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Changes to restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria

20 Oct 2020 | Business Victoria

From Sunday 18 October 2020 changes were made to restrictions in both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. In metropolitan Melbourne, these changes will see thousands more Victorians get back to work – particularly those who work outside. For details about other opening schedules, 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 supports 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 the year. 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. This is important as 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.
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New COVIDSafe Plan is now live

27 Sep 2020 | Victorian State Government
The Victorian Government has released roadmaps for reopening for how we live and work in providing a long-term plan for our path out of restrictions and into COVID Normal.  As part of the Governments 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

Supporting Victorian Businesses On Our Road To COVID Normal

13 Sep 2020 | Victorian State Government
A massive new support package will see $3 billion in cash grants, tax relief and cashflow support delivered to Victorian businesses as we work together to drive coronavirus cases down and progress along our roadmap to COVID Normal. read more.

MBN B3000+ Awards 2020 Presentation Ceremony

10 Sep 2020 | Melbourne Business Network
The Melbourne Award night of nights! Fill your glass, pull up a chair and help us honour our sector’s finest. As we celebrate the Winners and Finalists of the B3000+ Awards 2020 at 5:45pm Thursday 17 September. With special guest Lord Mayor Sally Capp.  read more 

Annual General Meeting 2020

1 September 2020 | Melbourne Business Network
The Annual General Meeting of Melbourne Business Network is to be held Monday 7 September 2020 at 5.30pm. Members can RSVP to attend and/or nominate to join the Committee of Management. read more

B3000+ Awards Closing midnight tonight!

31 August 2020 | Melbourne Business Network
The annual B3000+ Awards 2020 are closing at midnight tonight. Your last chance to nominate for an Innovation, New Business, Female Entrepreneur or Young Entrepreneur award in 2020. The B3000+ Awards have been celebrating the endeavours and successes of Melbourne’s entrepreneurs and businesses since 2004. For details and to apply read more

Additional $10 million in support for CBD businesses

20 August 2020 | City of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne is working with the Victorian Government to roll out an additional $10 million in support for Melbourne CBD businesses, including $8 million in grants for small business transformation, plus $2 million in mentoring and business support services. Grants open now. Read more

Melbourne’s pre-COVID economy hit $104 billion

17 August 2020 | City of Melbourne
New research has revealed the City of Melbourne’s economy was worth $104 billion prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lord Mayor Sally Capp said early data from the Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE) for 2019 shows Melbourne reached a record $104 billion Gross Local Product (GLP) after passing the milestone $100.3 billion GLP for the first time in 2018. Read more

Message of Support to MBN Members and Community

7 August 2020 | Wendi Dawson: President, Melbourne Business Network
With Stage 4 restrictions and a 6-week lockdown across Melbourne, there is no doubt a mixture of emotions that we are all experiencing. While there is no easy way to navigate this period, the Melbourne Business Network leadership team and I would like you to know that we are still working hard to be of service to all of you.  Read more

Committee Update – New Member Johann Nogueira

31 July 2020 | Melbourne Business Network
MBN welcomes new Committee Member, Johann Nogueria to the team. With a passion for business, especially start-ups and SMEs, Johann believes in the power of business and that businesses in turn have the power to change the world. MBN are also pleased to announce Johann and Business Authorities as the category sponsor for the MBN B3000+ Young Entrepreneur Award 2020. Read more

JobKeeper Extension beyond 28 September 2020 Announced

21 July 2020 | Australian Government: Treasury
The Government announced it is extending the JobKeeper Payment until 28 March 2021 and is targeting support to those organisations which continue to be significantly impacted by the Coronavirus. From 28 September 2020, eligibility for the JobKeeper Payment will be based on actual turnover in the relevant periods, the payment will be stepped down and paid at two rates. Read more

CBD Business Support Fund – Register your interest

20 July 2020 | Business Victoria
Register your interest (to received updated information) for the new $20 million “CBD Business Support Fund” designed to help small businesses in Melbourne’s CBD. Read more

Victorian Government’s new $534 million Business Support Package

13 July 2020 | Business Victoria
The Victorian Government has launched a new $534 million Business Support Package, providing more support to help businesses and workers through to the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. Business assistance across Melbourne CBD and tourism, mentoring, mental health, hospitality and stage 3 business grants.
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