Five small business owners have banded together to create a place for businesses and budding entrepreneurs.

The Brimbank Business Association will open its doors with an official launch on Thursday, October 24.

President Daniel Dalli said the idea is to strengthen the local economy and attract new business and investment.

“We intend to hold monthly or bimonthly networking events. The idea will be for business owners to get together, exchange details, and work out how to work together and support each other,” he said.

“We’ve seen how much investment is happening in the area, and will continue over the coming years, and we thought there was a gap in the market for a business association that includes all businesses in the area.”

Up-skilling business owners is also a major part of the plan. “We intend to hold seminars and talks regularly, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to hear from experts.

“We’ll look to work alongside the council, other organisations and business associations to see exactly where we fit in the community.”

Brimbank already has two large business associations in Sunshine and St Albans, but Mr Dalli said there was room for another player.

“We don’t see ourselves as competing with those associations, we see ourselves working alongside them and even taking on aspects they do well.

“We wanted to extend an association to all of Brimbank, which includes the likes of Deer Park, Keilor and Albion.” The official opening of the Brimbank Business Association will be held at the Sunshine Social, 64 Glengala Road from 6-7.30 pm.

“Come along to the opening or to one of our meetings, it’s free to register and we want to grow the community. Owning your own business can be a bit isolating, so we’re looking for ways to grow interaction.”

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