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

We want to help protect Gippsland businesses from the affects of Covid-19

It is an extaordinary time in Australia and throughout the world right now in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

With Australia joining the world in lockdown and social distancing restrictions, now more than ever, businesses need to reinvent themselves in order to stay afloat. What was once face-to-face now may be the start of a digital journey, and Studio Manta wants to assist those who want to take that road.

We want to help businesses in Gippsland go online. We want to help businesses create new opportunities and new beginnings, and we want to help them think outside the box and get noticed.

No matter how big or small your budget, we will work with you to find a solution.

Please get in touch for a free consultation and quote. We’re here to help.

Mortgage Choice in Gippsland can help small businesses get back to work

To say it’s been a difficult summer is a massive understatement. Australia’s bushfire crisis has impacted entire communities with significant damage to property, land, stock and businesses.

In those areas most affected by bushfires, small businesses typically form the backbone of local economy – like they do in Gippsland. And some of them have been doing it tough. That’s why Mortgage Choice in Sale are playing a role helping small businesses get back on their feet.

There are a range of tax relief measures, as well as interest rate concessions from lenders and government packages to help small businesses affected by the bushfires get back to work. Concessions are available for a range of damage from fire affected, to lost stock from power outages.

Dane and team at Mortgage Choice in Sale would love to help! You can focus on the day-to-day, while we work behind the scenes to figure out what you’re eligible for, all at no cost to you.

Read more about what’s available to small businesses here.

Call Dane on 0438 626 885 or visit for more information.

Free digital workshops for small businesses in regional Victoria

Small Business Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are hosting free workshops across regional Victoria to help businesses make the most of the digital economy and reduce their cybersecurity risks.

A two-hour workshop focused on helping business owners to improve their digital skills.

By attending the FREE workshop, small businesses will develop digital skills across a range of areas. The following topics will be covered:

  • Developing an online presence,
  • Understanding and using digital tools
  • Managing your cybersecurity and safety plan

Come along and get practical help on how to make the most of the digital economy. Learn how to develop an online presence, choose the right digital tools for your business.

For more information, bookings and a complete listing of events in all regions use the below link:

Bookings are essential.

MEET THE JUDGES – Startup Gippsland’s Pitch Showcase this Sat!


After the pitches, stay to mingle with likeminded entrepreneurs, mentors, startup experts, business leaders and government representatives from across the region.

It’s a night not to be missed!



Startup Gippsland is a project by the Bass Coast Shire CouncilBaw Baw Shire Council, Latrobe City Council and Wellington Shire Council, funded by LaunchVic and delivered by GippsTech.

Introducing WorkMyOwnWay Program Ambassadors: Kerryn Vaughan -Girls With Hammers

Kerryn Vaughan & Nicky Williams – Girls With Hammers Sale, VIC

Kerryn is a powerhouse when it comes to supporting women. She started Girls with Hammers in 2018 with the aim of helping women realise their own power and strength through mentoring, workshops and books.

Come and hear Kerryn speak about her experience at this Friday 7 June 2019 event  (6:00 pm  8:30 pm) at Century Inn in Traralgon.


Introducing Work My Own Way Program Ambassador: Julie Grant – Kenney’s Flowers
Watch our 2nd Work My Own Way Program Ambassador – Julie Grant’s video story 

Julie Grant – Kenney’s Flowers Warragul, VIC

Julie has always loved flowers and what they represent and had the opportunity 10 years ago to turn her passion into a business. She’s become a one-stop-shop handling all aspects of the business including accounts, customer service, inventory, social media, and recent digital transformation into online sales.

Come and hear from Julie this Friday 7 June 2019 event  (6:00 pm  8:30 pm) at Century Inn in Traralgon.


Introducing Work My Own Way Program Ambassador: Shaun Little – The Window Guy

Watch Work My Own Way Program Ambassador Shaun Little’s story on what pushed him to start his own business:

Shaun Little – The Window Guy

Shaun wanted a job that was not only flexible, but that helped him develop key social skills that he felt he needed to succeed in business. He’s been self employed for over 15 years and become expert at how to self motivate and achieve goals, no matter how ambitious they might seem.

Come and hear Shaun speak about his experience at this Friday7 June 2019 event  (6:00 pm  8:30 pm) at Century Inn in Traralgon.



Cyber Security Small Business Program

The $10 million Cyber Security Small Business Program provides businesses with 19 or fewer employees with grants of up to $2,100 for a certified small business health check, to determine business risk and areas that need attention.

Click here to find out more.