Taking Care of Business

Resources and support for businesses in Mitchell



Support and Resources

Below are some useful links to help you to manage and develop your business.


Advocacy for business

Australian Chamber of Commerce

Is the nation's peak council of business organisations and the authentic voice of Australian enterprise and industry. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry strives to make Australia a great place to do business. 

For more information visit the Australian Chamber of Commerce website

Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) 

The Australian Industry Group is a peak industry association in Australia which along with its affiliates represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses in an expanding range of sectors. Ai Group represents the interests of more than 60,000 businesses employing more than 1 million staff. Their longstanding involvement with diverse industry sectors including manufacturing, construction, transport, labour hire, mining services, defence, airlines and ICT means they are genuinely representative of Australian industry.

For more information visit the Australian Industry Group website

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI)

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the peak body for business in Victoria, informing and servicing more than 15,000 members, customers and clients around the State. Their focus is on leading business into the future. They are committed to being the voice for business, representing and championing their members in a difficult regulatory environment. 

For more information visit the VECCI website


BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS

Mitchell Shire has two local business associations who strive to strengthen and promote the retail and commercial sector of their respective townships in order to expand and improve the local economic environment. These business groups are actively supported by Council's Economic Development Department.

Wallan Chamber of Commerce Chamber

The Wallan Chamber of Commerce is a group of local business people with the common aim of promoting and enhancing the economic development of Wallan and to support local business in order to make them more successful.

For more information contact Janene Poynton on janene@wellingtonsquare.com.au

Seymour Business and Tourism

Seymour Business and Tourism Inc. engages with local business and community and aims to drive investment, generate ideas, form partnerships and networks and advance the regions potential.

For more information please visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/seymour3660

Mitchell Business Network

The Mitchell Business Network takes a strategic view of business and investment potential across the Shire and is a passionate advocate on behalf of all businesses - large and small - in our region. It works to enhance the business and investment climate and streamline business processes. Membership includes listing of your products and services in the Mitchell Business Directory and attendance at a number of business and social networking events.

To join, go to www.mitchellbusiness.com.au or email bhenicholls@optusnet.com.au

 


Business planning

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia's national statistical agency. The ABS provides key statistics on a wide range of economic, environmental and social issues, to assist and encourage informed decision making, research and discussion within governments and the community. They also have an important leadership role, coordinating statistical activities and collaborating with official bodies in the collection, compilation, analysis and distribution of statistics. This assists in maximising the value of government investment on these activities, and ensures outputs are fit-for-purpose.

For more information visit the ABS website

business.gov.au

business.gov.au offers simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

For more information check out the business.gov.au website

Business Victoria

Business Victoria is a comprehensive online resource with practical step-by-step guides to starting, and developing your business including exporting, employing and managing staff.

For more information visit the Business Victoria website


BUSINESS TOOLS

Kilmore Library Coworking Space

  • Allow those who work from home or those who would like to collaborate, network and interact with other like-minded businesses.
  • Provide a place where business owners can learn and grow from each other 
  • Drive local business-to-business opportunities 
  • Minimise the isolation that many micro businesses face 
  • Can be beneficial for micro and small businesses from all industry sectors not just home-based businesses. 

When: Starting Friday 9 November 2018
Then every Friday 9am - 5pm
Where: Study area 
Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre
12 Sydney Street, Kilmore 
How: No need to book - just first in best dressed 

Click here for the flyer.

Facilities:

  • Free Wi-Fi - get password from front desk 
  • On-site toilets 
  • A large central desk
  • A long narrow desk along the wall
  • Multiple power sockets 
  • Cafes are located close by on Sydney Street 
  • Parking available in the carpark and surrounding streets 
  • Printing facilities – additional cost, scanning free of charge
  • Meeting room seats 6 people - additional cost 

Further Information: Please contact Claire Hahnel, Business Development and Engagement Officer at Mitchell Shire Council on 03 5734 6260 or ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Good Access = Good Business

Mitchell Shire Council and Nexus Primary Health together with a number of partnering organisations have developed a Good Access is Good Business toolkit to assist business owners to make their business and premises more accessible.
Statistically 1 in 5 people have a disability including difficulties with mobility, sight and hearing. There are also many non-physical, less visible disabilities that make up this substantial figure. For business owners, this means 20% of their potential customer base could be lost through not offering an accessible premises or services.
Working through relevant compliance regulation can be challenging, particularly in a tenancy setting where extensive building works may not be feasible. However, there are many minor and low-cost changes that can make a significant difference.

Below are just a few of the simple steps businesses can take to improve their accessibility for all members of the community.

  • Clear aisle space
  • Considered placement of fixtures, furniture and EFTPOS terminals
  • Appropriate lighting
  • Low volume background music
  • Clear, plain language menus

Free business visits to work through the Good Access is Good Business toolkit are available through Council. Businesses are encouraged to contact Community Development on 5734 6200 or via email community.development@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au for a copy of the toolkit and to arrange a free, friendly visit. Copies of the Good Access is Good Business toolkit are also available at Council’s Customer Service and Library sites.

Business Email Compromise (BEC)

Business Email Compromise (BEC) is an online scam where a cybercriminal impersonates a business representative to trick you, an employee, customer or vendor into transferring money or sensitive information to the scammer.
These scams don't use malicious links or attachments, so they can get past anti-virus programs and spam filters. Protect your business from BEC by making sure your staff know how to spot this type of scam

Click here for the BEC Factsheet.


Business Sustainability

Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria is a Victorian government statutory authority delivering programs on integrated waste management and resource efficiency. Sustainability Victoria's statutory objective is to facilitate and promote environmental sustainability in the use of resources. Established under the Sustainability Victoria Act 2005, SV is a statutory authority with a board appointed by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

For more information visit the Sustainability Victoria website


General business advice

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

The ACCC offers a free online education program designed to help small businesses learn more about their rights and obligations under the Competition and Competition and Consumer Act 2010.The program includes 10 short modules covering topics such as pricing, advertising, consumer rights, selling safe products, unlawful competition and scams.

