Small business assistance and support

Are you looking for help or support for your small business? There are a range of programs, government initiatives and organisations that can help your business grow and thrive.

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Think local first

We want local shoppers to embrace your business. That's why the Think local first initiative promotes the value and experience of shopping locally. You can get involved by:

  • displaying the Think local first logo at your business
  • use local businesses yourself
  • using reward cards for local shoppers
  • engage with local schools, clubs and charities
  • sponsor a local event.

Government organisations

Business Victoria

Business Victoria is a key Victorian Government organisation that can help you with a range of things, including:

  • starting a new business
  • buying or selling an existing business
  • marketing your business
  • making your business more sustainable
  • embracing digital technology
  • raising capital
  • managing suppliers and staff
  • resolving disputes.


LaunchVic is a Victorian Government-funded agency that helps to develop and support entrepreneurs and startup ventures. They can help you to grow a sustainable business and create great economic and cultural benefits. 

New business assistance with NEIS

New business assistance with NEIS is a Federal Government program that offers training and assistance to help you start a new business.

Starting a business guide

The Federal Government's starting a new business guide gives you a step-by-step approach to starting and running your business.

Independent organisations

Small Business Association of Australia

The Small Business Association of Australia supports and advocates for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). They work with governments and stakeholders to get a better deal for SMEs, and help SMEs to connect with each other.

Small Business Centres Victoria

Small Business Centres Victoria (SBCV) is a network of not-for-profit business centres that help create, retain and develop sustainable business enterprises and local economic development.

Startup Victoria

Startup Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation works with entrepreneurs, industry, community and educators help grow Victorian startups. They can help you find the best resources and people for your startup.