Concierge - Business Support Officer - Wellington Shire Council
Business Recovery Advisory Service for East Gippsland Shire & Wellington Shire

The Business Recovery Advisory Service is actively working with businesses in the East Gippsland Shire & the Wellington Shire to ensure they are using available government resources to recover from the past 13 months of very difficult business trading conditions. This service is working closely with Council Officers and many of the BTA’s in the region.

The Business Recovery program offers free assistance with

  • Initial meeting: The initial triage/concierge will facilitate the Business Recovery Advisory Support Services and provision of rapid response in assessing the impact of 2019-21 negative business conditions, complexity of trauma and provide immediate support, advice and relief to minimise risk or loss.
  • Business Recovery Planning: The Business Recovery Adviser will facilitate and deliver relief packages and develop a plan to restore business operations with corrective actions and strategies to reduce impact and risk.
  • Business Resilience: Business Resilience Mentors will provide ongoing business mentoring to local community members owning and operating local businesses. We will develop a plan that strengthens and grows business generally with emphasis on prevention, risk mitigation, resilience, and future emergency management.

Many businesses that have worked with us and are now more resilient and focused on the many things that they are good at.

The Business Recovery Advisory Service is a proud initiative of Small Business Victoria Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

You can contact our local representative and Business Recovery Advisor, Tom Ponting by email  with your contact details and he will call to arrange a time to visit you.


Please feel free to fill out the registration form on our web page by making a booking online at the following URL.

We are here to help.

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Opportunity for local businesses – Feature Walls

Beatmosis Designs is currently taking commissions for Feature Walls (pictured: Gummy Burger Port Albert Castim by the Jetty)

Owner/Principal Consultant - Carmel Riley Consulting
FREE Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring Program for Small Business

We are pleased to announce that Carmel Riley Consulting has been selected by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) as a Gippsland supplier to deliver the FREE business recovery and resilience mentoring program. We have already guided several businesses through this valuable program.  We encourage you to apply via the VCCI website and let us help your business. Please click on the link below.

At Carmel Riley Consulting our trading mission is to deliver high quality strategic and tactical advice to support socially minded small businesses, entrepreneurs, government, and non-profits to achieve mission-oriented, profitable solutions. We have been certified by Social Traders as a Social Enterprise. We are based in Gippsland and are passionate about helping Gippsland grow.  Find us on Facebook, LinkedIn or visit our website.


Writer, editor, proofreader, owner/operator - On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading
On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading – our availability over Dec and Jan

On Time Typing, Editing and Proofreading (OTTEP) will be taking a Christmas break from 24th December 2020 to 2nd January 2021. That is, we won’t be doing any actual typing, editing or writing work during that time and will not be online during that time.

During our festive break we will still be answering calls and taking bookings for January 2nd onwards. Our bookings for January are already almost full: we are editing two books (both by Gippsland authors), writing website content for a Gippsland organisation, and self-publishing services (for a Gippsland author).

However, we do have availability to take on a few small jobs during January (e.g. producing transcripts, editing short reports, or typing tasks).

If you have a large tasks (e.g. editing large reports; writing website content) do give us a ring at any time, although we will not be available to complete a large job for you until February. And if you have a book ready to be edited we would want to meet you to discuss it first, provide you with a quote, and then commence in February or March.


Business Development Officer - Latrobe City Council
Shop local around Latrobe City

Christmas is just around the corner, shop local around Latrobe City and enjoy the festivities!

Gippsland Regional Coordinator - Business Support Service - Latrobe Valley Authority
Victorian Small Business Comission – Responding to coronavirus leasing advice

To ease financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus, the Victorian Government introduced the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme.

The Scheme has been changed and extended to 31 December 2020 – information on leasing advice, FAQs, and a summary of changes are outlined here.

Visit the website here for access to:

  • the process for tenants and landlords
  • a letter that tenants can use to request rent relief
  • information on how to apply for free mediation to resolve a rent relief dispute
Gippsland Regional Coordinator - Business Support Service - Latrobe Valley Authority
New fact sheet on extended supports for Victoria’s small business tenants

Following the Victorian Government’s changes to extend the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (the Scheme) until the end of this year, we have developed a new fact sheet for tenants (click here).

The fact sheet offers leasing advice, responses to frequently asked questions, a scenario showing what rent relief negotiations can look like and a summary of the important changes that apply, including the following:

  • For rent relief requested for 29 September 2020 to 31 December 2020, a landlord is only required to offer rent relief from the date their tenant makes a written application to them during this period, supplying all of the required information (click here).
  • Rent relief must, at a minimum, be in proportion to an eligible tenant’s fall in turnover.

