Taking Care of Business

Resources and support for businesses in Mitchell



Business Mentoring and Training

Throughout the year, Mitchell Shire Council offers a range of business training workshops and fully confidential mentoring programs.



Small business mentoring sessions

Whether you're in start-up mode, or are running an established business, a mentor can help you refine your business strategy, map out the direction that your business should be taking and assist in setting goals for your business to succeed.

Small Business Mentoring Clinics (SBMC) are held regularly throughout the shire, across varying locations.

Please contact our Economic Development Unit to join the Business mailing list for regular updates.

ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

(03) 5734 600


Small Business Bus

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business.

Operated by Small Business Victoria, the Small Business Bus visits Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Seymour - Thursday 22 June
The bus will be parked opposite Commonwealth Bank, 76 Station St, Seymour.

BOOK NOW

The Small Business Bus is free. However spaces do fill up quickly.

Contact ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au for further information. You can also call (03) 5734 6200.


workshops & webinars 

The inaugural Doing Business in Mitchell webinar program is coming at the end of June!

Webinars are FREE to the Mitchell Shire business community and will be recorded and made available for later download.

Attendees will receive a complimentary cheat sheet, that covers the main points and recommendations.

  • Attract, Manage and Develop: HR for Regional Small Business with Vicki Kennedy.

    Thursday June 29
    7:30pm - 8:30pm AEST

    BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE


  • Get Online: Simple Steps for Regional Small Business with Caolan O'Connor.

    Tuesday June 27
    7:30pm - 8.30pm AEST

    BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE


  • Eliminate procrastination: create more time and get the important things done in your business with Kelly Kozaris.

    Thursday 22 June
    7:30pm - 8:30pm

    BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

All of our presenters live and work in regional Victoria and understand the challenges business owners face outside of the city.

Enquiries to ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or (03) 5734 6260.




AUSINDUSTRY ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM – WEBINARS

The AusIndustry Entrepreneurs’ Programme are hosting range of webinar series throughout the next six months, giving hundreds of Australian businesses an opportunity to access vital information outside the usual face-to-face workshop delivery. 

  • Webinar Series: Social Media for Your Business

    Effective Social Media use can help your business to maximise success. With more and more customers connecting with businesses online each year, your business should take advantage of social media channels to promote your products or services and to communicate with your customers.The Entrepreneurs’ Programme has launched a webinar series on social media for business.

    First webinar
    Date: 15 June 2017
    Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
    Registration link
    Further details are listed on the above link


  • Webinar Series: Cyber Security for Your Business

    All businesses are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Whilst many go to great lengths to protect their physical assets many do not take similar precautions with their digital information. A cyber security plan is essential for business success. The Entrepreneurs’ Programme has launched a webinar series to equip businesses with the knowledge and tools to incorporate cyber security into your business.
     
    First webinar
    Date: 31 July 2017
    Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
    Registration link

SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOPS - FACE TO FACE

Powerful Marketing on a Small Business Budget 

Thursday 3 August 2017
Mitchell Shire Council Chambers
113 High Street Broadford
5:30PM - 7:30PM

FREE - BOOK NOW
 

Business Grants & Assistance Explained

Tuesday 8 August 2017
Chittick Park Community Centre
Pollard Street, Seymour
6:00PM - 7:30PM 

FREE - BOOK NOW


GENERAL SUPPORT

Strategic Advice and Mentoring

The Business Development Plan - Mentoring aims to provide experienced strategic advice to a board and/or CEO. Primarily, mentoring assists businesses in the implementation of a complex business plan.  Potential grant funding is 50% of total project cost up to $7,500.
http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/grants-and-assistance/grow-your-business/business-development-plan-mentoring


Energy Assessment Grants - Sustainability Vic


The Boosting Productivity energy assessment grants program is open to small and medium sized businesses with less than 200 full time employees spending over $20,000 a year on energy.

An energy assessment will identify potential efficiency improvements for your business, review pricing tariffs and suitable renewable energy options.

Two grant are available to cover 50% of the cost of an energy assessment at your business site. A $3,000 implementation bonus is also available for businesses that carry out one or more assessment recommendations.


Grant Funding

We recommend Grant Guru - a comprehensive database that covers 700 national and state-based grant programs.


Human Resources - Hiring


Are you stuck on what to ask during the interview process? It can be very daunting and hard to find the best people.

Click here to read How to Conduct the Perfect Job Interview in 12 Simple Steps.

Staff Entitlements

The Fair Work Ombudsman can help when it comes to interpreting awards and understanding what your staff are entitled to.

https://www.fairwork.gov.au/


Technology and the Internet

The National Broadband Network (NBN) can change the way you run your business. Check here to see if you NBN is available at your address http://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address.html


WorkCover Insurance


Does your business requrie it? Click here for more information http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/insurance-and-premiums/worksafe-insurance/do-i-need-a-policy


Build a Great Website


Here are eight steps to make your website and online marketing strategy a success. http://www.business.vic.gov.au/marketing-sales-and-online/online-business-and-technology/how-to-build-a-website/eight-steps-to-website-success


How to Register a Business Name

Just starting out in business and not sure if you need to register your business name or not? Your business name is a major element of your identity and business image. To find out more about business names, ABN and registrations click here http://www.business.vic.gov.au/setting-up-a-business/how-to-start-a-business/register-a-business-name