SERVICES

Business Advice and Mentoring

These are one-on-one sessions for you to discuss any issues you have in regard to commencing a business or improving performance and operations of your existing business.

General business advice and referrals can be obtained at these sessions which can be free or low-cost.

Small businesses can access a range of advisory and mentoring services, such as but not limited to:

  • getting started
  • business management skills
  • financial management skills
  • business planning
  • mentoring for business
  • general business advice

The following SBCVs provide Business Advice and Mentoring:

- Box Hill
- Brunswick
- Kangan
- Melbourne Polytechnic
- Ballarat
- Bendigo
- Kinglake
- Shepparton
- Holmesglen

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The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is a self-employment program which trains, funds and mentors eligible job seekers to establish and run their own businesses. The program includes:

  • Training in small business management, business skills and business plan development.
  • Income maintenance (NEIS Allowance) replacing Newstart Allowance for up to 52 weeks
  • Business advice and mentor support during the first year of business operation

The scheme is delivered throughout Australia by a national network of NEIS providersincluding the

The following SBCVs offer NEIS program courses:

- Box Hill
- Chisholm
- Holmesglen
- Kangan
- Melbourne Polytechnic
- Kinglake

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Business Training Courses

Apprentice to Business Owner (A to B) Program

The A to B program supports eligible tradespeople who are seeking to, or have recently, established a business. Many tradespeople operate as subcontractors, sole operators or small businesses.

To establish a successful business, in addition to their trade specific competencies they also need to develop small business management skills, to ensure they meet business and employment regulations. The A to B Program provides training in a nationally recognised qualification in small business management and includes business mentoring support for up to 12 months.

The A to B Program provides the opportunity for eligible tradespeople to develop their business management skills.

The following SBCVs deliver the Apprentice to Business Owner (A to B) program:

- Box Hill
- Melbourne Polytechnic

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Events & Workshops

SBCV members offer a wide range of practical and low cost seminars and workshops. These events are aimed at providing you with the skills and knowledge to assist in opening, managing or growing your business.

For information about upcoming events, go to the Events & Workshops page.

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Business Incubators

A small business incubator is a facility providing premises, advice, services and support to new and growing businesses to assist them to become established and profitable.

Small business incubator tenants are provided with an initial place of operation and a supportive environment in which to grow their business. Tenants share the incubator’s premises and a range of support services from which they graduate and relocate to commercial accommodation when they are commercially viable.

The incubation period (tenancy) for a small business in an incubator is normally from one to three years.

There are many benefits to being located at an Incubator. They include:

  • Economical monthly licence fees
  • Tenancy is on a month by month basis; only one month’s notice to vacate
  • 24 hour 7 day a week access and off street parking
  • Professional reception services
  • Access to communication facilities, kitchen and meeting and conference rooms
  • The opportunity to participate in a range of learning and networking events

The following SBCVs operate incubators:

- Brunswick
- Ballarat
- Bendigo
- Shepparton

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Business Finance

NAB Microenterprise Loans

NAB Microenterprise Loans are available to help start up or support existing businesses of five or fewer employees. This includes owner-operated businesses and businesses operated from home. 

The features of these loans are:

  • Loans are from $500 to $20,000;
  • Interest rate – 5.99% pa (fixed);
  • Up to 3 years repayment period; and
  • 90 day interest and repayment free access period.

More information can be obtained from: www.nab.com.au/microenterpriseloans

To apply for one of these loans, you will need to contact one of the following SBCVs:

- Box Hill
- Brunswick
- Chisholm
- Holmesglen
- Kangan
- Ballarat
- Bendigo
- Shepparton

Grants & Assistance Finder Tool

Grants and other funding programs are available for businesses from the Australian, state and territory governments, and in some cases from local councils.

The Grants and Assistance Finder helps you locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business for free. You can search through a wide variety of grants in many categories, including developing your business, innovation and education.

Visit the Grants and Assistance Finder to locate the grants and assistance programs most relevant to your business for free.

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