To our Maribyrnong Business Community, 

Council appreciates the difficulties local business owners have been through over the past 18 months and we are keen to hear understand what support businesses need the most at the moment. The Business Needs Survey will help Council make informed decisions to assist the business community moving forward. We encourage you to complete the survey and have your say. 

Every year, Council provides the business community an opportunity to apply for Business Improvement District (BID) Grants and last year's recipients were recently recognised for the delivery of their projects at the BID Grant Showcase. The NEW and improved Business Improvement District (BID) Grants Program is now here, and we are looking for Businesses to be involved. More information can be found below. 

You would have noticed that the City has been transformed Red, White and Blue in honor of the Western Bulldogs set to play in the Grand Final this weekend. Businesses have shown community spirit by decorating shop fronts and offering fantastic deals for the local community to enjoy on Grand Final day. Take a look at our Love Your Local site for special offers and to see images of all the decorative displays around our City. 

Mother Nature was at its finest yesterday giving this good old city a shake up. What a crazy year 2021 has turned out to be! There hasn't been any reports of damage in our municipality so far, and we hope your business was not affected by the earthquake. 

There's lots more to read in our bulletin this week and if you have any questions, comments or queries, please email

Best wishes and stay safe
City of Maribyrnong Team
Council recognises the significant contribution that our businesses make to our community, and in light of the challenges over the last 18 months, we would like to get a deeper understanding of:

- What support the business community needs most in the short to mid-term
- Perceptions around grants and funding
- Preferences for business training and networking opportunities


The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete, and the results will help shape and inform Council's business support program in line with priorities set in the Council Plan 2021-25.

At the completion of the survey you'll have the option to go into the draw to win one of 2x Short Course Business Vouchers kindly donated by VU Polytechnic (Valued at $350 each), or one of 3 x $100 gift cards for Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The survey will remain open until Friday 15th October, and winners of the prizes will be contacted by the end of October.

Proudly supported by Victoria University Polytechnic
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The NEW and improved Business Improvement District (BID) Grants Program is here!  We are looking for Businesses to be involved and expressions of interest applications are opening on 4th October 2021.

Following a review of the BID Grant Program Council is introducing a revised grants program called the BUSINESS ELEVATE PROGRAM – which is a Business-to-Business (B2B) voucher based program. 

From November, Small businesses within Maribyrnong City will be able to apply for $2,000 (+gst) vouchers to help elevate their business forward, from a list of “preferred suppliers” in a range of categories.

We are firstly looking for established local BUSINESSES to become 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, offers or packages valued at $2,000 (+gst) in one of the following areas:

1. Accounting / Bookkeeping
2. Business Coaching / Business Consulting
3. Copy Writing / Public Relations
4. Digital Marketing / SEO
5. Graphic Design / Visual Merchandising
6. Human Resources / Recruitment
7. Legal / Intellectual Property
8. Marketing Consulting / Advertising
9. Photography
10. Printing / Signage
11. Videography
12. Web Design / Mobile App Development

A requirement to be included as a supplier in the program is that your business is located in the City of Maribyrnong, and also registered to the Maribyrnong Localised platform, so if you don't already have your business listed, this should be done in preparation for the opening of the EOI process.

Applications will officially open Monday 4th October (at 9am) and will close Friday 29TH October 2021 (at 5pm) – further information with the application link will follow in the next few weeks.

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 6th October at 3pm. Note RSVP is essential, via email to

More information on the program is available on the Council Website.

During the 2020/21 Financial year Council provided over $277,000 to help businesses across the municipality stay on their feet during the pandemic by way of Business Improvement District (BID) grants. 

The individuals and organisations who successfully delivered grant projects during 2020/21 were recognised and congratulated at an online event in early September. 

Some exciting projects and amazing success stories were delivered, during what has been a very challenging time for the business community.  The projects were showcased in a series of short videos which are available to view on the Maribyrnong Localised Platform's news section.  Click the links below to open up the videos:

2020/21 BID Grant Program Showcase Video
Cotton Mills Business Association
West Footscray Traders Association
Seddon Village Traders Association
Yarraville Traders Association
Footscray Traders Association
The Founders Co.
Co-working Westside
West Wedding Collective

Maribyrnong City Council is inviting its community to discuss a proposal to establish a medicinal cannabis business to reduce the burden on ratepayers. The online forum will be held Thursday 30 September at 6pm.

Council last week (14 September) resolved to seek community views on setting up a business to cultivate, produce and manufacture medicinal cannabis. The proposal acknowledged the need to seek alternative revenue streams and external funding opportunities to reduce over reliance on rate revenue.

Council is currently seeking to understand the level of community support before deciding whether to proceed to a feasibility study and risk assessment.

Medicinal cannabis products are only available on prescription and can be used to relieve symptoms of medical conditions such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis; and side effects of some treatments and symptoms associated with Cancer and palliative care.

The medicinal cannabis industry is tightly regulated and any venture would require a Federal Government license to operate.

The community is warmly invited to join the on-line discussion this coming Thursday 30 September.

Register now 

Feedback can also be provided via Council’s online digital engagement platform by 11 October 2021.

Operating a business has never been more challenging. COVID restrictions have impeded everything the tourism industry does and has changed forever the way the industry engages with consumers. 

Western Melbourne Tourism is offering two training programs for FREE by the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) - valued at $1500 each. These programs will provide useful training on the benefits of going digital and to assist with converting enquiries into sales. You will also receive 2 x 60 minute one on one coaching from a small business digital expert. 

More information about these programs and application forms can be found at the Victorian Tourism Industry Council website

Are you a woman in business keen to make local connections with other business minded women?

Join us for an informal chat and networking opportunity to introduce yourself and promote your business through this fun and interactive zoom catch up.  

Hosted online by Jules Brooke who sees opportunities everywhere, it’s a fun way to get to know new people from the business community and an excellent forum to share your thoughts, challenges and opportunities with the group.

Come for the whole series, a single session or just a quick pop in to say hi!

Remaining dates:  Monday 27th September and Monday 11th October
Time:  12pm - 2pm
Cost:  FREE

Register Now

These sessions are proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council

Have you added your business to the Maribyrnong Localised directory yet?  It only takes a few minutes to set up a basic business listing and it could help raise your business out from the competition.

Learn more and register your business here