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Published Monday 2 March 2020

Signing on to extra support for small businesses in Mitchell Shire

Small businesses in Mitchell Shire will receive more support under a new initiative between the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC), Mitchell Business Network (MBN) and Mitchell Shire Council.

Mitchell Shire Council is officially a Small Business Friendly Council after signing a Small Business Charter this week.

The charter covers six areas including managing impacts to businesses from infrastructure works, paying small businesses promptly and nurturing small business networks and resources.

The pledge builds on existing tailored support from Council to more than 2,300 small businesses in the shire.

Council’s Economic Development Unit currently provides guidance for start-ups and entrepreneurs, digital marketing upskilling and a business concierge service to help businesses navigate complex permit applications.

Mitchell Shire Council is also about to commence the Better Approvals Project to review the way permit applications can be progressed across the organisation.

The Charter was signed in Wallan by Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell, Victorian Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green MP, Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Councillor David Lowe, Mitchell Shire Council Acting CEO Mary Agostino and Mitchell Business Network Co-Chair Darren Knight.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor David Lowe

“We’re committed to supporting the success of small businesses in the shire. The Charter highlights some of the ways we can work together with small businesses to help them thrive. I’m excited to see the positive ripple effect these initiatives will have across the shire.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Business Network Co-Chair Darren Knight

“We would like to thank all the people who have been involved in developing and refining the Small Business Charter.

“We believe that the Charter has been developed with the best of intentions and look forward to a long and successful relationship with Mitchell Shire Council and the Victorian Small Business Commission that yields benefits for the entire Mitchell community.”

“I’d like to thank Commissioner O’Connell and the Mitchell Business Network for partnering with us. Every improvement we make is a step in the right direction to assist our local economy and to support local job creation.”
Mitchell Business Network Co-Chair Darren Knight

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