Business and enterprise is always evolving with the internet now providing new opportunities for promoting ideas and raising funds. More and more the home and the café has become the workplace for budding entrepreneurs. Here are a few options you might like to look at if you have an interesting idea for a new enterprise:


Social media and web sites that include such as things as blogs, Facebook, EBay, Etsy and Gumtree are fast becoming the medium used to sell crafts and products. This can provide a flexible option for people to sell products and services without the overheads of a property.

Before embarking on your e-business have a look at this website for some tips.

Crowd funding

Often the barrier to getting started with an enterprise or business idea is raising the money you need to get started. Crowd funding provides an opportunity to overcome this barrier – if you can find people who love your idea and are willing to support it with some funds, you may be on your way! Search the web for “Crowd funding” and take a look at all the options.

Business East

If it suits you best to talk to someone in person, Business East might be for you. Business East is a leading facilitator of small and medium enterprise development in Clarence and beyond. The Centre is local, non-profit and autonomous and is supported by the Clarence City Council and Business East Inc. Members.  The organisation is governed by a board of local business people. Business East aims to provide quality guidance on matters including:

  • Book-keeping
  • Sale/Purchase of business
  • Business training
  • Business permits and licences
  • Home based business issues
  • Business expansion
  • Business planning
  • Starting up a business
  • Insurance
  • Marketing
  • Workshops
  • ABN/GST/PAYG Registrations
  • Registration of a Business Name

For more details about Business East have a look at the website.

Social Enterprise

Social enterprises are growing in popularity… but what are they?

According to FASES, an initiative of Social Traders and the University of Queensland, social enterprises are defined as organisations that:

  1. Are led by an economic, social, cultural, or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit;
  2. Trade to fulfil their mission;
  3. Derive a substantial portion of their income from trade; and
  4. Reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus in the fulfilment of their mission.

You can learn about social enterprise in a number of ways but here is one organisation to start with.

Clarence Business Opportunities Prospectus

If you’re considering setting up a business and would like to consider locating it in Clarence have a look at Council’s Business Opportunities Prospectus here.