Acting Victorian Small Business Commissioner Mark Schramm will meet with Wodonga small businesses this Thursday, giving insights into a new initiative that will make it a lot easier for local businesses to do business.
This follows the City of Wodonga recently signing up to the Small Business Friendly Council (SBFC) initiative, placing them among the first local councils in Victoria to make this important commitment.
The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) has partnered with local councils to carry out this work, which aims to create a fair and competitive trading environment for small business.
Acting Commissioner Schramm said it’s great to see City of Wodonga sign up.
“It shows City of Wodonga is committed to cutting through red tape and providing local businesses with the support they need to run their business,” Acting Commissioner Schramm said.
“We’re working with local councils to deliver this initiative because they are a vital support for small businesses within the local community.”
In signing the SBFC Charter, City of Wodonga is pledging to:
- pay small businesses within 30 days
- support local businesses in managing the impacts of infrastructure projects
- streamline the approval process when starting a business
- help set up and support local business networks.
Minister for Small Business the Hon. Adem Somyurek MP, who recently launched the initiative, said the Victorian Government is committed to making Victoria a small business friendly place and that local governments are an important part of the equation.
“We know that red tape can be a barrier to growth for small business and that is why we are working with local government to improve regulatory processes and reduce the time and money small businesses spend on compliance,” Minister Somyurek said.
City of Wodonga joins Gannawarra Shire Council, Latrobe City Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, City of Yarra, Northern Grampians Shire Council, City of Glen Eira and Corangamite Shire in being among the first to sign up. The VSBC encourages other councils to follow their lead.