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community Banks a step
closer in Ballan anD
The Ballan and District Community Bank® Steering Committee
has established an operating company. A prospectus is being
distributed over the Easter period to convert the $45 million
of pledges it received into share purchases. Once received, the
bank aims to commence trading by August 2011 in Ballan.
For more information contact steering Committee Chair,
Robert eskdale on 0407 507 651.
Local Community Group Bacchus Marsh Community Unlimited
is asking Bacchus Marsh businesses and community members
for pledges of between $500 and $20,000 to commence a
Community Bank® Branch in Bacchus Marsh. The target for
the project to progress is $800,000 or 800 people to pledge
$1000 towards the project.
For pledges of support or more information contact Claire
sutherland on 0412 337 788.
information session gives
local Businesses an on-line
More Moorabool businesses will go on-line for the first time
after attending the free business website session on March
2 in Bacchus Marsh. The event, jointly organised by Central
Business Bacchus Marsh and the Economic Development
Executive officer showed local businesses a cost effective
method of producing their very own website.
With the National Broadband Network coming to Moorabool
first and then to the rest of Australia, now is the perfect time
to get your business on-line. A resent survey conducted by
MYOB Business Monitor indicates that despite the web being
widely used by customers, two thirds of Australian small
businesses still don’t have a website. Businesses who require
an inexpensive website can still participate by contacting the
Economic Development Executive officer on 5366 7100 or visit:
wallace hotel’s meDia
Wallace received nation-wide attention via the extensive
media coverage it attracted when the enterprising owners
of the Wallace Hotel, Andrea and Craig Wilson, held their
own version of the “Farmer wants a wife” concept called
“Wallace wants a wife”. The event itself was a sell-out and
brought significant visitation to Moorabool over the event
weekend. The national promotion it received, in print, tv, radio,
on-line and via social media significantly added to the profile
of Wallace and Moorabool. Council offered an incentive of a
welcome gift to any attendee of the event who moves to the
Shire because they met their soul mate at the event.
Business flooD recovery
Council’s Economic Development Executive officer liaised
with the State Government and Local Business Associations
to provide support services for local businesses affected by
recent severe weather events. To date 35 affected businesses
have been reported to Council as being affected. The total
estimated cost to these 35 private businesses tally over
Damage and income loss was Shire-wide and included most
business sectors. Adverse trading conditions are expected to
persist in crop related agriculture, nature based tourism and
those servicing these sectors.
Businesses were invited to attend a flood recovery community
barbeque at McLean’s Reserve in Ballan on 17 March. The
event was organised by Council in conjunction with Ballan
Lions Club and recovery service agencies to provide one
on one advice to those requiring business and personal
assistance. A business breakfast workshop is being organised
in conjunction with the Eureka Business Centre to further
support local business.
register for flood business assistance
Small Businesses are advised to call Business Victoria on
13 22 15 to arrange for a business adviser to contact you.
The services available to eligible affected businesses include:
Business assistance from a panel of specialist business
advisers, confidential and at no cost, through Small
Clean up and restoration grants and low interest loans,
available to eligible primary producers and businesses
affected by the floods, through Rural Finance
Assistance with the reconstruction of lost tax and
business records and/or making a reasonable estimate of
income through the Australian Tax Office (ATO).
The specialist Business Advisers can provide help with
working with business owners to assess the overall
impact on business viability
support business owners in dealing with insurance
investigating any government assistance that the business
owner can access
support in handling communication with employees,
customers and suppliers
a review of the business’ financial position
working with business owners to develop a plan to
reopen their business or not.
For more information contact Council’s economic
development executive officer on 53667100
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