Business Development Tips

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New South Wales: Servicing our local area

Hunter Futurepreneurs Program

Hunter Futurepreneurs Program provides entrepreneurs and existing businesses in the Hunter region of NSW with free to low-cost advice, support and training to help them start and run a sustainable business. They use local business advisers who understand the challenges small businesses face in the area. Entrepreneurs and existing businesses may access a range of free to low-cost advisory services.

Hunter Region Business Hub

Hunter Region Business Hub provides small to medium businesses in the Hunter region with low-cost advice, training, digital advisory services, office space and workshops to help them build and develop sustainable businesses. They use experienced local business advisers who understand the challenges small businesses face in the Hunter area. The advisers have a range of skills and expertise across a variety of industries. The Hunter Region Business Hub aims to assist new and existing businesses through a range of low-cost advisory services.

The Business Centre

The Business Centre provides small businesses in the Hunter, Central Coast, Port Stephens and Mid Coast regions of New South Wales with advice, support, training and mentoring to help them build and develop sustainable businesses. They use locally employed business advisers who understand the challenges small businesses have in the area. They aim to assist new and existing businesses through a range of low-cost services. The Business Centre has offices located in Newcastle, Wyong, Forster, Singleton and Salamander Bay and will also come out to businesses to offer remote access of their services.

Northern Region Business Enterprises Centre 

Northern Region Business Enterprise Centre provides small to medium businesses in the mid-north coast, north-coast, New England and north western region of NSW with low-cost advice, support and digital advisory and training services to help them build and develop sustainable businesses.

The Digital Advisory specialists are locally employed business advisers who understand the challenges small to medium businesses face in the region. Digital advisers deliver a range of low-cost business and educational services.

New South Wales: Servicing our State

Business Connect Support

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted independent business advice and events to help you start, run, adapt or grow your small business. Over 120 Business Connect advisors offer advice tailored to your needs to support you to achieve your business goals and tackle immediate and long-term challenges. Whether you own an established business looking to grow or adapt or have a business idea yet to launch, you can access support.

Creative Plus Business

Creative Plus Business provides small to medium businesses in creative industries across New South Wales with low-cost advice, training, workshops and office space to help them build and develop sustainable businesses. New and established businesses may access a range of low-cost advisory services.

Free Online Business Tools

Email marketing/group mailouts – Create, send and track email newsletters using Mailchimp
Surveys – Create and publish online surveys in minutes, and view results graphically and in real time using Survey Monkey
Design software – Makes designing simple. Create designs for Web or print for presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, and more using Canva
Website design – Create your own website easily, without needing to know any coding, try Wix or Square Space

Social Media Tips

FacebookFacebook for business – Discover how Facebook can help you meet your business goals.
LinkedInLinkedIn company pages – Create a company page to raise brand awareness and engage with potential customers.

And… don’t forget about Instagram! This is a great platform for visually showcasing your business, your products and your people!

Business Planning & Development Resources

Business Planning & Business Set up Tools/Information

Many banks have tools information on their websites eg:Commonwealth / ANZ Bank

Department of Industry – this site provides a wealth of information for all businesses, including:

Other information available includes:

Business Development – staying connected

Local and regional business groups work hard to promote local business communities. Keep up to date by signing up for free newsletters or show your support and reap the benefits by becoming a member.

Business Grant Funding Options

There are many grants available for Small business. Here are a couple of sites to start your search

Indigo Gold Funding List – A subscribe for free to General or Small Grant funding list

Government Grants

Increasing Business Visibility (Free Business Listings)

National Business Directories