The City of Victor Harbor, Business SA and Business Victor Harbor have entered an exciting partnership to assist local businesses survive and flourish post COVID-19.
This partnership was endorsed by elected members of the City of Victor Harbor at a Special Meeting on Monday, May 18.
City of Victor Harbor based businesses impacted by COVID-19 will have access to a trained business advisor to address any business related challenges currently being experienced.
The first stage of Council's COVID-19 business support measures will include business advisory support provided by Business SA in the short term and Business Victor Harbor in the medium to long term.
Business SA has began its support on Monday, May 25 and is available to meet with Victor Harbor businesses to provide advice and assistance.
Business SA executive director David Slama visited Victor Harbor and met with Business Victor Harbor chair Michael Schubert and deputy chair Taryn Richarsdson and thanked council for the opportunity to work with Business Victor Harbor.
"We operate across the state to help grow the local chamber. We will give as much support as possible to every business in the town," Mr Slama said.
"There are many challenges post COVID-19 once JobKeeper goes, as businesses will rely solely on money coming through the door. It will not be an easy ride, but we will be here to assist.
"Business SA will provide a lot of back office support and we have expertise in so many areas of business."
Businesses experiencing a COVID-19 related business problem can discuss the matter with a business advisor through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
At its Special Council Meeting the City of Victor Harbor adopted a number of new COVID-19 support measures including: Council rate relief measures worth $100,000; Business support grant program worth $250,000; $120,000 to assist Business Victor Harbor to deliver targeted local business support and Funding for business advisory services delivered by Business SA.
These measures have been developed in partnership with Business Victor Harbor and aim to help the business community navigate through COVID-19 challenges and come out strong on the other side.
City of Victor Harbor Mayor Moira Jenkins said the COVID-19 pandemic placed significant pressure on the local business community, particularly those in tourism, food and hospitality and direct service sectors.
"The situation we are in is something we have never experienced and the council has thought outside the square in order to provide meaningful support for its business community," Dr Jenkins said.
Business Victor Harbor chair Michael Schubert thanked the council, who have acted quickly in administering the grants.
"The council's support is very much appreciated by the business community," Mr Schubert said.
Business SA CEO Martin Haese said the agreement between Business SA, South Australia's peak independent Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business Victor Harbor as the regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Victor Harbor ensured services are best tailored to support the local business community on the ground at Victor Harbor.
"The new normal post-COVID-19 requires greater collaboration than ever before if we are to re-boot the state's economy and protect jobs. Small businesses are critical to our regions, both socially and economically. This is about local support for local businesses to save local jobs," Mr Haese said.