Council pledges small business support

Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell announced further support from Ararat Rural City Council for local businesses in Ararat whilst in town last Wednesday.

The Commissioner made the announcement at the Council’s small business breakfast, also giving advice on ways to address local business issues and how the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) can help them fix disputes.

Victorian Small Commissioner Judy O’Connel at the business breakfast.
PHOTO: Ararat Council

Council signed up to the Small Business Friendly Council initiative, which is all about making it easier for people to start, run and grow their local businesses.

By signing up, Council is committing to:

  • pay small businesses within 30 day
  • work towards faster permit approvals
  • help set up and grow local business networks
  • help manage the impacts of disruptive infrastructure projects.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Harrison said he was pleased to have pledged support for local businesses.

“Ararat Rural City Council invests in supporting our local businesses to prosper and grow, which is why we feel it’s important to commit to provide further supports through this initiative,” Dr Harrison said.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison, Ararat Regional Business Association President Maria Whitford, Victorian Small Business Commissioner Judy O’Connell and ARCC Councillor Fay Hull.
PHOTO: Ararat Council

The council is currently offering a range of small business support like assisting business owners in getting started and expanding, they are also giving advice on business training seminars and workshops.

“It’s great to see Ararat Rural City Council build on their current small business supports and demonstrate their want to work together to achieve an inclusive, competitive and fair business environment,” the Small Business Commissioner said.