Build Your Business Program
Frankston Visitor Information Centre member businesses can access a wide range of support, training, funding opportunities and much more through Frankston City Council's Build Your Business Program.
Small business is the heartbeat of our city, with 98 per cent of Frankston City businesses employing less than 20 people. One if the nine key priorities in Council’s Economic Development Strategy 2016-2022 is to provide an environment that encourages vibrant and resilient small businesses.
The Build your Business workshop program is a key pillar for providing support to the small business community. For the first time, Council has partnered with co-working facility, Frankston Foundry, to deliver its most exciting and innovative workshop program yet. The program includes a range of topics, with a distinct focus on ‘business in the digital age’ and start ups.
Highlights of the 2017 Build Your Business Program include:
- A revamped one-on-one Business Coaching program
- Over 30 Build Your Business Workshops throughout the year, with a focus on digital technology and start ups. Frankston Visitor Information Centre members are entitled to a subsided rate on selected workshops.
- An opportunity to test your business rent-free in a shop, via Frankston Space Innovators.
- The free Job Matching Service, providing you with access to a database of over 8000 local students and graduates.
- The Build Your Business - Frankston City group on LinkedIn, which is a fantastic forum for local business to share ideas and discuss local issues.
Food and Beverage Industry Workshops and Events
Regional partners with funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science have once again engaged FIAL to offer a new program of food manufacturing workshops and events. These activities are specifically designed for the food and beverage sector and your supply chains to help you to drive new growth opportunities and reach new domestic and export markets. Download your copy of Workshops and Events Series 2017 here.
Business Funding Opportunities
Funding of up to $15,000 is available through the Small Business Grants program, with categories for start-up, relocation, home based graduation, green business and emerging exporter. Grants of up to $50,000 are also available to the hospitality industry through Eat Street Grants.
The grants provide a boost to businesses which demonstrate potential to create employment and build a resilient, innovative local economy. Frankston City is one of the only councils in Australia to offer such incentives to small business. To date, Council has issued $230,000 to small businesses, which have gone on to create over 200 jobs and generate over $60 million per annum into the local economy. Grants are awarded to small businesses through a competitive merit-based program held annually.
If you would like to discuss business support, please contact Frankston City Council on 1300 322 322.
You can also view the recently adopted Frankston City Economic Development Strategy 2016-2022, which places a particular emphasis on supporting micro and small business, as well as encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.