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.


For information on our pop-up co-working sessions, please contact Vanessa Wiltshire, Business Development and Engagement Officer at ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5734 6200.

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.

Our next small business mentoring clinic will be held in Seymour on Friday 31 March 2017.

To book a complimentary 45 minute session with an experienced business mentor please click here.

Friday 31 March 2017
Seymour Leisure Centre - Chittick Park (Goulburn Room)
Pollard St Seymour 

Mentoring sessions are free but bookings are ESSENTIAL.

For further information, you can email our team at ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or call (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.

For uupcoming dates and times please contact our Economic Development team on the number or email below.

The Small Business Bus is free, however spaces are limited and fill up quickly.

Contact: Vanessa Wiltshire, Business Development and Engagement Officer: ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au. You can also call (03) 5734 6200.

Business workshops

Upcoming workshops:

Effective Recordkeeping for Small Business

Wednesday 29 March
10am - 12pm
Broadford Customer Service Centre and Library (Boardroom)
113 High St, Broadford

Ticket price $20 includes full course notes and workbook.

To register please click here.

To find out about new courses and workshops, join the Business Growth mailing list via ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au


Other Items of Interest

Resource Assessment Grants 2015-16

The resource assessment grants initiative provides funding for eligible businesses to review their activities and to identify and implement energy and materials efficiency improvements.
Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to eligible business to cover 50% of the cost to engage a consultant to conduct a resource assessment of their operations. Grants are capped at $5,000 for an energy assessment and $10,000 for a materials or combined materials and energy assessment. A $3000 implementation support bonus is available for businesses that can show evidence of implementing one or more recommendations from their assessment. http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/business/energy-and-materials-efficiency-for-business/resource-assessments

Grants - Business Development Plan 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.

Sustainability Victoria is offering grants to eligible business’ to cover 50% of the cost to engage a consultant to conduct a resource assessment of their operations. Do you qualify for this grant or just want to find out more? Click here for further information http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/resource-assessment-grants

Grant Guru - database with access to grants to over 700 programs and grant writers

Starting to employ staff for your business and are a little bit stuck on what to ask during the interview process? It can be very daunting and hard to find the right staff. Click here to find out effective Interviewing Tips and Techniques - http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/effective-interviewing-tips-techniques-employers-0703311#TAFpzCbATafpFlzU.97

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

Not sure if your business requires WorkCover Insurance? Or just not sure what it is and what it covers? Click here for more information http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/insurance-and-premiums/worksafe-insurance/do-i-need-a-policy

Wanting to make your business website stand out from the all the rest? Here are eight steps to make your website a success for the planning stages to engaging customers with online marketing. http://www.business.vic.gov.au/marketing-sales-and-online/online-business-and-technology/how-to-build-a-website/eight-steps-to-website-success

What is the Fair Work Ombudsman? And what exactly do they do and how? Click here to find out more about how they can assist you https://www.fairwork.gov.au/how-we-will-help/templates-and-guides/fact-sheets/about-us/about-the-fair-work-ombudsman

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