Small Business Support

Council offers a range of workshops and business events throughout the year that may be relevant to your Small Business needs.  You can also subscribe to Council’s bi-monthly eNews to keep up to date with Economic Development News relevant to our Shire.


Joining your local business association provides excellent networking opportunities and the potential for business growth and development.  Please contact your local business association directly:


Business & Tourism Creswick –

Clunes Tourist & Development Association –


There are many helpful resources that Small Businesses can access conveniently online. Business Victoria offers information and advice for Small Business on:

  • marketing
  • online business and technology
  • money, profit and accounting
  • hiring and managing staff
  • export
  • and much more

Please visit the Business Victoria website for more information.


The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) offers information and advice for Small Business about:

  • consumer and competition issues for small business
  • franchisee information and support
  • product safety for small business
  • scams targeting small business
  • and much more

Please visit the ACCC website for more information.


The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers information and advice for Small Business about:

  • managing invoices, payments and paperwork
  • managing your cash flow
  • goods and services tax (GST)
  • lodging activity statements
  • making payments to the ATO
  • and much more

Please visit the ATO website for more information.


The Victorian Government is committed to helping business reduce costs and environmental impact.  The Smarter Resources, Smarter Business Program invests $14 million over five years to help a variety of industry sectors use their resources more efficiently.  The program has three categories:

  • Energy and materials to help small to medium sized business be more competitive and productive
  • Energy efficient office buildings to help commercial office building owners reduce energy use and costs while increasing tenant appeal and asset value
  • Recycling to help business realise the potential financial value of waste

Visit the Sustainability Victoria website.


Tourism Tribe
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Tourism Tribe memberships start at less than $2.00 per week and you can take a free digital checkup, to see how web savvy your business is.

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