Business News

Small Business Workshops

Starting Your Business Right

  • 11 August 2016 5:30-9PM, Moe Service Centre, Moe
  • 4 October 2016 5:30-9PM, Latrobe City Council Headquarters, Morwell

Led by an expert with real life small business experience this workshop will cover all the essentials from evaluating business-readiness, market-analysis, determining the best structure, preparing a business plan and a step by step guide to getting registered.

Your Business in a Digital World

20 October 2016 4PM-6PM, Moe Service Centre, Moe

Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or nervous about taking your business online? Take the guess work out of finding the right support with this introductory

For more info and to book:

Visit Latrobe City's Eventbrite page or contact:

Business Development Team
Latrobe City Council
1300 367 700

Gippsland Small Business Festival

The Gippsland Small Business Festival is a collection of events and workshops during August aimed to inspire and up skill small to medium businesses. This year’s festival will see over twenty business events held across Gippsland including key note presentations, hands on workshops and small business mentoring. Click through for more information on events near you

What’s on in Latrobe City

Ride the digital wave: Dinner with Chris Riddell

An online trailblazer and progressive thought-leader, Chris Riddell takes you on an inspiring journey through the world of digital, showing how innovation and new technologies are transforming the way we do business. Enjoy a thought provoking dinner with one of the new economy’s sharpest observers. The digital age is here – discover how to get on board!

Date: Wednesday 10 August 2016
Cost: $45 - $60
Location: Traralgon Vineyard, 140 Burnets Road, Traralgon 3844
More information and bookings

Small Business Bus: Traralgon

The Victorian Government's Small Business Bus provides free mentoring and face-to-face assistance to help you start or build your small business. The Small Business Bus is visiting all regions of Victoria in 2016. Book in now for your free one-on-one mentoring session to get your business moving.

Date: Tuesday 16 August 2016
Cost: Free
Location: Outside the DELWP Office, 71 - 79 Hotham Street, Traralgon 3844
More information and bookings for the 'Small business bus'

Workplace relations update: Manage your risk

Are you responsible for the supervision of employees? This session is designed to equip you with an understanding of some of the challenges presented by workplace laws and will give you practical lessons to take away. Ensure you are up to speed to mitigate this important risk area for your business.

Date: Wednesday 17 August 2016
Cost: $40 - $60
Location: Premiere Function Centre, 29 Grey Street Traralgon 3844
For more information and bookings for 'Managing your risk'

What makes us buy and buy in with Dan Gregory

Dan Gregory delivers an informed, engaging and highly entertaining presentation on what drives human behaviour. Discover how this knowledge can help your business connect with your customers and drive successful sales. Dan brings his experience from the ABC's Gruen Transfer, time spent in the US and UK working as a stand up comedian and time spent working on the world's biggest global brands to Gippsland to help inspire your business and give you the tools to achieve your vision.

Date: Tuesday 23 August 2016
Cost: $25
Location: Century Inn, 5 Airfield Road, Traralgon 3844
Bookings and more information for 'What makes us buy and buy in'

Cloud accounting and financial literacy

Improve your financial literacy and discover how technology can bring efficiencies to your business. The aim of this session is to increase your confidence around your financial statements, help you to understand your business and open up communication with your accountant.

Date: Thursday 25 August 2016
Cost: Free
Location: Premiere Function Centre, 29 Grey Street, Traralgon 3844

Gain, maintain and retain customers

The Business Development team has engaged Competitive Edge to deliver eSuccess, a group training program through Grow Your Business funding.

New streamlined website for business programmes and services

The Department of Industry has produced a new website to simplify and streamlined information and services provided by the Australian Government.

Launched on 1 July 2014, the Single Business Service will streamline the way businesses access industry information and services by putting their needs first, providing quality and consistent services at the lowest possible cost.

Single Business Service assistance is available to all Australian businesses and consists of a consolidated online presence accessible any time and anywhere, hotline support and a face-to-face business services to businesses.

Support includes information for businesses that is easy to find and understand, tailored advice for businesses when they choose to access it, and direct links to Australian Government programmes and services, including the new Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.

For more information, please visit AusIndustry or phone 13 28 46.


Economic Development Strategy

The adopted Strategy(PDF, 3MB) is divided into two themes, the first positions Latrobe City as the “Engineering Capital of Australia” and a “nuts and bolts” focus on a range of day to day services designed to underpin economic development. 

Employment and Industry Survey

Over 300 local businesses responded to the 2013 Employment and Industry Survey, which provided information on recent trends, issues impacting businesses and future expectations for sales growth and capital investment.

For a copy of the report and to find out about the Latrobe business environment, call 1300 367 700.

Gippsland Regional Plan

The Gippsland Regional Plan (GRP) is a long-term strategic plan that aims to manage the emerging challenges in our region to shape a successful future. The GRP analyses the region's economic, social and environmental challenges and trends, and sets a strategic vision for Gippsland with priority areas for action.

It is the product of the combined efforts of Gippsland's local governments, State Government departments, key business and community representations and the Gippsland Committee of Regional Development Australia.

Delivery of the Gippsland Regional Plan will drive Gippsland's future prosperity as it increasingly becomes the region of choice to live, work, invest and visit.

Gippsland Freight Strategy

The Gippsland Freight Strategy has been developed in collaboration with local Councils, State Government agencies and industry. The Gippsland Freight Strategy seeks to deliver a range of benefits, including reduced operating costs for business; a stronger regional economic base; increased safety on the region’s transport network; enhanced desirability of Gippsland as a lifestyle and investment destination; and improved local and regional environments.