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If you want to grow your business, the ACT Government gives you guidance and support.
We collaborate with the Australian Government and business organisations to provide programs that help business owners to grow.
The Canberra Business Advice and Support Service (CBASS) is funded by the ACT Government and delivered by the Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre.
The program offers both new and established businesses up to 4 hours of free tailored business advice on:
If your business is export-ready, the TradeStart program can help you reach long-term success in international markets.
TradeStart is a partnership between the Australian Government and the ACT Government.
You can access Austrade’s support services through the TradeStart program.
For more details, visit Austrade’s TradeStart page or contact our business team.
We support equality of access to employment and growth in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. This helps drive economic development in these communities. To support these communities, we developed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Policy.
Our policy focuses on increasing how many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enterprises engage in tenders and win contracts.
We want to see a greater portion of government spending going to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. This could be by giving small to medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to deliver projects individually or as sub-contractors on large projects.
For more details, refer to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Procurement Policy (PDF).
Badji is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business Support Program.
It can connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with a range of service providers. It is run by Coolamon Advisors, an ACT majority-owned and managed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander company.
They have a wealth of knowledge and learned experience to share with First Nations businesses.
The Badji program delivers:
To find out more visit the Badji website.
The ACT Government supports the Canberra Innovation Network to provide a range of programs. Led by experienced entrepreneurs, they provide access to skills, support and funding opportunities. Their aim to help grow innovative companies.
CBRIN empowers entrepreneurs to make an impact through:
Investors are keen to collaborate with the tertiary education and research sector. There are strong possibilities for innovation and the advancement of knowledge. This leads to long-term wealth, jobs growth and wellbeing.
The Priority Investment Program (PIP) fosters collaboration between the ACT Government, industry, research and tertiary sector.
It attracts investment and growth in the Canberra economy. Priority sectors are those with known strengths in Canberra and growing global opportunities. They include:
Under the program, funding is available on a competitive basis to projects or proposals that:
There are other business organisations in Canberra that can help your business grow. Programs and support are available through:
The Access Canberra Business Assist Team can help you with any business you need to do with the ACT Government.
They work closely with the licensing and regulatory areas of Access Canberra. They also work across ACT Government to help you connect with the right area of government.
You can contact them by email, phone or you can book a face-to-face appointment. Whether you’re right at the start of your business journey and have an idea or you’re looking to grow your well-established business.
Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre helps businesses build capabilities. Lighthouse offers:
Enterprise Plus is a regional organisation that delivers a range of business and education services. Their professional advisors can assist businesses to unlock their potential. They can:
The Australian Government funds the Digital Solutions – Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS).
ASBAS works with small businesses to make the most of digital tools and offers broader advice specific to your business needs such as:
The Mill House Ventures supports the business growth and impact of Indigenous and social enterprises. This includes not-for-profit and for-profit ventures.
They offer programs that support the emergence and growth of social ventures, provide access to professional services, and act as a thriving hub for changemakers to connect and grow their innovations.
There’s a collaborative accelerator program and access to professional services through the Mill House ‘clinic’.
Canberra’s screen sector has a bright future. Film and television can showcase Canberra as an international city.
Screen Canberra is a not-for-profit membership-based organisation that supports the growth of the ACT screen industry.
The CBR Screen Fund partners in the development, production and marketing of:
It’s open to you if your project has:
The ACT Government supports businesses to reduce emissions, become more energy efficient and cut running costs through the Sustainable Business Program.
Your business can: