Need basic help with marketing, cash flow, setting up and running a business? Here's a list of places to ask for help.
We've heard of all sorts of basic questions asked by people who ask for help from business advisory groups - how do I get funding, how do I make a business plan...no question is too basic for these organisations.
There are various groups like this dotted around the country - one type is called a "Digital Enterprise Program", where you can attend free group training and free one-on-one sessions with a "mentor".
Another type is called a "Business Enterprise Centre".
If you're in Penrith in Sydney's western suburbs, Adelaide, or Cairns and this sounds useful, there's money being put towards these groups in your area.
The government has announced this week they have given $200,000 in grants to three Business Enterprise Centres to provide business coaching and mentoring services to small businesses in these areas:
- The Penrith City and District Business Advisory Centre
- The Southern Success BEC in southern Adelaide
- Advance Cairns BEC
According to the government, the services are relevant to small businesses from virtually any industry from farming to construction, service industries and engineering and electrical equipment manufacturing.
The government claims that Penrith organisation has already helped around 4,500 businesses in the region.
If you’re a small business owner in either of these regions and in need of assistance in areas like business planning, applying for finance and helping with cash flow management and marketing plans, here are the relevant contact details:
Penrith City & District Business Advisory Centre Limited
Suite 1, Level 1, 111 Henry Street
Penrith NSW 2750
PO Box 4029
Penrith Westfield NSW 2750
Phone: 02 4721 5011
Fax: 02 4731 2144
Southern Success BEC
Address: 5/209 Main South Rd, Morphett Vale SA 5162
Phone: (08) 8326 6511
Advance Cairns BEC
Phone: (61 7) 4080 2900
Fax: (61 7) 4031 3994
Postal: PO Box 3065, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia
Address: 51 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 4870, Australia