Business Enterprise Centres (BECs) are located throughout Australia and offer a range of services for Small Business. These include:
Your local BEC will be able to offer you business information through current literature and publications. Topics include Tax GST & PAYG, business registration, marketing, business bench marks, and the quarterly Inside Small Business Magazine.
Business Enterprise Centres will be able to either offer you training directly or point you in the right direction through its network for training on topics such as:
- Starting a Business
- Financial Management
- Record keeping
- Leadership & Management Skills
- Business Compliance
- Business planning
- Customer service
- Social media for business
Some Business Enterprise Centres are registered training organisations (RTOs) and offer courses such as Certificate IV Small Business. Others will offer non-accredited training to help you run your business more successfully.
Business Enterprise Centres have a network of local professionals that they can refer you to for specific assistance with your business. These include accountants, solicitors, marketing consultants, insurers etc. They also have a national business directory that you can search by type of business, name or location that will put you in contact with people across a wide range of industries that can help in both your business and personal life. You can also consider marketing your business through your local BEC as a point of contact or though the BEC Australia business directory.
GOVERNMENT GRANTS AND ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
There are a variety of Government Grants, Programs and Initiatives such as the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), Small Business Advisory Services (SBAS), Apprentice to Business Owner Program (A to B), Digital Enterprise Program and the Clean Technology Investment Program that your business may be eligible for.
Business Enterprise Centres are all about supporting local business and one way they do this is by encouraging local businesses to meet each other. They share experiences and network for more business, developing strategic alliances, establishing local community liaisons.
Because being in business by yourself can be difficult, Business Enterprise Centres offer ongoing business mentoring for support. This can be extremely useful and is offered for start-up and established small and micro businesses.
Business Enterprise Centres can assist you with business feasibility testing, business planning and advice on purchasing a new business. They also offer a hand in seeing just how successful your established business is or how to improve things though business planning such as marketing and financial analysis of your business.
Visit their website to find out more: Business Enterprise Centres Australia