We would really appreciate you sharing this resource among the small business owners in your network.

Our website has a dedicated page with more information about the Scheme (click here), which gives access to:

  • the process for tenants and landlords
  • a letter that tenants can use to request rent relief (they just need to fill in the highlighted parts – click here to download)
  • information on how to apply for free mediation to resolve a rent relief dispute
  • responses to questions about the extended Scheme that we’re often asked.

If you would like us to deliver a presentation on the extended Scheme or provide more information, please contact Linda Bailey on 0455 486 193 or at

Selling Like a Master Problem Solver with Darcy Smyth, Sales Psychology Trainer.
Selling Like a Master Problem Solver with Darcy Smyth, Sales Psychology Trainer.

About this Event

Join Darcy Smyth, the EmpowHer Leadership team plus women just like you from across East Gippsland ONLINE to delve into the topic of Sales.

Does the thought of having to pitch your services or products make your squirm?

Do you feel like you do not do yourself justice when you sell your products or services?

In our upcoming event, Darcy Smyth will teach you how to sell without being ‘salesy’ – in a way that has your buyer telling you why they need to work with you, as opposed to the squeamish awkward and opposite (we’ve all been there, and there’s got to be an easier way)!

Darcy J Smyth first fell in love with the human brain at the age of 10, when he first saw two brain cells communicate with each other on a BBC documentary. From that point on, he decided he needed to know everything there was to know about the brain, human behaviour and why we do what we do. He believes the most fascinating field in which all of this plays out is in sales and marketing – where people speak so clearly and honestly about what they really value by how they spend their time and money.

His initial creation – The Tonal Persuasion Method for Sales – has been trained to thousands of business owners and sales professionals across Australia and is often references as one of the most powerful consultative selling strategies available, largely due to the prfound psychological concepts underpinning its workings.

Today, Darcy brings everything he knows about human behaviour and the buying brain together through The Sales Game – an astoundingly transformative training experience designed to help business owners and sales professionals realise the way they play games is the way they play life. It’s an event that has rapidly gained attention in some of the largest and most rapidly emerging sales organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

During his 1 hour keynote: Selling Like a Master Problem Solver, Darcy will share practical strategies to help you:

  • Understand the ‘problem solver’ approach to sales instead of the outdated ‘features and benefits’ approach.
  • Be able to read exactly what your buyers are missing on a psychological level, that’s holding them back from saying ‘yes!’
  • Know exactly how and when to close the sale with confidence
  • Charge higher prices for your services, by understanding how sales are truly made.

At the end of the presentation, you will be able to predictably and confidently close sales to every single buyer who should be buying from you and for those who aren’t the right buyer, you’ll know how to send them away in a manner that further exhibits your authority as a business owner.

This event will be presented via Zoom in two parts:

  • 1pm – 2pm – Darcy’s Keynote address with Q & A opportunity
  • 2pm – 3pm – Networking with EmpowHer leaders and community attendees: a chance to connect with other local community members and discuss your thoughts and feelings on Darcy’s presentation.
Diretor / Senior Designer - CAD Monkey
New steel detailing & design company that could add value to your company

We are a newly established steel detailing, drafting & design company, focused on building long lasting relationships with our clients.


Based in the Latrobe Valley, an industrial hub in regional Victoria, we have low overheads and experienced staff.

Therefore, we can offer a low cost, high quality service. What this means for you:

  • cheaper and more responsive than other small to medium size engineering firms
  • higher quality drawings and easier communication then going outside of Australia

No job is too small, with capacity to do larger projects.


Key features of our company include:

  • use of industry leading Tekla Structure CAD software (BIM compliant)
  • high quality fabrication drawings including assembly and parts
  • robust drawing review and checking processes
  • we are fully insured

For more information on what we can do for you or for a free quote, please contact me or visit our website



Principal Consultant at Sadhana Consulting; Mentor; CPA; MAICD; FGIA - Sadhana Consulting
Giveaway – 4 x 1 hour Financial Intelligence Coaching Sessions

To celebrate the move of easing restrictions, I am offering a business in the Gippsland region 4 x 1 hour Financial Intelligence Coaching Sessions valued at $800.

The Financial Intelligence Coaching Sessions are tailored and customised to your unique circumstances with the aim of increasing your understanding of how to read key numbers and metrics to make good financial decisions to grow and expand your business.

To go in the draw is simple, send an email to with a short note as to what you would like to achieve in your business through these Coaching Sessions.

The winner will be announced and notified on the 16th November, 2020

In the businesses I work with I really see a lack of awareness and understanding in terms of financial literacy with business owners. I am passionate about Gippsland and supporting businesses through this tough time.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 0403 500 754.