We are a Small Business Friendly Council

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a significant economic impact on the Mornington Peninsula’s economy and on the small business sector, of which 92 percent employ less than 5 people.

Council continues to support and develop growing the capacity of small businesses on our Peninsula particularity as a response to COVID-19. In May 2019, Council became a Small Business Friendly Council with the launch of a Charter to support small businesses.

Small business charter

The Charter is an agreement between Council and the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) to create a fair-trading environment for small businesses. Some of these agreements will include:

  1. Work with small businesses disrupted by infrastructure projects
  2. Support the creation of small business networks across Victoria
  3. Streamlined permit approvals processes for small businesses
  4. Prompt payment to small businesses
  5. Easy to read, easy to understand information for Victorian small businesses
  6. Open channels of communication between the VSBC and local councils

Small business champion

Recently Council showed its support for the small business sector by again publicly affirming its commitment to the Small Business Charter, and appointing Councillor Anthony Marsh as the Small Business Champion. Council will consult with businesses to develop a refreshed economic development strategy in 2022.

Small business support

The Small Business Charter is just one way that Council is supporting local businesses. Businesses can also list their business for free on the dedicated business website mpbusiness.com.au and tap into Council's Support Local campaign. 

The website also offers information on a large range of industry workshops, business mentoring and resources to help business upskill.

Subscribe to the business newsletter to stay up to date with the latest business news.

The Small Business Charter is in alignment with Council’s $10 million recovery package adopted earlier this year. Over $2 million has now been allocated to a COVID-19 Recovery Grant program for businesses to provide direct financial support to those who have been most impacted by the ongoing lockdowns and restrictions. 

View all grants on our Grants and Funding page