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What's in this edition - 29 March 2022

COVID-19 Information
52 Weekends
Visit Victoria - Stay Close, Go Further
3 digital trends for small businesses to follow in 2022
Business Victoria Supports
Business Victoria Concierge for Small Business
Westvic Dairy - Feeding Pastures for Profit
Grants
Young Farmer Support
TRACKS Free Event - Timboon

To stay up to date with all things Covid-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria | Coronavirus Victoria. The website has the resources for your business, including CovidSafe Plans, Testing, Vaccination, Grants/Funding and all recent updates to restrictions. You can also call the Coronavirus Hotline 24hrs a day on 1800 675 398.

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism has been delivering the campaign ’52 Great Weekends’ encouraging people to explore the Great Ocean Road region. Lauren Doolan (aka the @micro_adventurist) each week profiles a location, with a blog and an episode, for people to discover on and around the Great Ocean Road.
A number of locations in Corangamite Shire have been featured, including the most recent episode
No 44: Inland Towns.
 
NO 4: PORT CAMPBELL
NO. 8: VOLCANIC LAKES & PLAINS
NO 11: GREAT OCEAN WALK
NO 20: SHIPWRECK COAST
NO 27: WESTERN END
NO 29: TIMBOON
NO 34: 12 APOSTLES FOOD ARTISANS (Gourmet Trail)
NO 36: GREAT GOLF COURSES
 
For more information, read the blogs and to watch the episodes visit 52 GREAT WEEKENDS - VISIT GREAT OCEAN ROAD.

Visit Victoria has launched a Great Ocean Road series and extraordinary Great Ocean Road locals feature in the new TV ad encouraging Victorians to take a trip to the famed region during the off-peak season.
The campaign airs at a critical time for the region, aimed at driving visitation into the off-peak seasons. Tourism operators are encouraged to get involved in the Stay close, go further campaign via the industry toolkit.

Stay Close, Go Further
Industry Toolkit

The past two years have changed the way businesses operate and use digital tools. So what's next?  Business.gov.au have identified 3 key digital opportunities that can help you to grow and sustain your business.
Trend 1: Online shopping and payments
Trend 2: Video at all stages of the customer journey
Trend 3: Improvements in customer service
To read more about the trends go to: 3 digital trends for small businesses to follow in 2022 | business.gov.au

This month, Business Victoria released wellbeing and mental health support for Victorian business initiatives. It's available and FREE to support small business owners and employees. If you need support, please visit the following links.

Partners In Wellbeing
Workplace Wellbeing Hub
WorkWell Toolkit
Mindarma
Business Communities Grants
If you are self-employed or have 2 employees or fewer, book a 30 minute phone consultation with a dedicated concierge agent. Do you need guidance on what tools, templates or Victorian Government programs and services can help you run your business? Contact the Business Victoria Microbusiness Concierge Service. 
Book an Appointment

Westvic Dairy have organised this program to help farmers maximise farm profit by providing the skills and tools to grow the maximum quantity of high quality pasture on farm and confidently use purchased feeds to increase farm profitability.

A free one-on-one consultation is available for each participating farm business.
The program runs over twelve months, starting with two theory days and followed by five on-farm days which focus on the challenges of each season. Day 1 commences Tuesday 5 April 2022, 10am-2.30pm, Timboon. 

To Register
Business Corangamite have heard that you want to know where the grants are and how to access them. There are grants available, however, you need to have the time to locate them.
We will be dedicating a section in this newsletter and will aim to keep it up to date. Keep an eye on this space.
So to kick it off, we have listed two websites for you t
o look at.

Grants - Corangamite Shire - the Business Façade Improvement Program and Small Business Assistance Programs will open in July 2022. Start your planning now!
Grants & programs | Business Victoria - Currently there is a Small Business Energy Saver Program open (closes 31 May 2022) for small business owners (1 to 19 employees) to save on energy efficient equipment. 

 
Apply - Small Business Energy Saver Program
The future of Victorian agriculture rests with young farmers.
The Victorian Government is committed to supporting the next generation of farmers and is providing opportunities for young people in agriculture to have a say, enhance their skills and progress their careers. Agriculture Victoria Scholarships up to $10,000 are available NOW! T
o find out more visit: 
Young farmers | Networks | Support and resources | Agriculture Victoria
Find Out More
TRACKS - FREE EVENT TIMBOON
Pack a picnic rug and chair and join us for a FREE music event featuring local artists at Timboon's Old Railway Precinct (Snake Track Road) on Saturday 2 April 2022. Local food and beverage vans will have items available for purchase.

We understand the challenges that you are all facing while continuing to adapt to the ever-changing environment. 

Council's Economic Development and Tourism team are available to assist with any questions or concerns you may have and encourage you to reach out to our team for support.

Please contact us on (03) 5593 7100 or email ecodev@corangamite.vic.gov.au. If you would like to book a Business Visit please email, or call Kellie on 5593 7228.
KEEP CONNECTED
Business Corangamite Facebook has regular updates and information for business. 
The Business section of the Council website provides information on opening a business, expanding or changing a business, general business support, COVID-19 links and Shop Local Corangamite downloadable resources. 
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