First for Business e-news

Council provides a number of services for the support and development of new and existing businesses in the Monash region. 

The latest business and networking activities, business training and opportunities, and local information relevant to the business community are shared through a regular business e-newsletter.

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This email newsletter promotes business and networking activity. It features business events, training opportunities and local information relevant to the business community.

 

2021

Business Update - October 2021 Edition #1 - Victorian Government changes to restrictions, Generating Cashflow Online Workshop, Entrepreneurship Series, Free Online Business Mentoring, COVID-19 vaccinations and your business, Esper Satellite Imagery business case study, Business Energy Saver Program and Energy Upgrades for Business. 

First for Business – Trader News – Edition 32 - Victorian Government changes to restrictions, Generating Cashflow Online Workshop, Entrepreneurship Series, Free Online Business Mentoring, COVID-19 vaccinations and your business, Business Energy Saver Program and Energy Upgrades for Business. 

Business Update – September 2021 Edition #2 - Generating Cashflow Online Workshop, Monash Gala Awards Online event, EntrepreneurFEST21, Women's Business Network - Dr Andi Diamond recording, Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund Three, Business Costs Assistance Program Four, SME Loan Scheme expanded, Businesses approved to give COVID19 Vaccinations, Energy Upgrades for Business online event and Investment Support Grants – Packaging. 

First for Business – Trader News – Edition 31 - Generating Cashflow Online Workshop, Monash Gala Awards Online event, Women's Business Network - Dr Andi Diamond recording, Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund Three, Business Costs Assistance Program Four and SME Loan Scheme expanded. 

Business Update – September 2021 Edition #1 - Extended Support for Victorian Businesses, COVID-19 Support Program, Authorised Worker Permit, Rent relief available through the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, Free Online Business Mentoring, Global Advisory Program, Monash Food Innovation Webinars and Notting Hill company Cylite makes world-first eye-imaging technology. 

First for Business – Trader News – Edition 30 - Extended Support for Victorian Businesses, COVID-19 Support Program, Authorised Worker Permit, Rent relief available through the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme and Free Online Business Mentoring.

Business Update - August 2021 Edition #2: More support for Melbourne businesses in lockdown, Women's Business Network lunch - Dr Andi Diamond, WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell team webinar series, COVID-19 Disaster Payment, AusIndustry's Grant Programs, Coronavirus resources for your business, COVID-19 Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program, LinkedIn Learning Library at Monash Libraries, Business Case Study: Mount Waverley café paying it forward and Business Energy Saver Program. 

First for Business - Trader News Edition 29: More support for Melbourne businesses in lockdown, Women's Business Network lunch - Dr Andi Diamond, WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell team webinar series, COVID-19 Disaster Payment, SnapSendSolve SNAPtember, LinkedIn Learning Library at Monash Libraries, Coronavirus resources for your business, COVID-19 Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program, Business Case Study: Mount Waverley café paying it forward and Business Energy Saver Program.  

First for Business – Trader news Edition 28: Victorian Government COVID-19 Update, New support announced for Victorian businesses, Women's Business Network lunch with Monash Council CEO Dr Andi Diamond, COVID-19 Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program, Mt Waverley Traders Association, GW Nights, Pinewood Spring Festival, Mt Waverley Mini-Makers, Pups on Winbourne and Clayton Spice Fest and Business Energy Saver Program. 

Business Update – August 1: Victorian Government COVID-19 Update, New support announced for Victorian businesses, Women's Business Network lunch with Monash Council CEO Dr Andi Diamond, COVID-19 Business Concierge and Hospitality Support Program, Global Advisory Program, Solar for Business Program and Business Energy Saver Program. 

First for Business – Trader news Edition 27: Lockdown Financial Support for Victorian Businesses, Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment, Help from the Partners in Wellbeing Helpline, GW Nights, Mt Waverley Mini-Makers, Pups on Winbourne and Pinewood Winter Festival Postponed, WorkSafe Inspectors, Stop the spread of COVID-19, Mt Waverley Activity Centre Structure Plan – Update and Business Energy Saver Program. 

