Business Match Maker

Surf Coast businesses are ready and keen to HELP!

Many Surf Coast businesses have advised that they have the capacity to support you with your business endeavors right now.

Offering skills, experience and a keenness to assist, they are ready and raring to GO!

Find your perfect business match below. #StrongerTogether

Do you have the capacity to help? Let us know at: Keep Us Updated


To support local businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic, the team at Times News Group are offering Surf Coast Shire businesses 50% off their ad rate for Surf Coast Times and Armstrong Creek Times editions. Please refer to the last column on the chart below – 50% off these ad prices.

Contact Warick Brown on 5264 8412 or via email to take advantage of this generous offer.

Artists & Creatives

If you are a producer of hand-made, artisan products and live/work in a regional area – One Hour Out Markets offers an online platform for you to sell your products. To support artisans during COVID-19, the team at OHO have graciously reduced the sale commission to a minimal transaction fee covering 12%.

One Hour Out Melbourne is a curated collection of handmade products, a digital road trip exploring all the best food, wine and cultural experiences starting one hour out from the city. It provides the opportunity to support local and go to the country markets from your couch.

If you would like to list your products on OHO, simply fill out this application form. Here are all the FAQs about how selling on OHO Markets works.

Facebook @OneHourOut.MELB

Turn your side hustle into your main hustle. A new group of artists called the Pandemic Collective is supporting creatives that have lost work or people who have lost their jobs.

If you're someone who has found themselves without a job due to COVID-19 and has something they can promote, please email introducing yourself, your business, your situation (i.e. your normal work and why you can't do it at the moment), where people can find you and a few images they can use to feature you.

Whatever you're making, drop them a line so they can help you get noticed.

Facebook: the.pandemic.collective

Business Planning

Most SME’s are being bombarded during this rapidly changing environment and owners can easily feel overwhelmed. Andrew Jones, Director at nem, is very generously offering to talk to businesses who need advice about their circumstances. Reach out to Andrew on his mobile 0404 480 527.

nem partners have helped businesses through several global and regional economic downturns e.g. SARS, GFC, etc. and are ready to help where needed during these turbulent times. They understand that preparing for the end of this crisis is as important as dealing with your current circumstances and recommend following the nem Business Turbulence Process to put processes in place to keep the business running and stay on top of the critical issues.

Get your management team involved in what nem calls ‘Business Turbulence’ meetings. This process focuses on the 4 pillars of: • People • Systems and Procedures • Stakeholders (Customers and Suppliers) • Finance

For more details on nem visit

In uncertain times like we are experiencing now, small, independent, and family-owned businesses more than ever before, require as much outside professional assistance as they can possibly find.

With more than 40 years’ experience working in a number of related industries, Evan is offering his services free of charge to Surf Coast businesses, to not only assist them through these troubled times, but also to help them plan for ongoing success when we finally come out the other side.

To better understand where Evan may be able to assist you, visit

Additionally, he will be glad to chat to you about your business, so you can either give him a call on 0417336634 or set up a Zoom meeting, whatever suits you best.

Right now, SMB are offering a host of free resources to Surf Coast businesses:

The team at SMB Excellence partner with businesses in their endeavors to achieve excellence in business. They are truly committed to supporting businesses in both good times and bad.

Megan is happy to chat to businesses, just reach out via her mobile 0422 524 525.

Digital Connections & Marketing

In these crazy times, it's more important than ever to support each other and stay connected - and Digital Daydream Media would like to help local businesses do just that.

If you simply need help to put up a quick message on your website, newsletter, or social media, they'll happily do this for you free of charge.

If you'd like to discuss creating or updating a website, e-newsletter, or other digital content, or would like training on how to use your existing platforms, then please reach out to Laura for a chat. At Digital Daydream Media, they've been helping locals up-level their online presence for over 6 years and are open to projects of all sizes.

Facebook: @digitaldaydreammedia Email:

#COVIDCOLLAB | As creatives, collaboration is a big part of what Dapple does. And they have been missing it!

Therefore, they are encouraging anyone to join them for a virtual coffee catch-up to talk ideas, projects, or even just say hello!

If you’re looking to kickstart or develop your digital street front, Dapple are offering discounts on their full stack services.

Reach out to them via their website for more info!

Dapple is an all purpose freelance design agency specialising in human centred solutions to digital experiences, graphic/web design and online marketing.

Socials: @dapplegroup | Email: | Website:

Government Stimulus Packages

Are you finding it challenging to fully understand the Australian COVID-19 economic support packages and whether your business qualifies for assistance?

