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Casey Council supporting local businesses

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Over the past few months, we have seen incredible resilience, agility and innovation across Casey’s business community, however, it remains a challenging time for many.

To support local businesses and boost our economy, we have launched a $510,000 support package to provide a range of resources, tailored support and grants to local businesses directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Backing Business in Casey package aims to support our local businesses now and into the future by boosting their long-term recovery efforts, increasing business capabilities and creating a stronger and more resilient local economy. 

City of Casey’s CEO Glenn Patterson explains how the package was developed and how it brings more opportunities to local businesses.

“Informed by insights collected from Council’s COVID-19 Business Impacts Survey, which was conducted in April and May this year, the package is designed to complement the State and Federal Government business stimulus packages, address gaps in other programs and provide support to Casey businesses who have otherwise been excluded,” said Mr Patterson.

The Business Grant Program is just one initiative of the package that allows eligible businesses in Casey to apply for a share of a $200,000 grant pool. With applications now open, businesses may apply in one of five steams with grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.  

The grants have been designed to support local businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 by providing catalyst funding for projects and activities that will boost long term business and economic recovery.
 
Applications are open until 30 November 2020, unless all funding is allocated prior to this date.

Businesses in Casey can also apply for our Mentor Matching Service to be matched with a mentor for up to three FREE mentoring sessions.

Steven Morris from The DARQ Room in Narre Warren, who previously participated in our Mentor Matching Service encourages all businesses to take advantage of the service.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about problem areas in a business without paying thousands of dollars,” said Mr Morris.

“The calibre of the mentors available at no cost is something that no business should look past. Even if they don’t believe they have many problems there is always opportunity for growth, and this is a great programme to facilitate it.”

Tracey Anderson from Kidz R Kidz Early Learning Centre in Cranbourne North also recommended the program.

“This has been an excellent opportunity to learn about running a business without the added expense. We recommend other businesses also take advantage of the program, even the smallest change can make the biggest difference,” said Ms Anderson.


Other initiatives within the Backing Business in Casey package include:

•    #imstillopen Business Promotion
•    INNovation Crowd 2.0 – Build Back Better 
•    I Can, I Need Marketplace 
•    Better Approvals Program 

Businesses can also call the Casey Business Helpline on 9705 5200 to receive tailored advice and support from a Council Economic Development officer. For more information please visit our Backing Business in Casey web page.
 

3 Sep 2020