Whitehorse Business Recovery Grants Program

Whitehorse News - November 2020

280 local business adapt and innovate with grants.

From gourmet pastries to deep sea diving, we have helped local businesses adapt, innovate and build resilience with the Whitehorse business recovery grants program.

The funding has supported 280 small to medium-sized businesses to invest in online and e-commerce capabilities, take part in training and professional development and purchase items to assist businesses with addressing COVID related regulations so they can be ready to commence or continue to trade in this new environment.

We received an exceptional number of applications from all types of industries and sectors, including hospitality, retail and professional services. While we can’t highlight all 280 recipients we would like to share a few examples to celebrate the brilliant work of Whitehorse businesses and the people who are central to the prosperity of our community.

Natural Wonders Australia: are developing a strong digital marketing strategy that will be supported by a new website design.

The Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking: will have a new website, featuring online shopping and instructional videos. They are also engaging specialist guidance on how to teach in a safer way, using personal protective equipment and cleaning materials.

The Hardrock Climbing Company: is developing a new marketing strategy with a focus on their online brand and social media. Their workforce will be receiving additional training about
safety leadership, mental health first aid and COVIDsafe ways to interact with clients.

Kenner Electrics Vic: are producing a series of hard copy booklets on home electrical safety, as well as investing in professional coaching to guide the future growth of their business.

Scuba Culture: are improving their digital presence, with a new marketing campaign, online shop and training course booking system. They are also installing new signs to increase the road side visibility of their shop.

The Pastry Lounge: as part of the continuation of reinventing themselves, The Pastry Lounge are continuing to launch new products. This funding will assist them in producing new labels that are externally designed and printed, as well as engaging a multimedia professional to promote their products.

These businesses are the backbone of our local economy and these grants will provide crucial funding that will make a difference now, and into the future. We encourage everyone to support these local businesses.

Another round of grants will be available in early 2021. To keep up-to-date with all the local business initiatives, support, grants and resources available, subscribe to the Whitehorse Investment and Economic Development Down to Business news at wbiz.com.au.