More Support For Geelong’s Small Businesses


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

Both local Councils have signed the VSBC’s Small Business Friendly Charter, officially becoming a small business friendly council.

Designed to make it easier to start and run a small business, they commit 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.

Making the pledge and signing the charter shows the City of Greater Geelong and Colac Otway Shire’s commitment to giving local businesses every opportunity to succeed and to create local jobs.

The measures will help small businesses start, grow and thrive, which will ultimately drive the economy forward in our region.

The move will benefit a local business community strong in health and allied services, education and manufacturing, agriculture, construction and retail trade.

Thirty-three Victorian councils have signed up to the initiative, following its launch by the Victorian Government in May 2019.

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