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Immerse 2021

Immerse 2021 is a vibrant festival celebrating the arts in unexpected places. From mid-November, the City of Knox will transform into a living art gallery. This year, the program is offered in a hybrid format, allowing both online and in-person ...

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Knox Community Welfare Fund (Knox Gives)

The Knox Community Welfare Fund, Knox Gives, relies on generous contributions from businesses and individuals who are passionate about assisting those in the Knox Community experiencing hardship, isolation and social disadvantage.  The Knox Com...

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Knox Virtual Carols by Candlelight

Join us (online) for our much loved Carols by Candlelight! This year’s evening will be a fun and festive virtual event featuring: outstanding local and nationally acclaimed performers sing-a-long carols family entertainment the ...

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Protecting our green areas

Following community consultation in March and April 2020, City Strategy & Planning have developed the draft Green Areas and Rural Strategy (GARS). The project aims to: gather evidence and develop a better understanding of the values and pri...

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Resources to help your business re-open

Victoria is reopening, in line with the Roadmap to Delivering the National Plan . This means that from Friday 22 October 2021, people over the age of 16 must show they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of entry to some businesse...

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COVID Concierge service for business

Knox business owners needing support with COVIDSafe requirements, can get one-on-one help through our COVID Concierge service . This service is designed to help businesses stay safe and open for our community, and local economy. Our dedicated CO...

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Global Advisory Program for business innovation

Take your new innovation to market with Eastern Innovation’s (EI) experienced ecosystem of advisors.  Eastern Innovation ’s Advisors help businesses grow by guiding their new innovation to product and market fit. Using their specialised career ex...

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Boosting Coworking Voucher Program

Access Coworking Spaces and Meeting Rooms in the Eastern Metro Region   What is the Boosting Coworking Voucher Program? The Victorian Government, through Eastern Metropolitan Partnerships have supported Flexible Workspace Australia (FWA) to d...

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Small-Scale and Craft Program

Stream three of Small-Scale and Craft Program focuses on creating unique visitor or ongoing tourism experiences that involve and are directly linked to multiple small-scale and craft agribusinesses Applications for Stream Three under the Small-Scal...

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Stringybark Snippets

Stringybark Snippets is taking place until 17 October 2021 on the  Knox Arts and Events Facebook page .  Stringybark Festival is an annual event celebrating all things homemade, home grown and upcycled in the City of Knox. This much loved community...

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October is National Safe Work Month

October is National Safe Work Month—a time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace. Safe Work Australia asks business owners, workers and employers across Australia to commit to safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians. Being hea...

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Pop-up vaccination clinic: 8-10 October 2021

Fairhills High School is hosting a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic where the local community can get vaccinated. You can walk in to get vaccinated. No bookings are required. The clinic is providing first and second dose vaccinations.   F...

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Victoria backs the State's Construction Industry

The  Victorian Government has announced a $196.6 million support package  of cash grants for thousands of construction operators most affected by lockdown restrictions as the industry prepares to reopen next week. The package will enable support fo...

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COVID Concierge service for business

Business owners needing support with COVIDSafe requirements, can get one-on-one help through our COVID Concierge service. This new service is designed to help businesses stay safe and open for our community, and local economy. Our dedicated COVID...

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ATO webinars for Small Businesses

The  Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers  free  webinars for small businesses to improve skills and knowledge in running a small business. Some of these webinars are available in  Chinese ,  Arabic  and  Vietnamese . There are general topics t...

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Tackling Ageism in the Workplace

As people live longer many will choose or need to work longer. There are many benefits to continuing to work as we get older including a sense of purpose, independence, dignity and social connectedness. Research shows that age-diverse workplaces, w...

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Apply now: Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 3

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 3. The program offers grants to small landlords who are doing the right thing by waiving rent for their tenants as part of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme...

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Impending Waste Tyre Export Ban

Each year, Australia generates 450,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres each year, of which 75 per cent is from passenger cars, buses and trucks. While around 72 per cent go to productive outcomes, the remainder is sent to landfill, buried or stockpiled. ...

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Extended Support For Victorian Businesses

The  Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have announced a jointly-funded support package to provide a critical four-week boost to small and medium-sized Victorian businesses most impacted by current public health restrictions. The joint package...

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Small Business Debt Helpline

Small businesses are more than someone being their own boss. They’re supporting their local sports teams, teaching a trade to a younger generation, and building a relationship with their employees and regular customers. They’re passionate about wha...

