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Free resources and advice

There are lots of free business advice programs provided by all levels of government.

The Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC) runs several free programs to support small business:

  • Business Connect gives you tailored professional advice to help you start, run, adapt or grow your small business. Advisors are accredited professionals with first-hand experience running their own small business. Their advice is independent and completely confidential. You can also take part in workshops and webinars, and access free online resources fact sheets and training videos.

    B-Hub is a mobile advisory service that can provide you with free advice for your business.

For more information, visit the SRBEC website.

Easy to do Business is a Service NSW initiative cutting red tape for new and expanding businesses.

The Australian Government provides a range of business resources, including details about eligibility for government grants and financial assistance for business.

Visit to learn more.

Business Connect is a NSW Government program that provides advice on how to start and grow your business.

GrantConnect is a central point for you to find business grants available through the Australian Government.

Fair Work Australia gives you information and advice about your workplace rights and obligations.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website is your go-to resource for taxation and superannuation information.

SafeWork NSW provides information about health and safety in the workplace.

Austrade provides export and trade advice.

iAccelerate is a unique business incubation program. It helps startups, early stage businesses and established businesses to grow quickly, providing education, networking, advice and mentoring, and office space. The program can also help new businesses access seed funding.

Find out more on the iAccelerate website.

Advantage SME is an initiative for businesses looking to collaborate with the University of Wollongong.

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters.

If you run a multicultural business, you can get help and support through Illawarra Multicultural services in partnership with the Business Connect – Community Migrant Resource Centre. They offer business workshops and one-on-one advisory sessions.

The local team has advisors who speak Vietnamese, Arabic, Mandarin and Korean.

To register for multicultural business advice, visit the Business Connect website or call 1300 650 058.

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