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Starting a business: For new migrants and asylum seekers


As a response to COVID-19 this Business Victoria workshop will not be delivered face to face but rather by Zoom online delivery. It is also free of charge. Some of the state’s biggest business success stories were started by people newly arrived to Victoria from all over the world. If you are an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant with a business idea, this essential planning workshop will prepare you for the best chance of business success. PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is specifically tailored for Victorian businesses.


There are no guarantees in business, but often it’s what you do before you get started that will ensure those vital first steps are on the right path for the best chance of success in your new home country. This practical three and a half hour workshop will expand your knowledge of Australian business culture and regulations. Led by an experienced small business operator with real-life know-how and lots of insight to share, you will also meet other emerging business owners in your area. Find out how to plan, prepare and test your business idea, step by step, in a small group setting that will equip you to make informed decisions about what you need to do next to minimise the risks and make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead. Come away armed with practical tools and templates, expert tips and advice, and a head start on where to access the right support and resources in future. Includes a free follow-up one-on-one mentoring session with an experienced small business mentor who will tailor advice and information for your individual circumstances. Get ready to take your business from idea to reality and onwards to success at this essential Small Business Victoria workshop, one of many that have helped businesses get started in Victoria for more than 10 years. Learn how to: • Understand Australian business culture and regulations • Test your idea, product or service • Assess your business readiness and next steps to fill any gaps • Analyse your market • Decide the business structure that’s right for you • Understand and manage your business risks and opportunities • Prepare a business plan • Complete all the steps to register and set up your business • Learn from like-minded others, also newly arrived to Victoria and seeking to start a business • Access ongoing advice and support to help your business grow.

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