Getting back to doing what we love

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I’ll keep this short, as I know you’ll be busier than ever right now! I’m so proud of the effort and determination of our amazing local businesses to see this pandemic through – and, now we have reached 70% double dosed, charging towards 80% and, indeed, beyond 90% – I know you’ll have already turned…

Taking It Outdoors: Supporting a safer way to open

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The Victorian Government is helping councils and businesses breathe new life into neighbourhoods with the $54.5 million Outdoor Economy Package. By funding a variety of outdoor activations, this package will ensure that local businesses, like shops, hairdressers, beauty services, dance studios and gyms will join restaurants and cafes as leaders in Victoria’s outdoor economy. Funding…

Boronia CBD Biz Facade Round 2 Grants OPEN

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ROUND 2 NOW OPEN: $100,000 worth of Business Façade Grants to help spruce up Boronia’s CBD! Following on from the first successful round of $50,000, I’m stoked to continue to back in local businesses in the Boronia CBD with a new round of Business Façade Grants as a part of the Andrews Labor Governments Boronia…

Local Business Plays Key Role in Fighting COVID-19 Locally

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Say g’day to the team Crux Biolabs – who are taking the fight up to COVID from right here in Bayswater, conducting critical research to help combat the virus. It was great to be given a guided tour by their CEO, Catherine and COO, Kate, to get a good sense of what they do in…

Funding Sustainable Solutions for Packaging Waste

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I encourage small to medium businesses, not for profit organisations and social enterprises locally to apply for up to $50,000 grants now open through the Investment Support Grants – Packaging. This funding will support businesses to create innovative solutions for packaging waste, including turning it into new products. Getting more value from our packaging waste…

Sparky on a Mission!

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Say g’day to the team from McCartney Electrical Solutions. It was great to catch up with them recently and have a chat about what they’ve been up to. Their Managing Director, Jonno, has a real passion for educating the next generation of electricians – so much so that he and his team were recognised at the…

Now Open: Small Business COVID Hardship Fund

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The Victorian Government is always looking for more ways to support more businesses in need. That’s why the Victorian Government’s Small Business COVID Hardship Fund will assist eligible small and medium businesses: whose operations have been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place between 27 May 2021 and August 2021 that have…

SDI Australia – Another Great Local

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SDI Australia, a family business, grew from humble beginnings to now employing hundreds of locals, manufacturing thousands of specialised dental equipment. And I’m so proud that it’s located in the very heart of the Bayswater Business Precinct! So well regarded are SDI, they were recently successful in the latest round of the Andrews Labor Government’s…

Electric Vehicles Leading The Way Locally

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It’s no secret I love getting out and about to our local businesses – but it’s always an added bonus when I get to ride an electric bike! My thanks to the team at EVS – Electric Vehicles Pty Ltd for hosting me and giving me a crash course in what you do (luckily the…

Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two & Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund

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Applications are now open for the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two July Extension and the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 July Extension. The extended programs give eligible businesses that did not apply in June, or have since become eligible, an opportunity to apply for the equivalent of July Top-Up Payments. Business Costs Assistance Program…