Our Business Support Package, part of the short-term economic and community support package which Councillors unanimously supported at our Council meeting on Wednesday 24 March, has been fast-tracked and is experiencing high demand.
The package, which provides access to professional advice on human resources, financial management legal advice and digital marketing as well as industry-specific business mentoring, is being rolled out free of charge to impacted local businesses. An online hub for webinar training and links to support from other levels of government and other agencies is also up and running.
Local business owners have been quick to take up the personalised support and expert counselling which has already helped many to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on their business models with 170 requests already received by the City. Businesses seeking support have been diverse and include representation from the construction, accommodation and food, professional services, arts and recreation, retail and manufacturing sectors among others.
There is still scope for new applications and business owners are encouraged to get in touch and access support on topics which range from website development, e-commerce, managing employee wellbeing, cashflow forecasting and management of finances during economic downturn, as well as individualised, industry-specific mentoring.
Full details are available on our Business Support page which forms part of our Coronavirus Support information and telephone inquiries are welcomed on 03 5272 5272.
Councillor Stephanie Asher – Mayor
Geelong businesses, like businesses around the country and globally, are experiencing unforeseen and unprecedented hardship. As a Council, we made it a priority to fast-track initiatives to assist local businesses to weather the storm.
This Business Support Package is one of those measures and we are really pleased to see that it has been enthusiastically taken up by our local business people.
We still have the capacity to support more businesses through this program, so we urge anyone interested to make contact with our team and take advantage of the opportunity.
Terence Breen – Managing Director, Asphalt Paving Services
The advice we received helped us develop a risk mitigation method to manage throughout this crisis, and feel more confident going forward.
Mel Stewart – Managing Director, Hyper Social
The Business Support Program has been an exceptional initiative. Providing small businesses with help that is so specific to their individual challenges, right now, in this changing environment where we can help them be adaptable, flexible and creative, has been wonderful to be part of.