Moorabool Shire’s local businesses will benefit from more support as they recover from the pandemic, with the local council signing up to be a Small Business Friendly Council.
The Victorian Small Business Commission is working with councils to roll out this initiative, which is all about making it easier to run a small business locally.
Commissioner Judy O’Connell visited Darley yesterday to mark the pledge with Moorabool Shire Council and Ballan Chamber of Commerce.
By signing up, the council is committing to help local business networks get started, pay small business supplier invoices on time, help prevent council works from disrupting trade and more.
Over 2,800 local businesses stand to benefit from this new pledge across industries including education, agriculture, retail trade and hospitality.
The move builds on existing council measures, including training for people in small business and a range of supports and information in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Moorabool Shire Council is the 44th council to sign up, joining neighbouring City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong and Hepburn Shire Council in having made the pledge.