Glenelg Shire to see a rise in local small business supports

Victorian Small Business Commission

Glenelg Shire’s local business owners will benefit from more support in getting through the pandemic, with the local council the 45th to join the Small Business Friendly Council initiative.

The initiative is all about making it easier to do business locally, and it’s being rolled out across the state by the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) in partnership with councils.
Commissioner Judy O’Connell and Glenelg Shire Council made it official by signing the initiative’s Charter, committing the council to:
  • helping new business networks to get up and running and existing ones to grow
  • paying local businesses promptly
  • helping prevent infrastructure works from impacting on small business trade
  • streamlining approval processes for people looking to start a business locally
  • promoting ways the VSBC can help.
Most of the Shire’s 1,800+ businesses are small businesses that could gain from this pledge across industries including agriculture, forestry and fishing, manufacturing and retail trade.
The move builds on existing council measures, including the Retail Facade Improvement Program for assisting local businesses that want to improve the appearance of their premises.
Glenelg Shire Council joins nearby Corangamite Shire and Ararat Rural City Council in having said ‘yes!’ to backing their local business owners through this initiative.
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