Business Development Tips

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SA: Servicing our State

Adelaide Business Hub

Adelaide Business Hub is the SA provider for the Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS), providing hands on training and mentoring to boost management knowledge and skills for small businesses.

Business SA – Chamber of Commerce and Industry South Australia

Providing a range of services, products, advice and training to help businesses get on with the job and reach their potential, including in export markets. Business SA events provide excellent networking opportunities, with Business SA’s membership stretching across every sector of commerce and industry.

SA Small Business Commissioner

Provides services whereby disputes can be resolved with as little stress as possible to small business operators. The Commissioner also provides information to improve the capacity of small businesses to manage their affairs and inform their decision making.

Services across the country

Indigenous Management Group

IMG offer personal, ongoing support to new and existing Aboriginal businesses with contract acquisition, strategy development, goal setting and tracking.

IMG also facilitate opportunities for Aboriginal businesses by assisting governments, corporations and NGOs who want to engage them by providing participation strategies and business management services to connect with the community. Their focus is creating Aboriginal businesses today that will support the communities of tomorrow.

Business Station

The core purpose of Business Station is to help small businesses thrive. They facilitate, encourage and promote economic development across WA, QLD and NT by enabling and supporting the establishment, growth and ultimate success of new and small businesses.

Small Business Mentoring Services

SBMS Experienced Business Mentors are part of the Small Business Mentoring Service. SBMS is an incorporated not-for-profit association that started its journey in 1986 with just 14 members.  Today there are around 150 Mentors, both male and female, who have the skills and experience to help small businesses.

Many Rivers

Many Rivers helps people to start and grow their own small business. They help you take the business take the first step, and the next one, and the next one.

There is no cost to get their support thanks to our generous partners, and we need to make sure we’re supporting people that need our help the most.

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.

Business Planning & Development Resources

The South Australian Government’s Department of State Development offers a range of business information, programs and advice online including:

The Federal Government’s Business.gov.au also provides a wealth of information on:

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

Business Development Support

Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Contact your local RDA – register to receive regular newsletters; access their small business services, and participate in local business forums and workshops.

Business Grant Funding Options

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

Increasing Business Visibility (Free Business Listings)

Free National Directories

eg Local Search & Hotfrog

Free Local Directories:

Staying Connected (Local Business Associations)

Becoming a member of your local business chamber or industry association is a good way to keep informed, expand your business networks and develop alliances. Key groups in the Upper Spencer Gulf and Far North include: