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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.

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.

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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.

Calendar of Workshops and Seminars

31 July 2018  Launch - North East SMall Business Festival.  Celebrate the launch of the 2018 North East Small Business Festival at the Wangaratta Art Gallery. Join us as we kick off the August long festival with details on the many events being held throughout the region. Free of Charge  Bookings

7 August 2018  Starting a FarmgateLocal farmers, landholders and interested producers will have
the opportunity to learn how to sell their goods through their own Farmgate. The workshop will look at your legal obligations, marketing and getting started with setting up your Farmgate. $15 per person

14 August 2018  Powering Through: Beat rising energy costs.  Working with Sustainability Victoria, participants will get an insight into how to cut costs on their energy bills by implementing small to medium sustainable practices. Learn about grants and hear some great case studies. $15 per person  Bookings

15 August 2018  Refrigeration Efficency Masterclass - Delivered by Sustainability Victoria. The course content will cover key principles relating to the efficient and reliable operation of refrigeration equipment, choice of refrigerants, working with refrigeration contractors, and accessing financing for energy efficiency upgrades. The course focus will be on improving the energy efficiency of walk-in cool rooms. Free of Charge Bookings

21 August 2018  My BIG idea: Turning Passion into potential. Global Sisters supports women to become financially independent. The ‘My Big Idea’ is designed to help women explore and land a concept they want to turn into a business. Perfect for those without an idea, too many ideas or with a very early stage business. Free of Charge Bookings

21 August 2018  e-Commerce, Marketplaces and Farmhouses. Farmhouse eCommerce uncovered. Explore what’s next in Australian and international eCommerce, key digital trends and consumer behaviour. Discuss options to start selling online now and benefi ts of a multi-channel strategy. Free of Charge Bookings

21 August 2018  Customer Value Journeys. Get savvy with social media and what you need to do to stand out in a crowded marketplace. Brainstorm, share success stories and collect insights as you explore the proven tactics that make your marketing and content eff orts more effective. Free of Charge Bookings

21 August 2018  Growing Global. If you want to expand overseas this event is jam-packed with advice that will help you get there. Whether you’re already making some international sales or ready to start. Free of Charge Bookings

28 August 2018  Digital Bootcamp.  A gathering of all things digital! If you are just starting out or area little behind the eight ball, we will bring all the experts together to answer your questions. This will be the baby steps boot camp to make sure you are on the right track. $20 per person.  Bookings.


More workshops coming soon, keep up to date on the latest workshops through our website or join us on facebook/wangarattabusinessnetwork.  




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
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