|This week's eBulletin|
|'We Are Brimbank Awards' Applications Open|
Celebrating the pride and potential of our city, nominations for the ‘We Are Brimbank Awards’ are now open!
These awards celebrate the exceptional contributions, hard work and determination of organisations and groups making a positive difference in Brimbank.
Nominate in these Award categories
Nominations close 5pm Friday 3 September 2021. Awards will be presented at a We Are Brimbank special event on Friday 29 October 2021.
For more information and to nominate, visit brimbank.vic.gov.au/waba or call 9249 4000.
|Brimbank.Localised Virtual Meetup|
Join us on Thursday 2 September 2021, 9.30-10.30am
Brimbank.Localised Free Meetups are a great way to connect with other local businesses and introduce yourself; you can share what you do and what your business is all about - and all from the comfort of your home.
|Key Changes to the Export Market Development Grant - Information Session|
SMEs with a turnover of less than $20M can apply for grants of up to $770,000 over 8 years for eligible promotional activities.
The EMDG has been restructured to provide greater upfront funding certainty and allow businesses to plan export marketing and promotional activities. Come and learn about the changes made to the application process and the eligible expenses that can be claimed under the program.
|New Victorian Environment Protection Laws|
FREE Training Webinars on the new Victorian Environment Protection Laws - Available until 5.00pm, 30 September
|Victorian Tourism Industry Commission (VTIC) - Support Hub|
An extensive range of business support resources have been collated to help businesses navigate the challenges faced by the pandemic.
For more information, visit the VTIC Industry Support Hub.
|Current COVID Restrictions|
Stay at home unless:
A curfew is in place from 9pm - 5am.
Essential retail will remain open while non-essential retail can open for click and collect only.
|Victorian Government Business Support|
Business Costs Assistance Program will provide automatic payments of $2,800 to successful recipients of the previous Business Assistance Program round 2.
Small Business COVID Hardship Fund will provide grants of up to $8,000 to small businesses that are not eligible for support under existing programs and have experienced a 70 per cent reduction in turnover.
Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will provide grants of up to $20,000 to support licensed venues as their operations continue to be impacted by current restrictions.
COVID Disaster Payments are available to eligible workers who lose hours due to the lockdown, as will businesses that do not qualify for Victorian Government support programs because they are not registered for GST. The COVID-19 Disaster Payment payments will be administered through Services Australia.
Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and Landlord Hardship Fund will provide support to landlords that provide rent relief for their tenants.
Tenants and landlords can contact the VSBC for further information on 13 87 22 or Victorian Small Business Commission.
|Brimbank Business Grants Program|
Council has committed $200,000 to help local start-ups and small businesses to adapt to the impacts of COVID-19 and strengthening their viability.
Stream One: Start-up Microgrants (grant exhausted)
|Social Media Strategy - Webinar|
Spending a lot of effort on social media but not seeing any results?
You are not alone. For social media to work, you need to be strategic. It’s important to use the right platforms, in the best way for your intended audience.
Learn how to:
|Telephone and Online Scams - Webinar|
There has been an increase in scams targeting vulnerable community members online and by phone.
To educate and inform yourself on cyber safety and use of social media, come to Council's free sessions:
For more information and to register click here or view the Federal Government's ScamWatch website links below:
Learn new skills to build your business:
25th - Key Changes to the Export Market Development Grant Program - Register here
26th - Where to Start with SEO - Register here
31st - Goods and Services Tax (GST) Introduction - Register here
9th - Social Media Strategy - Register here
15th - eCommerce: How to set up an online store - Register here
Develop your business skills and strengthen your business - for further information click here
Small Business Victoria
A series of webinars to improve business success - for further information click
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
|COVID Business Requirements and Links|
Make sure you’re adhering to the current COVID restrictions
|Powerful Business Resources|
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