Programs, Training and Upskilling

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1:1 Specialist Advice Program 

 The 1:1 Specialist Advice Program is designed to connect Surf Coast Shire businesses to local specialist advice, subsidised to help support businesses through the impacts the COVID-19 crisis has had on their business.

Eligible businesses will be able to access an initial consultation of professional advice paid for by Council in one of the following categories:

  • Legal
  • Accounting
  • Human resources
  • Business planning
  • Digital and marketing
  • Business coaching

How does it work?

To access the 1:1 Specialist Program and for more information: I am a Surf Coast business and would love some specialist advice right now

After completing the online form above, requests will be assessed by the business support team against the selection criteria and matched depending on their needs. Consultations will take place via phone or video conference. If ongoing assistance is required after the initial subsidised consultation, participants can choose to continue to use the specialist service at their own cost.

Access to the 1:1 Specialist Advice Program is subject to applicant eligibility.

This is a temporary program that provides limited funding directly to specialist suppliers that are engaged by Council to support businesses.

Selection criteria:

• Must be located within the Surf Coast Shire
• Have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
• Employ between 0-19 staff
• Annual turnover of less than $5M
• In need of immediate support to sustain their business

ASBAS Activity-Based Online Workshops

The Australian Small Business Advisory Services offers a Digital Solutions program for small businesses in metro and regional Victoria. If you are a small for-profit business, with an active ABN and less than 20 employees you can access this program.

The program will now be delivered as an activity-based online workshop. Eligible business currently do NOT need an ASBAS Digital Solutions membership to access the program.

Workshops available to Surf Coast Businesses

Learn to design with Canva. Thursday 20th August 10am - 12:30pm

Canva is a free, easy-to-master content creator for visual marketing. If you want to set up a Canva account and create your first design, this activity-based workshop is for you. Within this session, the presenter will take you through several activities so you can walk away with tangible outcomes.

Spaces on this workshop have been reserved for Surf Coast Shire businesses, to access one of these places you can use the following code while registering: EBBN2020.

Sell Products on Facebook. Wednesday 30th September 1:00pm - 3:30pm 

Customers spend a lot of time on Facebook. Use the power of social media to drive your audience to buy your products without even leaving the platform. Allow customers to browse, share, and purchase your products.

Spaces on this workshop have been reserved for Surf Coast Shire businesses, to access one of these places you can use the following code while registering: EBF4E 

More information can be found at Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS)