General Business Resources

For the latest advice, updates and support to help your workplace plan and respond to COVID-19. Business Victoria - Coronavirus Business Support

 

Ensuring your Business Success beyond COVID-19

On Thursday 23 April, Hume City Council partnered with Matthews Steer to deliver a webinar to discuss the State and Federal Government grants and some current business practices around survival. Click here to watch the video of the webinar. 

Protecting Your Business from COVID-19 Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by exploiting and playing on the fears of consumers and small businesses across Australia. The ACCC's Scamwatch has received multiple reports of phishing scams sent via email or text message impersonating the World Health Organization, government authorities, and legitimate businesses, including travel agents and telecommunications companies. Read more.

ION Group Mentoring Sessions 

ION Group specialise in crisis management. They employ professional business strategy advisors and health psychologist, all highly skilled in dealing with the current challenges. ION Group are offering online emergency mentoring sessions (including 1 on 1 sessions) for those businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To find out more or to book in a session click here.

Small Business Mentoring Service offers an initial free, and then low-cost sessions with a diverse range of mentors that can help you to navigate difficult business decisions, prepare business continuity plans, review your business strategy or revise your business plans. The Small Business Mentoring service is changing rapidly, and we encourage you to check in on the website to see how they are delivering their programs. 

Small Business Victoria provides content to help small business owners, landlords and agents. One of the major issues that will arise in coming weeks and months is tenants may experience difficulty in paying rent. This content includes steps they can take now, and how the Victorian Small Business Commission’s mediation service might be able to help resolve lease disputes.

Australian Business Economic Impact Survey

REMPLAN is providing valuable insights into the impact of COVID-19 on the Australian economy. You can contribute by undertaking the following survey

Information on social distancing - The Federal Department of Health have provided resources to answer common questions about social distancing, including what it is, how to do it and why it's important. These resources will assist you to understand what measures you will need to implement in your business to comply with the new requirements. 

Visit www.health.gov.au for further information.

Online and social media marketing support

During the next few months retailers will need to consider how to move their business online. Moving online can assist businesses to promote new services or products, communicate important information to customers, and encourage more online sales.

There are multiple social media channels to help small businesses adopt a digital approach – website, Facebook, Instagram, just to name a few.   

Business Victoria provides a wealth of information on how to set up a website, content writing and blogging.

ASBAS The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) program is delivered throughout metropolitan and regional Victoria by Melbourne Innovation Centre. The program strives to support small businesses with their online needs by offering the following – workshops, one-on-one mentoring (2 hours), online learning and webinars. 

Victorian Chamber of Commerce

A “COVID-19 Employer Guide – Managing the workplace in the face of the outbreak” has been prepared by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and is updated regularly. The guide provides assistance on how to manage the workplace in the face of an outbreak as well as information on the Federal and State stimulus packages. Similarly, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce Workplace Relations Advice Line is (03) 8662 5222.

 


Updated : 3:11 PM, 29 April 2020

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