For more information visit the ACCC website

Australian Taxation Office (ATO) 

The ATO offers businesses free and practical tax support. They run free online seminars on a variety of topics, delivered by experienced tax officers. Their role is to effectively manage and shape the tax and superannuation systems that support and fund services for Australians.

For more information visit the ATO website or to see what training sessions we have available through the ATO the Mitchell Shire Business Mentoring and Training page. 

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources is the Victorian Government's lead agency for the promotion and facilitation of the State's economic development. The Department develops and implements a diverse range of programs, initiatives and projects designed to attract and facilitate investment, encourage exports, generate job opportunities, stimulate innovation, and promote Victoria nationally and internationally.

For more information visit the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources website

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Consumer Affairs Victoria are Victoria’s consumer affairs regulator, helping create a competitive and fair marketplace for businesses and consumers.

For more information visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website

WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe helps enforce Victoria's occupational health and safety laws and help injured workers back into the workforce.

For more information visit the WorkSafe Victoria website


Investment attraction

business.gov.au

business.gov.au is an online government resource for the Australian business community. business.gov.au offers you simple and convenient access to all of the government information, assistance, forms and services you need. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business.

For more information check out the business.gov.au website

Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. They contribute to Australia’s economic reputation and wellbeing by ensuring that Australia’s financial markets are fair and transparent, supported by confident and informed investors and consumers.

For more information check out the Australian Securities and Investment Commission website

Austrade

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission–Austrade–contributes to Australia’s economic prosperity by helping Australian businesses, education institutions, tourism operators, governments and citizens as they:

  • develop international markets and promote international education
  • win productive foreign direct investment
  • strengthen Australia’s tourism industry
  • seek consular and passport services.

Austrade achieves this by generating market information and insight, promoting Australian capabilities, developing policy, making connections through an extensive global network of contacts, leveraging the badge of government offshore and providing quality advice and services.

Austrade aims to create value for businesses and institutions, in a way that represents a good investment for the taxpayer and meets or exceeds all appropriate standards of ethical behaviour. Austrade’s role is to advance Australia's international trade and education, investment, and tourism interests by providing information, advice and services.

For more information check out the Austrade website

Regional Development Victoria (RDV)

RDV delivers the Victorian Government’s agenda to drive jobs and more prosperous communities in regional Victoria. RDV's focus is on supporting the Government’s vision of creating a stronger regional Victoria through job creation, better infrastructure and new investment. RDV currently administers a number of programs designed to:

  • support business and industry development
  • help new businesses to establish themselves
  • assist existing industries to grow and diversify
  • build prosperous, stronger regional communities

For more information check out the Regional Development Victoria website


Tourism development

Goulburn River Valley Tourism (GRVT)

GRVT operates as the peak regional tourism organisation for the Goulburn River Valley region and are responsible for development of regional tourism product and niche strategic product development opportunities.

For more information on Mitchell Shire and surrounds check out The Heart of Victoria website

Destination Melbourne

Destination Melbourne works in partnership with Tourism Victoria, Local Government and industry groups to build a program of activities that are relevant and useful to business

For more information visit the Destination Melbourne website

Visit Victoria

Visit Victoria is the Victorian Government’s lead tourism agency, Visit Victoria works to develop and realise the local and global market potential for Victoria’s tourism industry.

For more information visit the Visit Victoria website


Training and professional development

Small Business Bus

Operated by Small Business Victoria, the Small Business Bus visits Melbourne and regional Victoria as a 'travelling office on wheels'. It offers friendly, professional assistance from an information officer and expert advice from an experienced business mentor.

For more information on what business buses are available visit Business Victoria or to see what's available in Mitchell Visit the Business Mentoring and Training page

Small Business Workshops and Seminars

The Small Business Workshops and Seminars (SBWS) program is designed to ensure businesses and individuals contemplating small business ownership are able to make informed decisions. All workshops and seminars are delivered by workshop leaders who are well qualified and experienced in small business, at a low cost to small businesses.

For more information on what business buses are available visit Business Victoria or to see what's available in Mitchell Visit the Business Mentoring and Training page

Rural Financial Counselling Service

The Bendigo Rural Financial Counselling Service is based in the North Central and services the surrounding areas including Mitchell Shire. The service provides independent, cost free and confidential rural financial counselling to people located in the North Central area.

For more information on what services and counselling is available visit the Rural Financial Counselling Service website


Business Associations

Mitchell Shire has two local business associations who strive to strengthen and promote the retail and commercial sector of their respective townships in order to expand and improve the local economic environment. These business groups are actively supported by Council's Economic Development Department.

Wallan Chamber of Commerce Chamber

The Wallan Chamber of Commerce is a group of local business people with the common aim of promoting and enhancing the economic development of Wallan and to support local business in order to make them more successful.

For more information contact Janene Poynton on janene@wellingtonsquare.com.au

Seymour Business and Tourism

Seymour Business and Tourism Inc. engages with local business and community and aims to drive investment, generate ideas, form partnerships and networks and advance the regions potential.

For more information please visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/seymour3660

Mitchell Business Network

The Mitchell Business Network takes a strategic view of business and investment potential across the Shire and is a passionate advocate on behalf of all businesses - large and small - in our region. It works to enhance the business and investment climate and streamline business processes. Membership includes listing of your products and services in the Mitchell Business Directory and attendance at a number of business and social networking events.

To join, go to www.mitchellbusiness.com.au or email bhenicholls@optusnet.com.au