Victorian Small Business Commission
Small business owners in Victoria’s Borough of Queenscliffe will be given more support to do business, with the local council partnering with the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) as part of the state’s Small Business Friendly Council initiative.
The VSBC and 52 participating councils are driving this work, with the goal of making it easier to start, run and grow a business locally.
Commissioner Judy O’Connell visited Queenscliff to meet with the Borough’s CEO Martin Gill and Mayor Cr Ross Ebbels and officially sign the initiative’s Charter.
By signing, the Borough of Queenscliffe and the VSBC have pledged to further build on the council’s work in supporting local traders, including commitments to:
- support new local business networks to emerge and existing ones to grow
- promote how the VSBC can help at this time
- share and promote the council’s support services for local traders
- support small business owners to continue trading throughout disruptive infrastructure works
- work towards streamlining approval processes for people looking to start a business
- continue to pay small business suppliers promptly – and more.
Key industries set to benefit include tourism – by far the most significant activity in the Borough, accounting for at least 45 per cent of the local economy – as well as construction and fishing.
The pledge builds on current supports in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), such as their 3225 Love Local Shop Local Facebook page
for promoting great business offerings to the local community – a one stop shop to buying local.
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