Business Update – July Edition #2: Lockdown Financial Support for Victorian Businesses, Commonwealth COVID-19 Disaster Payment, Help from the Partners in Wellbeing Helpline, WorkSafe Inspectors, Global Advisory Program, Stop the spread of COVID-19, Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Collaboration Stream and Business Energy Saver Program. 

First for Business – Trader news Edition 26: Victorian Government - latest update, Budget delivers on improvements to community facilities and core services, Monash Business Awards Gala Dinner, COVID check-in marshals and COVID marshals, Free micro-credentials from the Restaurant and Catering Association, Reinvigorating Monash Activity Centres, COVIDSafe Virtual Consultation - Upskill My Business, Victorian Events Support Package and QR Code requirements for businesses 

Business Update – July Edition #1: Victorian Government - latest update, Help from a Holmesglen Student, 6for6 EI Pitch Night, Monash Business Awards Gala Dinner, South East B.I.G Build Expo and Workshop, Budget delivers on improvements to community facilities and core services, COVID check-in marshals and COVID marshals, Automatic Mutual Recognition of Occupational Registrations, Export Market Development Grants (EMDG), QR Code requirements for businesses and Business Article: Industry leaders build their homes in Monash 

First for Business – Trader News Edition 25: Victoria latest update, Winbourne Parklet arts and craft, puppies and brunch, Glen Waverley Nights, COVIDSafe Virtual Consultation, Australian Hotels Association No Tick No Entry and Victorian Events Support Package.

Business Update – June Edition 2: Victoria latest update, Winbourne Parklet arts and craft, puppies and brunch, Glen Waverley Nights, Australian Hotels Association No Tick No Entry, Extension to the Business Competitiveness Program, Victorian Events Support Package, Paintback and Monash celebrates five years of recycling scheme and Monash takes pole position as destination for carmakers. 

First for Business – Trader News Edition 24: Victorian easing of restrictions, QR Code requirements for businesses, Councils Keeping Victorian Communties COVIDSafe, Keep your community safe, Glen Waverley Nights, Mount Waverley Mini Makers & Creators, Pups on Winbourne and Resolving rent relief disputes. 

Business Update – June Edition 1: Victorian easing of restrictions, QR Code requirements for businesses, Councils Keeping Victorian Communties COVIDSafe, Keep your community safe, Resolving rent relief disputes, Global Advisory Program, 6for6 Pitch Night, Solar for Business Program and Premier's Sustainability Awards. 

First for Business – Trader News Edition 23: Victorian Circuit Breaker Support Package,  Partners in Wellbeing, WBN Prof Croft recorded video event, Glen Waverley Nights, ATO webinar Starting a Small Business, MBA Lunch - Mat Bowtell Free 3D Hands, Boost your website traffic & engage audiences through User Experience and Free Business Mentoring Vouchers. 

Business Update – May Edition 2 - Victorian Circuit Breaker Support Package,  Partners in Wellbeing, WBN Prof Croft recorded video event, ATO webinar Starting a Small Business, MBA Lunch - Mat Bowtell Free 3D Hands, Boost your website traffic & engage audiences through User Experience, Business Competitive Program Grant and Free Business Mentoring Vouchers. 

First for Business – Trader News Edition 22 – Latest COVID-19 Advice for Business, ATO Free Business Webinars - Digital Options, Partners in Wellbeing, Solar for Small Business, Continued support for commercial tenants and landlords, Imagine Monash 2040 Survey, Women's Business Network Lunch and Replacement of in-ground parking sensors.

Business Update - May Edition 1 - Accelerate your business at Maroondah BizWeek, Imagine Monash 2040 Survey, Investing in Victorian Manufacturing Growth and Jobs, Sharing Waste - A Step Towards Circular Economy and $30m grants program to support local manufacturing.

Business Update - April Edition 1 - Monash Precinct Network – nbn event, Women's Business Network Lunch, ACBC: Virtual Business Delegation event, ATO FREE Business Webinars, Imagine Monash 2040 Survey, Continued support for commercial tenants and landlords, Victorian Government tender releases, What's on at EI, Energy-efficient equipment discounts for small businesses and solar rebates for small businesses.

First for Business – Trader News Edition 21 - Victoria to further relax COVIDSafe settings, Introduction to Business Records webinar, Digital adaptation program extended, Visual Merchandising Webinars, Help with business plan, Support for Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace and Save the date – Women's Business Network Lunch.

Business Update - March Edition 2 - Victoria to further relax COVIDSafe settings, Introduction to Business Records webinar, Monash Business Awards Breakfast, Home Based Business Network, Save the date - Women's Business Network Lunch, Victorian Government’s Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, Help with business plan, Clubhouse App for business, Small Business Digital Adaptation Program is extended, Partners in Wellbeing Helpline, COVID-19 vaccinations & the workplace, Solar for businesses, Energy Saver for Businesses and Tips for hotels and motels on how to reduce energy costs.

First for Business – Trader News Edition 20 – Webinar 1: Hospitality & Food Grocery businesses, Webinar 2: Apparel, Beauty, Chemists, Webinar 3: All Retailers, Global trends and enhancing your customer’s experience, Snap Send Solve and The Small Business Bus.

Business Update – March Edition 1 - Victoria to return to COVIDSafe Settings, Circuit Breaker Grants for Business, Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund - Round 2, JobKeeper Payment Second Extension, JobMaker Hiring Credit, First for Business - Business Survey, and Small Business Bus is back

First for Business – Trader News Edition 19 - COVID19 Update, Support For Businesses Impacted By Circuit Breaker Action, First for Business - Business Survey, Clayton Festival 2021 Online and Commercial Tenancy Relief Extended

Business Update – February Edition 2 - COVID-19 Update, First for Business - Business Survey, What's on at Eastern Innovation, Help from a Holmesglen Student and How to scale your food business event

Business Update – February Edition 1 - Home Based Business Network February, MBA Breakfast with Kirk Peterson, Celebrating IWD with Emma Alberici, Digital Aspects of Additive Manufacturing in the Monash Technology Precinct, ASBAS Digital Solutions online workshops, Commercial tenancy relief extended, Access Ability Australia business article, Monash’s World Class Innovation Network and Free Contactless Thermometers

First for Business – Trader News Edition 18 - Monash Outdoor Performance Program, Clayton Festival 2021 Online, Contact Tracing QR Code for Businesses, ASBAS Digital Solutions online workshops, Celebrating IWD with Emma Alberici, Phased Return to Workplaces, Commercial Tenancy Relief Extended and Victorian Government resources

2020

First for Business – Trader News Edition 17 - Monash Outdoor Dining Support, Trader Group Grants, Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, Grants and Funding, Contact Tracing QR Code for Businesses, Latest Coronavirus Updates, Victoria's COVIDSafe Summer and Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring.

Business Update – December Edition - Victoria's COVIDSafe Summer, Sole Trader Support Fund deadline extended, Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, Contact Tracing QR Code for Businesses, Integrated Practical Placement Program, Celebrating International Women's Day with Emma Alberici and featured business article: Unmasking New Opportunity.

First for Business – Trader News Week 16 – Outdoor dining support throughout Monash, new Monash Council elected, Coronavirus updates, Shop Local campaign, Small Business Digital Adaptation Program, and free business workshops and events.

Business Update - November Edition #2 - Further easing of restrictions in Victoria, New Monash Council Elected, Home Based Business Network, MBA Resilience Award, Council Printing Services Tender, Shaping 2021/22 Monash Budget and Parking Enforcement.

First for Business – Trader News Week 15: Expanded outdoor dining, Monash supporting outdoor dining, the six principles to ensure a COVIDSafe workplace, business grants and funding, important Coronavirus resources for businesses, business recovery and resilience monitoring, Shop Local campaign, business webinars and how to join a trader group.

First for Business – Trader News Week 14: Expanded outdoor dining throughout Monash, business support grants, Coronavirus updates, 2020-21 Federal Budget highlights for traders, business recovery and resilience monitoring, Shop Local campaign and free business webinars.

Business Update - October Edition #1: Outdoor Dining Set To Entice Customers Back, Sole Trader Support Fund, Federal Budget 2020-2021, Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund, Statement on Face Masks, Home Based Business Network and Women's Business Network with Emma Alberici

First for Business – Trader News Week 13: Update to Face covering rule, New website for Coronavirus updates, updates to JobKeeper plan, expanded outdoor dining, business grants, business recovery and resilience monitoring, updates to RSA training online, Shop Local campaign and free business webinars.

First for Business – Trader News Week 12: Moving to the second step, Industry restriction levels, business grants open, expanded outdoor dining, free business webinars, business recovery and resilience monitoring, Buy Local support, sustainable businesses and Shop Local campaign.

First for Business – Trader News Week 11: Business Resilience Package, Victorian Government business support grants now open, outdoor eating and entrainment package, COVID-19 road to recovery, Jobkeeper extension, free business webinars, energy advice for businesses, shop local campaign and mental health in business.

First for Business – Trader News Week 10: Business Survival and Adaption Package, third business support package, COVID-19 road to recovery, Shop Local marketing campaign, energy advice, snap send solve and online free business webinars.

Business Update - September Edition #4: Monash Grant Finder with videos,  Enhanced outdoor dining in Monash, Council's Community Panel, Extension of JobKeeper provisions, DHHS instructions & tools for confirmed coronavirus cases and Negotiating Rent Relief with Small Business Commission.

Business Update - September Edition #3 - Business Resilience Package, Business Victoria COVID-19 Roadmap for reopening, Negotiating Rent Relief with Small Business Commissioner workshop and mybusinessweek 2020 conference. 

Business Update - September Edition #2: COVID-19 Roadmap to reopening, Notifying WorkSafe of COVID diagnosis, Monash tender opportunities, Eastern Metropolitan Survey, Jobactive Wage Subsidy and Holmesglen Infection Control Courses.

First for Business – Trader News Week 9 – Roadmap to reopening Victoria, Industry restrictions, business support, shop local campaign, student placements, wellbeing and online free business webinars.

Business Update - September Edition #1: Rate waiver of 10% in 2020/21 budget to assist all ratepayers, What's on at EI, Eastern Metro Partnership Signature Event (Chinese business community) .

Further assistance for your business: Pause on evictions extended & extra renter protections, Options for small business during COVID19: How to keep your finances on track workshop, MBA’s Creating Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace, Receive mentoring in this challenging time and Monash Masterclass Series success. 

First of Business – Trader News Week 8: How can Monash Council support your business, Mental health and wellbeing, Healthy Tips and Click for Vic Campaign.

Focus on Mental Health Support for you in August: Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Victorian Small Businesses, St John Ambulance Mental Health & Crisis Support Training, Partners in Wellbeing Hotline, What's on @ EI and Wheelchair Accessibility on Google.

First for Business – Trader News Week 6: Business Support & Updates, Back our Business listing, Infection Control Training, Energy Advice and Utility Relief, Beware of Online Scammers, and COVID- 19 Recovery Plan.

More updates for your business in August: JobKeeper 2.0 Extended, Business & Industry Stage 4 Restrictions, Business Support Package, Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty, Infection control training accredited course, MyBusiness Week: Virtual Conference and CSIRO launches Australia's first accredited face mask testing facility.

First for Business - Trader News Week 5: JobKeeper 2.0 Extended, Business & Industry Stage 4 Restrictions, Permitted Worker Scheme, Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty, Business Support Package, Small Business Bus and supporting the wellbeing of small business owners.

Help for your business through Stage 4: Business Support Fund-Expansion, Restrictions on Business Operations, Creating a COVID Safe Workplace and Notifying WorkSafe of COVID diagnosis.

First for Business - Trader News Week 4: COVID19 Updates, Refusing service to customers not wearing a face covering, Wheelchair Accessibility on Google and Mental wellbeing of small business owners.

Supporting Local Business - Go Local First campaign, Back our businesses-Shop Local and Extension of the JobKeeper Payment.

Updates and support for your business - Face coverings in the workplace, Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme, Worker Support Payments and Business Research and Innovation Initiative.

First for Business - Trader News Week 3 - Wearing of Face Coverings, COVID19 Updates, Tenancy and Landlord Support, and Want to get your business moving and Financial Bank Support

First for Business - Trader News Week 2 - COVID19 Updates, Wearing Masks, Energy Advice & Utility Relief and Online Free Business Webinars.

Latest announcements from the Victorian Government - Business Support Fund (Expansion), Energy Efficient Communities and online workshops.

Supporting Local Business - Go Local First campaign, Back our business - Shop Local, Extension of JobKeeper and online workshops.

Find opportunities for your business - ICN Gateway helping your business grow, Finding grants made easier for businesses, Rate relief key feature of 2020/21 draft Budget and Rocket Seeder: 12 week Accelerator Program.

Support for retailers in July - Assistance for retailers, Lighting the way in Glen Waverley, Victorian Government's easing restrictions, Mediation for small business owners & landlords, Mental wellbeing for small business owners, Local company donates sanitisers to Monash students and Business Resilience Mentoring.

Ready your business in June -  Monash is now a Small Business Friendly Council, Landlord and Tenant negotiations, June reopening for food and beauty premises, MBA Webinar: Future Forecast for uncertain times and Market Diversification Virtual Workshop.

Prepare your business in May - Are you prepared for post JobKeeper, Upskill My Business, How to keep your workers safe, Environmental Upgrade Agreements, Griffiths Bros Coffee brewing up business, Cleaning blitz across Monash's outdoor spaces, Startup ONRAMP (Founders Course) and MBA's Exclusive Economic Forecast from an Industry Leader.

Health & Wellbeing in May - Resources for your Health & Wellbeing, ACBC: Ready to Rebound Course, Business Planning to Regenerate & Grow your business program, Back Our Businesses - Shop Local and Online Business Webinars.

Reassess your business in May - Monash Grants Finder, Business Planning to Regenerate and Grow your business program, Back Our Businesses - Shop Local and Online Business Webinars.

Supporting businesses in May - Business Assistance & Quicklinks, Back Our Businesses - Shop Local, Business Planning to Regenerate and Grow your business program, Online Business Webinars, Landlord and Tenant negotiations and Call out for PPE.

Working on your business in April - Business Assistance and Quicklinks, South East Melbourne (SEM) Survey, Online Business Webinars and Police Warning .

Back your business in April - Message from the Monash Mayor, assistance for businesses, free mentoring and online business webinars.

Here for you in April – What is available to you (Coronavirus updates), local business contribution in response to COVID-19, ACBC webinar: Keeping your team strong, Mentally Emotionally and Winning Government Business webinar.

More support for your business in March - Coronavirus Information & Support, New Portal for Australian Manufacturers, Free Mentoring and ASBAS Webinars.

Assistance for your business in March - Coronavirus Information and Support from the Australian Government, Information and Support from the Victorian Government, other resources that could potentially assist your business, COVID-19 Business Impact Survey and the Monash Grants Finder.

Aim for the stars at the International Women’s Day Lunch in March – Women’s Business Network lunch with Carley Scott, Commercialising Your New Idea Workshop: Strategies to get to market, Monash First for Business Survey, Small Business Bus, MBA Save the dates,

Start your year with a bang – Starting your business: How to turn an idea into a business workshop, Home Based Business Networking event, MBA Breakfast with Beau Vernon, International Women’s Day lunch with Carley Scott, ASBAS workshops, and Wilson Transformer Company business case study.

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2019

Merry Christmas and See you in 2020 – Monash Mini Maker Faire success story, Monash Economic Development achievements in 2019, The Australian Superfood Co business case story, scheduled events for 2020 and Small Business Bus.

Gain business skills in November - Skills to start your own business (Oakleigh library – series of three workshops), Monash Mini Maker Faire, WithOneBean business case study, Environmental Upgrade Agreement and Boost Your Business Program.

MBA November Business Breakfast – MBA Breakfast (Leadership that drives high performance), Home Based Business Event and EvolvePlus business case study.

Opportunities for your Business in October - Employer Essentials for Small Business workshop, Futuremap workshop, Marketing your Business: How to get it right the first time workshop, deoblockchain business case study, and Monash Masterclass Series success story

Gain Insights in September - Winning Local Government Business workshop, Monash Business Awards Lunch with James Madden, Victorian Manufacturing Showcase 2019 and INHAABIT Business Case study.

Active your business in August - Finance Fundamentals: How to keep cash flowing workshop, Industry Insight Tour with Britannia, MBA Winners for 2019, Women’s Business Network lunch with Claire Rogers, Wingmate business case study and Call for Makers-Monash Mini Maker Faire.

Upskill your business in July: Monash Home Based Business Network event, Save the date for following events: Monash Business Awards: Gala Evening, Bucher Municipal Industry Site Tour and Women’s Business Network Lunch with World Vision CEO Claire Rogers.

Gain valuable skills for your business in June:  Launch Event for Exciting New Business Program – Online and Business Growth skills, Monash Business Awards Lunch: The Finance Guru, Monash Home Based Business Speed Networking and Help from Business Students

Future proof your happiness in May: Women’s Business Network Lunch – Fear is your future, Home Based Business Network event, Single Touch Payroll and Accessibility Australia as a business feature.

Hack your way into happiness in May: Single Touch Payroll, Home Based Business Network event, Victorian Manufacturing Showcase 2019 and Carloop as a business feature

Gain valuable skills for your business in June: Launch Event for Exciting New Business Program, Monash Business Awards lunch with Scott Haywood, Victorian Manufacturing Showcase 2019, Help from Business Students, and Bluestone Yeast as a featured business.

Find Your Tribe in April – includes Find Your Tribe, Monash Business Awards Lunch and Home Based Business Network May Event.

Position your business – includes Wilson Transformers Company Tour, Women’s Business Network: Fear is your future lunch and Winning Government.

Celebrating Women in STEMM - includes: International Women's Day, Home Based Business Network, Business Planning Essentials   and more.

Turn your idea into a business in February – includes Starting Your Business workshop, Monash Business Awards Lunch with Carolyn Creswell and International Women’s Day Lunch.

Start your year with a big bang – includes: International Women’s Day Lunch, Social Media Marketing 101, Home Based Business: Speed Networking and Starting Your Business: How to turn an idea into a business.

2018

Enjoy the festivities in December - includes Starting Your Business workshop, Save the Date events (Social Media workshop, Home Base Business Networking event, Monash Business Awards Lunch and International Women’s Day lunch).

Networking in November - includes Women's Business Network Chat & Chop Event, MBA Lunch: Corporate Social Responsibility and Tibaldi’s environmental upgrade agreement as the featured business.

Maximise your Marketing Strategy this Month (October) - includes Advanced Marketing workshop, MBA Art of Risk Management Network event, Pitch for BeamTime at the Synchrotron and Carman’s Kitchen as the featured business.

Optimism in October – includes: Pitch for beamtime, a Risk Management Workshop, and Textron Systems as the featured business

Building Resilience in September – includes: Women’s Business Network Lunch, the Small business Mentoring Service, and Schneider Electric as the featured business.

Give your business support in July - includes: Government Grants briefing series 2018, Help from Business Students and Small Business.

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Last updated: 08 October 2021