Women in business
Women in Business is a NSW Government and TAFE NSW initiative that offers a fully subsidised* online program for women who are looking to establish a micro business, a small business, or who are already operating a business.
You'll hear from some of Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs sharing their own business experiences, while also accessing information about upcoming events and services available to assist in setting up and growing your business.
* Eligibility criteria apply.
Benefits of the Women in Business program
The flexible design of the Women in Business program means that you can choose exactly what you want to learn.
24/7 online access
The Women in Business program is conveniently offered online through TAFE Digital, and includes online topics you can mix and match to build a program that is completely personalised to your specific needs. New topics that cover the latest trends in Australian business are regularly being added.
Hear from Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs
We’ve interviewed some of Australia’s leading female entrepreneurs, so you can learn from their experiences to help make your business a success. Janine Allis, Taryn Williams, Tory Archbold and many others will share their knowledge and personal experiences.
Share your new skills
Display your achievements with TAFE NSW digital badges. You’ll earn a digital badge upon completion of each online topic, and you can add these to your LinkedIn profile to promote your new skills.
Attend local events
Women in Business provides you with access to small business events happening all over NSW. You will be able to find events in your local area and register your attendance.
Access resources and services for all stages of business
As a NSW Government initiative, Women in Business connects you with the many resources and services available to small business owners. These include:
- Business Concierge - a free and dedicated service offered through Service NSW to help you open your business.
- Business Connect - a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start or grow your small business.
- Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) Program - providing start-up assistance and ongoing mentoring services for Aboriginal people considering starting up their own business or expanding their current business.
- The NSW Department of Communities and Justice – promotes and recognises the contribution of women across NSW to industry through initiatives including the NSW Women's Strategy.
Women in Business eligibility
To be eligible to register in the Women in Business program, you must:
- Be aged 18 years or over
- Identify as female
- Be establishing or own a business
- with a valid ABN;
- registered or trading in NSW;
- with 0-199 employees
- Living or working in NSW
- Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand Citizen
Skills covered in Women in Business
Build a program that completely suits your needs, by simply selecting from the topics on offer.
Our training topics cover everything from setting up your home office, to creating a business plan, keeping your business cyber-safe, and leveraging social media.
Discover what a healthy and effective work-life balance looks like, and create strategies to achieve it.
Gain the knowledge and resources to successfully set up a business in Australia, including insights into business structures, registering a business name, and reporting obligations.
Discover the realistic viability of your business idea or your current business direction.
Determine the value of creating a business plan; a template that can help others understand the value of your business, and assist you with securing finance or investments.
Understand the importance of correctly setting up an office or workspace, as well as WHS obligations to staff, ergonomic factors, emergency planning, and workspace alternatives.
Gain a thorough understanding of what cash flow is, and develop strategies to ensure your business has it.
Understand the use of various social media tools and how social media can help you to grow your business.
Look at effective ways to create a marketing plan, as well as the essential information it needs to contain.
Learn about the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to be an effective negotiator.
Understand how having a good mentor can help you navigate the challenges of running your small business.
Learn about the business accounting software options available in Australia that can help you streamline your business processes.
Find out how to access NSW Government support services, grants and funding information for women in business.
Learn how to build an inexpensive business website and set up your business for e-commerce.
Learn where to go to find a support network of like-minded female entrepreneurs and business mentors.
Explore the pros and cons of starting a business as a franchisee.
Explore how to develop your emotional intelligence to improve your business interactions and relationships.
Access information about the registrations, licences or permits you may need to have in place in order to ensure your business meets its regulatory obligations.
Women in Business will give you the opportunity to learn from the experiences of some of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs.
They will share stories of their own business wins and challenges, helping you make your business venture a success – whether you’re managing cash flow, launching a start-up, or even growing your customer base using the latest in digital and social marketing.
Founder of Boost Juice and Retail Zoo, Janine has successfully turned her business idea into reality. With sales of over 2 billion dollars globally, there are now over 500 Boost Juice bars across 13 countries.
As Founder and CEO of The Right Fit and Wink Models, Taryn is one of Australia’s most prolific tech startup and media industry entrepreneurs.
Ashley made the career switch from the banking industry to business owner and CEO of Matrix, a multi-million dollar tuition business.
Jane Cay is the founder of Birdsnest, an online fashion retailer. After completing a commerce degree in Sydney, Jane joined the team at IBM and had her sights set on a life in the big smoke. However, when she married a farmer, and moved back to Cooma, NSW her career took a different direction.
As Founder and Director of Arete: Full Potential, Sahera's mission is to develop "Leaders for a Better World", enabling women to be more self-reliant and self-empowered to become women of influence so they can better impact their world.
As one of Australia's most powerful publicists, Tory Archbold is passionate about sharing her learnings and knowledge to mentor and empower others.
Dixie is a Barkindji woman from Broken Hill and Brewarrina in New South Wales. She is the Director of Source Nation, an Aboriginal owned and operated business.
Leanne is the founder of Australian skincare business Billie Goat Soap, which she grew into a multi-million dollar international company. Leanne now runs Fortitude at Work, where she works as a small business mentor and wellbeing advisor.
Are you interested in sharing your business experience with others through the Women in Business program? We’re looking for women with experience in establishing or operating a business to feature in new program topics and case studies. Register your interest.
The Women in Business program is fully subsidised by the NSW Government. So provided you meet the eligibility criteria, you won’t pay anything to access the program.
There may be fees associated with some optional events promoted through the Women in Business program. All costs will be outlined in the overview of each event.
English and maths support
TAFE NSW offers support and courses to help develop your basic education skills, including reading, writing, spelling and maths. Please complete this form if you would like more information and a teacher will contact you.
Student support services
The following support services are available for TAFE NSW students who need assistance to engage with their studies at TAFE NSW. Through the Women in Business program you will also have access to these services.
Please select the link within each area for additional information and contact details.
- The Aboriginal Education and Training Unit can provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with help and support to achieve their study goals.
- The Counselling and Career Development section is able to support students with advice and guidance.
- Disability Support Services can assist students with disability that require support to successfully engage and achieve their study aims.
- The statewide Library Network provides access to the latest digital and print resources and can assist with your research and study support needs.
- Multicultural Services offers a range of information and assistance for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Support from these services can also be requested after registration in the Women in Business program.