Business opportunities and resources

Find a list of projects, working groups, information and resources related to a range of businesses in Nillumbik.

To find out about business opportunities as they arise, join the Business in Nillumbik Facebook group.

You can also stay up-to-date by signing up for the Business in Nillumbik eNewsletter.

Economic Development Advisory Committee Members - Expression of interest now open

The Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) provides a formal mechanism for Council to consult with key stakeholders and to seek specialist advice on economic development issues, initiatives, policies and strategies.
 
The objectives of the EDAC are to:

  • Identify and provide advice on a range of economic development issues facing the Shire.
  • Identify the priority actions to address these issues. 
  • Ensure consultation and ongoing liaison between Council and key business and community stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the development of the Economic Strategy and provide recommendations for its implementation. 
  • Provide an opportunity for the business community to engage with Council on major developments, Council strategies and related topics.
  • Act as a conduit to relevant community groups and stakeholders.

 
Council are currently seeking expressions of interest to fill three general business and industry representative positions including two new roles to ensure that a broad and relevant member base are represented
 
• One youth representatives from the Nillumbik community;
• One Agricultural representative from the Nillumbik community
 
The tenure of committee membership is effective 30 June 2022 through to 30 June 2024.

Interested parties are invited to complete the nomination form here

Nominations now open for 2022 Northern Business Achievement Awards

Nominations are now open for businesses to represent Nillumbik for the 2022 Northern Business Achievement Awards.

These awards are presented annually and bring together business nominees from across the six northern Councils.

The awards are a partnership of industry, education and local and state government and recognise the business achievements of small to medium enterprises and encourage growth, excellence and competitiveness.

Breakfasts are held quarterly, with two of the northern municipalities (Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik and Whittlesea) nominating two of their businesses at each of the breakfasts.

Nillumbik will be jointly hosting the event with Whittlesea City Council on March 3rd 2022.  

We are also seeking nominations for the Young Business Achiever of the Year.  

If you are a business and would like to nominate, please complete the expression of interest here.

If you would like to nominate yourself or would like to recognise a Young Business achiever, please complete the expression of interest here.

Free promotion on social media for Nillumbik businesses

Live, work, play and shop in Nillumbik

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We’re inviting people to experience the very best of the region with a range of weekly giveaways of unique and special experiences are on offer via @VisitNillumbik on Facebook and Instagram.

A ‘Shop in our Shire’ campaign is also under way, that encourages residents to buy local this winter. From clothing to homewares, cafes and restaurants to a range of different services, everything you need is right here in our Shire.

Shop in our Shire puts the spotlight on local businesses and their online presence. We’ll be promoting your social media accounts and supporting you to continue to offer online shopping options, which many businesses explored for the first time when the pandemic hit.

Interested? If you're a Nillumbik-based businesses who would like to be promoted for free on our @VisitNillumbik Facebook and Instagram social media pages:

Complete the online form

This opportunity is ongoing and will remain active until further notice.

Creative Industries Business Education Program

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Council is offering local creative businesses free access to the Creative Industries Business Education Program.

Developed specifically for the local industry by Monica Davidson, Director of Creative Plus Business, the program offers a series of six webinars, with accompanying resources, designed to assist creative businesses to recognise and operate a best practice business. 

The topics included in this program are:

  • Getting Started
  • Planning for Creative Success
  • Making Money Work
  • Innovation and Ideas
  • Understanding the Market
  • Promoting your Creative Business

Monica Davidson is an award-winning expert on the creative industries, who has infamously never had a ‘proper job’. She began her creative life as a freelance journalist and filmmaker before starting a production company in the early 1990s. Her experience highlighted how unprepared creative people can be for a life of entrepreneurship. 

Read Monica's Full Bio

The modules can be completed at your own pace with unlimited access to the program until June 2022.

Access and register for the program

Connecting Victoria - mobile coverage and broadband

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The Victorian Government is fast-tracking better mobile coverage and broadband across the state through the $550 million Connecting Victoria program. 

It’s never been more important to be connected – for family, community, work and safety. That’s why we are asking Victorians to help identify where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed.

New mobile and broadband infrastructure will mean more jobs and a boost for local businesses and will help Victorians stay connected to loved ones. 

It will give more Victorians the opportunity to participate in the online world, with better mobile coverage at home and when out and about. 

The first locations to receive upgrades or new infrastructure are expected to be announced later this year, with more to follow across the state. 

Have your say

You can help to identify where mobile and broadband improvements are most needed across the state.

Use the interactive map to pinpoint where you are experiencing a problem with mobile coverage or internet. You will also be asked to describe your problem.

Have your say

Nillumbik Business Kit

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The Nillumbik Business Kit has been designed to help businesses navigate the many areas of Council that are involved when starting or growing a business.

The Kit introduces Council's business support program and ways for local businesses to connect and network. Find out about local business associations, grants and funding, marketing opportunities and more. The Kit also explains regulatory requirements such as permits and registrations that may apply to businesses operating in Nillumbik.

Melbourne's North Joblink

Advertise local jobs free of charge

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Melbourne's North Joblink is a free service that is available to both businesses and residents in Melbourne's North. It seeks to connect businesses in Melbourne's North with the region's talent to make living, working and employing in Melbourne's North a reality.

Jobseekers can register for the portal to be advised when local positions are advertised.

Melbourne's North Joblink website

Good Access is Good Business

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Do you know the impact that people with access challenges can have on your bottom line? Make your business accessible to the widest possible market reap the benefits and opportunities in this expanding market.

Whether you have a shop, café, restaurant, accommodation or office based service, there are many ‘hints and tips’ that you can apply to expand your business reach and attract and keep return customers. 

Accessible Tourism

Translation services

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) have established some great new resources in regard to a suite of translated digital resources via their Languages web page.

The resources can explain how we can help small businesses who are in dispute with another business or government service, and what they need to know before they sign a retail lease.

VSBC website

Email communications@vsbc.vic.gov.au 

Nillumbik Grants Hub

Open to all local community groups, businesses, not-for-profits and individuals seeking funding to deliver projects and initiatives for the Nillumbik community.

Nillumbik Grants Hub can be used to:

  • Search for grants and funding from a variety of sources
  • Save a list of 'favourite' grants to a shortlist
  • Subscribe for email alerts and receive email notifications about new funding opportunities
  • Prioritise and track your grant applications
  • Find advice and top tips to maximise your chances of receiving the funding you need

This service is free - no cost involved.

Nillumbik Grant Website

Email grants@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Local business associations

Nillumbik has a range of industry groups and networks who support new and existing business. We also work with a number of associations across the Shire who we encourage businesses to engage with. 

Banyule Nillumbik Local Learning & Employment Network (BNLLEN) 

Website: bnllen.org.au

Diamond Creek Traders Association


Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Website: elthamtown.com

Hurstbridge Traders Association


Local Food Connect


Melbourne Innovation Centre


Nillumbik Tourism and Business

Website: ntb.org.au

NORTH Link


Yarra Ranges Tourism

Please note the details for groups are subject to change. If you have trouble contacting any of them, please contact business@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Information for Family Businesses - Family Business Australia

Family Business Ten Tips for a successful family business

More than 70 per cent of all businesses in Australia are owned and operated by families, including some of Australia’s most loved brands. These businesses are in the difficult position of mixing business with their personal life, so it’s not surprising that sometimes it can go spectacularly wrong. 

The following are Ten Tips to help your family business grow and thrive!

1.           Establish a Family Council for the business owning family. This is a group that meets to focus on family expectations of the business. It helps to ensure that the views of all members of the family are heard, and any issues addressed.

2.           Create a family charter. Also known as a code of conduct, or constitution, the family charter outlines what is and is not appropriate practices for family members working in the business.

3.           Set position descriptions and key performance indicators for all members of staff, including family members. Setting clear roles, responsibilities and measures for each family member will help avoid disputes about performance and remuneration, like any other employee.

4.           Establish a succession plan. If succession is planned, documenting the plan will dramatically improve the transition from one generation to the next. Even if handing the business over to the next generation isn’t the plan, developing a plan for what will happen, and sharing it, will help avoid future disputes.

5.           Create an entry plan. Hiring a family member for a role they are not qualified for is never a good idea. Create a set of criteria or achievements family members must fulfil before taking a role in the family company. Experience gained from outside businesses can equip a family member with valuable insights.

6.           Ensure there is a will or estate plan. It may be difficult, but always prepare for the worst. Outline how the family estate will be divided should something unexpected happen; it will help avoid bitter disputes between siblings.

7.           Be proactive to resolve disputes. Don’t hesitate to establish a process or engage outside help should business and family relationships start to sour. If you wait too long, both the business and the family relationships suffer.

8.           If your business has a formal Board appoint one or more independent non-executive directors. Independent non-executives bring outside experience and perspectives to the board, and can fill skill gaps in the family.

9.           Avoid the courts at all costs. Try and settle disputes before they reach the point of needing legal counsel. The very nature of the court system is adversarial, pitting one family member against the other. It almost always damages the family relationship and has negative impacts on the business.

10.         Leverage your family business status in your marketing and branding. The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer highlighted that 75% of consumers globally trust family businesses over non family businesses. The same report highlighted that only 52% of consumers were aware of ownership of businesses they buy from. Using the “A family owned Australian business” emblem in your marketing, packaging etc is the easiest way to highlight your status as a family owned business to Australian consumers.

About FBA

Family Business Australia (FBA) purpose is to help family businesses succeed. They do this by assisting family businesses harness their unique competitive advantage. Leveraging ‘family business’ as an asset is what truly sets our members apart from their competition and FBA has been successfully helping family business along that path for the past 20 years!

Find out more at familybusiness.org.au or call their Membership Team on 1800 249 357 or email membership@familybusiness.org.au