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Setting up startups for success

25 May 2020 | City of Melbourne
Got an idea for a startup but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve got your idea off the ground but need help taking it to the next stage? Learn about your investment and funding options, self-management strategies, how to recruit great talent for your business, and how to work out where your product fits in the market. Co-hosted by Startup Victoria and City of Melbourne. The Startup Summit is a Knowledge Melbourne digital event.
Free, bookings essential. Wednesday 10 June | Register here

Business Support Fund applications closing Monday 1 June

21 May 2020 | Barbara Cullen
Applications for the $500 million Business Support Fund officially close on Monday 1 June and I urge you to submit applications ahead of this cut-off date. The Business Support Fund has helped tens of thousands of Victorian small businesses impacted by restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, pay important operational costs and help keep people in work. Read more
Barbara Cullen, Director, Small Business Victoria
Jobs, Innovation and Business Engagement |
Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Reopening Restaurants and Cafes

18 May 2020 | Business Victoria 
In line with advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced its plan to cautiously and carefully reopen our state’s restaurants and cafes, helping to restore jobs and rebuild our economy. Under the proposed plan, restaurants and cafes will be able to resume dine-in service:
– From 1 June with up to 20 patrons per enclosed space
– From 22 June with up to 50 patrons per enclosed space
– With up to 100 patrons per enclosed space during the second half of July.
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18 May 2020 | The JONES REPORT: ‘Keeping ahead in uncertain times’
See Brian’s latest video designed to keep you up-to-date with State and Federal measures to reduce the economic effects of COVID-19.  Watch Webcast
Brian Jones, Ahead for Business

Strong link between IP Rights and Business Profitability

14 May 2020 | WRAYS
IP Australia has recently published the results of its first longitudinal research project on the impact of IP rights on Australian business profitability as part of its annual 8th edition of the Australian Intellectual Property Report 2020. Access Report
It is no surprise to Wrays that the study finds that ownership of patents, trade marks and designs is strongly and positively associated with profitability. Read more
Mary Turonek, Principal, Wrays

Decluttering the Trade Mark Cupboard

7 May 2020 | WRAYS
Does your business have a cupboard full of trade marks; Which have been registered for years and years? That have not been used in a long time or at all? That the business has no intention to use in the future? Which are not being used for all the goods or services for which they are registered?
If the answer is yes to a number of these questions, then it may be time to declutter or clear out the trade mark cupboard. Read more
Jennifer McEwan, Trade Mark Specialist, Wrays