More support for local chambers of commerce, merchant groups


The Andrews Labor government is giving more support to small businesses and independent traders with a new round of grants for local chambers of commerce and trader groups.

Small Business Minister Jaala Pulford today announced the second round of Program of chambers of commerce and groups of traders was open, offering grants of $ 20,000 to up to 30 groups across Victoria.

Business groups can use the funds to support the recovery of their local business community through locally led initiatives that help build skills and resilience and adapt as we enter Phase C of the roadmap to implement the national plan and that important new freedoms are shared across the state.

The Geelong Chamber of Commerce used first-round funding to provide free crisis support to all local businesses and held over 50 free online workshops on topics ranging from staff mental wellbeing to creation of effective teams and diversity in the workplace.

A Creative Solution to Union Road Traders Association’s Hospitality Trade Restrictions in Ascot Vale saw a pop-up park created for locals to enjoy their take-out, and a new pedal-operated delivery service has been tested without fees for local businesses.

Be.Bendigo used its grant to lead a series of initiatives, including a leadership program and monthly remedial sessions for business owners to engage and create new working relationships.

The first round of the Chambers of commerce and groups of traders Program supported 205 groups with grants totaling $ 4.96 million.

The Labor government has provided more than $ 11 billion in direct economic support to businesses since the start of the pandemic, including $ 6 billion in subsidies to 180,000 businesses since June.

For more information and details on how to apply for the Program of chambers of commerce and groups of traders, visit Applications close on November 26.

As Small Business Minister Jaala Pulford said

“Chambers of commerce and trade groups know what their members need and what funding will help them provide tailor-made support it’s just for their domains. “

“We assure businesses have access to resources to help them recover and adapt under new conditions so that they can continue to play their essential role in community.”

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