Stepping Stones to Small Business
Stepping Stones to Small Business is a program tailored for women from refugee, migrant and asylum seeking backgrounds. It provides opportunities for women to achieve financial wellbeing through starting a small business, finding employment, training pathways, mentoring and support.
Financial wellbeing is key to women’s security and safety
Stepping Stones to Small Business offers participants the opportunity to learn in an environment which is supportive, gender aware, friendly and actively reduces the barriers that prevent women from mainstream business training. English as an additional language (EAL) is supported.
Stepping Stones Empowerment Programs
Eligible women from any region can participate in any program.
- ONLINE via ZOOM
- 6 classes over 3 weeks
Melbourne Wide | October - November
- Tues 26th 2nd 9th
- Thurs 28th 4th 11th
Melbourne Wide | November - December
- Mon 22nd 29th 6th
- Wed 24th 1st 8th
Regional Wide | November - December
- Tues 23rd 30th 7th
- Thurs 25th 2nd 9th
Wimmera/North Grampians/Mallee | February-March 2022
- Mon February 14th, 21st, 28th
- Mon March 7th , 14th, 21st
Thinking of starting a small business?
Stepping Stones to Small Business is now accepting applications.
What our participants say
The most important thing I learned from the program was to believe in myself. I am making my own money, I have financial independence and feel socially connected.
One of the things I liked about the program is that they did not push any of us to start a business. They encouraged us to look at other pathways, such as employment and education, depending on our individual circumstances.
It wasn't easy to get a job in Australia without having any local work experience. Stepping Stones has always supported me ... made me believe and trust myself, and helped me become an independent woman. All my life I will be thankful for how this course has changed me.