How to guides and support for businesses

As you know, running a business takes a lot of time and resources. It's important to think about the big picture and how you would like to grow into the future.

Below you'll find a range of resources, tools and information available to support all types of local businesses.

    Why start a business here?

    Retail with more than 30 local centres, nine neighbourhood activity centres, one major activity centre and one principal activity centre – the retail sector employs over 5,500 people and generates over $680 million to the local economy each year in Manningham;

    Tourism, which employs 1,700 people and generates over $315 million to the local economy each year, has a regional focus in partnership with a number of key stakeholders in the eastern region;

    Home based business account for around 80 per cent of all businesses in Manningham contributing to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the municipality

    We have a Gross Region Product of $4.89 Billion, this is the total value of final goods and services produced in the region over the period of one year (2020).

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    Resources to help you start a business?

    Congratulations on taking the first step. There's a lot to sort out, so here is some important information and resources to help make your first steps easier.

      Get familiar with these business essentials

      Find out about tax regulations for your business.

      One on one help with your business

      Find out more about running a business with overseas markets.

      Explore tools and guides for a range of small businesses.

      National information, grants, services and support from across government to help your business succeed.

      Search for industry statistics and research.

      Search for business names and other essential information.

      Find out about competition and fair trade in markets for consumers, businesses and the community.

      Discover networking opportunities and stay up to date with industry news.

      Upgrade your skills with a range of training opportunities.

      Make sure your business is fire ready.

      Having a plan after an emergency can help get your business up and running as soon as possible.

      The VSBC offer low-cost dispute resolution services, including mediation, and championing the rights of small businesses. 

      Flexible Workspace Australia is the peak body for coworking and flexible workspace providers and partners across all cities and regions of Australia

      SBMS Experienced Business Mentors are part of the Small Business Mentoring Service.

      Setting up your business is an important first step. Find out more.

      What's happening in business across Victoria.

      Thinking of setting up a small business in one of our locations?

      Below is some useful snapshots for you to find out more:


      Types of businesses

      Below are some common links needed for these type of businesses:


      Food businesses

      Accommodation and rooming houses businesses

      Health and beauty businesses

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      When do you need a permit for your business?

      Have a new business idea? Find out when you need a permit and where you can get advice.

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      Looking for volunteers?

      Eastern Volunteers delivers services directly to the community and encourages and supports volunteering in the community.

      Local business associations, networks and mentoring

      We have a range of local associations that encourage networking and mentoring opportunities for small businesses as well as annual events and training.

      The Manningham Business Network Inc. (MBN) is your local business network. MBN provides peer support and sources.

      Connecting Manningham is a new community initiative by local residents and helps connect local business and residents. This initiative is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Templestowe and Rotaract Manningham.

      Mainstreet Australia provides a collaborative force and voice for traditional retail strips or main streets.

      The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Victorian Chamber) is the largest not-for-profit business organisation in Victoria.

      Heads Up for small business owners, helps identify how you’re coping with stressors in your small business and what actions you can take to alleviate them.