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.


(03) 5734 6200

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.

Contact ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au for upcoming dates and times. You can also call our Economic Development Unit on (03) 5734 6200.

workshops & webinars 

The inaugural Doing Business in Mitchell webinar program is a wrap!

Recordings and written resource material will be available in August.

Contact ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au to register your interest or phone (03) 5734 6200 (Economic Development Unit).


Mitchell Shire is proudly taking part in the Small Business Festival Victoria 2017.

The Small Business Festival 2017 is the biggest annual learning and networking opportunity for small business owners across Victoria. Whether you’re in the start-up phase of your small business or you’ve been in business for a few years – with 500+ events including conferences, seminars and inspirational talks, you’ll gain practical advice to see your small business grow and expand in the digital era.

Powerful Marketing on a Small Business Budget 

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


Business Grants & Assistance Explained

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


Effective Record Keeping for Small Business 

16 August 2017
6:00PM - 8:00PM
John Taylor Room
Kilmore Library
12 Sydney Street, Kilmore

COST $20


For a full listing of events that are being held across the state, including online, please visit this link.

Queries about the events Mitchell Shire is holding, please contact ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 5734 62600.


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.


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.

WorkCover Insurance

Does your business require it? Click here for WorkSafe Victoria information.

Build a Great Website

Here are eight steps to make your website and online marketing strategy a 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