At Council, we take pride in creating an environment that supports new business to ensure the continuation and further development of a successful and thriving business community. This is clearly articulated in the Whitehorse Economic Development Strategy 2014-2019 (1.63MB), Council's guiding document for assisting in retaining and expanding local businesses, and attracting new businesses that contribute positively to the overall enhancement of the local economy, natural environment and quality of life for the community.
In addition to providing and/or lobbying for important infrastructure such as roads, public transport, drains, pavements, landscaping and lighting, and implementing vital regulatory services in Planning, Building, Health and Local Laws, Council provides key services for local business in the form of:
Whitehorse Business Week
is a series of events run during a week in August with a range of high profile speakers on various topics providing local and regional businesses information on the future direction of national and international business. Businesses who attend events are provided with the opportunity to network with other local businesses whilst exploring critical issues affecting business in Whitehorse with other like businesses. Local businesses are also offered an opportunity for sponsorship.
Down to Business is a quarterly business newsletter distributed to businesses located in and around the City of Whitehorse. The newsletter provides up-to-date information to keep you informed about business events and activities, as well as information to help you manage your business.
WBIZ: Business Website Access to a website service is available to businesses located in the City of Whitehorse. The website services include access to a local business directory, free promotion for local businesses in the business listing, an events calendar, which includes Council events as well as an opportunity for local businesses to add and promote their event.
The Victorian Government's World Class Service is an easy to use, free information service to put you on the right path. It delivers advice, practical tools and dedicated support on starting and running a business. It brings together a wealth of helpful information to make it easier for businesses to cut through red tape from all three tiers of government.
Level 1, Kenneth McIntyre Room
1022 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill VIC 3128Phone: 9275 6910Fax: 9899 4507Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.whitehorsebusinessgroup.com.au
The Whitehorse Business Group (WBG) formed in 1996, encourages links between Council and the local business community. The WBG consists of key business leaders from the local community who volunteer their time to encourage and develop future economic stability and growth within the City of Whitehorse. This successful organisation has become an integral component of local and regional economic growth.
The WBG has recognised the need to offer local businesses the opportunity to network and develop business links amongst Whitehorse businesses and local service providers. Membership is open to all businesses operating or located within the City of Whitehorse and offers extensive benefits, including:
The annual awards provide an opportunity to publicly recognise and reward local businesses for their outstanding achievements. Nominations are called for each year from businesses operating in the City of Whitehorse.
There are approximately 85 commercial centres within the City of Whitehorse. The size of these centres range from two businesses to more than 100 and the mix of businesses include retail, personal and business services.
The structure of each commercial centre varies in accordance with the size and unique characteristics of the individual centre. The larger enclosed centres have a management structure. The smaller strip shopping centres can either have an active and incorporated business association comprised of nominated business representatives or a more informal group structure.
View an up to date list of incorporated business associations in Whitehorse.
Box Hill is designated as a Principal Activity Centre and is one of just nine Transit Cities in Metropolitan Melbourne under Melbourne 2030. As part of Melbourne 2030, Principal Activity Centres and Transit Cities such as Box Hill are expected to develop into high-density, pedestrian friendly urban centres that are intimately connected to public transport services.
Council's vision for Box Hill is that it will be sustainable, safe and accessible to all. It will be a distinctive, vibrant, diverse, inclusive, participatory, caring and healthy community where you live, work and enjoy - day and night.
Box Hill is the main hub in the City of Whitehorse, combining shops, fresh food market, major office, education and medical facilities, civic functions, community service agencies, and entertainment and recreational opportunities for the regional and local populations. Box Hill has the second busiest transport interchange outside Flinders Street Station/Melbourne
Business District bringing together train, tram and bus services.
If you require information on Box Hill, including existing businesses, upcoming events and support services please visit www.boxhill.com.au or contact the Box Hill Activity Centre Manager on 9262 6479.
Dandenong – Southern and Eastern Metropolitan Regions – Victorian Business Centre314A Thomas Street, Dandenong VIC 3175Phone: 9938 0100Fax: 9794 5644Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.business.vic.gov.au
The Victorian Business Centre is a one point to access business information, and services, research and grants from the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, State Government and the private sector.
Specific programs include:
The following services provide a diverse range of practical assistance to help guide businesses through the maze of information and requirements for successfully starting or operating a business. Australian Chamber of Commerce
Level 3, 486 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002Phone: 9668 9950Website: www.acci.asn.au
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the peak council of Australian business associations. Its member network has over 350,000 businesses represented through Chambers of Commerce in each state and territory, and a nationwide network of industry associations.Australian Industry Group (AI Group)
20 Queens Road
Melbourne 3004Phone: 9867 0111Website: www.aigroup.asn.au
The AI Group is a not-for-profit association that was created to assist Australian industry to become more competitive on a domestic and international level. AI Group provides comprehensive advice and support to assist members to run their businesses more effectively. One of the largest industry and employer bodies in the country, the group represents thousands of member companies nationally and has a broad membership consisting of business of all sizes throughout Australia.Australian Retailer Association of Victoria (ARAV) Level 2, 104 Franklin Street
Melbourne VIC 3000Phone: 9321 5000Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.ara.com.au
The ARAV was established in June 1996, combining the resources of retailer associations Australia-wide. Their mission is to be the preeminent, cohesive, nationwide organisation that is recognised as representing the diverse interests of all retailers and is the most effective provider of quality information and services to members that fosters an environment conducive to their business success.Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
990 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill VIC 3128Business Tax Infoline: 13 28 66Website: www.ato.gov.au
To ensure accurate tax assessments and to minimise tax, business owners are encouraged to contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The ATO can provide information and advice on a wide range of tax issues, including tax implications on various business structures, income tax, sales tax, record keeping, business deductions, employer tax information and specialist industry tax information.Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre (BEC)
456 Elgar Road
Box Hill VIC 3128Phone: 8892 2004Website: www.bhtafe.edu.au
The Box Hill BEC is a provider of mentoring, advice, referrals, training and networking to new and existing businesses. Many of the services are subsidised by the federal government thus providing an affordable service to small and medium businesses. Box Hill BEC is also the Victorian Government's Small to Medium Enterprises Specialist Centre.Box Hill Institute Short Courses
853 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill VIC 3128Phone: 03 9652 0611Website: www.cae.edu.au
Box Hill Institute provides a range of short courses on small business management issues for people planning to start a business or seeking to improve business performance.New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre
456 Elgar Road
Box Hill VIC 3128Phone: 8892 2002
NEIS is a federally funded program designed to assist unemployed people to commence their own business. The program offers income support for up to 12 months, ongoing business advice and small business training. All free for eligible participants.Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) 486 Albert Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002Phone: 8662 5333Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.vecci.org.au
VECCI is Victoria's most influential employer group, servicing over 25,000 Victorian businesses per annum. An independent non-government body, VECCI was started by the business community to represent business.
379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, Victoria 3131Australia
Tel: (03) 9262 6333 Fax: (03) 9262 6490Email: firstname.lastname@example.org