Business in the Pyrenees

Overview

The Pyrenees Shire has a diverse economy with the key propulsive sectors being sheep, grains, beef cattle and wine.  Other industries include a range of community services, retail, manufacturing, transport and construction.
A number of private and public infrastructure projects are currently underway in the region including wind farms, road and rail projects that are creating new investment potential.
Avoca and Beaufort which are the two larger towns in the Shire are located on major east–west and north –south road freight routes such as the Western and Sunraysia Highways connecting Melbourne with Adelaide and Northern Victoria.

Local residents enjoy a wide range of employment opportunities because the Shire is approximately 30 minutes from the regional city of Ballarat.

Starting or Growing a Small Business

For people interested in starting a small business or growing an existing business it is important to do your research first.
Council can support you during this important phase by:
•    Providing important background information on the location and industry you may be operating in,
•    Providing access to demographic details and important statistical data,
•    Responding to your development applications promptly.
•    Introducing you to a range of resources to assist with your venture, including representatives of State and Federal Government agencies where appropriate,
•    Linking businesses considering export markets to specialist government departments and,
•    Identifying regulatory requirements that may apply to the business and introducing you to representatives of the relevant Council departments that can assist in this regard.
To learn more about starting or growing your business in the Pyrenees Shire, please contact Council's Manager Economic Development and Tourism on 03 5349 1100.

Further support is also available from Business Victoria, a dedicated department of the Victorian State Government to assist small businesses. Business Victoria provides access to a wide range of resources to assist new and existing businesses such as:
Setting up a business
Marketing and sales
Money, profit and accounting
Hiring and managing staff
Tourism industry resources
Export – access global markets

Details can be found at www.business.vic.gov.au.

Support for Small Business

Joining your local business association or regional tourism board provides excellent networking opportunities and the potential for business growth and development.  Please contact your local business association or regional tourism board directly:
Business for Beaufort
www.visitbeaufort.com.au
Advance Avoca
www.Avoca.vic.au
Pyrenees Grapegrowers and Winemakers Association
www.pyrenees.org.au
Visit Ballarat
www.visitballarat.com.au

ACCC information for small business

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) offers information and advice for Small Business about:
    consumer and competition issues for small business
    franchisee information and support
    product safety for small business
    scams targeting small business
    and much more

Please visit the ACCC website for more information.

www.accc.gov.au/about-us/information-for/small-business

Australian Tax Office help for small business

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) offers information and advice for Small Business about:
    registration of your business
    managing invoices, payments and paperwork
    on line services and technical support
    goods and services tax (GST)
    lodging activity statements
    making payments to the ATO
    government grants and payments
    and much more
Please visit the ATO website for more information.
www.ato.gov.au/Business

State Government Support

The Victorian Government is committed to helping business reduce costs and environmental impact.  The Smarter Resources, Smarter Business Program invests $14 million over five years to help a variety of industry sectors use their resources more efficiently.  The program has these categories:
    Commercial building efficiency. Cutting your buildings costs by saving materials, managing waste or improving energy efficiency
    Efficient business operations. Learn how businesses are saving money by using energy and materials more efficiently.
    Industry development. Working to improve resource recovery and stimulate the development of new markets.
    Invest in resource recovery. Facilitating investment in waste and resource recovery infrastructure.

www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/business