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Circuit Breaker Action Business Support Package

23 Feb 2021 | Business Victoria
Victoria’s business community has been greatly impacted by the global pandemic.
To help businesses recover, the Victorian Government has announced a $143 million package to support eligible businesses impacted by the circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a package of cash grants and direct payments to small businesses who were most impacted by the circuit breaker action, including businesses in hospitality, tourism, events, and selected retail. read more

Jobfind NDIS – Employment Supports Information Session

16 Feb 2021 | Jobfind NDIS – Employment Supports Information Session
MBN member, Jobfind are holding a Q&A webinar session on NDIS employment supports and SLES program and services and how we can assist eligible participants. 11am Tuesday 16 Feb.  book here

The COVID-19 experience | What Small Business still need

8 Feb 2021 | Dr Craig Latham, Deputy, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
Where we’ve been, Where we’re going & How we get there.  A webinar where Craig will talk about the small business experience over the past year and the Ombudsman’s work in directly assisting small business, and helping to improve the operation of the overall system especially in areas such as insurance, taxation, access to justice, and unfair business practices. Now Booking for 16 Feb 2021 (12pm).  read more

Welcome to 2021! Your Business Recovery is our Focus.

19 Jan 2021 | Wendi Dawson, MBN President
2021 is here and we know you would like to accelerate the profits, cash flows and quality leads in your business.  Through the Business Chambers and Trader Groups Program supported by the Victorian State Government, the MBN was successful in our proposal submission to create tools and a portal that will provide subject matter expertise and insights as well as drive connectivity between businesses to support their recovery. This is such an exciting project and is scheduled for release by the end of February. We look forward to better supporting you and being a force in the recovery of businesses in Melbourne and Victoria. read more

Further measures to protect Victoria – 20 December 2020

21 December 2020 | Business Victoria
From 11:59pm 20 December, the Greater Sydney area and the Central Coast will be designated as a ‘red zone’. That means people who live in these communities, or have visited these communities since 11 December 2020, cannot enter Victoria.  Anyone from this zone found trying to enter Victoria in breach of this order will be subject to 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine.  read more

Complimentary ‘Phishing Simulation’ Offer for Melbourne Business Network members

10 December 2020 | Sentaris
Sentaris is proud to be part of the Melbourne Business Network community, and extends the offer of a free annual Phishing Simulation to all its members. For details and how to take up this offer, read more

Welcome to new Member ‘Kinnon’ with a special MBN offer

9 December 2020 | Kinnon
Making Luxury custom gifting easy, the Kinnon and Friends collection of customisable luxury gift packs for work, travel and everyday carry, is a wonderful addition to your Christmas list and Client gifting needs. MBN Members can access these contemporary, stylish leather pieces with an exclusive *20% discount rate for a limited time. read more

COVIDSafe Summer restrictions from 6 December 2020

7 Dec 2020 | State Government of Victoria
From 11:59pm on Sunday, 6 December 2020 Victoria moves to further easing of restrictions with the ‘COVIDSafe Summer’ stage.
See full details here (State Government website) or in summary read more.

Registrations open for the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program

17 Nov 2020 | Business Victoria
The Small Business Digital Adaption Program allows eligible businesses to trial and then receive access to digital products, tools and training they can use to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations, these including website, e-commerce, finance and digital business management tools.  read more

Victoria on track, The Last Step in the roadmap towards reopening

9 Nov 2020 | Barbara Cullen – Director, Small Business Victoria
Premier Daniel Andrews has announced the further easing of restrictions from 11.59pm on Sunday 8 November for Victoria towards reopening on 22 November. For an overview of changes and implications for Metropolitan Melbourne – read more

Making IT easier for SMEs to work from home

2 Nov 2020 | IT-Strategic
Working from home only meant to be a temporary solution? MBN Member IT Strategic will ensure your cloud systems are secure and you have reliable technical support to reduce risk to your business! Support your team to work from home from only $55 a user, per month*  read more

Fact sheet | Extended support for Victoria’s small business tenants

26 Oct 2020 | Victorian Small Business Commission
The Victorian Government has extended the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme until the end of 2020.
Read the updates for tenants provided by the Victorian Small Business Commission in a new fact sheet which includes leasing advice, FAQ’s, a negotiation scenario and important changes. read more

Changes to restrictions in Melbourne and Regional Victoria

20 Oct 2020 | Business Victoria
From Sunday 18 October 2020 changes were made to restrictions across Victoria. In metropolitan Melbourne, these changes will see thousands more Victorians get back to work – particularly those who work outdoors. For details about opening schedules and industry restriction levels: read more

Assistance under the Sole Traders Support Fund

20 Oct 2020 | Business Victoria
Are you a non-employing sole trader in a commercial premise? You may be eligible to receive a grant of $3,000 from the Victorian Government’s $100 million Sole Trader Support Fund to help cover your overhead costs. Please visit the Business Victoria website for full details on the eligibility criteria and advice on how to apply. read more

Budget assistance for businesses recovering from the pandemic

16 Oct 2020 | Australian Government –
The 2020-21 Budget includes a range of programs to help businesses recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and boost business confidence. read more

City of Melbourne Council Elections 2020

12 Oct 2020 | CBD News
The City of Melbourne is currently in caretaker mode leading up to the council elections to be held on the 24th of October 2020. Nominations have closed with 59 candidates competing for nine councillor positions and 18 completing for the positions of Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor. read more

Extended support for Victoria’s commercial tenants and landlords

5 Oct 2020 | Judy O’Connell – Victorian Small Business Commissioner
The Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme has been extended until the end of 2020. Under new changes, an eligible tenant who is seeking rent relief must apply to their landlord in writing with evidence that they are eligible for the Scheme as soon as possible. Act Now! Rent relief is only available from the date a tenant applies between 29 September 2020 and 31 December 2020. read more

IP Australia changed their official fees

01 Oct 2020 | WRAYS
Did you know that on 1 October 2020, IP Australia changed their official fees for IP services? To assist with an understanding of the changes, we provide a brief summary. read more

Coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening roadmap: Metro Melbourne

28 Sept 2020 | Victorian Government
Mapping Metropolitan Melbourne’s pathway to ‘COVID Normal’ for work, education and living.
Subject to public health advice and “trigger points” being met, some restrictions are being eased across Victoria.
read more

New COVIDSafe Plan is now live

27 Sep 2020 | Victorian State Government
As part of the Government’s plan to support industry to safely reopen and get Victorians back to work, a COVIDSafe Plan template to reduce the risk of introduction and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace has been developed. Every Victorian business that is open for on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan. read more

City of Melbourne Extends Outdoor Dining Permits

21 Sept 2020 | City of Melbourne
Extended outdoor dining permits will make it easier for hospitality venues to expand their seating onto footpaths, car parking spaces and other areas. Hospitality businesses will be able to cater to more customers and operate viably within the health restrictions advised by the Victorian Government. For more details and eligibility for temporary 12-month extended (free) outdoor dining permits. read more