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Now open: Investment Support Grants - Packaging

Sustainability Victoria are launching round two of the Investment Support Grants – Packaging on behalf of the Victorian Government. The fund supports small and medium enterprises (SMEs), not for profits (NFPs) and social enterprises to pursue p...

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Women’s Health Week

Women’s Health Week runs from the  6-10 September 2021  and is a nation-wide campaign centred around empowering women and improving their health and wellbeing. Neami National are running two free ‘Body Talks’ information sessions for women which...

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Tax and super news

The Small Business newsroom is the place to go for all your tax and super news in one place.   Small Business Newsroom   The articles below can be accessed via the Small Business Newsroom or by opening the links: Know what concessio...

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Boronia Revitalisation Board Recruitment

The Boronia Revitalisation Board currently has two vacancies open for applications. The Board is appointed by the Minister for Suburban Development to provide strategic advice on suburban revitalisation priorities and support the delivery of local...

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Extended Melbourne Lockdown

After almost two weeks of restrictions in Victoria, it’s clear the number of coronavirus cases out in the community is still too high, it’s spreading too far and there are too many exposure sites cropping up every day. The average exposure days, th...

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Seven Day Lockdown to Keep Victorians Safe

Due to the COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours – suspected to be the highly infectious Delta variant – Victoria will enter a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm tonight, Thursday 5 August. With suspected Delta cases infectious i...

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Rent Relief On The Way For Commercial Tenants

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new legislation today to provide rent relief to commercial tenants that have experienced a loss in turnover of more than 30 per cent during the pandemic. Eligible businesses will benefit from rent relief ...

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Renewable Hydrogen Grants Now Open 29/07/2021

The Victorian Government has announced two new grant programs aimed at assisting businesses to transition to renewable hydrogen. Pushing The Frontiers Of Renewable Hydrogen - Premier of Victoria Renewable hydrogen offers enormous potential as ...

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The Early Ethical Enterprise Pitch Competition

Applications Now Open Moral Fairground Pty Ltd is calling out for passionate entrepreneurs working on businesses that are designed to make a difference. Do you have an idea that you’d focused on turning into a business? Does your start-up bu...

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Victoria's new Environment Protection Laws

The  Environment Protection Act 2017  came into effect on 1 July 2021. This means Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is more equipped than ever to meet the environmental challenges facing Victoria. The new Act is focussed on the prevention of r...

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Women on the Go 2021

Knox City Council are excited to announce our face to face event, Women on the Go 2021. Join us for our 14th networking event focussed on wellness. This is a great opportunity to meet business owners in Knox and Council’s Economic Development Team....

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Climate Response Survey

Knox City Council are collecting information to understand how different kinds of businesses in Knox are impacted by climate change. This survey has been designed to collect feedback from businesses in The City of Knox to help Council understand wh...

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Digital Jobs Program

The Victorian Government’s Digital Jobs program is creating a new pipeline of talent to meet the digital skills needs of Victorian employers. Digital Jobs takes capable, experienced mid-career workers looking for a career change and helps them be...

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Venue-assisted QR code check-in process (Kiosk)

  Whilst the QR code `check in’ process may be second nature to many of us, unfortunately this is not the case with all members of our community. It is for this reason that the Victorian Government QR Code Service has enabled the introduction of Ki...

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Extra Cash Support For Melbourne Businesses

The Victorian Government has expanded the Business Costs Assistance Program to provide a further $2,000 payment to businesses that are closed due to extended restrictions, including gyms, dance schools and yoga studios. This is on top of the $5,000 p...

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Update to COVID-19 restrictions from 11.59pm Thursday, 10 June

See full list of restrictions and changes from 11.59pm Thursday, 10 June 2021.                                                                                                                                                                            ...

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QR Code information sessions for businesses

The Victorian Multicultural Commission is holding information sessions for businesses as listed below.  Vietnamese Business Community – QR Code Wednesday, 9 June 2021 - 6.00pm to 7.00pm   Indian Business Community – QR Code W...

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Support Extended For Victorian Businesses

The Victorian Government will double existing support payments for businesses affected by the extension of the circuit-breaker restrictions. Building on the $250.7 million support package announced last Sunday, a new allocation of up to $209.3 mill...

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Circuit Breaker Business Support Package

The Victorian Government has launched the $250 million Circuit Breaker Business Support Package to assist small to medium businesses and sole traders, under  the circuit breaker restrictions announced on 27 May 2021 . The package will support bu...

