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Trying to make sense of the markets during Covid-19
The start of the new year has been unexpected to say the least. We’re here to break down the effect of the markets around the world.

The start of the new year has been unexpected to say the least. With social distancing measures in place, tens of thousands of Australians forced out of work and the threat of a health crisis on our doorstep, it’s safe to say 2020 is shaping up to be like no other.

The uncertainty has been felt across the globe and our markets haven’t been immune to the effects of COVID-19.

So, if you’re trying to make sense of it all, our Head of Economic and Market Research, David Robertson is here to help.

Business Development Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
Tell us how your business is coping during the COVID-19 pandemic

It has been a challenging few months for businesses, based off the chats our Economic Development team have had with local businesses throughout the State of Emergency Period. We would now like to get a sense of how you’re feeling before further restrictions are lifted. Please take six minutes to complete this survey, we’d love to hear from you.

Yarra Ranges Business – E-newsletter – Are you receiving it?

Ensure you are kept up to date with the latest information and support for business by subscribing to our e-news for business.

You will be the first to receive industry-related messaging, advice and updates about COVID-19, webinars and running a business in the region.

See what you are missing out on here

Business Development Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
Providing the Skills For Businesses To Emerge Stronger – Victoria State Government

The Victorian Government is giving businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic free access to top online short courses and training events so they can plan for a stronger future and take advantage of new opportunities.

The Government today launched Upskill My Business in partnership with key industry groups and education providers, as part of the $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package supporting Victorian businesses and workers through the impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

The online programs, short courses and events on the Upskill My Business platform cover topics ranging from business innovation and staff development to export preparation – important areas of development that can help shape the future of businesses and individuals.

Examples of courses now available include the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Adapting Your Business in a Pandemic and Deakin University’s Leading Culturally Diverse Teams in the Workplace.

Businesses can find out if there is a program to assist them and their workers at the Upskill My Business website,, or by calling the Business Victoria hotline on 13 22 15.

Sales Executive - GRV PRINT PTY LTD
Social Distancing – Are you ready for the new Normal?

Our New Normal – to keep our distance from each other, Staff & Customers alike, for the Safety of all!

As businesses reopen their doors, staff & customers return, we need to remind all, Social Distancing still applies.

It is easy to forget old habits, the handshake, the hug, leaning towards someone to speak or point out an item.

We at GRV PRINT are offering a simple, effective solution – peel & stick distancing reminder packs.

Available now – call Heinke directly on 0417 136 015 or email

Great Value $$$ & Lasting Quality.




Project Manager - Knox Council
BBP Connect is on LinkedIn

You can now follow @(BBP) Bayswater Business Precinct on LinkedIn.

A great way to expand the following of the platform and your business.

Follow today!

Business Development Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
Women on the Go – Expressions of interest open NOW to share your story with us

Women on the Go is a joint initiative between Yarra Ranges, Knox & Maroondah Councils, celebrating 13 years in 2020, giving local business women an opportunity to network and promote their businesses.

This event, a little different this year due to COVID-19 & therefore being held virtually, is for women working from home, in retail, manufacturing, health, tourism, agriculture, creative industries & more. Commencing with a virtual small business expo, providing an opportunity to learn more and network with others from across the region. A forum follows with guest speakers and presentations from Council’s Small Business team.

Do you have a business journey of resilience that you would like to share?

We are inviting women in business the opportunity to share your story as part of the event.

Expressions of interest are open now until 8am Monday 25th May, tell us a little about your business resilience story & what you would like to share with others.

Save the date for this event : Thursday 11th June 9.30am-12pm – registrations will be opening soon.

Business Partner, Beauty trainer - Inspiring Beauty Training Salon
Feeling the love during the Corona Pandemic

I just wanted to share a story with you.  As a beauty training salon located in the heart of Bayswater, we, like many others, closed our doors back in March for what appears to be an uncertain period of time.  By doing so, we closed the doors to our 50 beauty students, 100’s of loyal and supportive clients and our small team of amazing employees.  We have adapted to online learning, no easy feat considering we are a kinesthetic industry.

About a week ago, my business partner, Natalie, and I were preparing for an online class when there was an unexpected knock at the door.  We went to answer it only to find no-one there but two lovely gift boxes left on the doorstep.

Within these gift boxes we found some beautiful handmade gifts, chocolates and hand written cards expressing gratitude for the work we have done during our time in iso, and it was signed from “all of your students 2020”.

To say we were blown away is an understatement and the tears flowed as we realized just how blessed we are.  Thinking about our students and the wonderful gesture reminds us everyday of the reason we are in this business and we look forward to the day we are all back in the training salon together again.

Robyn Bartley

Victorian Chamber- FREE MEMBERSHIPS

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is currently offering FREE Memberships to any Victorian Business.

Services you’ll have access to include;

  • 2 Free calls to our Workplace Relations Advice Line
  • $700 in credit to put towards training/consulting
  • 4 free networking tickets
  • Access to over 400 workplace relations tools and templates
  • Access to discounts and offers on our Connect portal

There’s no obligation to pay anything or to continue with membership if you don’t see value.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Business Investment Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
Be Kind to Business Directory

Do your bit to help reduce the spread of the virus by shopping locally and supporting local business during COVID-19.  Search for businesses trading near you by location, keyword, or category and help support the local economy.

Business Investment Officer - Yarra Ranges Council
AMGC – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Manufacturer response register

The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre houses this register to capture expressions of interest from Australian manufacturers and individuals looking to assist with the supply of goods, services or knowledge in tackling the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. As the situation develops, there may be a need for the goods you manufacture, the supplies you hold or the skills you have to be called upon.

Register Now