Small Business and Entrepreneurship

From running a side hustle to launching your own e-commerce business, there are workshops and programs to inspire and support you to get started.

Take part in a range of programs and activities supporting you to pick up entrepreneurship skills and develop an entrepreneurial mindset, explore opportunities as a future business owner, and turn a business idea into a reality.

The 2021 program has concluded but you can access on-demand videos for the sessions below in your Canvas community:

Access BCom recordings

Access MBS recordings

StartSpace: Leveraging the Power of Community

Where do you start as a new or early-stage business founder? Powered by State Library Victoria, StartSpace* provides inspiration, information and practical guidance to help new businesses grow from concept to reality.

Participants got a chance to meet the folk who are part of the start-up community in Victoria, and tips on how they could leverage the power of community to turn their ideas into reality.

*StartSpace is a coworking space at State Library Victoria to provide resources, networks and know-how for new and early-stage business founders who are just starting their business development journey.

Founder Stories: BBT CLUB - Gearing up for Global Expansion

What does it take to turn your business into a global brand? Participants heard from Bubble Tea Club founders, Pam Yip and Jenny Le, about their journey to date as they prepare for this next critical stage in their business.

What’s your Side Hustle?

Thinking of starting your own side hustle? Enterprising BCom and MBS students talked about their journeys establishing a side business while studying.

Our panel shared their insights on the benefits and challenges of running a business while studying, as well as tips on how to get started. This fireside chat concluded with a question-and-answer session.

Getting Started: How to Turn an Idea into a Business

Do you have a business idea in mind? Hosted by Business Victoria, this three-part on-demand series provides the knowledge and tools to turn your idea into a thriving business.

Part 1 - Starting your own business: Get prepared and navigate your obligations

Topics covered:

  • Choosing the right business structure for you
  • Protecting your company name
  • Registrations, licences, taxation and permits
  • What you need to know about insurance, income protection, and more
Part 2 - Starting your own business: Understand the key components of a good business plan

Topics covered:

  • Writing a business plan (business overview, finances and action plan)
  • Starting your business checklist
  • Resources and support
Part 3 - Starting your own business: Commercialising your new idea

Topics covered:

  • Assessing the feasibility of an idea
  • Making informed decisions to proceed or cease activity
  • The requirements needed to prepare a focused plan
  • Stages of commercialisation

Other services and resources from Business Victoria
  • Virtual mentoring
    Business Victoria offers a free 45-minute general business mentoring session to plan, start or grow your business. A business expert can answer your questions and provide a business action plan to get you started. Available Monday to Friday 9am - 7pm, bookings via Business Victoria and one session per business.
  • Live webinars
    Live webinars are delivered by business experts and designed for those in business or wishing to start a business in Victoria. Available via Business Victoria, these easily accessible webinars include topics such as starting a business, generating cash flow and taking your business online.