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Circuit breaker restrictions

Restrictions will be in place from 11.59pm Thursday 27 May to 11.59pm on Thursday 3 June. Stay at home unless: Shopping for necessary goods and services Caregiving or compassionate reasons Authorised work or education Exercise...

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COVID-19 Household Impact Survey

We need your help to understand the community impacts of COVID-19 Knox City Council is working to best respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and the evolving needs of our community. To help us better understand local needs, we are seeking input from ...

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Knox Community Welfare Fund (Knox Gives)

The Knox Community Welfare Fund ‘Knox Gives’ relies on generous contributions from businesses and individuals who are passionate about assisting those in the Knox Community experiencing hardship, isolation and social disadvantage.  The Knox Comm...

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Business Competitiveness Program

Program overview The Business Competitiveness Program will assist small and medium manufacturers with an existing presence in Victoria to expand their manufacturing operations and implement new manufacturing technologies and processes that provi...

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Corporate National Tree Day

There are a host of reasons why trees are good for the environment, not least of which is their ability to improve air quality, mask urban noise and beautify surroundings, which helps attract business to the area.  National Tree Day is an opportunity...

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Corporate National Tree Day 2021

Get your business involved in this year's National Tree Day! Friday 23 July 2021 Scoresby Linear Reserve, Cnr Borg Crescent and Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby (Planting location: Middle section of Scoresby Linear Reserve - Melway Ref: 7...

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Maroondah BizWeek 2021 - Fast Forward

Monday 24 May to Wednesday 2 June 2021   Accelerate your business at Maroondah BizWeek 2021! Maroondah BizWeek 2021 will Fast Forward your business knowledge and skills through online workshops and events. The popular annual program, now in...

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Boronia Facade Upgrade Project

As part of the Boronia Revitalisation Program, a major façade upgrade program is being implemented to assist businesses with upgrades to revamp their shopfront. The central Boronia business area has been chosen for a revitalisation boost, as part o...

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Picnic in The Basin - May 2021

Enjoy a unique, cosy, fully undercover picnic and dining area in The Basin Triangle from Saturday 15 to Sunday 30 May 2021. This outdoor dining area is open to the general public for their personal use (no bookings required). It is the ideal sp...

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SEMMA New Member Evening

SEMMA are pleased to announce their first New Member Networking Event since COVID! All new members who have joined SEMMA over the past year who have not yet attended a New Member event will be invited – it will be their biggest and most diverse yet...

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Small Business Bus 2021 update

On Monday, 3 May 2021 the Small Business Bus is visiting  Mountain Gate Shopping Centre in Ferntree Gully.  For a limited time,  Business Victoria  is offering free 45 minute coaching sessions as part of their Wellbeing and Emotional Health ...

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Business Victoria - New Website

Business Victoria are thrilled to announce the launch of their new look Business Victoria website .  In response to user feedback to make it easier to find the guidance, services and training you need to successfully start, run and transform ...

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Jobs Victoria Fund - now open

The Jobs Victoria Fund is providing $250 million in wage subsidies to assist Victorian businesses to employ at least 10,000 people who are looking for work. If you are a Victorian employer ready to take on new staff, the Jobs Victoria Fund can f...

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Backing Business With New Tech Adoption Support

  The Andrews Labor Government is helping small to medium-size businesses implement digital solutions that improve productivity, drive growth and create jobs through a new funding program. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital...

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Boosting Female Founders Initiative - Round 2

The Boosting Female Founders Initiative (the Initiative) commenced in 2020 to provide targeted support to female founders of startups to scale into domestic and global markets. The Initiative will also provide expert mentoring and advice to meritor...

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AMGC Commercialisation Fund

What is it? The Australian Government’s $30 million Commercialisation Fund will support Australian manufacturers to turn good ideas into world-beating realities that create more local jobs. The fund, which will be administered by the Advanced Manu...

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Eastern Innovation Coworking Event - 25 March

Victoria’s leading Coworking Operators have come together to form a Think Tank that is reimagining the future of work, disrupting commercial leasing and rebooting the economy in 2021. With 5 initiatives in progress, the first to launch is Melbou...

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Interns in Industry 2021

Connecting Deakin students with local businesses The Deakin Interns in Industry program is returning for 2021. If your business is time or resource poor, or looking to bring fresh ideas and a new perspective into your workplace - the...

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Business Clean Up Day 2021

Business Clean Up Day was held on Tuesday, 2 March. Clean Up Australia Day Sponsors, SodaStream encourage all Knox businesses, and community groups to register their own clean-up site and make this event bigger and better each year. A big than...

