MITCHELL Shire Council supporting the formation of a Rural and Small Towns Business Network to assist businesses and help them grow and develop.
The initiative is one of two activities currently running that is focussing on business development in the shire.
Last Friday the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell hosted a business breakfast at the Kilmore Golf Club that attracted over 100 local business people with the aim of establishing an active business network. The club plans to continue the business breakfast as a quarterly event as a vehicle for promoting local business prosperity.
President elect of the Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell, Bruce Nicholls said that as new entrants move into the local market space, businesses must learn to become more competitive.
“Our regional businesses have tended to prosper because they are small, and their remoteness from Melbourne has enabled them to exploit a captive local market,” Mr Nicholls said.
Local business owners will have the opportunity to further explore the issues raised at the Rotary breakfast at an interactive event to be held at Tallarook Mechanics’ Institute on Thursday July 13.
The event will give business owners the chance to meet council’s Economic Development team to further discuss the possible formation of the network.
The initiative came from a notice of motion put forward by Cr Bill Chisholm at Council’s February meeting.
Cr Chisholm said a network for rural and small town businesses would have many benefits and he was interested in seeing what level of interest there may be and how Council could support it.
“We’ve got fantastic local producers throughout the Shire and many of them have very strong networks and connections. It would be great if Council can help bring more producers together to share this knowledge and help even more businesses to succeed,” Cr Chisholm said.