To our Maribyrnong Business Community,

Spring has sprung and the days are looking brighter in our wonderful City. 

There's so much to see and do over the coming months and our Love Your Local website has lots of ideas to keep you and the kids busy over the school holidays. Maybe you can visit the Farmer's Market, dine out at a Foodie Trail or check out a festival in your very own backyard! The opportunities are endless in Maribyrnong.

Council is working behind the scenes to plan the next Business Networking Breakfast which will be bigger and better than ever! More information will be shared over the coming weeks, but make sure you save the date  - Friday 18 November 2022.  

Series 2 of How The West Was #1 has finally arrived! This business podcast series features a number of local traders who talk about doing business in the west, recounting stories of their childhood and memories of growing up in the area. Episode 1 features well known West Footscray trader Pradeep Tiwari. 

Did you know that if you hire staff who are over the age of 50, you may be entitled to a wage subsidy? Read below to see how your business can benefit. 

With the festive season just around the corner, now is the time to upskill or refresh your skillset through a number of free workshops hosted by ASBAS. Take a look below to see what training is coming up.

There's lots to learn in this edition, we hope you enjoy the information.

Best Wishes 
Economic Development Team, Maribyrnong City Council

The 'Love Your Local - Mari' campaign is continuing to profile some of our amazing business owners and operators with new stories being released each week.  Some of the recently profiled businesses include:
The Cheeky Pint; Pompello; Haiki & Co; Small Graces; Huxtaburger

Check out the 'Meet the Locals' section of the Love Your Local website or keep an eye out on the Council Facebook page as new stories are released each week.

Visit the Love Your Local Mari website.


The long awaited Business Networking Breakfast will be held on Friday 18 November 2022. Council is putting together the finishing touches as we speak and tickets will be release over the coming fortnight. Be sure to mark it in your diary so you don't miss this epic opportunity to network and hear from an esteemed keynote speaker about all things business. 

Friday 18 November 2022
7.00am- 9.30am
Location to be revealed soon! 

We all know that Melbourne's Inner West is an amazing place to live, work and do business.  This business podcast series gives us a deeper understanding of what drives the people behind some of our favourite local business as they share their stories for building business success.

The first episode for series 2 features Pradeep Tiwari, a local and well loved trader from West Footscray. Pradeep shares his insights about being born and bred in West Footscray and the color and fun the community shares within the tightknit area. 

Listen Now
Join us for a casual lunch and a chance to get to know other local business women in a casual and fun setting! This no agenda, no pressure event is the perfect opportunity to network and build contacts across the west. 

Event Details
Tuesday 25 October 2022
Post Industrial Design - 638 Barkly Street West Footscray
Book Now

Ready for Growth is a Victorian Government initiative to support 1000 Victorian businesses with high growth potential to access new markets and create jobs.

Ready for Growth provides businesses with tailored advisory services by expert Growth Facilitators. The program is being delivered by Business Victoria with delivery partner BDO Australia.

Ready for Growth will help businesses:

  • develop a Growth Action Plan
  • build capabilities for growth
  • find grants and programs to support growth
  • improve connections to networks and ecosystems
Expressions of Interest are now open

Jobs Victoria, in partnership with the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN), are supporting small and medium-sized businesses to recruit and train 500 jobseekers to address critical workforce shortages.

Small and medium-sized hospitality businesses urgently needing staff can access the pool of workers for roles with at least 20 hours of work per week, for at least one week and up to 26 weeks, to assist in managing staff shortages.

Apply Now 

Hire workers who are 50 years of age and older and you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) under the Federal Government’s restart program. Payments are made by employment services providers to businesses over six months.  Employers can negotiate how often they receive the payments.

Read more 

Casual and self-employed workers in certain jobs can now access sick and carer's pay through the Victorian Sick Pay Guarantee. Fully funded by the Victorian Government at no cost to employers.

Learn More 

Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services Program works with small businesses to make the most of digital tools and offers broader advice specific to your business needs.

Registrations are now open for a number of FREE workshops to help your business in the digital space. Take a closer look below.

ASBAS Workshops

Thursday 15 September 1:30 - 3pm:  Instagram Reels for Business
Tuesday 20 September 11am - 1pm:  Apps that will Boost your Productivity
Tuesday 27 September 10am - 12pm:  Social Media Strategies

Not sure how to manage your tax and superannuation commitments? Want to be ready for next June? The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are running webinars to assist sole traders to understand:

  • how to register, lodge and pay online for commitments such as your goods and services tax (GST);
  • pay as you go withholding;
  • pay as you go instalments; and
  • your tax return and more.

 Register here

Labels are a key feature of most products. They help to market your product, allow customers to tell it apart from your competition, and give important messages including ingredients, instructions and uses. Find out the different types of labels and claims you can make when you manufacture, package or sell products.

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