General Business Advice and Support

If you are looking for advice and support for your business, these programs are a good place to start!

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CBR Innovation Network

The CBR Innovation Network has been established by the ACT Government and the ACT innovation community to play a major role in accelerating innovation and growth to maximise wealth creation and transformation of the ACT economy. The Network is unique within Australia in that it’s based on a collaboration between five world-class research and education institutes in the ACT: the ANU, University of Canberra, Data61, CSIRO and UNSW Canberra.

The CBR Innovation Network can assist your business in a number of ways including:

  • Advice and support
  • Provide co-working space via Entry 29:
    The CBR Innovation Network's space at Level 5, 1 Moore Street, Canberra is home to Entry 29 co-working space External Link - opens in new window. Entry 29's goal is to provide a social and inspiring work space where entrepreneurs can connect, create and collaborate on new and exciting opportunities. By joining Entry 29 you can enjoy the office facilities, including wi-fi, desks, meeting spaces and more, available at CBR Innovation Network. 
  • Connect you with support to accelerate your growth:The CBR Innovation Network can connect you to the support your business needs to accelerate it's growth including to it's partners, the GRIFFIN Accelerator and ATP Innovation: 
    Griffin Accelerator program External Link - opens in new window: The GRIFFIN Accelerator is a startup accelerator in Canberra. Once a year they invite entrepreneurs to apply for a place in the 3+3 program for the opportunity to validate their idea, develop networks and fine-tune their business model.
    Cicada Innovations External Link - opens in new window: Cicada Innovations is a leading business incubator for potential high growth businesses.

The CBR Innovation Network also hosts a range of innovative events and workshops. Visit their website to view their event calendar.

Find out more on our CBR Innovation Network page or visit the CBR Innovation Network website External Link - opens in new window.

Indigenous Enterprise Development

Ongoing support for Indigenous enterprise development and establishing a pathway for achieving greater financial independence is available. Indigenous entrepreneurs can access a wide range of programs aimed at providing practical advice and support to help them to start or grow their own businesses. Find out more Indigenous Enterprise Development.

Help with compliance

Depending on the type of business you are running, there are a range of different requirements including licences, permits, codes of practice and legislation that you need to be aware of. There are also a range of taxes and duties that may apply to your business. Find out more about compliance and regulation assistance

Small Business Newsroom

The Small Business Newsroom is the Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) online service that gives you all the latest small business tax and super news in one place. The newsroom also gives you the chance to subscribe to get the latest news and share articles. For further information please visit the ATO website External Link - opens in new window. External Link - opens in new window is a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing your business. It offers simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services you need.

Canberra BusinessPoint

Canberra BusinessPoint (CBP) is a business mentoring and advisory service delivered by the Canberra Business Chamber in partnership with several private entities, offering a range of workshops, mentoring programs and one-on-one consultations. To find out more information visit the Canberra BusinessPoint website External Link - opens in new window or phone 1300 648 641.

Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre

The Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC) provides cost effective business advice, training, information and support services to the region’s businesses, assisting them to become more profitable and sustainable enterprises, providing long term employment opportunities for all stakeholders. They provide assistance to business across all industries and stages of business development including: start ups and early stage establishment of businesses through to well established and high growth businesses.

The SRBEC has also been provided funding by the Federal Government to deliver the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Programme throughout the region of Canberra and Southern NSW. The aim of the ASBAS programme is to assist the SRBEC in the delivery of professional, high quality, low cost advisory and information services through subsidised access to specialist advisors. For further information about ASBAS and the other service the SRBEC offers please visit the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre website External Link - opens in new window or phone 02 6297 3121.