Local council throws its support behind small business

The Cardinia Shire Council in Victoria has committed to providing greater supports for small businesses in the local area.

The council has signed up to the Small Business Friendly Council initiative, which the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) is delivering to make it easier for people to start and run their businesses.

Commissioner Judy O’Connell recently met with Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Graeme Moore in Officer for the signing of the initiative’s Charter. The signing signifies the council’s commitment to work collaboratively to manage disruptions caused by infrastructure projects, pay small businesses within 30 days and work towards faster permit approvals for people starting a small business.

Minister for Small Business the Hon Adem Somyurek MP said the Victorian Government is committed to creating a fairer business environment. “Our Small Business Friendly Charter helps councils support local small businesses and boost economic growth,” Minister Somyurek said

Councillor Graeme Moore said signing the charter bolsters the council’s commitment to supporting local small business. He said, “With more than 8200 registered businesses, small businesses make big contributions to a local economy, and our shire has a strong and vibrant small business base with agriculture, manufacturing, retail and construction businesses all contributing to our local economy.”

“Council will continue to create, support and advocate for small business opportunities and we recognise that business growth and investment is vital to building sustainable communities and fostering local employment,” Cr Moore added.

Commissioner Judy O’Connell said local councils are a vital support when it comes to getting a small business up and running, and that working together is the key. “It’s great that Cardinia Shire Council has committed to work with us and local businesses in creating an inclusive and competitive operating environment for small business,” Commissioner O’Connell said.

In signing up, Cardinia Shire Council is building on the small business supports they currently provide in partnership with the City of Casey, including guidance in starting and promoting a new business, connecting with local business groups and taking part in business mentoring sessions.

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