We offer free consultation and mentoring services to new and existing businesses in Yarra.
Running a small business can be difficult, lonely and financially stressful. Talking with someone who's been there before can be a great way to help you address any problems.
If you’re thinking of starting a business or have fewer than 20 staff
We can offer you a free business consultation session, provided in partnership with The Kangan Institute Business Enterprise Centre (BEC).
These sessions are suitable for people thinking of starting a business, home-based businesses, start-ups and businesses with less than 20 staff.
The session can give guidance or help established businesses analyse their current situation. BEC can advise on government services and programs that may help your business like the NEIS scheme. They can also provide a framework for ongoing business mentoring if you choose to pursue that path.
Issues covered in the consultation include:
- Business feasibility testing
- Business planning and advice on purchasing a new business
- Assessing the success
- Marketing analysis
- Financial analysis
If you have an existing small to mid-sized business
Yarra City Council will provide a free one-on-one, one hour mentoring session, valued at $100. The Small Business Mentoring Service (SBMS) offers a wide range of mentors with real-life small business experience. SBMS will work with you to select the right mentor for you and your business.
You may choose to continue seeing your mentor after your first free session at your own cost.
If you are under 25
You may be eligible for our Young Entrepreneurs Program, a free program designed to give young people support in the development of their business idea, through business workshops, mentoring, links to local business people and business opportunities.