Charter is big news for small business

The City of
Greater Geelong is working with the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC)
to improve the trading environment for local small businesses.

The City
has signed the VSBC’s Small Business Friendly Charter, officially becoming a small
business friendly council.

As a small
business friendly council, the City commits to:

  • Reducing
    payment times for small business suppliers;
  • Working
    with small businesses to manage the impacts of infrastructure projects;
  • Streamlining
    the approval process for starting a business; and
  • Helping
    set up and support local business networks.

collected from local business owners will also make it simpler to set up and
run small businesses in Geelong.

Signing the
Small Business Friendly Charter builds on existing support services like the
City’s Business Concierge service.

Introduced in
early 2019, the Business Concierge Service guides people through the permit
process when they are starting a business in Greater Geelong.

The free
service is part of the Victorian Government’s Better Approvals Project to find
practical reforms that save businesses time and money.

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