Business Support

Ararat Rural City Council has a dedicated Economic Development Team with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the region's industries, major projects and economic strategies impacting the region. The team has a strong reputation for innovation and performance in supporting economic growth. Its focus is on providing relevant information and data and support for companies and individuals considering establishing their business in Ararat Rural City and supporting existing businesses prosper and grow

Partnerships are critical for future economic prosperity. Networks and clusters are a means of harnessing resources, building capacity, developing skills and adopting new technologies. The Economic Strategy Team act as a link between industry and commerce and the State and Federal Governments.

The Economic Developement Team is also active in support of economic growth through:

  • How each Council department relates to your business
  • Who you need to speak with about any potential application or approval and what information you may need to provide to assist with these discussions
  • Assistance with industrial and commercial site selection
  • What supports are available to bring your business idea to life
  • Support to assist your existing business to grow
  • The branding and marketing of Ararat Rural City
  • Strategic planning and the analysis of industrial, commercial and demographic trends
  • Attraction and facilitation of major regional infrastructure projects
  • Investment attraction and business establishment support
  • Facilitation support for expansion and retention of businesses
  • Leveraging State and Federal Government funding grants for expansion and innovation
  • Export market development
  • Access to local business networking events
  • Referral to appropriate business service providers
  • Advice on business training workshops and seminars

For more information or book a meeting for a confidential discussion on how we may be able to assist your business please contact the Economic Development Team on [email protected]

Economic Profile

View Council's Economic Profile here

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