The City of Casey is pleased to launch its $510,000 Backing Business in Casey support package as part of its ongoing efforts to help local businesses during COVID-19 and beyond.
The Backing Business in Casey support package is Council's response to the feedback received from the COVID-19 Business Impacts Survey which was conducted in April and May 2020. It includes a range of initiatives such as mentoring and business promotion that aim to boost recovery efforts, increase business capabilities and create a stronger and more resilient local economy.
Council’s Backing Business in Casey support package has been designed to complement stimulus being offered through State and Federal Government. It also seeks to address gaps in other programs and provide support to Casey businesses who have otherwise been excluded.
Business Support Package initiatives
A summary of the initiatives in the $510,000 Backing Business in Casey Support Package include:
- Casey Business Helpline
- Business Grants Program – $200,000
- Mentor Matching Service
- Business Promotion – #imstillopen
- INNovation Crowd 2.0 – Build Back Better
- Better Approvals Program for Council permits
- Local Procurement
Casey Business Helpline
Local businesses can receive direct assistance from Council’s Economic Development team by calling the Casey Business Helpline on 03 9705 5200.
Support is available to help businesses navigate both state and federal government stimulus packages or advice on how to progress your business.
Business Grants Program – $200,000
Eligible businesses can apply for a share in $200,000 as part of Backing Business in Casey Business Grants Program.
The grants, which range from $500 to $5000 aim to provide catalyst funding to support projects and activities that boost business and economic recovery long-term.
In addition to the funding, successful applicants will also be matched with an expert business mentor for three free mentoring sessions.
This program is now closed.
Mentor Matching Service
The City of Casey is offering business owners a complimentary Mentor Matching service.
Mentoring is an effective resource that has many benefits. In the current economic climate, business owners will particularly benefit from mentorship through the challenges of COVID-19. Successful applicants will be matched to an appropriate expert mentor for up to three free sessions.
Mentoring sessions will be delivered by local expert mentors or the Small Business Mentoring Service.
Visit the Casey Cardinia region website to register.
Business Promotion – #imstillopen
Businesses can let their customers know they're still open for business by adding a free listing on the #imstillopen business directory and map.
Businesses are encouraged to join the #imstillopen social media campaign to share stories of resilience and innovation. Good news stories on local businesses will be shared on the Casey Cardinia region Facebook page as well as email subscribers.
INNovation Crowd 2.0 – Build Back Better
The City of Casey is relaunching its INNovation Crowd program.
The relaunch is to support the culture of innovation which has increased due to the business developing new activities to continue to operate.
Initially designed to support start ups and entrepreneurs in our community, the revised model will be expanded.
INNcrowd 2.0 will focus on curating a local culture of innovation to allow both new and existing businesses to contribute to rebuilding our local economy.
To find out more and get involved, visit the Casey Cardinia Region website for more information.
Better Approvals Program for Council permits
Better Approvals streamlines Council’s permit approval process allowing you to get on with business sooner.
A dedicated business permit support officer will provide a coordinated approach to guide you through the necessary approvals required for your business. Through Better Approvals you will experience reduced roadblocks, less delays and reduced wait times in receiving your Council permits.
Find more information on Better Approvals via our website.
The City of Casey’s updated procurement policy provides greater consideration for local suppliers. Council will provide ongoing support to help local suppliers increase capabilities and provide greater awareness of tender and request for quotation opportunities.
View the latest tenders from the City of Casey.
For more information
Council’s Economic Development team are available to provide dedicated assistance to businesses. We are committed to providing local support that meets your specific business needs.
If you require assistance, please phone the Casey Business Helpline on 03 9705 5200 and ask to speak with an Economic Development Officer.
You can also find the most up to date information and support for local business via the Casey Cardinia region website.