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Clean Up Australia Day

Clean Up Australia Day is an annual event that has been helping to clean up Australia for 30 years and provides the community and businesses with opportunities to make a difference in their local environment. It is held in  March  each year, but of c...

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Business Support and Resources

There are many business support services and resources currently available to businesses. Below are links to Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, business grant opportunities and general business support and resources.    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) IN...

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Small Business Support Toolkits

Business Victoria has been working on remodelling the workshops program through face-to-face, virtual and web-enabled learning pathways. The new program, Small Business Support Toolkits will be delivered through an enhanced business coaching form...

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Cultural Diversity Week 2021

Cultural Diversity Week (CDW) is 21-28 March 2021 . To celebrate Cultural Diversity Week 2021, Knox City Council, in partnership with the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne) and Welcoming Cities , is excited to host ‘Campfire Conversati...

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Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package

  Victoria’s business community has been greatly impacted by the global pandemic. To help businesses manage this impact, the Victorian Government has announced a further $143 million package to support eligible businesses impacted by the circuit ...

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COVIDSafe Summer restrictions

Following the Victorian Government's announcement today , the below are links to resources and information updated to help you understand what this means:   Summary of the changes Victorian Government COVID-19 information hub P...

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LGBTIQ+ Needs Analysis

Knox City Council recognises it has an important role to play in supporting and addressing social equity issues affecting marginalised and/or at-risk communities and businesses. We are currently undertaking a needs analysis to better understand the...

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Five Day Lockdown

COVID Business Update Following the Victorian Government's announcement today of a five day lockdown , the below are links to resources and information that will be updated to help you understand what this means:   Summary of the changes...

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Free small business advice

  You can now access your first service offering from the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS) program for free. Get help to use digital tools to save you time and money, and grow your business. Learn more       ...

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Jobmaker Hiring Credit

  The JobMaker Hiring Credit is here and is giving businesses and young people impacted by COVID-19 a helping hand. Helping young people secure jobs now will build their skills, improve their career prospects and support Australia's economic recove...

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Telco tips for small businesses

  Telco products and services are more important than ever for businesses. Check out the new Telco tips for small businesses fact sheet to help you make the most of your telco services. Find out more             ...

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JobKeeper Payment extension 2 has started

  The second JobKeeper Payment extension started on 4 January and ends 28 March 2021. Employers can be eligible for the second JobKeeper extension even if they were not eligible for the first extension. To be eligible employers will need to sh...

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New online services for business

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has launched a new service - Online services for business to make it easier for you to interact with the ATO online to manage your tax and super obligations. Learn more             ...

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Stay on top of your cash flow

  During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your cash flow. The Cash Flow Coaching Kit can help you understand and manage your business’ cash flow, particularly in times of financial stress. The kit contains ea...

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Valentine's Day Business Offers

UPDATE: New restrictions over the next 5 days unfortunately means that Victorians are only allowed to shop for essentials and takeaway or delivered food. Perhaps consider online purchases in your local area this Valentine's Day or saving up your tre...

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Accessing mental health counselling

If you're feeling stressed, worried or overwhelmed, you're not alone – know you can call the Partners in Wellbeing helpline on 1300 375 330 for free and confidential mental health support and financial counselling (weekdays 9am–10pm, weekends 9am–5...

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Being proactive about your wellbeing

Creating your own mental health plan is a way to make sure you have strategies to call on to look after your wellbeing. It’s also an important part of planning for business continuity and resilience.  Visit our website  to get started.  ...

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Changes to insolvency laws

The Australian Government introduced new insolvency processes on 1 January 2021 to strengthen supports for people in small business.  The changes aim to make insolvency processes simpler, less time consuming and less costly, and to let more peo...

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From the Business Victoria Hub...

  5 business trends to expect in 2021 including a greater emphasis on local communities and sustainability, a renewed focus on resilience and risk management and more experimentation from adaptive businesses Free and low-cost w...

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From the Commissioner

Victorian small business owners have shown incredible strength and resilience in responding to the challenges and adapting to the changing circumstances of 2020. As we work on getting through to the other side of the pandemic, I encourage you to stay...

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Making the small business friendly pledge

  With local councils playing a crucial role in supporting small businesses, we're thrilled that Moorabool Shire Council is the latest to officially sign up to our Small Business Friendly Council initiative, joining 43 other councils in making the pl...

