here's what our members have said about our services
I first came into contact with Business East around 5 years ago when I was trying to put together my first business plan. John from Business East came to our property and I went through what I wanted to achieve with our lavender plantings.
He advised me on the best way to start creating a business plan and looking at the business idea from a realistic point view and not one through rose coloured glasses.
Having that contact over the next 5 years whilst developing our vision should not be underestimated. Knowing that you have resources to draw on and that no large consultancy fees were attached made the daunting process of starting a new business a little less stressful at a time when every dollar counts towards your success.
When looking at ‘the bottom line’ with these things, I really believe that the real benefit should be measured not just by what the costs are to the community to keep these people employed and able to do their job. It should be measured by the economic benefit that is created when someone that they have helped and guided launch a business and generates economic growth in the area through employment, taxes and general economic stimulation. I am certain once these figures are looked at the odds are firmly in Business East’s favour.
In our case we started our business in October 2014 from nothing, we have gone on to created 18 new jobs in a regional area, substantial economic benefits to local community, a new visitor experience, GST and Tax revenue that simply didn’t exist prior to this time.
This is just one case, and I have no doubt that there are many more examples similar to what we have achieved. In the beginning it can be quite daunting and would be far easier for ideas to remain dreams. Having some guidance along the way can make the difference with having the confidence to follow those dreams and turn them into a reality.
We are very thankful for being able to access the services offered by this dedicated and passionate team.
"Port Arthur Lavender"
Being a mother of 5 and a farmer’s wife my life was always busy, I never imagined I would ever own my own business. Living in a rural community and running a farm, socialising was always minimal, shifts in the wool/crop/livestock market were always going against you, same as the weather. Stuff got tough and depression/anxiety and suicide was all on the rise.
Limited funding for mental health services, and having to travel over an hour to see a mental health professional was making it really difficult for rural community members to get support. When youth suicide in Tasmania started to come on strong I could not just do nothing any longer. I started to study to become a counsellor and in between 5 children and a farm I managed to achieve my goal. I knew what I needed and wanted to do. I wanted to dedicate my career to reducing youth suicide and set up office on the Eastern Shore, and become an outreach counsellor for youth all over the state, but I had no idea where to start.
I googled business assistance Hobart and up came Business East. I called and had a meeting with John and felt so comfortable and inspired to make my goal happen. John supported me through all aspects of my business including advertising, business cards, insurance and business name registration. He challenged me to think outside the square, and to build connections with relevant service providers and connected me with the right people to assist with my business set up.
Thanks to Business East I now have a counselling practice that is developing at a steady rate but most importantly for me, effectively saving the lives of young people around our state. I still have the support of Business East whenever I need it and gain inspiration by attending their many valuable workshops and forums. Strong social networking opportunities through Business East have gained me access to more clients and exposure of my cause. If you are looking at starting a business or want to boost your current business and be a part of a supportive and inspirational group contact John or Tracey at Business East. Thank you Business East for assisting me in supporting, connecting and inspiring our young people and reducing youth suicide in Tasmania.
"ACCT - Adolescent and Child Counselling Therapies"
I would like to take this opportunity to sing the praises of John and Tracey at Business East, Bellerive.
I first met them approximately 2 years ago after conducting a Google search for business advice. At the time I was looking at starting a new business opportunity within the tourism industry. To start this opportunity the right way we needed complete an extensive on-line Quality Management Program (The Australian Tourism Accreditation Program). To do this correctly, it appeared at the time to be a very daunting task, not one that I thought I had the experience or knowledge to complete successfully. I contacted Business East and after sitting down with John on a number of occasions and him guiding me through the process, particularly in the business related sections all was completed without a hitch.
John and Tracey have kept in touch since and continue to offer to small business, opportunities to continue to learn and network with other like-minded operators.
Thanks to you both.
"Coal River Coaches and Love Tasmania Tours"
A now successful small business started with a lot of ideas and encouragement of John and Tracey at Business East. They provide us with invaluable connections, confidence, advice and faith.
We are now an integral part of our community within less than one year trading. We truly believe our business is in good hands with Business East navigating our journey. A must visit before your small business venture begins.
Jeannie and Phil Diamantis
"Far Out Play Centre"
I was first associated with Business East in 2010 after coming to Tasmania to start my business. Business East has provided great support and has presented many opportunities for networking with businesses on the eastern shore.
They organize and run Business Forums with very interesting guest speakers; the Women in Business dinners are also a great opportunity for networking as well as providing guest speakers, many of whom are inspirational women.
Business East also provide information on training opportunities, many of which are of little or no cost as well as passing on newsletters from a variety of sources including alerts to changes in relation to taxation, superannuation and worksafe.
For the best part of three decades I was a stay-at-home mother to our six children and concurrently the carer for live-in ailing, elderly parents, however, it has always been my desire to be part of the tourism and hospitality industries, and it was in this context that I came to Business East.
I found the number of Business East and made a fateful phone call. I was delighted to find that the services were free, and that I could attend special business forums that would help analyze my project, with objective perspectives given on how this might work in actuality.
I learned about assessing the viability of your proposed business venture, marketing, keeping track of finances and a great deal more. John Beard was very helpful in seeking potential opportunities for publishing, while at the same time encouraging me to continue meaningfully with my own efforts. I received follow-up phone calls to see how things were progressing.
My love for cooking, however, has never been a secret, and so this was a career pathway I was determined to follow. I was able to apply the same principles that I had learned through the advice given by Business East to grow in confidence and progress to another level.
In time I was invited to take part in an ABC radio talkback show, on the topic of Jams and Preserves. Once I would not have had the confidence to do this, but keeping in mind one of Business East’s forums, I decided to make the most of such a great opportunity.
I am now the best selling author of 11 cookbooks, with more to follow. Sales of my books have now reached over 300,000. I have also been able to fulfill a tandem dream of setting up a little cooking school here at our property in Molesworth. Again, Business East has played a pivotal role as a touchstone for providing business advice as needed.
Others of our family have also received beneficial advice and assistance – for instance son Alistair (Sweet Envy patisserie) and Stephanie (Steph’s Kitchen).
Undoubtedly, our association with Business East has been highly beneficial.
"Sally Wise Cooking School"