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Workshops, mentoring and support

Workshops and networking

Throughout the year we run a range of business training workshops, mentoring and support programs.

Business Consultation Sessions

Businesses that are starting up or established can benefit from working with a mentor. A mentor can help you refine your business strategy, map out a new direction and set goals for your business to succeed.

We hold Business Consultation Sessions regularly.

See the event calendar for upcoming dates. Join the business mailing list for regular updates. Contact our Economic Development Department on phone 03 5734 6200 or email ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Small Business Bus

The Small Business Bus travels the state providing free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. It is operated by Small Business Victoria.

Book a 45-minute session on a day when the bus stops in your town. If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know on phone 03 5734 6200 so someone else can attend.

For upcoming dates see our event calendar or contact our Economic Development Department on phone 03 5734 6200 or email ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Upcoming events

For details on upcoming business events, contact our Economic Development Department on phone 03 5734 6200 or email ecodev@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

Business Tools

Small Business Victoria

Small Business Victoria is a great source of information for businesses in Mitchell Shire. Visit Business Victoria website to access tools such as how to set up a business, how to market better and what you need to know when hiring staff, plus many more.

Building Stronger Networks

Networking is vital for all businesses. Networking includes business-to-business (B2B) networking, connecting with a local chamber of commerce, discovering news customers, connecting with local government or other organisations. Read the guide on Building Stronger Networks (PDF download).

Retail Lease Checklist

If you're looking to enter into a lease agreement, make sure you read the Retail Lease Checklist (PDF download) first.

Dispute Resolution

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) provides and efficient and low cost small business dispute resolution service.

Please read more about the service they provide on the VSBC website.

Guide to Managing Disruption

To better manage your business through disruptive infrastructure projects, read the Guide to Managing Disruption (PDF download) published by the Victorian Small Business Commission.

Good Access is 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.

Copies can be obtained at any of our Customer and Library Service Centres or by contacting Council's Community Development department — phone 03 5734 6200 or email community.development@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au

You can also request a free business visit to work through the toolkit.

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