Victorian Small Business Commission
Local businesses in Loddon Shire will benefit from a boost in supportive measures, with the local council signing up to be a Small Business Friendly Council.
The Victorian Small Business Commission is working with local councils on the roll out of this initiative, which is about making it easier to start, run and grow a small business locally.
Signing up means the council is committing to a range of measures, including helping to set up and support local business networks, paying small businesses within 30 days and helping to manage impacts to trade caused by infrastructure works.
With over 1,000 businesses across industries including agriculture, manufacturing and health that could benefit, long-time resident and Mayor Cr Cheryl McKinnon is pleased to be on board.
“We’re committed to economic development in our Shire and becoming a part of this initiative is an important way that we can further support our local small businesses to flourish,” Cr McKinnon said.
Minister for Small Business the Hon Adem Somyurek MP said the Victorian Government is committed to creating a fairer business environment.
“Our Small Business Friendly Council initiative helps councils to support local small businesses and boost economic growth,” Minister Somyurek said.
Commissioner Judy O’Connell said councils are a central support for people looking to start or grow a small business locally.
“I’m really pleased to see Loddon Shire pledge to strengthen their supports and help create a level playing field for local business owners,” Commissioner O’Connell said.
Loddon Shire Council joins neighbouring councils that have also made the pledge, including Gannawarra Shire Council, City of Greater Bendigo, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council and Buloke Shire Council.