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Women in business

Women in business

Women
in business

Fully subsidised
program*

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.

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* Eligibility criteria apply.

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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

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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.

Develop the skills to leverage social media to help promote and 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.

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.

 

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.

Course fees

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.

Support from these services can also be requested after registration in the Women in Business program.
 

FAQs

If you’ve got a great business idea, it’s time to get started! The Women in Business program will give you the information and resources you need to start your small business. Once you register for Women in Business, you’ll have immediate access to the dashboard where you can select from the small business topics on offer. You can discover the realistic viability of your business idea or current business direction in the ‘Are you business ready?’ topic, and then learn how to use a business plan to understand the value of your business to assist you with securing finance or investments in the ‘Planning for success’ topic.
There are many grants and funding programs to help your business grow and succeed. By registering for the Women in Business program you’ll learn more about accessing grants and support programs for small businesses.
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.
As a NSW Government and TAFE NSW initiative, Women in Business is open to women who are living or working in NSW, and are establishing (or already own) a business that is registered or trading in NSW.
The Women in Business program topics cover everything from finding out if you’re business ready, to setting up your home office, creating a business plan, keeping your business cyber-safe, and leveraging social media. New topics are regularly being added to the Women in Business program, so you can stay up to date with the latest trends in Australian business.