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Managing disruption to small business trade

With infrastructure projects happening across the state to meet the needs of our growing communities, it's vital that we take steps to ensure the disruption they cause doesn't put a strain on small business . That's why we're engaging with key stakeh...

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Should I close my small business?

If you’re finding that your small business is no longer viable, you might need to consider closing your business. Making this decision isn’t easy, however, there are resources to help including: guidance on warning signs your business could b...

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Unfair contract terms and how to spot them

Did you know that the Australian Consumer Law protects small business owners from unfair terms in standard form contracts? Unfair terms include ones that: allow only one party to avoid or limit their obligations under the contract allow o...

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COVID 19 Update for Businesses

The Victorian Government encourages business to  check the following: Review and update their COVIDSafe Plan  to ensure compliance, random spot checks are occurring in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.  Ensure fitted  face mas...

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Victorian Government QR Code Service

A free QR code service from the Victorian Government is now available for all Victorian businesses and venues. The records help contact tracers in the event a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) is identified. There are no ongoing costs for busin...

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Bayswater Business Precinct (BBP)

The Bayswater Business Precinct (BBP) is a thriving business and employment community thatis home to over 4,800 businesses and which supports more than 30,000 local jobs. Well known across Australia and internationally for its skills in heavy vehic... (Knox Economic Development)


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New Check In System for Business Across Victoria

Victorian business owners across the state can now access a free QR Code Service which will help make things easy as we continue our economic recovery. The Victorian Government’s QR Code Service can be used by businesses and venues to keep records ...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Recovery

We're here to help your business adapt and build resilience through these challenging times. It is our priority to support the recovery of our community and local economy, by providing a range of relief measures for businesses, and support initiative...

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Knox Business Life Issue 61, April 2018

  Knox Business Life Issue 61, April 2018 In this Issue you will find: Nitto moves to Knox Homewood apprentice wins Skill/jobs pop-up at Knox Fest Mayor's message Siemens code camp for kids    Tell us what you thin...

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MDLC a Learn Local Legend

Victorians who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through community education have been recognised at the 2017 Victorian Learn Local Awards. The awards recognise the inspirational efforts of learners, practitioners and training p...

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Business community helps on Tree Day

Knox City Council has once again hosted a successful Corporate National Tree Day planting event. Held in July, more than 1,000 grasses, shrubs and trees were planted at Ferny Creek Reserve in Upper Ferntree Gully, contributing to the habitat and fo...

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Excellence Award for Peter Chaffey

Peter Chaffey has received the EDA Award for Excellence - Agent of Change - for his pioneering work in developing and delivering a host of projects that have driven innovation and change over the past 35 years. Economic Development Australia (EDA) ...

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Solar 4 RVs makes award shortlist

The My Business Awards is the longest-standing business awards program in Australia and identifies and acknowledges the achievements of Australia’s best business operators. Winners of these prestigious awards represent the best of the best and in t...

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Closing the manufacturing divide

At a time when technology has a huge bearing over the industry’s future, Australia’s manufacturers are running at different paces. Mark Dingley, Matthews Australasia’s newly appointed CEO, discusses the implications for an industry stuck in two minds...

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New leaders take the helm at Knox City Council

Newly elected Knox City Council Mayor, Cr John Mortimore, has previewed a year of growth and delivery—thanking his colleagues for their faith in his leadership. Mayor Mortimore said he was thrilled to be elected to the role at a meeting of Council ...

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Women on the Go Forum another full house

The 2017 Women on the Go Forum and Expo on 25 August did not disappoint the packed room at Knox City Council's municipal offices. A varied mix of exhibitors bordered the room offering everything from photography and women’s fitness to a youth servi...

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A revitalised Bayswater Village

The transformation of Bayswater Village is nearing completion. This renewal started in 2016 with the removal of the level crossings at both Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road. The works included the construction of a premium train station built s...

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Planning for Henderson Road bridge underway

Knox City Council will be constructing a new road bridge linking Henderson Road North to Henderson Road South. Planning for the bridge across Corhanwarrabul Creek is well underway and when construction is completed in June 2019, the bridge will: ...

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Energy Savers and Solar Savers for businesses

  A Local Government initiative making energy efficiency easy. Solar Savers is a long running program and is now open to the business community. From now on not just residents but businesses as well will be able to register their interest at ...

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BizLibrary

Have you visited BizLibrary? Discover the latest resources to boost your business in the digital age at bizlibrary.com.au . Explore comprehensive how-to guides and step by step video tutorials covering website construction, managing mobile paymen...

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