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Hepburn Shire is committed to strong economic development in the region and has a genuine interest in establishing long term relationships with potential developers.

The Shire offers a diverse range of development opportunities and encourages developments that are ecologically sustainable and based on sound environmental principles.

Several of these opportunities lie in the expansion and further development of the forestry industry, private plantation forestry and research and development in temperate eucalyptus technology utilising the existing educational and training facilities located in Creswick.

There are also opportunities in the development of resort/tourist related businesses, as well as holistic health facilities, expertise and products.

Further opportunities exist in tourism product development beyond accommodation and dining such as gourmet foods, recreational opportunities and service oriented businesses related to tourism.

Hepburn Shire has a well established arts community with a broad range of skills offering a unique opportunity for arts development across all media.

Opportunities also exist in the development of high value horticulture, viticulture and organic food crops.

Council will provide assistance to facilitate the establishment of new businesses and the expansion of current businesses and will also coordinate access to information from government agencies.

You may find the External Web Links below useful to look at, as they provide excellent information and advice for small business.

Please click to view the Hepburn Shire Economic Development Business Plan.

Upcoming Business Workshops
Barista Accreditation
with the Coffee Academy at William Angliss Institute

Monday 30 June 2014

Gain 2 Nationally Recognised Units of Competence:
SITXFSA101 Use hygienic practices for food safety
SITHFAB204 Prepare and serve espresso coffee

This course is fully subscribed - please call Tamara Patterson 5321 6111 to register your interest for next year.


Small Business Bus

Looking to start a small business? Want to develop your existing small business?

Help is on the way with the Victorian Government’s Small Business Bus coming to Creswick on Wednesday 2 July and Daylesford on Thursday 3 July.

The Small Business Bus offers free mentoring throughout the day with an experienced business professional who can assist you in taking your small business to the next level.

On board the Small Business Bus you will find information on Small Business Victoria’s programs and services as well as tools and tips to help you start or grow your business.

Bookings are essential for the mentoring sessions, so reserve your place now by clicking here or call 13 22 15.

The Small Business Bus will be located outside Creswick Town Hall, 72 Albert Street in Creswick and in front of Coles walkway, 52 Vincent Street in Daylesford between 10am and 4pm.


Central Highlands Digital Enterprise – Community Strengthening Workshops

Secrets of Successful Committees – Tuesday 8 July 5-8pm, Council Chambers, 76 Vincent Street.

There are an estimated 700,000 not-for-profits operating in Australia. If you are a member of an incorporated association, a representative of a Committee of Council, or hold a Board position in the local sporting club, you have responsibilities.

Community groups in Hepburn are eligible for FREE DigiBiz workshops funded through the Australian Government.

Learn the basics of good governance and receive a take-home resource kit to help you improve your association or club.

Bringing in the Bucks – Wednesday 23 July 5-8pm, Council Chambers, 76 Vincent Street.

Revenue from sausage sizzles and raffle tickets down? Identify and explore new ways to raise funds for your community… Brainstorm ideas… Explore other activities. Learn about Crowdfunding. If you are not across this online fundraising phenomenon then you may be left behind… Use the power of the crowd, social media and online fundraising strategies to finance your next project.

Hear about Pozible, an Australian crowdfunding administration and financial platform. Pozible celebrated $1 million in project pledges from 2010 to 2011, over $2.5 million in 2012, and more than AUD $15 million in 2013.


External Web Links
 Business Victoria
 Small Business Tips
 Small Business Mentoring Service
 Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
 Australian Taxation Office
 ezEonline - Website Assistance
 VECCI - Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry
 National Broadband Network
 JobAccess - help and workplace solutions for the employment of people with disability.
 Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)
 Small Business Assistance Program
 Tourism E-Kit
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