The SelfStart online hub
The SelfStart online hub is a starting point to explore and develop ideas into successful business ventures. SelfStart featured new content in 2017–18 to connect individuals to existing services and provide targeted information to help them start a business. SelfStart had 116,247 page views during the year.
Exploring Being My Own Boss
In 2017–18, Exploring Being My Own Boss workshops provided 800 people interested in starting their own business with a taste of what is involved. The two-week workshops on self-employment and entrepreneurship cover 10 core topics including financial management and marketing. Of these, 218 people went on to create their own business through the New Business Assistance with NEIS.
Entrepreneurship Facilitators were working in three regions in 2017–18 to promote entrepreneurship and to support more than 13,800 people interested in starting or growing their own business. The facilitators run events to help individuals connect with other entrepreneurs and refer them to existing services such as New Business Assistance with NEIS. The Entrepreneurship Facilitators are helping generate new business activity in Cairns, the Hunter Valley (including Newcastle), Launceston and North East Tasmania by enabling local people, particularly young people, to build their ideas into viable businesses. The facilitators are also creating linkages with support programs to establish greater community networks.
Entrepreneurship Facilitators help expand sustainable food storage business
Bronwyn had been running her sustainable food storage business for around 12 months and was at the stage where she wanted to expand the business. The Tasmanian Entrepreneurship Facilitator worked with Bronwyn to evaluate her options, test new ideas, and ultimately improve her business. Together they identified some areas where she needed additional support to hone her concept.
Bronwyn was operating her business from home and it involved a lot of manual labour, so the facilitator helped connect her with a manufacturing expert to create machinery to improve her efficiency. Bronwyn’s facilitator also helped her develop a plan to secure premises and a strategy to manage her finances.
The business now has an online store with a number of stockists across Australia. Bronwyn has moved her operations to Hobart where she employs six staff members and has a permanent base for her growing business.