New Singleton Council initiative nurtures fledgling business ideas with support for start-up entrepreneurs

If you’ve got a great idea for a business, Singleton Council has the program to help you make it a reality.

In partnership with the Business Centre, the Business Hub and the Futurepreneurs, Council has launched the Business Start-Up Assistance Program to support potential entrepreneurs take their idea from conception to a successful operating business.

The initiative is open to residents of the Singleton local government area, providing one-on-one support to guide people through the start-up process using professional business advisor resources offered through the Futurepreneurs Program (https://www.hunterfuturepreneurs.com.au), the Business Centre (http://www.businesscentre.com.au) located in Singleton or the Hunter Valley Hub (https://www.huntervalleyhub.com.au) located in Kurri Kurri.

Funding is also available to help future business owners continue to develop their idea.

Natalie Zagninski, Council’s Manager Strategy and Engagement, said starting a business could be daunting but the Business Start-Up Assistance Program was designed to make the process as easy as possible, as well as provide encouragement and practical assistance.

“There are plenty of people who have a great idea for a viable business but often don’t know where to start, or the prospect is so daunting they are discouraged before they even get underway,” she said.

“This program is a great way for us all to work together to help budding entrepreneurs get their dream off the ground, and in doing so, grow small business in Singleton.

“Singleton is a fantastic place to foster and develop innovation, grow new ideas and set the course for your own success. Now it’s even easier with a Council gateway to the free resources here in our area to help people make their business ideas happen.”

Ms Zagninski said Singleton residents could book a time to talk to Council’s Economic Planner about the program, or pick up a Business Start-Up Assistance Pack from Council’s Customer Service Centre.

The Start-up pack contains:

·         Information Sheet

·         Starting Your Business Checklist

·         Checklist Companion

·         Develop and Implement a Business Vision

·         Business and Domain Names Information

“The program is designed around the free resources available through the Business Centre, the Business Hub and the Futurepreneurs to support people in the first steps of establishing a new business,” she said.

“Our future business owners can also apply for $300 in funding from Singleton Council for ongoing one-on-one assistance with the Singleton Business Centre.

“Anyone with a business idea really has nothing to lose by coming in to talk to us about their vision, and everything to gain with a network of assistance available to them to make it happen.”

For more information or to book a time with Council’s Economic Planner, contact 02 6578 7290.

If you’ve got a great idea for a business, Singleton Council has the program to help you make it a reality.

If you’ve got a great idea for a business, Singleton Council has the program to help you make it a reality.