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Business Support

For information on support available for business, recent research, statistical data and advise about business opportunities or niche markets, assistance with funding applications or general knowledge contact the Economic Development Unit. Information about the region can also be found on the following links. 

Visit East Gippsland

Economic Profile                                   

Community Atlas

Community Profile


Business Victoria also offers information about starting, running and growing your business.




Make Your Business Shine Project

The Make Your Business Shine Project offers traders in the Lakes Entrance CBD area free business training & support.


Designed to assist traders to maximise sales through creating a point of difference in their customer service and visual presentation of their retail space & shopfronts. The project also offers access to quick response grants to assist in upgrading tired shopfront infrastructure.


Two free business training workshops will be offered including, Customer Service Excellence, how to showcase your business, and Visual Merchandising followed by a networking night with a guest speaker who will focus on Creativity on a Budget.

In the workshops you will learn:

  • how to use your retail space most effectively,
  • simple principles of visual merchandising that will showcase your products,
  • how customer service is actually another product you sell.


 In addition, the Creativity on a Budget networking night will leave you with some great ideas for upgrading your shopfront.


To assist traders with the cost of shop front upgrades you can apply for a quick response grant.


Grant guidelines and application


The program also offers:

  • A free professional assessment and written report of your store. This will include creative ideas to upgrade the visual appeal of your shopfront.
  • Access to a one-on-one consultation with an experienced business mentor.

Registrations for the workshops are essential, to register go to Trybooking.


For further information about this initiative contact Stephen Kleinitz on (03) 5153 9500 or email.


East Victoria - Jobs Hub

Need more staff?  Connect with local job seekers via East Victoria Jobs Hub.

Employers can access a community of willing and active local candidates. You can also promote your opportunities on the web and mobile, as well as showcase your vacancies on social media and access supporting information and useful links.



Access for people with a disability

Could your business be missing out on customers because you don’t provide the access they require?


In Gippsland, 32,500 people have a disability and will decide where to shop, do business or visit tourist destinations based on how easy they are to access and the quality of service provided.


When you add the number of older residents who may have difficulties with mobility, sight and hearing the number rises considerably.


We worked with five other local government areas to produce the regional Good Access is Good Business guide, to assist businesses to improve access for all customers. The guide includes simple steps to improve your accessibility and advises business of their legal obligations.


Digital Plan

Our Digital Plan supports the productivity and competitiveness of businesses and communities over the next three years.


The plan is the result of comprehensive community consultation into best digital practice in government and business in Australia.


Digital Plan




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