|2nd December 2020|
Welcome to the December edition of the Business e-newsletter.
In this edition we bring you the latest updates on Victoria's pathway to 'COVID Normal', information on Council's 'Love Local' campaign to support businesses, statewide and regional support opportunities, events, news and more.
We wish you all the best for the festive season and look forward to supporting our vibrant local economy in 2021.
|COVID Update - Victoria has moved into the 'Last Step' of Restrictions|
From 11:59 pm Sunday 22 November 2020,The Victorian Government announced further easing with key changes for businesses. For more detail on these changes, please see the Summary of Last Step Restrictions.
There are some good compliance guidelines for industry sectors on the Business Victoria website. Information on Council services are available from our website - here as well as news and information from our Facebook page.
All businesses in Victoria must keep an updated COVIDSafe Plan at all times and follow strict Covid hygiene practices. For information and resources to help your business prepare a COVIDSafe Plan visit the Business Victoria website.
The Victorian Government will provide a further update on restrictions on Sunday 6 December, for the next steps to move towards a COVIDSafe Summer.
|$5000 Christmas Gift Voucher Giveaway|
Council’s ‘Love Local’ campaign has launched a Christmas Gift Voucher Giveaway competition to capture more of the Christmas spend for local businesses.
|First Peoples’ COVID-19 Business Support Fund|
The Victorian Government has announced new funding available to help Victorian aboriginal small businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic get back on their feet.
To be eligible, businesses must be a certified Victorian Aboriginal business
Eligible businesses will be provided with a one-off grant of up to $10,000.
For further information, or to apply please contact the Business Victoria Hotline on 13 22 15 or go to Business Victoria.
|Small Business Digital Adaptation Program|
The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program will allow eligible businesses to trial and then receive access to digital products, tools and training they can use to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations.
|Sole Trader Support Fund deadline extended|
Applications for the Sole Trader Support Fund are now open until 30 December to assist more sole trader businesses in specific industries with their transition to COVID Normal. Grants of $3000 are available to help with overhead costs.
Visit the Business Victoria website for full eligibility criteria and information on how to apply.
|Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Grants|
Grants can be used to pay for equipment, convert outdoor spaces into hospitality zones and remodel internal layouts to allow for better flow of patrons. Recipients can also use grants for training, marketing and other costs of adapting new, expanded or enhanced outdoor dining.
Check eligibility before you apply on the Business Victoria Website
Applications will remain open until funds are exhausted or until 11.59pm on 11 December 2020, whichever is earlier.
|Solar Rebates for Businesses|
In support of the Renewable Energy transition, the Victorian Government is offering a rebate and loan scheme for small business in Victoria. This program will support small businesses in Victoria to lower their energy bills and support jobs.
Eligible small businesses will be able to receive a rebate of up to 50% of the cost of a small PV system, with an option for an additional loan of equal value. The total rebate value will also be dependent on the appropriate size of the system for the business.
Solar Victoria is working with Business Victoria and industry bodies to design the roll-out of the program and further details on business eligibility and rebate values will be provided in early 2021.
|Call Out for Visitor Accommodation Waste Info Packs|
Do you manage holiday visitor accommodation? We can send you a visitor waste info pack to help visitors put their waste in the right bins during their stay.
Many visitors to Moyne Shire don’t know we have a 4 bin kerbside waste collection.
|Prepare your Business for COVID - 19 Recovery with Localised|
With COVID-19 restrictions slowly easing across regional Victoria, it is now more important than ever to ensure your business can be found by people looking to do business locally.
Localised is a FREE business directory and network designed to connect businesses across Moyne and the Great South Coast region.
Adding your business to Localised will create greater exposure to other operators who are looking to do business in the region. Plus enjoy a range of expert articles from local business owners looking to share resources and knowledge to support COVID-19 recovery.
JOIN LOCALISED NOW: https://greatsouthcoast.localised.com.au/moyne/
How to add your business to Localised: https://youtu.be/AQDe0t1ZUBc
|Business Events and Resources|
We've partnered with Business Victoria to offer free online workshops and resources for people wanting to start or grow a small business. The list of workshops available in December is below.
|The Female Business Leader 2020|
Global Victoria Women is hosting a free online seminar on 2 and 3 December. The Female Business Leader in 2020 brings together amazing speakers to discuss how they've navigated their business and innovated through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Find out more and reserve your spot in the free seminar here - https://global.vic.gov.au/for-exporters/programs-and-initiatives/victorian-women-in-international-business
|Workforce Planning and HR Templates|
|Free Trade Advantage - A practical Guide to Free Trade|
In 2020 Australia signed four Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Hong Kong, Peru, Indonesia and the Pacific to improve export access and benefits for Australian business.
To help you understand the countries and sectors where #ausbiz have a competitive advantage created by FTAs, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission has launched the 'Free Trade Advantage' - a free online learning platform with 120 training resources and modules to help Australian businesses access the benefits of Australian FTAs. To find out more visit - https://www.austrade.gov.au/australian/how-Austrade-can-help/trade-services
For further information about our service or if you need help with accessing any of the resources provided, please contact Council's Economic Development Team: