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.

Subscribe to Council's First for Business e-news

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



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.

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.

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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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.


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: 06 August 2020