"I first came into contact with Business East around 9 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 9 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.
In our case we started our business in October 2014 from nothing, we have gone on to create 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.
We are very thankful for being able to access the services offered by this dedicated and passionate team."
"At the young age of 23 I had all the ambitions in the world to start my own business, but lacked any knowledge of how to get started and the legalities involved in running a business. Business East’s support and guidance helped my through all the red tape including; Clarence City Council, ASIC, ATO, insurances, accounting, payroll, record keeping, business planning and much more of the behind the scenes running of my business.
I am forever grateful for Business East’s support with starting my own business. I truly believe I wouldn’t be where I am today without Business East and recommend anyone needing business guidance and support to reach out to Business East for the fantastic service they provide."
"Some years back I was starting up my business. I wasn’t sure where to begin and someone steered me in the direction of John at Business East.
Over successive Monday mornings, John was patient and helped me navigate the intricacies of getting my business 'off the ground'.
There were many cups of coffee and John was never too busy to talk to me and offer support. I thoroughly enjoyed my association with Business East and the networking opportunities that were offered.
I have gone on to win many Awards, which shows that being given a solid start can pay dividends later on. That was 14 years ago.
Thanks John for your support."