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A range of different support services are available for businesses in Wollongong.

Small Business Planning Team

The Small Business Planning team offers free information sessions for small businesses covering topics such as approval and application processes; common challenges and local case studies. If you are looking to start a small business or assist small business owners, visit our Small Business Planning page, which includes various helpful fact sheets.

The team regularly holds free workshops for small businesses about navigating the approvals and licencing process. Topics discussed at the sessions include:

  • Do I need approval?
  • DA processes
  • Common problems
  • Local case studies
  • Q&As

Economic Gardening

Economic Gardening is a high growth business support program targeting established businesses in the Illawarra looking to grow and expand. For more information visit Economic Gardening.

NSW Government support

The NSW Government is committed to attracting and growing business, creating jobs and improving the ease of doing business in NSW. See their website for more details.

Export Market Development Grants (EMDGs)

The EDMG scheme provides assistance to aspiring and current exporters and supports a wide range of industry sectors and products. Visit their website for details.


iAccelerate is a University of Wollongong (UOW) business incubator program that is here to help you build and grow your business. iAccelerate is built around a robust educational program, formalised business acceleration monitoring and one-to-one mentoring.

iAccelerate utilises a multi-faceted approach to accelerating sustainable business growth to deliver the greatest economic impact. iAccelerate offers a two stream program with up to a three-year incubation period - unique in the Australian startup landscape.

Visit iAccelerate for more information.

Multicultural Business Services

If you run a multicultural business, you can get help and support through Illawarra Multicultural services in partnership with the Business Connect – Community Migrant Resource Centre. They offer business workshops and one-on-one advisory sessions.
The local team has advisors who speak Vietnamese, Arabic, Mandarin and Korean.
To register for multicultural business advice, visit the Business Connect website or call 1300 650 058.


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