Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Starting a business – where to go for advice

Whether you’re looking for in-person advice or online guidance and checklists to help you start a business, there are numerous government agencies and non-profit organisations that can assist you.

I’ve listed a few below.

In-Person Advice
BEC Australia is a not-for-profit organisation whose primary role is to support and grow the national network of Business Enterprise Centres (BEC).  These centres are designed as a first and ongoing point of contact for small business operators seeking quality business information, advice, and guidance.  My local BEC runs regular training sessions and events for small business owners.  Often these are free or for a small fee.

Australian government websites
This website offers access to government information, transactions, and services.  It is designed as a whole-of-government service providing information on planning, starting, and running a business including a number of how-to guides.
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission website provides information on starting and running a business, company director responsibilities, scams, SuperChoice and a search engine to find company names, ABNs or ACNs.
The ABN Lookup website provides access to the publicly-available information provided by businesses when they register for an Australian Business Number (ABN).