Supporting local businesses

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Business support and advice 

Advice, updates and support to help your business plan and respond to Coronavirus is available from Business Victoria. You can also call their business support hotline on: 13 22 15

Business Victoria finder: Business Victoria has launched a new tool to help businesses, sole traders, apprentices, trainees, or employees identify support or financial assistance available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding finder: The Shire has a platform called Funding Finder which lists all funding opportunities provided by state, federal and philanthropic grant programs all in one place, including all COVID-19 funding support.

Current Restrictions for Business

Further information on the latest restrictions is available on the Victorian Government website here.

Specific business information and guides are available on the Business Victoria website. The include:

Food safety, hygiene and your business

Information for health businesses

Food business requirements

Food handlers, staff or volunteers must not work while ill and can only return to work with a clearance certificate from their doctor. Information on Coronavirus exclusion measures for staff and volunteers.

Support Local Business Directory

The Shire has created a new online business directory that promotes your business to our community during these changed times. Local businesses are able to create a listing on the directory and update it regularly to keep customers informed about how their business is adapting or changing its operations during Coronavirus.

Visit the mpbusiness.com.au/supportlocalbusiness directory to search for businesses, update your listing or create a new listing.

Mornington Peninsula Shire economic support package

The Mornington Peninsula Shire has developed a business support package designed to help the local community through the unprecedented effects of COVID-19.

The package includes a range of support initiatives including a Business Concierge service, ‘Supporting Local Business’ campaign, advocacy to State and Federal departments, fast tracking of approvals and compliance matters, temporary cessation of  fees and charges, support for local contractors and rate and rent relief options for those in Council properties.

Read more about our Business and Economic Support Package

For more information on support that is available for your business please phone 1300 850 600 or email business@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

Online training resources available through our libraries

There are a range of great training resources available to Library members through their website that can help your business and staff transition to operating online. This includes free access to Lynda.com which offers training in online meetings, productivity tools and more. Visit the Library website to learn more.

Vic Government Economic survival package

The Victorian Government has established an economic survival package to support Victorian businesses and workers through the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find the Economic Survival factsheet here.

Business Support Fund

The Victorian Government has launched the $500 million Business Support Fund to support small businesses in the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic so they can survive and keep people in work.

$10,000 grants are available to eligible small businesses that:

  • employ staff
  • have been subject to closure or are highly impacted by Victoria’s shutdown restrictions announced to-date
  • have a turnover of more than $75,000
  • have payroll of less than $650,000

Apply for the Business Support Fund.

For the latest updates & support for your business please visit the dedicated Business Victoria Coronavirus Support website page.

You can also call the Business Victoria dedicated hotline on 13 22 15.

Australian Government Economic Stimulus Package

For the latest information on the Australian Government’s economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak refer to Treasury’s Coronavirus page.

The Australian Government is supporting Australian businesses to manage cash flow challenges and retain employees. Assistance includes cash flow support to businesses and temporary measures to provide relief for financially distressed businesses.

  • JobKeeper payment
  • Boosting cash flow for employers
  • Temporary relief for financially distressed businesses
  • Increasing the instant asset write-off
  • Backing business investment
  • Supporting apprentices and trainees

For the latest information on the Australian Government’s economic response to the COVID-19 outbreak refer to Treasury’s Coronavirus page.