City of Maribyrnong - Business Bulletin - August 2022
To our Maribyrnong Business Community,
As we slowly edge closer to the warmer months, the City is gaining momentum with lots of things to see, do and experience around town. Check out the Love Your Local Website for some fun 'Springspiration'.
The 2022/23 Business Elevate Program is now open! Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from local businesses who would like to be one of our preferred suppliers for this round of business grants. Read below for more information.
Expressions of Interest are also open for food vendors who wish to participate in the Footscray Night Market series in December. See how you can become involved.
There are only 6 months until the single use plastic ban will come into effect. See how your business can prepare ahead of time.
If you're looking at upskilling and improving your digital presence, ASBAS are running a number of free workshops to help your business grow. Booking links can be found below.
There's so much more to discover in this month's edition. We hope it is useful.
Economic Development Team, Maribyrnong City Council
|Business Elevate Program - Preferred Supplier Expression of Interest Now Open!|
We are firstly looking for established local BUSINESSES to be the “preferred business suppliers” in the categories listed below. Your business will be expected to be able to provide services to small businesses that apply for a voucher, for offers or packages valued at $2,000+GST (PLUS a $200+GST activation fee payable by the recipient) in ONE of the following areas:
2. Business Coaching/Business Consulting
3. Copywriting/Public Relations
4. Digital Marketing/SEO
5. Graphic Design/Visual Merchandising
6. Human Resources/Recruitment
7. Legal/Intellectual Property
8. Marketing Consulting/Advertising
12. Web Design/Mobile App DevelopmentIf you are interested in becoming a provider in this years’ BUSINESS ELEVATE PROGRAM, review the guidelines now.
We will be holding an information session via Zoom to discuss how the Business Elevate Program will work and answer any of your questions on Wednesday 17th August at 11am. Note RSVP is essential, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close Wednesday 31 August 2022 at 5pm.
|Love Your Local Campaign - Recent Features|
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:
Le Spa de Jour; Trouble in dreams; Pinot and Picasso; Sedonia; D&K Live Seafood; School of Sewing & Upcycling.
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.
|Footscray Night Market- Food Vendor Applications Now Open|
The Footscray Night Market is set to return this December taking place on three Friday evenings in the beautiful historic gardens of Railway Reserve Footscray.
Each Friday night will offer a different cuisine from around the world that’s matched with a full line-up of entertainment that showcases each culture.
Applications are now open if you are you a local food traders who are interested to trade at the Footscray Night Market!Apply Now
|Victoria's Single Use Plastic Ban To Commence In February|
To reduce plastic pollution, Victoria is banning problematic single-use plastics from sale or supply from 1 February 2023. This includes straws, cutlery, plates, drink-stirrers, cotton bud sticks and expanded polystyrene food and drink containers.
|LGBTQI+ Strategy And Action Plan Open For Consultation|
Council has a strong commitment toward inclusion and equality and takes pride in this City's diverse community, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning, and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, families, and communities.
We've now developed a draft LGBTIQA+ Strategy and Action Plan, based on conversations with the community in late 2021 and early 2022, which identifies ways Council can help strengthen social and economic inclusion and reduce barriers to participation by the LGBTIQA+ in our municipality.
|Is Your Business Ready For Growth?|
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:
|Hospitality Jobs With Paid Training|
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.
|ASBAS Digital Solutions Workshops|
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.
|Giving Back To Our Defence Community|
Australian Partners of Defence (APOD) is a membership-based platform founded by defence families, for defence families. It is Australia’s only official defence and veteran benefits program delivering everyday savings to over 120,000 defence and veteran families in partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
They bridge the gap between businesses and the defence community by providing a ‘one stop shop’ for defence members, veterans, and their families.
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