Spots open for business support program

January 14, 2022 BY

Opportunity: Businesses can exhibit themselves for free at Lansell Square during their Connecting Our Community program held throughout February. Photo: KATIE MARTIN

LOCAL businesses and organisations can showcase their offerings for free at Lansell Square Shopping Centre throughout February.

As part of the centre’s Connecting Our Community program, exhibition spaces will be made available for groups during each Friday of the month focusing on key themes of technology and finance, art and culture, food and health, and active wellbeing.

The program is a partnership between the centre, Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise and Bendigo Community Health Services, and Lansell Square retail manager Debbie Lee said it could help businesses grow their reach.

“Shopping centres are a great destination and place to create a sense of belonging, community engagement and are the hub of the local community,” she said.

“The activations will engage with a broader audience, creating more connections and sharing between stall holders, local businesses, shoppers and the community.”

The initiative was formed using the City of Greater Bendigo’s Business Grants Fund which is aimed at supporting organisations who have taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Each partner in this funding application already has great depth of relationship and strong ties to many amazing groups within our community,” Ms Lee said.

“Collectively, each partner feels very confident that many additional community groups, stall holders and small businesses will be enthusiastic and participate in activations, helping drive awareness, foster creativity and build connections.”

Businesses can exhibit both inside the centre and in the carpark, and Ms Lee said applicants are coming from all areas and industries.

“A broad range of businesses and groups have already registered but space is still available,” she said.

“We have karate groups, dance groups, schools, health providers and many other exciting groups participating.”

To register your business, visit bit.ly/3HIQ6ft.