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From the Chief Executive - 3 August 2018

Submitted on Friday, 3rd August 2018

I’m delighted to report that our July Government Grants briefing sessions were very successful and as a result, most businesses who attended the briefings are now considering applying for a grant in near future.

Businesses are usually interested in applying for Government Grants but are often not sure what’s available to them. That’s why we created the briefing sessions. Supported by Bank of Melbourne and AusIndustry, they are designed to help Victorian businesses identify grants available to them and be better equipped to write a successful application.

In the lead-up to the State Election, our business luncheons are proving successful in connecting businesses across Victoria with their local politicians.

This week, hundreds of business leaders attended our luncheon in Melbourne to hear from The Opposition Leader Mathew Guy MP about his plans to grow business in Victoria should he be elected in November.

Later today, we will host our next business luncheon with Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan MP in Bendigo. I will share details about the event in the next edition of Vic Chamber News.

Also this week, we welcomed over 50 businesses to our premises for the 2018 Batam Investment Seminar. The event was an opportunity for businesses to meet with the Representatives of Ministry of Economic Affairs, Indonesia, Singapore Economic Development Board, BP Batam and Gallant Venture Ltd to better understand the latest investment climate, policies and opportunities available in Batam. This is part of our ongoing engagement with overseas governments and Chambers of Commerce for trade and investment related events. 

In other news, I would like to congratulate VTIC’s Chief Executive Felicia Mariani and her team for delivering the 2018 VIC Tourism Conference earlier this week. This sold out event attracted hundreds of industry leaders to discuss how Victoria can innovate and revolutionise tourism and untap its full potential across the state.

During the conference, VTIC launched its election campaign video ‘Tourism is Victoria’s Business’ which will roll out across Victoria in the next few weeks.

Mark Stone AM

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