Over the years, I’ve found that many people thinking of going into small business and even those already running a small business are quite often unaware of the government help and support that is available to them.
I recently spoke with some of the folks at Business Victoria and asked them some questions about how they can help, in terms of making available either resources, small business grants or education. Here’s what they had to say …..
How can Business Victoria support people who are looking at starting up a small business in Victoria?
Business Victoria is the Victorian Government website that helps business grow by making compliance easier, solving problems and improving business management skills. We offer a range of services to help people who want to set up a successful business
Tools and templates - planning is important to run a profitable small business. We have a business plan template and a range of other supporting templates to go with it including a Financial statements template, Marketing plan template and many others
Workshops - we provide workshops specifically for people starting a business. People can also brush up on some of the core skills needed for running a business - such as marketing, finances or getting online
Mentors - when people are first starting out in their own small business, getting expert advice can save them from making expensive mistakes. The Small Business Mentoring Service is a low-cost way to get advice from a mentor who has the skills and knowledge you need.
What about people already running a small business, how can Business Victoria help?
Cash flow problems: most small businesses in Australia say chasing payments from customers is their biggest cash flow problem. We’ve put together a Debt recovery process and templates which includes Financial policies and procedures for your staff, email scripts and phone scripts
Dealing with employees: your staff can make or break your business. From finding the right staff to making sure they’re as productive as possible, we have tools and tips to help in our Staff management section.
Copyright 2013. Brian Carroll is the founder of Performance Development - a corporate training and coaching company based in Melbourne, Australia that delivers management training and leadership development services