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building & development
Your Business
Information for people at all stages of their business. Find out about government programs, workshops, permits and organisations to support the business sector. This page also includes COVID-19 support programs. If you want to start a business or are ready to take the next step to expand or move online, we can help.
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For information on support available for business, statistical data, and advice about business opportunities or niche markets, help with funding applications or general knowledge, you can email us.

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Business Support

Business Concierge and Support

If you want to start your own business, or you're looking for advice on growing your business, we can help you make sense of all the information out there. We can work with you to:

  • Guide you through applying for permits
  • Help you understand which government agencies can assist you
  • Find appropriate training
  • Help identify commercial land and property
  • Introduce you to business associations and networks.

To contact the Business Concierge, contact council on (03) 5153 9500 and ask to speak to the Business Concierge.

Alternatively, email Economic.Development@egipps.vic.gov.au and our Business Concierge will get in contact with you.

Work My Own Way

Access a seasoned entrepreneur or business professional as a sounding board. Help develop and review your ideas, confidential conversations to manage your issues, help you with accountability and help close your skill gaps. Visit the Work My Own Way website to learn more.

Work My Own Way is an Australian Government initiative to support Gippslanders to become self-employed. Whether you want to become a freelancer, small business owner, start-up founder or consultant, we're here to give you the confidence and skills to get your business off the ground or jump hurdles as you build.

Small Business Bus

Are you looking to start a small business but not sure how?  Do you own a business and need expert advice on how to grow and thrive?

The Small Business Bus offers:

  • Free confidential mentoring provided by a small business specialist.
  • Advice on developing your business idea, formulating a business plan, marketing your business, improving your understanding of cash-flow management and more.
  • Friendly assistance from a Small Business Victoria's programs and services information officer.

The Small Business Bus visits East Gippsland each year.

Gippsland Business Connect

Find local businesses, local experts, business events, business news, upcoming projects and procurement opportunities to help you reach your potential on Gippsland Business Connect.

Gippsland Jobs Hub

Connect with local job seekers via Gippsland Jobs Hub

Employers can post a free job post to 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.

For information on support available for business, recent research, statistical data, and advice about business opportunities or niche markets, assistance with funding applications or general knowledge, email us at economic.development@egipps.vic.gov.au

Drought Assistance

Council can help you access information; help determine eligibility and provide details on which agency can answer questions related to your circumstances. For more information, visit our drought assistance page.

Business Victoria has information on issues such as trading hours, business registration, public health, occupational health and safety, consumer and tenancy enquiries.

The Australian Government business portal provides information on issues such as taxation, business activity statements and Australian Business Numbers.

Business permits

Which permits might I need? 

If you are opening or expanding a business, you may need one or more permits from us. The following information provides an overview of the types of permits your business may require, and how to apply.

Planning permit

You are likely to need a planning permit if you are doing any of the following:

  • changing the type of business activity from its previous form?
  • constructing or externally altering the building you will occupy?
  • changing the trading hours of the business?
  • adding or changing signs to the land or facades?
  • looking to paint or alter a heritage listed building?
  • seeking a reduction in on-site car parking requirements?
  • intending to sell or serve liquor or change an existing licence?

Visit the Application for Planning Permit page on our website for more information on how to get started on your planning permit application.

Trading Permit

If you answer yes to the following question, You likely need a kerbside trading permit if you want to sell of offer to sell goods on any land that is owned, occupied, maintained or managed by us.

Visit the Trading Permit Application page to get started on your application.

Goods on Footpath Permit

You probably need a kerbside trading permit if you are planning on putting:

  • chairs and tables on the footpath
  • an A-frame sign or display of goods (e.g. fruit stand) on the footpath

Visit the Display Goods on Footpath page to get started on your application.

Health Permit

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you are likely to need a health permit:

  • Do you intend to sell food or drink on the premises of your business?
  • Do you intend to sell health related services (e.g. hairdressing, beauty treatments, tattooing or skin piercing) on your premises?
  • Will you be providing accommodation?

Visit the Registration of a Food Premises page to apply to register a food business.

Visit the Registration of Prescribed Accommodation page to apply to register accommodation.

Visit the Public Health page for more information on how to apply for health permits.

Event Permit

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you are likely to need an Event permit.

  • Are you organising a gathering where more people than usual are gathered at the one time?
  • Will the activities sit outside the approved use of the venue?
  • Will there be impacts on the community?
  • Is this event within East Gippsland Shire Council’s public open spaces and managed land and will you be inviting the general public?

Visit the Initial Event Permit Advice page to get started on your application.

For more information on how to apply for an event permit, visit the Events page.

Building Permit

Council does not provide these. You need to contact a Private Building Surveyor if you want to:

  • do internal renovations
  • do external or structural building work
  • change the number of people that can occupy your building at one time

Visit the Building page for more information.

