The City of Greater Geelong is offering free support to local businesses impacted by the pandemic

The City of Greater Geelong is offering free support to local businesses impacted by the pandemic

It’s no secret that the world has gone into meltdown over the past few months with the recent outbreak of Covid-19, and whilst the first priority is always be the health and safety of ourselves and others, small businesses have been seriously struggling across Australia since the crisis began to unfold back in March.

To help ensure that our favourite coffee shops survive, or our favourite fruit shops get to keep their doors open, The City of Greater Geelong has set up a free support program to provide expert help and advice for local businesses.

The Geelong Business Support program connects business people with professional human resources, marketing, financial management and legal advice, expert mentoring and solutions-oriented counselling to help manage COVID-19 impacts at work and at home.

The program is available to all businesses in Greater Geelong that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible businesses can access one-on-one tailored support to managing cashflow and business planning, transforming marketing and promotions, setting up an online store, building confidence with online marketing and video conferencing, identifying and applying for grants and support packages, preparing for re-opening, keeping staff and customers safe and/or considering new ways to do business.

“This was a fantastic experience as it has enabled me to re-brand my clinic and given me lots of marketing ideas for the future,” says Daniel Wood, from Geelong osteopath.

To be eligible, Greater Geelong businesses have to have been impacted by COVID-19 in some capacity and have a current ABN. Already, the Geelong Business Support program has assisted over 300 local businesses.

You can read more about the program here.

Apply for support at geelongbusinesssupport.com.au.