The Small Business Friendly Council (SBFC) initiative is being rolled out across Victoria. Developed by the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) with local councils, the initiative aims to make it a lot easier for small businesses to do business.
Local councils that sign the SBFC Charter are pledging to:
- pay small businesses within 30 days
- support small businesses in managing the impacts of disruptive infrastructure works
- streamline the approval process when starting a business
- help set up and support local business networks.
Among the first to sign up are City of Yarra, Northern Grampians Shire Council, City of Glen Eira, Corangamite Shire and Baw Baw Shire Council. The VSBC is now calling on all councils to follow their lead.