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Business Support

Council's Economic Development Team assist new and existing businesses with advice and support.

To get in contact with us, email: or call 5722 0888.

To sign up to our Economic Development E-Newsletter and receive updates, click here. 

Starting Your Business

Before going into business there are many things you must consider.  If you have an idea for a business within the Rural City of Wangaratta, the Council's Economic Development team recommends you set up a time to visit with the staff to discuss your ideas.
There are also a number of usefull resources to help you such as the Victorian Government's website which outlines all you need to know about setting up a business.

Helpful Links:

Small Business Development Program

Uncover the secrets to business growth.  We host workshops and seminars that allow businesses to connect with industry experts.  Our series of business workshops and seminars provide participants with the ability to share and gain knowledge on a range of subjects relevant to your business.

Sign up to our e-newsletter here to receive updates on our upcoming program for 2021.

Relocating or expanding your business

When considering an expansion or relocation of your business Wangaratta is serious about helping you to expand and grow.

We can assist you by:

  • Assistance with potential site selection
  • Providing you with up to date decision support material
  • Help you navigate available funidng and grant opportunities
  • Connecting your business with service providers and industry contacts
  • Offering a point of contact through the Council planning process

Buy From Wangaratta

Buy from Wangaratta is a program to introduce every Wangaratta based business to e-commerce in the simplest way possible, and then provide the potential to collaborate as a town, because buying local matters… more so than ever! It is supported by the Rural City of Wangaratta in partnership with local software startup Issimo, Startup Shakeup, and the Ovens Murray Regional Partnership. There is no cost for businesses to sign up, no monthly fees, and an industry low commission of 5% including merchant fees for using a credit card.


You might have tried e-commerce before, but we have made it super simple to get your products online and in front of customers. Setting up a shop can just take minutes. Plus you get the added advantage of having an additional distribution channel with the marketing involved in the program.


We would love to get you on board to make Buy From Wangaratta the best local shopping experience possible!  

If you want to find out more, please contact us at

Shop Local this Christmas to WIN

Shop Local Wangaratta... This Christmas - Campaign Launch

After a really tough year for our businesses, it has never been more important for us to shop locally this Christmas.

In the lead up to the festive season, the Rural City of Wangaratta are launching a campaign to encourage local shopping this Christmas! The campaign involves a competition where shoppers can purchase items from businesses who register their interest and go into the draw to win prizes – and the grand prize is valued up to $500! It is free for businesses to participate.

For participating businesses, all you need to do is
-   Display a provided poster on your shop window to show you are participating in the campaign
-   Give your shopper one entry ticket per transaction only (minimum spend requirement is $25). The shopper then takes the ticket away to fill in their details and pops their entry into one of the entry boxes located around the municipality.

We will be spotlighting selected businesses on our social media channels.

If you would like to register your business for FREE, please fill out this survey by Monday 30 November.

To view the competition terms and conditions, click here.

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