Business opportunities and projects

Business Opportunities

Women in Business promotional opportunities

As part of the Economic Development and Tourism's support of this years' virtual International Women’s Day event, we are producing a digital ‘Women in Business marketplace brochure’ featuring local businesses and services. This digital tool will be distributed to all attendees of the International Women’s Day virtual event, Thursday 11 March.   Exclusive offers or discount vouchers can be included. There are places for 30 businesses to be involved in this brochure.

Secondly, as part of the Women in Business networking event on Wednesday 17 March, we will be hosting a ‘Small Business Marketplace’  where up to 14 local businesses will have the opportunity to set up a stall to exhibit and sell their products or services.  The stallholders will also have the opportunity to join the networking event. It is important to note the marketplace will be conducted under COVID-Safe practices. 

Interested businesses are invited to register for the brochure here or to host a stall here.

Digital Harvest - Take your agri-food business online

Free program to support farmers, agri-producers, distributors and sellers to adapt and innovate.

La Trobe University is inviting farmers, agri-producers, distributors and sellers to apply for Digital Harvest which is a free online program supported by Agriculture Victoria, designed to help farmers adapt and grow, as a response to the events of 2020.

Delivered fully online and at no cost to participants, the 12-week program will support a range of agricultural sectors, including farming, cropping, broadacre, farmgate, community growers and distributors.

You will receive insights from experts in agribusiness development, sales, eCommerce, and digital marketing; gain access to toolkits and new digital tools that can help you attract customers and grow into the future. You’ll also gain access to a growing virtual library of expert led resources on key topics including digital strategy, analytics, email marketing, SEO and SEM, social media, storytelling and more.

Program Details:

Workshops will run for 2 hours on Wednesdays and Thursdays 6pm-8pm, commencing early February and conclude April 2021.

Applications close Thursday 28th January 2021.

Click here for more information or to register. 

North East Link Project

Register - Vendor Panel

Interested Parties that intend to participate in the North East Link Project must register their organisations on the VendorPanel e-tender platform.

Information and Instructions on how to register for the new Service Providers on Vendor Panel can be found here 


Translation Services

The Victorian Small Business Commission 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.

For more information click here or contact 


External grants and support

Link to organisations that offer grants and grant writing resource materials.  Includes grants open to businesses affected by COVID-19

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Melbourne's North Joblink

Advertise local jobs free of charge

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.


Twilight Picnic Hampers at Yarrambat Golf Course

Yarrambat Park Golf Course is seeking business partners for their twilight picnic hampers. The hampers will be sold as part of a new campaign to create a Friday night after-school catch up for families, featuring “whole in one” programming with food & beverage included.  

They are seeking Nillumbik businesses to provide product that can be included in the hamper.

If you think your product would suit the hampers contact Michael 0433 660 727 or email


Tourism Opportunities

Yarra Ranges Tourism Partnership

Council has recently re-engaged with one of Victoria’s official regional tourism boards, Yarra Ranges Tourism. Under the Victorian Tourism structure, Nillumbik is within the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges region.

Our tourism team and Yarra Ranges Tourism work collaboratively to ensure the growth of our visitor economy.

The areas identified as tourism priorities in 2020/21 for Nillumbik include:

  • Visitor services and information delivery inside and outside the region, including digital and print
  • Integration and extension of the artisan hills brand messages in the wider Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges marketing program
  • Development of specific trails promoting local visitor experiences and associated businesses
  • Dedicated marketing campaigns and access to other opportunities offered by Visit Victoria
  • Events and activities which promote our Shire as a place to visit
  • Support the development of market research activities and inclusion in any regional research
  • Access to industry networking and development programs

Council’s partnership with Yarra Ranges Tourism ensures our destinations, villages, attractions, events and public visitor experiences are effectively promoted.

The partnership also provides opportunities for specific Nillumbik businesses to be featured in the Yarra Ranges Tourism marketing programs including Yarra Valley Touring Map (PDF, 37MB).

Visit the Yarra Ranges Tourism website for more partnership opportunities and information.

If you would like to discuss other ways your business can get involved, contact or call 03 9433 3128. 

Free listing - Promote your Tourism Business on and 

Have you claimed your FREE ADTW listing on the powerful Visit Victoria website?

Save yourself $295 and gain broader digital coverage.

Offer extended to 31st January 2021.

Not sure if you already have a live ATDW listing? Search and if your tourism business isn't there, Click Here to claim your free coupon code. 

Partnership Opportunity with Off Peak Weddings 

It's a new era for weddings, especially with 2020 disrupting many couple’s plans, and the Off Peak Wedding provides a fresh and time appropriate approach for couples seeking different ways to get married. From the micro wedding or elopement to grand events of 150 people (and one day even more!), from the ever-growing LGBTQI weddings market to vow renewal and later in life/second time weddings, celebrations can be held any time of the day, any time of the year.   Nillumbik has the infrastructure, the fabulous food and wine and marvellous views, and the proximity to Melbourne that means ‘destination wedding’ without the travel. 
Expand your business and join top wedding venues, planners, photographers, transport services, caterers, accommodation providers and more, and become a partner with Off Peak Weddings

You will benefit from promotion in:

  • Flagship seasonal digital magazine “Off Peak Weddings – getting hitched your way” with more than 5000 readers per annum
  • Dedicated social media channels – Facebook and Instagram
  • Dedicated website with online directory of services, and direct enquiry service to vendors at
  • Influencer program with regarded wedding commentators
  • Integration with more than 60 (and growing) Off Peak Wedding vendors and suppliers in the region  

Plus opportunities to feature in magazine articles and blogs shared across the entire Yarra Ranges Tourism digital network.  We’re currently looking for feature stories that can highlight the beauty and range of weddings possible in the Nillumbik region – a dedicated story with photo opportunities can be arranged with sufficient partner interest.
More information here or email

Tourist Signage

Tourist signage plays an important role in providing direction to visitors to find attractions, services and facilities.

If you are interested in exploring the option of having tourism signage, we encourage you to read the VicRoads Tourism Signing Guidelines(PDF, 4MB) which explain the types of signs that are permitted and the criteria for each.

If you believe you meet the criteria, you will need to complete an Tourist Attraction Signing Application Form(PDF, 114KB) and return it to the Council’s Infrastructure team.

If you wish to discuss your eligibility or would like help completing the form, contact us on 03 9433 3783 or the Infrastructure team on 03 9433 3324.

For more information about other types of signage options available, click on the links below.


The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse

The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) is Australia’s national platform for digital tourism information.

It is jointly owned and managed by all Australian state/territory government tourism bodies.

With more than 40,000 listings, it is electronically accessible by tourism business', wholesalers, retailers and distributors for use in their websites and booking systems.

If you would like to create a free listing on the ATDW and have it appear on the following websites, visit ATDW:

Visit Victoria

Visit Yarra Valley

•The Visit Yarra Valley What's On weekly newsletter (sent directly to 45,000 people)

Businesses can also create a product listing for a small annual fee. For more information, see the FAQs(PDF, 254KB) and factsheet (PDF, 247KB).