What is Small Business Support?
Many Rivers helps people to start and grow their own small business. We help people who have low or no income to become self-employed. We offer business coaching and financial support so people can open their own business. Our clients have real ideas, and often have obstacles like finance access, holding them back. There’s no cost to get our support and we need to make sure we’re supporting people that need our help the most.
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?
Many Rivers provides extensive support that is targeted to meet your individual needs. Our Microenterprise Development Managers 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
Our commitment is long term – both to you and your business. We will be there over a number of years as life and challenges arrive to support the sustainability of your business. We exist to help people start, stay and thrive in business to benefit themselves, their family and their community.
What does it cost?
There’s no cost to get our support and we need to make sure we’re supporting people that need our help the most.
Who can get the service?
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.