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To our Maribyrnong Business Community, 

Welcome to the first edition of Maribyrnong Business News for 2021.

What a turbulent few days the lockdown circuit breaker was, but a good opportunity to pivot yet again and put what we learnt last year into action.

It's business as (COVID) usual for most Victorian's with the Victorian Government announcing lockdown restrictions will ease from 11.59pm, Wednesday 17 February. Read the Premier's media release below. 

If your require business support and information from our Economic Development team, email business@maribyrnong.vic.gov.au


Best wishes
City of Maribyrnong Team

Victoria's lockdown will end tonight 

The Victorian Government has announced the easing of restrictions for most of Victoria from 11.59pm tonight. Masks will still be mandatory but the 5km rule will now be lifted.

All hospitality businesses must have electronic record keeping and a distancing rule of 1 per 2sqm of space.

Read the full list of restrictions for your industry.





Better Business Incubator

Are you a small business owner looking to grow in 2021?

Better Business Incubator is an 8 week program providing business owners with insights and valuable resources to leverage your business into a successful one. If you feel like you’ve reached a crossroads and you’re in need of an injection of knowledge to take you to the next phase, the Better Business Incubator is perfect for you:

  • Weekly Masterclass workshops
  • Access to industry leaders
  • Personalised mentoring
  • Valuable business connections 
Presented by The Founders Co., a collective of strategic and creative founders who are all members of the Maribyrnong community, you will have access to specialists in strategic planning, brand and marketing, performance growth and content creation, all deeply passionate about helping you better your business.

This great initiative is proudly supported by Maribyrnong City Council, offering participants a subsidised registration fee, saving you over 50% on the standard cost.

Visit www.foundersco.com.au to register your interest. 



FREE Business Workshops 
 
The Australian Government has expanded the ASBAS Digital Solutions Training Program by an extra 10,000 places nationwide. 

This FREE program includes mentoring, workshops and training for businesses who wish to upskill or learn ways to improve digital technology in their business. 

There are a number of upcoming workshops scheduled for March including: 

Visit ASBAS and the Melbourne Innovation Centre for a full list of upcoming workshops. 

Small Business Wellbeing Support Program
As part of the Victorian Government’s $26 million Wellbeing and
Mental Health Support program for small businesses, the Partners
in Wellbeing Helpline
is there to support you and your employees.

The Helpline offers free and confidential one-on-one access to highly experienced wellbeing and mental health counsellors who understand exactly what you're going through.

This program also offers free financial counselling and advice and access to financial experts who can provide advice, support and and information on managing debts and other financial concerns. 
More information about support for your business



JobMaker Hiring Credit 
The JobMaker Hiring Scheme is an incentive for Australian businesses to employ additional young jobseekers aged 16-35 years.

Eligible employers can access the JobMaker Hiring Credit for each eligible additional employee they hire between 7 October 2020 and 6 October 2021. The credit is paid directly to employers to help cover the costs of employing new staff. 

Visit the ATO website for more information or to apply. 

New Funding Supports LGBTIQ+ Sector in Covid-19 Recovery
From now until 15 March 2021, businesses and organisations in the LGBTIQ+ sector can apply for grants between $30,000 and $50,000. 

Throughout the pandemic, businesses and organisations that support these communities have faced significant challenges, including increased demand for support services, business shutdowns and other financial pressures. 
Funding can be used to sustain staffing levels, employ new workers and cover costs such as rent, insurance and service provision. 
Apply now



Business Tip of the day
The Victorian Government QR Code Service is free for all Victorian businesses, organisations, clubs and events. These records help contact tracers in the event of a positive identified case. Ensure your business has a QR code. 
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