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It ain’t over ‘til it’s over

This week, all eyes have been on Victoria, as the state government reinstated Stage 3 COVID-19 lockdown restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.

For the small businesses in those areas, which have been open to eat-in customers for a matter of weeks, the news was devastating, as our news reporter Matt found out.

Vague promises of support were finally realised on Friday, with Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas announcing a $534 million business support package, including grant funding, and cash for businesses in Melbourne’s CBD.

A further $26 million has also been set aside for mental health support and mentoring for small business owners.

As ever, we’ve also spent the week catching up with inspiring Aussie entrepreneurs. Our editor Eloise chatted to a law firm that’s ditching traditional titles, and I spoke to Perth’s queen of hot sauce Renae Bunster about her equity crowdfunding campaign that’s going gangbusters.

Stay spicy this weekend,

Stephanie Palmer-Derrien
Startups and technology editor

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