Support programs

Grow Me the Money

Grow Me The Money External link is a 12 month online program designed to help small to medium sized businesses become more sustainable and save money. Grow Me The Money provides businesses with the tools, resources and support to use less energy and water, create less waste and save money and is partnership between Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) and the Victorian Government.

To find out more click here External link or call (03) 8662 5480

Carbon Compass

VECCI’s Carbon Compass program External link combines online, face-to-face and telephone-based support to Victorian small and medium sized businesses, helping them improve energy efficiency, reduce costs and lower their carbon emissions. For independent advice on energy efficiency decisions for your business, speak to a consultant on 03 8662 5490 or visit carboncompass.com.au External link

ECO-Buy Business

ECO-Buy External link is a government funded organisation established to encourage the purchasing of green products across local government and business, encouraging organisations to buy products that are less damaging to our environment and human health.

ECO-Buy Business membership is open to Victorian businesses employing over 100 staff. However, smaller businesses are able to utilise the following ECO-Buy resources:

  • ECO-Find – an online database listing thousands of green products
  • ECO-Bonus – discounts and incentives from specific suppliers
  • ECO-Guide – template purchasing policy, green shopping list, environmental specifications for tenders
  • ECO-Expos – invitations to expos to see, hear, touch and smell green products
  • Newsletter – access to the ECO-Buy newsletter What Goes Around Comes Around

For more information go to the ECO-Buy website External link or contact the ECO-Buy Business Program Manager on (03) 9667 5587.

Smarter Resources, Smarter Business

The Smarter Resources, Smarter Business program External link is a $10 million, three year program that assists medium-sized businesses to improve their resource efficiency.

The program provides businesses with:

  • Access to targeted information, tools and resources to help businesses better understand and improve their resource efficiency
  • Funding to identify and implement resource efficiency improvements
  • A Business Support Program to facilitate leadership and networking opportunities
  • A Recognition Program to acknowledge those businesses that have implemented resource efficient practices.

The program is designed to support medium-sized businesses operating in Victoria. Medium-sized businesses are defined as having between 20 and 199 employees, in accordance with the Victorian Government's Department of State Development, Business and Innovation classifications.  Metropolitan and regional businesses, from any business type, are welcome to apply.

To find out more click here External link email grants.enquiries@sustainability.vic.gov.au or call 1300 363 744

Gumnut Awards

The Gumnut Awards External link is a progressive rating scheme for holiday, tourist and residential parks that recognise a commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Parks are granted a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award based on their level of achievement in environmental management.

Enterprise Connect

Enterprise Connect is managed by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education and provides a national network of business advisors and business improvement services to small and medium businesses across the manufacturing, clean technology, resources, defence, tourism and creative sectors. 

Enterprise Connect's National Tourism Industry Network is a specialist national group. It brings together Business Advisers with expertise to help Australian businesses in the tourism sector. It is targeted at improving operations, productivity, competitiveness and sustainability by providing business advice, development services and industry linkages.

Tourism accommodation providers, tourist attractions, tour operators, travel agencies and businesses offering local food and beverage tasting experiences are eligible to apply for Enterprise Connect services.

Further information

Visit enterpriseconnect.gov.au or call 131 791.


 

Last Updated 9th July 2013