Tony, a local accountant with Findex, is generously offering to help businesses to interpret the stimulus packages and how they might apply to their individual circumstances. He can also assist businesses to navigate debt/loan challenges and commercial rent issues.

Email Tony on and he will do his best to support you.

Human Resources

Brett from Blax Group is kindly offering advice to businesses having to navigate the difficult task of staff reduction and/or business shutdown. Labour management advice such as; standing down, redundancy, dismissal. Brett is happy to assist your business during this challenging time.

Facebook: @blaxgroup

Are you a leader and/or business owner trying to navigate your way through changes and disruption caused by COVID 19?

Cameron Shepherd of Shape HR is offering a series of discounted 40 minute short online workshops called ‘Leading with Calm through Chaos’.

The workshops provide ways of building new routines, identifying and regulating emotions, understanding their impact and being more resourceful.

For bookings please head to or email


If you are seeking expert advice on the rent relief measures recently announced by the Government, Mann Legal can assist.

Mann Legal has many years of experience in advising on all types of lease matters for premises all over Victoria for both landlords and tenants. The hospitality and accommodation sector is one of their specialties.

Reach out for COVID-19 rent relief advice by emailing Elliott Mann

With offices in Geelong and Torquay, Mann Legal has many years of experience assisting clients with legal matters. Their solicitors offer cost-effective legal services by achieving results in a professional and timely manner. Their clients range from individuals, to government agencies, plus small to medium businesses and large corporations.

Mann Legal can also assist with:

  • Commercial Law

  • Conveyancing and Property Law

  • Wills and Estates

  • Leasing

Coulter Roache is here to support local business through these uncertain times. With a team of local professionals fully capable of working remotely, they can offer Surf Coast residents and business’ professional and tailored legal assistance across the following areas:

  • Contract advice and negotiations

  • Commercial, retail and residential leasing

  • Workplace relations

  • Property contract advice

  • Construction and building contract advice

  • Corporate insolvency

  • Asset protection

  • Insurance advice

  • Directors duties and/or liability

Contact a member of their team today for a confidential discussion on 03 5273 5273. Please visit their website for a complete list of their services and capabilities.

Printing & Signage

DBM Signs is using their 30 years experience in signage and digital printing to help the community stay safe during coronavirus by offering free floor decals for local businesses.

They feel that providing floor decals is something they can do to help contribute to local businesses and the community at this time to help reinforce social distance guidelines, keep staff and customers at safe work distances, while helping businesses control customer queues and lines, and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Call into DBM Signs to collect your free COVID-19 social distancing decal for your business, limit 1 per customer, or call the team on 5261 4450 to organise custom signs and printing.

Website/Online Stores

Zing Studio is proud to be part of helping business not only change direction but survive through this terrible time.

They have been helping businesses on the Surf Coast for the past seven years, predominantly to establish a website presence, create online stores and support their online marketing strategies.

Since the start of social distancing rules due to Covid-19, Zing Studio have been busy building online stores for businesses so that their customers, and in some cases new customer base can still buy from them.

For any business out there in a similar situation, contact Dennis Hooiveld at Zing Studio on 0438 575 256 if you would like to have a chat.

eBusiness Ready is able to help local businesses get their business online. To support the local economy during the Covid-19 restrictions period, they are very generously offering most services at zero or low cost.

The online business landscape is ever changing and can be daunting for a traditional business to venture out into the wide world of e-commerce. eBusiness Ready has been working in the trenches of e-commerce for 6 years on a variety of platforms, and can help you with your digital strategy and execution. Some things they can help with:

  • Building your first e-commerce store.

  • Integrating your e-commerce store with Instagram and Facebook.

  • Building email marketing campaigns.

  • Content marketing strategy.

  • Configure Google analytics and Search Console, Search Engine Optimisation.

eBusiness Read would love to help a local businesses stay in business. Reach out to Brenden today at or 0468 495 369.

Workplace Relations

Local Employsure Partner Brad Walsh is kindly offering a 30 minute no cost consultation to help Surf Coast business owners with expert advice on their specific questions around your workplace obligations and rights managing employees through this period. If you’d like to take advantage of this great offer, contact Brad via email or on his mobile 0437 424 214.

Employsure offers Australian businesses the advice, support and documentation they need to manage the complexity of workplace relations and the confidence that their workplaces are safe, fair and compliant. They are actively supporting business owners through COVID-19 by assisting them to understand things like stand downs, reduction of hours, entitlements, redundancies etc.

Employsure provide a wealth of resources and intelligence for businesses to tap into:

Remember, for expert advice contact Brad Walsh directly on his listed number and email above.