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If you’re starting a new business, Canberra offers plenty of support to help you set up and grow.
The ACT Government collaborates with the Australian Government and business organisations to provide programs that help new business owners.
If your business is export-ready, Austrade’s TradeStart program can help you reach long-term success in international markets.
If your business is not yet export-ready, Canberra’s TradeStart advisor can direct you to other programs, services and information to support your export journey.
TradeStart is a partnership between the Australian Government and the ACT Government.
You can access Austrade’s support services through the TradeStart program.
The Canberra Business Chamber has a program to support new and early exporters.
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.
The ACT Government wants 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).
During COVID-19, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses can connect with Australian and ACT Government:
These programs help you survive, change your business focus and up-skill during the pandemic.
For more details, refer to www.covid19.act.gov.au.
The ACT Government-funded Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN) empowers entrepreneurs to make an impact through:
There are other business organisations in Canberra that can help you get your business off the ground. Programs and support are available through:
Get advice and information at any business stage through CBC’s training, networking events and advice service.
Learn more on the CBC website.
Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre helps businesses build capabilities. Lighthouse offers:
The Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC) is a regional organisation that delivers a range of business and education services. The Centre:
The Australian Government funds the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Digital Solutions. ABAS offers small businesses low-cost, high-quality advice on digital solutions.
The Millhouse Ventures supports the business growth and impact of Indigenous and social enterprises. This includes not-for-profit and for-profit ventures. There’s a collaborative Accelerator program and access to professional services through the Millhouse ‘clinic’.
Canberra’s screen sector has strong potential growth. 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 Canberra Screen Fund partners in the development, production and marketing of:
It’s open to you if your project has: