Charter is big news for small business

Thursday, 5 December 2019

The City of Greater Geelong is working with the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) to improve the trading environment for local small businesses.

The City has signed the VSBC’s Small Business Friendly Charter, officially becoming a small business friendly council.

As a small business friendly council, the City commits to:

  • Reducing payment times for small business suppliers;
  • Working with small businesses to manage the impacts of infrastructure projects;
  • Streamlining the approval process for starting a business; and
  • Helping set up and support local business networks. 

Feedback collected from local business owners will also make it simpler to set up and run small businesses in Geelong.

Signing the Small Business Friendly Charter builds on existing support services like the City’s Business Concierge service.

Introduced in early 2019, the Business Concierge Service guides people through the permit process when they are starting a business in Greater Geelong.

The free service is part of the Victorian Government’s Better Approvals Project to find practical reforms that save businesses time and money.

Find out more about the City’s business support services.

Deputy Mayor Kylie Grzybek:

Small businesses are a huge driver of Greater Geelong’s economy and their success is important to our vision for a clever and creative future. By becoming a Small Business Friendly Council we are pledging to help these businesses get started, grow and ultimately thrive. 


Page last updated: Thursday, 5 December 2019