difficult time call the 
Partners in Wellbeing on 1300 375 330 from Monday to Friday 9am–10pm, Saturday to Sunday 9am–5pm.

For further information and translation services click here.

Make sure you’re adhering to the current COVID-19 restrictions

  • All businesses must have an active, up-to-date COVIDSafe Plan.
  • Keep accurate records and ensure your staff and visitors register their details for contact tracing.
  • All businesses must record contact details for anyone on their premises for 15 minutes or more, including staff, customers and suppliers.
  • Electronic record keeping is required for many venues to access the higher density limit of 1 person per 2sqm. The Victorian Government QR Code Service is easy to use and free.
  • Download and display signage to remind people of the need to check in, and other safety measures.
  • If you or your workers have even mild COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested.
  • Visit  coronavirus.vic.gov.au for more information or call Business Victoria on 13 22 15. If you need an interpreter, call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline 1800 675 398 and press 0. 
Business Mentoring 

Book your free voucher for one-on-one expert business mentoring via video or telephone with one of our specialist partners.

SBMS mentoring sessions provide operational support and identify resources to help your business grow. They can provide advice in languages other than English.

ION Group provides a strategic ‘whole of business’ approach to review your situation, and help you prepare 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 ecodev@brimbank.vic.gov.au

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