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What's in this edition - September 2022

Regional Pulse Survey
Business Victoria
Digital Solutions Program - Round 2
Social Media Workshop
Great Ocean Road Tourism Workshop
COVID-19 Information
Every year, SED together with Champions of the Bush survey regional businesses. Every Local Government Authority across the state participates. We want to find out from you how you're feeling, how the business is going, the impact of workforce and skills, challenges you see ahead and other considerations for your business. 

If you can spare 10 minutes, please complete this survey by 15 September 2022.
Regional Pulse Survey
New grants for small business owners to access professional advice have been released. This includes financial and legal advice up to $2,000. The grant can be used to cover the costs of engaging a qualified service provider. Grants are first in, first served and are open until Friday 30 September, or when funds are exhausted. You can apply or find out more here: 
Small Business Specialist Advice Pathways Program | Business Victoria

The Small Business Ventilation Program provides funding for public-facing small businesses to purchase equipment and upgrades to improve ventilation and reduce the spread of COVID-19 and boost customer confidence. Closes on 8 September 2022. 
Small Business Ventilation Program | Business Victoria

Solar Grants are available for eligible business owners to reduce the upfront cost of a solar panel (PV) system. Rebates up to $3,500 to install a solar panel system are available, plus the option of an interest-free loan up to $5,000, to reduce energy costs and invest in a cleaner, renewable future. Closes on 1 June 2024.
Solar for Business Program | Solar Victoria

For more on Business mentoring, workshops, grants and funding visit Business Victoria | Business Victoria or contact us and we will help you out.
Do you offer advisory services to small businesses?
Funding for advisers who help small businesses to digitalise is available under the second round of the Australian Small Business Advisory Services – Digital Solutions program. The grants will help advisers provide high quality, low cost independent advice to small business owners who want to go digital. Eligible applications include:
  • digitalising your business
  • websites and selling online
  • social media and digital marketing
  • using small business software
  • online security and data privacy.
Learn more about the program and how to apply.
Funding opens on 19 September 2022, and closes 11 November 2022.
How to Apply
Save the Date!! We are bringing Business Victoria's successful workshop 'Social Media and Content Marketing' to you. Tuesday 15 November 2022, 6pm-9pm at the Killara Centre, Camperdown.

This workshop is designed for small business, to help prioritise your digital and social media marketing efforts. There are tips, tools, and strategies to enhance your online presence.

The topics covered include:

  • Basics of social media
  • Different platforms (instagram, facebook, tiktok, youtube, etc)
  • Google business suite
  • Curating and creating content
  • Content plans 
If you are super excited, and want to lock in your attendance now (highly encouraged), book in now! Don't miss out!
Get Your Tickets Here

Great Ocean Road Tourism present: Find your True North with Customer Frame

For business owners and senior leaders who want to level up their business around the ultimate reason they exist – their customers. Find the gaps, focus your efforts + get a plan to fix the issues holding you back. Now is the time to get back on track, find your true north + prepare your business to maximise the opportunities that lie ahead.

  • New perspectives on how you view your customer + how they help you find your True North
  • A benchmark for where your business is today, to know where you’re starting from
  • Gaps + priorities identified specific to your business, helping you to cut through the noise + gain alignment on what to do next
  • A refreshed view on the region’s Customer Profiles, how they’re being used to drive the region forward + how they relate to your business
  • New energy for your business, setting you up for success for the future

Camperdown Golf Club: Thursday 15 September 2022

Full day: 9.30am to 4pm

Cost: $70 (includes all workbooks, morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea)

Get Your Tickets Here
There is an increased risk of Foot and Mouth Disease and Lumpy Skin Disease to Australia. The entire industry would be severely impacted by an outbreak of either disease, with reduced international trade, even if dairy farms are not directly affected.
Preparedness and response plans for these diseases are in place and currently being reviewed, with the dairy industry heavily involved. Both Dairy Australia and Agriculture Victoria have updated their websites to reflect this, and provided tools, workshops and support information including access to biosecurity signs and plans. 

It is vitally important to report any unusual signs in your animals to the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888.
Dairy Australia - Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness
Agriculture Victoria Website

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 call the Coronavirus Hotline 24hrs a day on 1800 675 398.

There are so many challenges that you are all facing while continuing to adapt to the ever-changing environment. Please reach out, have a chat, we are here to listen. How is your business going now

Our 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 If you would like to book in for our staff to visit you at your business, please email, or call Kellie on 5593 7228. 
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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