Business in Yarra

Yarra Council is committed to building and supporting a strong local economy that provides for an innovative and sustainable community.

There are more than 13,600 businesses operating within the municipality, making Yarra home to one of the largest economies in metropolitan Melbourne.

Council’s Economic Development Unit aims to support the local business community, enhance and promote the municipality as a visitor destination and foster a co-operative culture within Council in its dealings with the business community.

Knowledge Week - May 2-8

Connecting minds, creating change

Melbourne Knowledge Week 2016 runs from 2 May to 8 May and ​has more than 60 horizon-expanding events where you can explore the innovation, creativity and technology shaping our future.

Yarra City Council is involved with hosting 3 unique events. For more details and to book tickets, simlpy click on the title of each.

  1. The Sharing Economy,
  2. How 3D Printing Will Change the Business World 
  3. Creating an Entrepreneur Culture

The Sharing Economy

When: May 4th, 10am - 12:30pm.
Location: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Event type: Workshop
Wheelchair access: Yes.​
Tickets: $30

The sharing economy transforms business and community expectations, aiming for a more fulfilling and sustainable quality of life. A shift in values from ownership to access and better use of surplus assets define a sharing economy.

Darren Sharp presents a workshop exploring more efficient use of resources and stronger local community connections. ​

In this workshop participants will be shown how the sharing economy enables more efficient use of resources, reduces waste and helps build community by strengthening connections at the local level. It will also detail the economic benefits of adopting a ‘sharing mind-set’ and demonstrate the potential to unlock the idling capacity of various assets including physical resources, skills and knowledge.​

How 3D Printing Will Change the Business World 

When: May 4th, 2 - 4pm.
Location: Richmond Library, 415 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Event type: Workshop
Wheelchair access: Yes.
Tickets: FREE

Bring your ideas to life with 3D printing and explore the possibilities. This process prints a three-dimensional solid model from computer-aided design software. Learn with self-confessed technology geek Dominic Parsonson.

  • 3D printing is almost constraint-free: In traditional manufacturing so much thought has to be put into tool access, draft angles and how to manage geometric complexity whereas in 3D printing there is minimal to no penalties for geometric complexity allowing the designer to optimise a part or product for its intended purpose not for how it can be manufactured.
  • Speed to market: 3D printing shortens the design cycle, allows rapid iterations and reduces the cost of failure, allowing you to get better products to market, faster.
  • Real Interaction: 3D printing allows users to interact with real products, that with new multi-material printing are as close to OR are the real thing, allowing effective feedback on performance prior to tooling up for mass-production.
  • Production improvements: 3D printing allows the design and production of assembly tools, jigs and fixtures during the product design phase improving production accuracy, speed and implementation.
  • Prototyping can be production: In a market with high customisation needs the design phase can also be the production phase allowing high levels of customisation with no or minimal cost implications, 3D printing does not follow the traditional economies of scale model. 

When: May 4th, 2 - 4:30pm.
Location: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Event type: Workshop
Wheelchair access: Yes.​
Tickets: $30

Is creativity elusive in organisations? Are we born with this skill? This workshop asks why management activities have suppressed creativity. Accepting differences in our thinking allows us to learn skills to unlock creativity; and to distinguish between a great idea and a growth opportunity.

Often people in organisations simply have too many ideas, the screening guide is introduced so you can quickly assess the commercial viability of your 'great idea’. You will be able to distinguish between a great idea and a growth opportunity as well as how to progress the opportunity to action. The pursuit of an idea often leads to a significant waste of time. Save considerable human and financial resources that usually arise with “great ideas”. This workshop will help you quickly find the existence of a fatal flaw within the idea. You will practice using a proven tool kit that enables you to select ideas, reduce the risk of failure and begin to build and strengthen an enterprising culture in your organisation.

Each of the 3 workshops will book out, so be sure to get in quickly!

These 3 events are part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 2 - 8 May 2016, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne

Road To Revenue Workshop

When: 1 Jun 2016, 8:30am - 11:30am
Location: Meeting Room 2 (first floor), 333 Bridge Road, Richmond 3121
Event type: Workshop
Wheelchair access: Yes
Tickets: $50

Get your sales and marketing in gear to accelerate your business growth in this one-of-a-kind workshop that will help you:

  • clearly focus on where you want your business to go in the coming year and beyond;
  • leverage a proven framework through which to drive that vision;
  • learn revenue generation best practice from high performance businesses; and
  • start building your plan for revenue and growth in the upcoming financial year

This workshop will be of most value for leaders of businesses that:

  • sell to businesses rather than consumers;
  • has annual revenue between $1million - $10million
  • has headquarters in the City of Yarra
  • are poised for growth

This workshop is exclusive, maximum of 30 places. 

Register your interest today by contacting or here for more information.

Breakfast is included

BRAINfoodforBusiness - professional development and training

Council offers a range of networking, training and professional development opportunities through its BRAINfoodforBusiness Program.

Visit the BRAINfoodforBusiness Events Calendar to find out about upcoming opportunities.

Newsletter for local businesses

Council sends out a short weekly email newsletter to local businesses, filled with news about local issues and events, and information from government and industry bodies.

If you would like to subscribe to have the newsletter emailed directly to you each month, please sign up online.

Further information
Economic Development Team
9205 5049 

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