Starting your business
If you want to start a business, Bayside has a number of strengths, including:
- Central location in the surrounding region.
- Proximity to Nepean Highway and arterial road network.
- Good public transport and rail access.
- Proximity to a broad range of recreational, leisure, sporting and entertainment opportunities.
- Access to a highly skilled and educated workforce.
- Clean and safe local living and working environments.
Bayside City Council in collaboration with Box Hill Institute - Business Enterprise Centre (Box Hill BEC) is now offering the business community of Bayside with an advisory service. The Bayside Business Advisory Service (BBAS) is available as a crisis response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact that it is having on our local economy.
The BBAS will be an opportunity for business owners to confidentially discuss any issues and to start prioritising actions moving forward. During the session you will receive information on government assistance available and also discuss hibernation, where this is an option for your business.
Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS)
Are you a local business owner or someone preparing to venture out and start your own business? Bayside offers FREE one-on-one business mentoring sessions through the Small Business Mentoring Service, where you can discuss roadblocks or seek advice and support from experienced business mentors at any stage of your journey. Mentoring sessions are available monthly at various locations around Bayside.
Run and grow a business in Bayside
To help you get the foundational components of your business together, browse the Business Victoria website for helpful tips and to get a clear understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks that your business will need to comply with. There are no charges for using this service.
Bayside business trader newsletter
We regularly send out newsletters to our traders in Bayside letting them know about current business information and local events coming up. If you are interested to find out more you can subscribe to these newsletters and be included on our Bayside traders database.
The Business Victoria website
Some of the information available through Business Victoria includes:
- Access to Department of State Development, Business and Innovation publications.
- Shop trading laws.
- Victorian, local and commonwealth government licences, permits, registrations.
- Victorian legislated references to codes of practice that are relevant to the starting and running of your business.
- How to do business online.
- Business name registration and licensing.
- Intellectual property issues.
- Business mentoring and counselling services.
- Export and import details.
- Innovation initiatives.
- Business development.
- Business support.
Applications and licences
Apply for a business tax file number, an ABN, GST or other types of licenses and registration for business through the Australian Tax Office.
You can register a business name through the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Bayside Business Network
Starting a new business can be very daunting and it can be difficult to know where to look for local help and ideas. The Bayside Business Network can help with over 30 events a year, including:
- business seminars
- business breakfasts with keynote speakers
- informal member-only networking evening.