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Supporting small town business development

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July 05, 2017

Calling all rural and small town business owners in Mitchell Shire.

Council is looking at supporting the formation of a Rural and Small Towns Business Network to assist businesses and help them grow and develop.

The interactive event will be held at Tallarook Mechanics’ Institute on July 13, giving business owners the chance to meet Council’s Economic Development team and discuss the possible formation of the network.

The event will run from 6pm to 7.30pm with light finger food, tea, coffee and water provided.

The initiative came from a notice of motion put forward by Cr Bill Chisholm at Council’s February meeting.

Cr Chisholm said a network for rural and small town businesses would have many benefits and he was interested in seeing what level of interest there may be and how Council could support it.

‘‘We’ve got fantastic local producers throughout the Shire and many of them have strong networks and connections. It would be great if Council can help bring more producers together to share this knowledge and help even more businesses to succeed,’’ Cr Chisholm said.

‘‘Forming a network like this would be so valuable for our rural and small town businesses. It would be a way to help them access grants they once otherwise might not have applied for, and it will be a great chance to collaborate and share ideas with other businesses.

‘‘The network could also help businesses advocate, navigate through the planning process and build their local business contacts. The possibilities are endless.’’

The event will be run by facilitator Robin Williams and will include an interactive question and answer session and networking opportunities.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said providing support to local businesses was a priority.

‘‘Local businesses are so important to our community. They create jobs and contribute so much to our local economy. Council fully supports anything that will help our businesses grow, develop and thrive,’’ Cr Sanderson said.

To RSVP for the event email [email protected] vic.gov.au or phone 57346200. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

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