Workshops and training

Council offers a range of workshops and training each year.

Our 2022 Business Development Program provides you with fantastic opportunities to build and grow your business.

Subscribe to the Business Connect newsletter to receive the latest workshops and training news.

To register for any of the below workshops, contact our Business Concierge on Economic.Development@egipps.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5153 9500.

Tourism 101

Information session: Wednesday 27 April: 6.00 pm

Workshop dates - Mondays 6 - 8pm

  • 9 May
  • 16 May
  • 23 May
  • 30 May
  • 6 June

Tourism 101 is a program tailored to tourism businesses in East Gippsland.

You will get practical support and advice to start, continue and strengthen your recovery journey. This program is for sole traders, tour operators, accommodation providers and visitor services providers in the tourism sector.

It will be presented by Ailsa Page from AP Marketing, and Sally Curtis and Alysia Brandenberg from Destination Yellow.

Feedback from last year:

“The facilitators demonstrated a wealth of knowledge and the guest speakers were a highlight each week. Great concise information was provided.”

Social Media workshops

Ailsa Page from AP Marketing Works presents Social Media, an online program designed to improve the way businesses run their social media.

The program is split into two workshops and a bootcamp:

  • Reset for 2022 – Finding your Business and Marketing Mojo: 2-hour online workshop to help businesses reduce overwhelm, find focus, enthusiasm and set goals and actions for 2022.
  • Social Media workshops – Improve the way you do social media: 3 two-hour online workshops plus a 10-day Social Media Bootcamp.
  • 10-day Social Media Bootcamp - This will start after the Social Media workshops and it will help you get back in the habit of social media and help boost your success on different platforms.

Workshop topics:

  • Strategy – How Social Media Works: Pros and Cons of Business Social Media, how is it different from personal social media? How to determine the right strategy for your business. This workshop will offer you the opportunity to sharpen your social media strategy - or to create one.
  • Creating Great Content: What content is appropriate for each platform, what are different ways to generate content ideas including re-purposing content.
  • Changes and Current State of Play in Social Media. This workshop has a panel of social media specialists to discuss key changes, trends, and future directions for social media.

Dates

Reset for 2022: 12 May, 6 - 8pm

Social Media: 31 May, 7 June, 14 June, 6 - 8pm

10-day Bootcamp: 17 – 27 June

BizGrowth Accelerator for women in business

The BizGrowth Accelerator program for women in business is a series of six workshops and six group coaching sessions. There are also two self-paced online programs.

Workshops:

  1. Stress to Strength – it’s up to you!
  2. Emotional Intelligence is Key
  3. Healthy Communication Skills for Workplace Wellbeing
  4. Work/life Balance to Prevent Burnout
  5. Rattled to Resilient
  6. Motivation

An online introductory session will be held for participants on Tuesday 26 April at 10.00 am.

The first workshop will run 28 April 10.00 am - 12.00 pm.

Participants who show commitment to this program will also be offered tickets to join EmpowHer Networking Events throughout 2022.

Feedback from last year:

“Thanks so much for this incredible program. I’ve had so many take outs that I’m compelled to go back and write my top 10, so I can keep them front and centre. This program really couldn’t have come at a better time, and I feel so fortunate to have been a participant and met some great women along the way.”
Small Business Mentoring Service - online clinics

The Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) clinics are designed to assist you with planning, starting or growing your business.

We partnered with the service to bring you themed clinic days to help you in your business.

Dates

Working on My Business: Thursday 12 May

Digital Marketing: Thursday, 9 June

Marketing: Thursday 14 July

Social Media: Thursday, 11 August

Working on My Business: Thursday 8 September

To register go to the Small Business Mentoring Service website.

Supporting businesses through COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for businesses

Business Victoria provides the latest updates, business support and information. You’ll also find information about grants and funding support for your business.  

For more details, visit the Business Victoria website.

If you cannot find the information you need, call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.

The Victorian Government’s coronavirus website has information on the latest restrictions and requirements, and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus.

Up to date Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for your business is available at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/business-and-work including:

  • COVIDSafe settings
  • record keeping
  • QR code service
  • Signs, posters and templates for your workplace
  • Sector guidance and
  • Wellbeing and mental health support
Related information

East Gippsland Grant Finder

We are excited to partner with Grant Guru to provide the ‘East Gippsland Grant Finder’ to all local businesses, community groups, not-for-profits and individuals. This site provides a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities available to you from many sources including; State and Federal Government, corporate and philanthropic.

Our free service means you will never miss a grant opportunity again.

You can register to receive email alerts for new grants, save your favourites and access tips to help you apply for grants.

For more information, visit the East Gippsland Grant Guru portal.

Grant opportunities offered by East Gippsland Shire Council including Community Grants, Arts and Heritage Grants, and Regional and District Events Sponsorship (RADES) can be found on our community grants page.

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