This weeks eBulletin
  • Brimbank - Think. Shop. Buy Local Alpaca Map 
  • Upcoming Webinar 
  • GOV4U Update for Business
  • Inside Small Business - online information and support
  • Council's Community Support Response - Financial Hardship and Resources
  • 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

  Brimbank - Think. Shop. Buy Local Alpaca Map 
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.

To find out more about the Think. Shop. Buy Local map, click here

If you’d like to have your business listed, contact the Economic Development Team.

Upcoming Webinars

Financial Survival Planning 
This webinar with Ken Matthews, Managing Director at Matthews Steer and Peter Guy, Director at Kennedy Guy Lawyers will help you with practical financial planning for your business during the COVID-19 crisis. This presentation will also cover Government Entitlements, Jobkeeper Payment, Victorian Government Initiatives, and Mandatory Leasing Code of Conduct - register online here

COVID-19: 5 Steps to Ensuring Business Success in Extreme Times 
This webinar will be facilitated by Anthony Turner, co-author of Are You  Ready? Surviving Small Business Disaster and mentor with the Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS). 
An overview of the current COVID-19 impacts on running a business will be provided by Anthony who will also discuss how to prepare your business for recovery.
In addition to gaining useful knowledge, you'll be provided with tools and templates to use the 5 steps of knowing where you are, deciding your new normal, planning finances, attracting core clients and offering quick management tools to ensure your business stays on track - register online here

Find out more about upcoming Webinars in the Business Development Section below.

GOV4U Update for Business

Presented by representatives from the Australian and Victorian Governments, the GOV4U Update will provide you with the advice and support you need to help you grow or embrace new markets for your business in a post-coronavirus world. Topics covered will include the range of grants, programs, advice and information that can help you innovate and become more competitive.

For more information, click here.

Inside Small Business - online information and support

With so much information on offer, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Inside Small Business is a print and online magazine dedicated to small business issues throughout Australia. In a recent post, they've answered some frequently asked questions about the JobKeeper payment and Single Touch Payroll. 

To learn more, click here.

uncil's Community Support Response - Financial Hardship and Resources

Council’s Community Support Response (Financial Hardship and Resources) is centered on the development and implementation of Council’s new COVID-19 Financial Hardship Policy, and the Rates, Charges and Fee Review which seeks to assist local businesses, residents and other affected ratepayers.

For more information on Council’s Community Support Response as part of the Coronavirus Response & Recovery Strategy please 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 or phone 9249 4000.   

Business Development Program 

Digital Treasury: How to build a professional website in WordPress - register here      

Roshambo: Storytelling for influence register here       

Pop Creative: Visual Merchandising - register here       

AP Marketing Works: Get on Facebook Fast - register here       

Vesuvio: Facebook Marketing for Entrepreneurs register here       

GOV4U Update for Business:
Register here

 Pitch Perfect! - register here    

Cross the T: Legal Essentials for Start-ups and Small Business register here       

Press Run: DIY Public Relations for Entrepreneurs register here       

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

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

ATO: Support for Small Business Webinar
MyGovID: your small business digital Identity - register here
Tax Support for Small Business – register here

Melbourne Innovation Centre: Business Resilience Program 
- Business Resilience Mentoring Webinar with 4 hours of free mentoring 
- A range oBusiness Resilience Workshops

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    

Helpful Links:

Need to Speak to someone in the Economic Development team?

If you need assistance finding information, please contact the Economic Development team at or phone (03) 9249 4000 Translation and interpreting services are available 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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