How can we support your business?

We are conducting a Business Survey to find out more about the businesses that operate in our City.

We would like to hear from owners and operators of businesses in the City of Charles Sturt to understand how we can better support your business.

Help us shape the services, program and activities we deliver. Your feedback will inform the content of our 2022-2023 Business Plan and Budget and our Economic Development Strategy 2022-2026.

Complete our business survey by 2:00pm on Friday 11 February 2022 to go in the draw to win $500 worth of business support of your choice.

  • Complete our Business Survey

    If you are an owners or operator of a business in the City of Charles Sturt we encourage you to complete our Business Survey. Your response will remain anonymous and will inform our future focus.

    Complete this Survey by 2.00pm on Friday 11 February 2022.

    Start Business Survey 
  • You could win business support

    At the end of the survey, enter the draw to win up to $500 of business support. This could be used to create a marketing campaign, hold a photoshoot or access training. Simply complete the survey questions, provide your contact details, and submit by 2.00pm on Friday 11 February 2022. Only one survey per business will be eligible for the draw.

    See Terms and Conditions* 
  • Sign up for Western Business Leaders E-News

    At the end of the survey you can choose to sign up for Western Business Leaders E-News. Your contact details will only be used to add you to the E-News database and will not be linked to your survey responses.

How do we currently support our business community?

We run a number of services, programs and activities to support our business community. In 2020/21 we offered an Economic Support and Stimulus Package which injected $500,000 dollars into the community to support small business, the arts and entertainment sectors.
  • Business Support Program

    Supporting businesses to adapt and innovate in response to changing market conditions.
    Funding of $2,000 plus GST is available per business and up to $1,000 plus GST for Sole Traders to work with a business advisor on a range of issues including but not limited to; marketing and technology, operations and logistics and workforce and business development.

    Check out how local businesses have used grants. 
  • #shoplocal funding - Customer Experience

    This grant supports local businesses to host creative and innovative customer experiences that attract customers into their business. It seeks to fund events and workshops, storytelling/meet the maker experiences, in-store experiences, tasting events and temporary artwork installations. Individual businesses are eligible for up to a maximum of $2,000 plus GST, businesses working collaboratively can receive up to a value of $5,000 plus GST.

  • #shoplocal funding - Facade to Street Funding

    This grant supports local businesses by providing match funding to make changes or improvements to their building façade or implementing temporary or permanent footpath activations that serve to attract new and existing customers into their business. Grants have been used for murals, creative lighting, outdoor dining, greening projects and bike racks. Up to $8000 is available per business on a 50% matched fund basis.

  • Live and Local Program

    Supporting live music venues, creating employment opportunities for local artists and encouraging collaboration between musicians and local businesses to encourage residents and attract new customers to attend live events in local businesses and re-energise public places.

    • Up to $2,000 plus GST is available per applicant for solo, duo or trio performers
    • Up to $4,000 plus GST for bands comprising of 4 musicians or more.
  • Creative Cities - Arts and Cultural Program

    Supporting local Artists and Arts organisations to develop new one off or time limited creative projects that encourage public engagement in the Arts. Up to $5,000 (plus GST) is available per applicant.

    Funding can be used for public art, visual arts, performing arts, moving image, literary arts and interdisciplinary arts.

  • Western Business Leaders

    Supporting local businesses through networking, events, workshops and training.

    Our Western Business Leaders group is open to all businesses large and small and provides an opportunity for our local businesses to connect and meet like-minded people. Our regular and varied events share industry intelligence, market outlooks and information on the resources, support and mentoring available.

  • Marketing and Promotion

    Promoting local business stories of success, resilience and innovation.

    The Charles Sturt Business Facebook page was set up to share your local business success stories, latest news and events.

    Join our Charles Sturt Business Facebook community 
  • Buy Local Program

    Supporting local businesses to supply goods and services to government through:

    • Running Buy Local events with information on how to supply goods and services to government.
    • Running workshops on how to write successful tenders.
    • Sharing open tenders on our LinkedIn page.
  • Adelaide Beaches Promotion

    Supporting our tourism, hospitality and visitor sector businesses in the western region by:

    • Marketing and promoting the region as a business and visitor destination through the Adelaide Beaches website, promotional material and marketing campaigns.
    • Showcasing local businesses and opportunities to drive awareness of the region as a business and visitor destination.
    • Running events, workshops and training.
  • Entrepreneurship

    Developing the entrepreneurial capabilities of our residents helping them turn their business concept into a reality through supporting scholarships in two Business SA programs:

    • South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (SAYES) for young and innovative entrepreneurs aged 18-35 years.
    • The Encore program for South Australians aged 35 and above.