To our Maribyrnong Business Community, 

In this month's edition we are excited to launch our new business platform called Localised.  This new online digital business community will help you promote your business and form working relationships with other local businesses in the community. It is also a tool to find other businesses you can reach out to for quotation of goods and services your business may require.  Best of all it's free and easy to sign up to. You can read more about it in the article below. 

In other news, Council recently delivered its first Business Networking Breakfast since 2019 and it was a roaring success! The Line function space was at capacity with 120 local businesses mingling and networking before a motivating and energizing keynote speech by Chris Helder. Guests were treated to a delicious hot breakfast, live music and entertainment and the overall feedback was very positive. Take a look at the video footage from the breakfast, you might see yourself on film! 

The cold snap has arrived and there's no better time to enjoy a steaming bowl of Pho, a hot Indian curry, a mug of freshly ground coffee or even a mulled wine to warm your Autumn blues away!  The options are endless in this great city of ours and the Love Your Local platform will help you find new places to enjoy the sites, tastes and sounds of our city.

Best wishes
City of Maribyrnong Team
Council is thrilled to support the launch of Localised, a FREE digital directory for our flourishing and talented business community to promote their goods and services to the broader community. 

By adding your business details to Localised, you are able to:

- Advertise products, services and people to the local business community
- Boost your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and drive traffic to your website and digital content
- Upload business blogs, news and articles to the Noticeboard to market your business to prospective customers 
- Discover networking and professional development events for businesses across our community 
- Access the marketplace for procurement opportunities or requests for quotes
- Learn about business initiatives, grants, news and offers from Council 

Add your business now

Visit the Maribyrnong Localised Platform

Maribyrnong City Council is now accepting applications from organisations looking to present festivals in the City of Maribyrnong between October 2021 and June 2022 (inclusive).

Visit Festival City Grants for further information and links to the Grant Guidelines and online Application Form.

Applications close 12pm midday, Monday 31 May 2021

Council invites your feedback on a Smart City Strategic Framework and Implementation Plan that will guide the future of our Smart City program.

A Smart City refers to the use of digital technology to collect data that can be used to manage assets and resources efficiently. Smart Cities can help create more liveable cities, without compromising the well-being and privacy of their citizens. They are innovative in their use of digital solutions to manage services and infrastructure effectively, improve the wellbeing of the community and the environment, and support a vibrant local economy.

Council is committed to co-designing this Framework with the community and key stakeholders.  

Have your say here - closing 25 May 2021

The Small Business Digital Adaption Program offers up to $1200 in rebates to help small businesses pay for a range of digital business tools. The Victorian Government has partnered with 14 suppliers to help you build or upgrade your website, improve cash flow, start online marketing, manage your jobs and projects and keep better track of stock.

More Information

The Jobs Victoria Fund is providing $250 million in wage subsidies to help businesses with the aim of supporting at least 10,000 jobs.

Businesses may be eligible for a subsidy of up to $20,000 to employ someone affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers can register their business on the Jobs Victoria online hub. They can post jobs and connect with people looking for work. The service is free to use and provides a shortlist of candidates with the skills and experience they’re looking for.

Jobs Victoria Advocates are also helping connect jobseekers with the right services, training and support. Jobs Victoria Careers Counsellors will provide personalised guidance to find work, while Jobs Victoria Mentors will work closely with those who need extra support to get them ready for work.

The Victorian Government has announced that from 28 May density quotients of one person per two square metres will be lifted for small to medium sized venues across the state. This means more people will be able to fit into smaller spaces and should be good news for dining establishments as we head into the colder months.

Read more 

The Victorian Government has made changes to the registration process for QR Codes. The QR Code Service is free to all Victorian businesses and helps contact tracers manage a potential COVID outbreak.

From 28 May, businesses currently using a Victorian Government Visitation API must change over to the QR Code Service. 

More information

The 2021/22 Budget includes a range of support for industry growth, small business owners and employers. Some budget inclusions are: 
- Tax incentives
- Digital Solutions training and workshops for business owners and workers
- Support for family and small businesses to encourage shopping local
- Expansion of JobFinder Fund
- Increasing current wage subsidies

Read more about what's on offer in the upcoming Budget

Sharing the Magic with Liz Jones
Date:  Thursday 27 May
Time: 8:45am - 10am
Venue:  Online Session
Cost:  $22

iPhone Video Production- Filming 
Date: Tuesday 25 May 
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Online session
Cost: FREE 

The Power of Influencer Marketing
Date: Wednesday 26 May 
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Online session 
Cost: FREE

Small Business 101 - with Fiona Killackey
Date:  Saturday 29 May
Time: 11am - 12pm
Venue:  Online session
Cost:  FREE

Organic Media Reach
Date: Wednesday 2 June 
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Online session
Cost: FREE

iPhone Video Production- Editing
Date: Tuesday 8 June 
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Online session
Cost: FREE

Create an Ecommerce Website with Shopify
Date: Tuesday 15 June 
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Online session
Cost: FREE

How to undertake a digital audit of your own business
Date: Tuesday 22 June
Time: 10am-12pm
Venue: Online session 
Cost: FREE

Keep an eye on upcoming business events on the Maribyrnong Localised Platform