Stepping Stones to Small Business

Our micro-enterprise program offers mentoring, training and support to women from refugee, migrant and asylum seeker backgrounds. We help them develop new skills and increase their participation in business and community. 

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Upcoming programs

Banyule

When:
10am – 3pm
Each Friday from 16 February – 22 June 2018 (except school holidays)

Where:
The Harmony Centre, Shop 48, Bell St Mall, Heidelberg West

Moreland

When:
10am – 3pm
Each Thursday from 15 February – 21 June 2018 (except school holidays)

Where:
East Coburg Community House, 32 Nicholson St, Coburg

Note: Men and women from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds can apply for the Moreland program.

Places are limited so don't miss out!

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Helen Sartinas and Rebecca Meddings pose with the Stepping Stones banner and flag.

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.


Thinking of starting a small business?

Stepping Stones is accepting applications now.

Women are eligible for Stepping Stones to Small Business if they:

  • arrived in Australia as refugees, migrants or asylum seekers
  • have a basic level of English
  • have a business idea.

What our participants say

Yoko Nakazawa

“Everyone is so friendly. I’m learning so much. Now I completed my business plan…I feel so confident.”

Asha Acuoth

“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.”

Facebook feedback

"Many thanks to Stepping Stones for your continuous support to all the women around Victoria."
- Sandra Bya-amissi

"We are what we are because of Stepping Stones. I will encourage women to take part in this program. You will never be the same. I am today my own boss."
- Sikujua Kayange

Partners

We acknowledge the following partners for their valuable contributions.... 

Financial partners

The Stepping Stones program is funded by:

Research

Read an evaluation of the Stepping Stones program, published in 2015.

REPORTS
Being 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).

     

REPORTS
Being 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).

     


Contact us

Stepping Stones to Small Business
Epping Community Services Hub
713 High Street, Epping, Victoria 3076
Phone: (03) 9422 5650
Email: mct(at)bsl.org.au

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