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Mount Alexander 2019 Business Awards

Mount Alexander Shire Council and program partners are pleased to announce the finalists for the Mount Alexander Business Awards.

An independent judging panel has selected 23 finalists from more than 69 entries, following 339 nominations from the community.

Congratulations go to the finalists across eight award categories.

Manufacturing, Construction and Trade - Edifice Constructions, Fred's Tiny Houses and Oakwood Smallgoods
Agribusiness - Gung Hoe Growers and Pryor's Paddock
Retail and Hospitality - Maldon Getaways, Mt Alexander Timber & Hardware and The Little Red Apple
Tourism and Events - Konjo Mama, Theatre Royal Castlemaine and Tread Harcourt
Micro Business - Jac the Hitcher, Mother Lover and The Good Life Careers
Professional Services - Grainger Legal, Smith & Maltby Accountants and We Push Buttons
Creative Industries - Cascade Art, Jac the Hitcher and Storyland Creative
Health and Wellbeing - Over the Moon Dance Studio, Pearl Skin & Beauty and Real Strength

In addition to running a successful business, the judges were impressed by the finalists’ entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and contribution to community.

“I found each business unique and inspiring in its own way. It was a privilege to be part of the judging, and on their journey for a snapshot in time,” said Rebecca Pedretti, Coordinator Economic Development, Hepburn Shire Council.

The winners will be announced at a gala event at the Castlemaine Town Hall starting at 6.00pm on Thursday 5 December.
Performer and entertainer John Fleming will MC the evening.

Tickets are $40. Drinks and dinner will be provided. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Book tickets.

The awards are run by Mount Alexander Shire Council in partnership with the Midland Express/Castlemaine Mail and proudly supported by Business Mount Alexander, Good Earth Garden Supplies, Maldon Inc., Maldon & District Community Bank®, Small Business Victoria and Workspace Australia.

Further information on the Mount Alexander Business Awards visit Business Awards or if you have questions, call Marg Barry, Business Awards Officer 5471 1851 or email.

Small business workshops 2019

Small business owners in Mount Alexander have the opportunity to build skills and knowledge in a series of low-cost workshops. Mount Alexander Shire Council has partnered with State Government – Small Business Victoria to deliver the workshops that support and encourage local small businesses.

The workshops will be held each month from February to November 2019 at the heavily subsidised cost of $20 – $30. Business Association members who attend at least one of the upcoming workshops will receive a 50 per cent discount for business mentoring sessions with the Small Business Mentoring Service.

Mentoring sessions are also offered as part of the workshop series. These comprise of a one-on-one 1 hour meeting with an experienced business adviser and is offered through the Small Business Mentoring Service and is sponsored by Council and Robertson Hyetts Solicitors.

Booking can be made online.

Workshops already conducted this year:

Business Planning Essentials

Effective Business Practices

Finance Fundamentals

Commercialising Your New Idea

Taking Your Business Online

Marketing Your Business

Starting Your Business

Business Awards Group Mentoring

Business Awards Group Mentoring

Taking Your Business Online

For enquiries about the small business workshops contact Eva Parkin, Council’s Economy Development Officer, on 5471 1805 or e.parkin@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

How to tap into government funding

Did you know that there are millions of grant dollars available for business through government funding programs right now?

There is Victorian State and Federal Government funding available for you to access, but you need to know where to look for the information, understand the criteria, eligibility and guidelines.

Council recently held an informal expo style event with the people who assess your funding applications. It provided a unique opportunity to talk directly with funding program managers about what grants are available, what they look for in a grant application and how to apply.

We have received great feedback about the event and are planning another information session for later in the year. In the meantime, check out the range of grants on offer.

New Energy Jobs Fund
Micro Grid
Environmental Upgrade Agreements
Boost Your Business Vouchers Program
Food Source Victoria
Wine Growth Fund
Entrepreneurs Program (Federal Government)
Regional Jobs Fund
Regional Skills Fund

For enquiries contact Eva Parkin, Economic Development Officer 5471 1805 or e.parkin@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Business information

There are multiple excellent resources available online to assist you start, run and grow your business.  

Business Victoria  has excellent resources including templates for business plans, checklists, performance mangement and so on. they can also provide business mentoring for new and expanding businesses.

Business.Gov is also a great resource to assist with the right structure of a new or expanding business. Read their step-by-step checklists, training resources and sign up to news and events.

Workspace Australia provides low rent workplaces for new businesses to get established. They also provide ongoing coaching and mentoring for startups.

Prepare your business for a bushfire and find helpful information in the Business Victoria guide to 6 steps to prepare your business for a bushfire.

Business directory

Council supports the promotion and development of a diverse range of businesses with Mount Alexander Business Connect.

Mount Alexander Business Connect is an online community where local businesses can promote their services and expertise. Customers can easily search and find a local supplier.

The regional directory is free to join and is available to all businesses to be seen and connected.

To learn more visit www.mountalexanderbusinessconnect.com.au.

Business networks

Two business related networks operate in the Shire and hold regular networking events throughout the year.

Business Mount Alexander Inc.

An incorporated association dedicated to supporting, connecting and promoting the business community in the Mount Alexander Shire.

For more information, or to join the mailing list, visit Business Mount Alexander.

Maldon Incorporated

An incorporated association dedicated to fostering and promoting business and opportunities in Maldon through a range of projects and events.

For more information visit Maldon Inc.

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