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. 

Upcoming programs

In 2019, eligible women from rural and regional Victoria can do programs in Flemington, Dandenong, Wyndham and Ballarat, with travel and/or accommodation costs reimbursed for women from regional areas. Stepping Stones is offering support statewide so get in touch and find what is available near you.
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Hoppers Crossing
 
When: Each Thursday 30 May – 19 September, except school holidays
 
Where:
Wyndham Youth Resource Centre, 86 Derrimut Rd
 
Delivered in partnership with Wyndham City Council
 
 

Braybrook
 
When: Each Wednesday 29 May – 18 September, except school holidays
 
Where:
Braybrook Community Hub, 107–139 Churchill Avenue
 
Delivered in partnership with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

 

Flemington

When: Starts Tuesday 5 March

Where:
Flemington Community Centre, 25 Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington

 

Dandenong

When: Starts Friday 8 March

Where:
Dandenong Council Offices, 225 Lonsdale St, Dandenong (off Harmony Square)

 

Ballarat

When: Each Tuesday 27  August - 10 December 2019 except school holidays

Where:
Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council Inc, 25 - 39 Barkly St, Ballarat VIC 3350
Delivered by Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council Inc.

 

Hume

When: Fridays – 23rd -August to 13th -December 9.30am – 3pm each day except school holidays

Where:
Hume Global Learning Centre: 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows Victoria 3047
Delivered in partnership with Hume City Council

 

Places are limited so don't miss out!


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
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      713 High Street, Epping, Victoria 3076
      Phone: (03) 9422 5650
      Email: mct(at)bsl.org.au

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