Small business support

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There are over 7,500 businesses in Greater Bendigo - 97 per cent of which employ less than 20 equivalent full time staff. 

The City of Greater Bendigo’s Economic Development Unit supports local small business with a variety of free and unbiased services and initiatives.

Bendigo Funding Finder

Find grants and funding with our custom search tool – powered by Australia’s top business grants website GrantGuru.

Business education videos

Watch the A–Z of essential business practices, developed locally in partnership with global business specialist ActionCOACH.

Business events calendar

View or list upcoming workshops with various topics designed to upskill and inform you for business success.

Business-friendly meeting spaces

Discover free and low-cost local meeting spaces suitable for group or one-on-one business meetings.

Business Support Directory

Find handy contact details for government departments, business and networking groups, shared office spaces or business development and training organisations.

Career Horizons

Host a secondary or tertiary student placement or provide other career experiences to benefit your business.

Mentor program

Link with free or low-cost business mentoring services to support and grow your business.

Small business ‘health check’ service

Ask us for a free business health ‘check-up’ – developed locally in partnership with global business specialist ActionCOACH.

Business distress service

Receive confidential advice and support when your business isn’t going to plan. Work out a strategy with experts on how to save or close your business.

Supporting Local Business Bendigo forum

Link in with #SLBB, the online community that helps small business prosper. Learn, share and grow with advice from local small business and industry leaders via the Facebook page and forum.

New business essentials

Utilise free or subsidised business resources including premises support and advice on the latest business practices and training options delivered in partnership with Workspace Australia.

In addition, the Economic Development Unit assists by holding business events, sharing data and market intelligence, delivering programs in partnership with government, supporting local business networking groups and helping you navigate through the city’s business compliance and planning requirements.

Business Victoria resources

Developing Business Newsletter

View the latest copy of our Developing Business Newsletter.

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