Are you interested in starting or building your own small business, but don’t know where to start? Many Rivers can help. We are a not-for-profit, for-purpose organisation that provides free business support to people who need it most across Australia.
We know how to help you get started
businesses created and expanded since 2008
of clients are female
of clients are Indigenous
of clients are located in regional or remote regions of Australia
What do we do?
Many Rivers works with you over the long-term offering support to start, maintain and grow a business idea. With this support, you can gain control of your financial future. Reduce personal stress. Move away from welfare dependency. Provide for your family and play a role in your local community.
How does it work?
Our Business Coaches live and work in your communities and spend as much time as required with you to help you gain the skills and knowledge to start and sustain your business idea. Our team can help with:
- Understanding and meeting business registration and insurance requirements
- Market research and marketing ideas
- Risk analysis
- Review of cashflow and bookkeeping support
- Establishing links with customers and suppliers
- Pro bono legal advice
- Access to microfinance loans to help get the business started – based on an assessment of the individual’s character, capacity and cashflow
Who can receive help?
Many Rivers works with people who need our support the most. There are a few factors that determine whether we are right for each individual’s situation. Most often, the people we work with are either from a low-income household, identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, have an existing business they want to expand or currently rely on Government Income Support such as the JobSeeker Payment, Parenting Payment, Special Benefit, NEIS Support or Disability Payments.
If this sounds like you and you want to take that first step towards building on your business idea please take our Small Business Self Assessment and see if we are right for you.
We love our clients… and they love us!
"My business coach gave me confidence in myself to be able to do the job. I don't know if I fully believed that the business would take off but he always believed in me." Client, WA
"It makes a huge difference to feel like someone is in your corner. Running a business on your own can feel a bit isolating at times, So it is great to have a mentor there." Client, NSW
"With Many Rivers help I have been able to achieve in 2 years what I would have achieved in 10 years on my own." Client, VIC