Stepping Stones to Small Business aims to educate migrant and refugee women about money, and build women's understanding of how to start a small business in Australia. It also aims to teach business and government leaders about how micro-businesses help refugee and migrant women, and why communities need more of these small businesses.
A series of small business seminars are also open to all refugees and migrants (men and women) who are interested in starting a small business. These seminars explore the topics of finance, marketing and small business regulations.
Stepping Stones is accepting applications now.
Women are eligible for Stepping Stones to Small Business if they:
“Everyone is so friendly. I’m learning so much. Now I completed my business plan…I feel so confident.”
“The biggest thing that I’ve learned is actually cash flow plans… I think after finishing this course I’d be happy to start my own business.”
We acknowledge the following partners for their valuable contributions....
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Women in Focus Program
ENACTUS and Switched On Consulting
Small Business Victoria
RAW-Resilient Aspiring Women
We acknowledge the enormous contributions made by our many volunteer mentors.
The Stepping Stones program is funded by:
Brimbank City Council
City of Whittlesea
Hume City Council
Read an evaluation of the Stepping Stones program, published in 2015.
REPORTSBeing around other women makes you brave: evaluation of Stepping Stones, a micro-business program for women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Download report » 50 pages (PDF file, 1.2 MB).
Stepping up and over: interim evaluation of Stepping Stones a micro-enterprise program for refugee and migrant women. Download report » 14 pages (PDF file, 438 KB).
Stepping Stones to Small BusinessEpping Community Services Hub713 High Street, Epping, Victoria 3076Phone: (03) 9422 5650Email: mct(at)bsl.org.au
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Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.