|4 October 2021|
In this edition, you will find information about the State Government Roadmap out of the COVID-19 and updated support for businesses from all levels of government.
This October, the Business Bus will provide dedicated virtual support for Moyne businesses over a two-day session. Book in your spot today! You will also find information about the Great South Coast Leadership Program, statewide and national grants opportunities, business advice, news and other updates.
If you would like any further information on any of the articles or would like your business profiled, please contact the Economic Development and Tourism team on 1300 656 564.
Last Tuesday, Victoria has passed its first threshold on the Roadmap with 80 per cent of Victorians having received their first vaccine dose. This is Phase A of the National Plan. In regional Victoria, outdoor settings for restaurants and cafes will have their outdoor venue cap increase from 20 to 30 people. Masks may be removed if the service requires them in hair and beauty salons, so facials and beard trimmings can recommence.
For more information on the roadmap visit -https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorias-roadmap
|COVID-19 Business Support Packages UPDATE|
A funding package of up to $2.27 billion, announced by Business Victoria yesterday, will support businesses most affected by restrictions as Victoria reaches the 70 per cent, then 80 per cent fully vaccinated thresholds on the state’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan. The package provides businesses with further certainty that support will continue in line with Victoria’s Roadmap. This will see more than 160,000 businesses receive support, ranging from retailers and gyms to hairdressers and hotels – mostly through automatic deposits into their bank accounts.
|Small Business Bus - Free Virtual Mentor Sessions|
The Small Business Bus provides business advisers to help you start or build your small business. Whether you're planning, starting or growing your business, the Small Business Bus can help you to develop your business ideas and capabilities. The business expert can help you to identify a clear direction for your business, discuss key issues and priorities, and develop a business action plan to achieve your goals.
The upcoming Business Bus visits for Koroit and Port Fairy will now be held virtually while Victoria's lockdown restrictions are still in place.
|Advanced Manufacturing Commercialisation Fund|
The Advanced Manufacturing Commercialisation Fund provides small to medium manufacturing enterprises with matched funding to commercialise new products and processes.
Grants between $100,000 and $1 million (with matched funding) are available for businesses undertaking projects that align with one or more of the 6 National Manufacturing Priorities:
You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply - here
|Small Business Energy Saver Program|
Want to know more? Visit https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/small-business-energy-saver
or email your local expert for the Barwon South West Region
|Small Scale and Craft Program|
Grants of $25,000 to $100,000 are available to eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses for projects that:
For eligibility requirements and to apply visit - Business Victoria website
|Impacted Public Events Support Program - Round 2|
Event organisers and suppliers of larger public events in Victoria will receive grants under the new Impacted Public Events Support Program Round Two.
The Impacted Public Events Support Program Round Two will deliver grants of $25,000 to organisers of Tier 1 and Tier 2 events under the Public Events Framework that are approved or registered to take place between 11:59 pm on 24 June 2021 and 11:59 pm on 23 September 2021.
Suppliers to Tier 1 and Tier 2 events may be eligible for a $10,000 grant under this program.
To find out more, visit - Business Victoria webiste
|Business Tip: How to Cope with Isolation|
Fear and anxiety about your business in the pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. There are a number of ways to support your mental health during periods of self-isolation or quarantine:
|Free Financial Counselling, Business Advice & Wellbeing Coaching|
The Rural Financial Counselling Service is your local provider with counsellors working across Victoria’s western region.
Rural financial counsellors and small business financial counsellors are a great resource for your farm or small business operation. They’re based in the regions they work in and understand local conditions and communities.
Financial counsellors can help with:
RFCS WSW takes a holistic approach to financial counselling. A well-being counsellor is available to ensure anyone working with a financial counsellor is fully supported.
Appointments with a financial counsellor are always free of charge.
Get to know your local RFCS. Call 1300 735 578 or visit www.wswrcs.com.au.
|Looking for Workers? Jobs Victoria can Help!|
The Victorian Government and Sidekicker have established a partnership to help employers to connect with local candidates that match the skills and experience you need.
|Business Profile - Koroit Bakehouse|
The Koroit Bakehouse is a popular, award-winning bakery that has been operational for over 25 years, in the main street of Koroit. Serving an assortment of bread, pastries, delicious baked goods, slices, coffee, light lunches and refreshments.
|SME Recovery Loan Scheme|
|The Australian Government Small Medium Enterprise SME Recovery Loan Scheme is designed to support the economic recovery and to provide continued assistance to SMEs that are dealing with the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis.|
The Scheme is enhancing lenders’ ability to provide cheaper credit, allowing many otherwise viable SMEs to access vital additional funding to get through the impact of Coronavirus, recover and invest for the future. The Government will work with lenders to ensure that eligible firms will have access to finance to maintain and grow their businesses.
The SME Recovery Loan Scheme builds on earlier loan schemes introduced during COVID-19.
Loans are available until 31 December 2021. For for information visit - https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/sme-recovery-loan-scheme
For further information about our service or if you need help with accessing any of the resources provided, please contact Council's Economic Development and Tourism Team on 1300 656 564 or general inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org