Maribyrnong City Council makes the pledge to support small business
Published on 10 March 2020
Local businesses in the City of Maribyrnong are set to benefit from a boost in supportive measures, with the local council signing up to be a Small Business Friendly Council.
The Victorian Small Business Commission is working with councils to deliver this initiative, which is about making it easier to run a small business locally.
Commissioner Judy O’Connell and Member for Footscray Katie Hall met with Maribyrnong City Council CEO Stephen Wall and Mayor Cr Sarah Carter in Footscray to formalise the council’s pledge.
In signing the initiative’s Charter, Maribyrnong City Council has committed to a range of measures including supporting local business networks, paying small businesses promptly and helping to manage impacts to trade caused by infrastructure works.
The Charter signing builds on existing council supports including the council’s Business Concierge, where one point of contact guides you through the new business registration application processes from start to finish.
Over 7,400 local businesses in the City of Maribyrnong stand to benefit from this new pledge across industries including transport, construction, retail and healthcare.
Maribyrnong City Council is the 38th council to join the scheme across Victoria. It joins neighbouring councils that have also signed up including Moonee Valley, Moreland, Yarra, Wyndham, Melton and Hume.
Quote attributable to Maribyrnong City Council Mayor Cr Sarah Carter
“Small businesses really are at the heart of Maribyrnong City and we’re here to provide them with the information, tools and guidance they need to succeed. We feel becoming small business friendly is an important way for us to strengthen our local business supports, benefitting our community and economy.”
Quote attributable to Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell
“It’s really positive to see Maribyrnong City Council sign up to support their small business community after having worked with us to deliver such a successful business pop up event on retail leases. We value the chance to keep working with the council to help create an inclusive and competitive business environment in Melbourne’s inner west.”
Quote attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall
“The Small Business Friendly Council initiative is one way the Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the best state in which to grow a small business. I’m thrilled that Maribyrnong City Council is signing up to help our small businesses flourish and boost economic growth locally.”
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