Farm business, small business support - Rural Financial Counselling Service WSW
Get to know your local RFCS

Confidential, free, independent & invaluable business support for #StrongRuralCommunities

The government-funded RFCS has operated nationwide for 35 years in 2021, providing free business support to primary producers. The RFCS now also supports rural and regional small business owners experiencing or at risk of financial hardship, or just navigating the challenges of operating after drought, bushfire or COVID19.

RFCS WSW is your local provider with counsellors working across Victoria’s western region.

Rural financial counsellors and small business financial counsellors are based in the regions they work in, and understand local conditions and communities.

RFCS WSW takes a holistic approach to financial counselling. A well-being in business program ensures anyone working with a financial counsellor is fully supported.

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Cheers to the slow but gradual easing of restrictions!

With restrictions now easing real estate agencies have begun welcoming potential buyers into their’ open for inspections’ with open arms! (metaphorically of course). #safedistancing ?️⠀
??‍♀️ Our clients at Waller Realty Bendigo, Castlemaine & Maldon are now able to burst out in full swing providing their client’s exceptional property expertise which aims to maximise their returns and capitalise on that all-important market growth! ?⠀
We couldn’t be more relieved for the real estate industry for the opportunities, happiness and success that comes with the easing of restrictions.???⠀
When our clients have wins, then so do we! ?️⠀
After all, you could say we’re a part of the team, right? ?⠀
? Cheers to the slow but gradual easing of restrictions, watching not just Waller realty but to all businesses who are starting to see that light at the end of the tunnel. The showing of exceptional strength, courage and perseverance during this whole pandemic has been the most heart-filled motivator and deeply felt inspiration to have witnessed and to have been a part of. ⠀
You all know who you are! ?⠀
– The A-Team ✌️?

Engagement Manager - Be Bendigo
Be Bendigo – Covid Business Support

Over the past few months we have seen that when businesses collaborate it has great benefit for everyone within the local business community. Initiatives such as the Supporting Health Workers program, Lend a Hand Bendigo and Cafés for Covid have showcased the community spirit in Bendigo.

We have had the privilege of speaking to many of our members and partners through this time.  As expected some are faring better than others, but what has been apparent across the board is that everyone has valued talking to someone outside of their business. We have been able to assist by listening to the challenges, providing businesses with Covid-19 support information, connecting business to business, partnering with stakeholders on new initiatives and promoting business services.  

We have had discussions with some businesses who were not aware of Be.Bendigo and what we do.  Be Bendigo is the peak industry body representing business in the region, we support our members and partners by driving local business connections through networking events, advocacy and building leadership capacity.

After many years in the banking sector here in Bendigo and now in the role of Engagement Manager at Be Bendigo, it has shown me that every business is unique and it is the connections we make that provide benefit to the community.  

It has been a very challenging time for business recently but what we have seen is the good in people. Businesses have been extremely resilient adapting their offering to suit their customers needs and the relevant Covid-19 restrictions. More importantly we have all been working collaboratively to support each other the best we can.

As we move into the recovery phase, Be Bendigo will continue to support business to grow and prosper.  

If you would like to learn more please contact the Be Bendigo Team at

Economic Development Officer - The City of Greater Bendigo
Have your say in the 2020 Business Directions Survey!

The City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with Be.Bendigo, would like to invite businesses throughout Greater Bendigo to ‘have their say’ by taking part in the 2020 Business Directions Survey!

The survey has been developed to help measure business confidence, identify barriers and boost opportunities for local businesses throughout the region. Open to all types of businesses big and small, it includes questions about business operations, skills and training, marketing and promotion, and industry development within the business community.

We’d like to hear about your current and future needs and your priorities so we can help your businesses grow by providing more ways to support and develop local businesses to thrive.

Please complete our short survey by April 3, 2020 and enter the draw to win a $500 voucher for a business product or service of your choice (simply enter your details at the end).

The competition winner will be drawn on April 6, 2020 and be notified by phone or email.