Helping Tasmanians Start & Grow Small Businesses

Supporting and encouraging people who are considering, planning and starting a business by providing free assistance.

Here to support you

Business South is a not-for profit organisation which exists to support, promote and encourage entrepreneurship, start-ups & self-employment in Southern and South-Eastern Tasmania.

Business South is currently in hibernation pending future funding opportunities.  In the meantime, enquiries have been re-directed to Kingborough and Huon Business Enterprise Centre

In our absence, we’ve collated some of the best resources from across Tasmania (and the country) to help you start and grow your small business.

Getting Started

We've made our incredibly popular Getting Started in Business webinar available as an on-demand resource. Download a copy of our business matrix and get started.

Holistic Support

There are a whole host of free and low-fee business support services available in Tasmania. Explore what's currently on offer and find the best one for you.

Thriving Networks

We’ve created a thriving network of small business owners, business-related services and service providers in Tasmania, many of which you can connect with via our Facebook group.

Free Advisory

We offer FREE, practical, and confidential mentoring, education, guidance, upskilling and support on all aspects of starting and running a small business.

Holistic Support

Our services are provided in both one-on-one and group settings via workshops, webinars, information sessions, networking events and collaborative opportunities.

Thriving Networks

We’ve created a large and thriving network of other business-related services and service providers in Tasmania to refer you to, so you can access the support and advice you need.

We’re proudly funded by the Australian Government’s Workforce Australia Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program which allows us to provide all our services free of charge.

We help all kinds of people

If you don’t know where to start or you’re stuck at one step in the business journey, we’re here to help.


You’ve got idea for a product or service you’d like to turn into a business but don’t know where to start.


You’ve got a well thought out idea and need help identifying all the moving parts and costs involved in getting it off the ground.


You’ve got all the behind the scenes in place and need help developing your marketing strategy and attracting customers.


You’ve launched your business, but haven’t yet gained the traction and sales you were hoping for.

Hear from someone like you

Meet Jenni from Coffs Harbour, NSW.

She’s the founder of Active Nutrition Team and Pantry and a participant in the Workforce Australia Entrepreneurship Facilitator program which promotes and encourages self-employment.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur like Jenni, the Entrepreneurship Facilitator program offered by Business South can support you with tailored mentoring and advice through one-on-one meetings, workshops and networking events.

We can help you start-up, launch & grow a [successful] business

supporting tassie businesses

We’ve collated some of the best resources from across Tasmania (and the country) to help you start and grow your small business.

Meet our Small Business Facilitators

Sharon and Mikala have between them over 25 years of combined multidisciplinary business experience. They’re both small business owners and are passionate about helping Tasmanian businesses thrive.



If you don’t know where to start or you’re stuck at one step in the business journey, we’re here to help.

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I met with Sharon and she took the time to understand me and my business so that she could tailor the advice and assistance given. It was given with an authentic willingness to help, without a hidden sales agenda, which was so refreshing. If you have a small business, it is certainly worth a chat with Business South.
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The Business South workshops provide support, guidance and friendship with Sharon and Mikala genuinely interested in assisting my business. My business wouldn't be where it is now without their help.
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I relocated to Tasmania earlier this year with my business. It was like starting all over again. The support I have received from Business South has been exceptional. Helping me to move forward in re-establishing my business
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I found the Business South workshops to have been invaluable and the one-on-one support has been greatly appreciated
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Business South has been an incredible help with beginning a new career, in a new industry, in my mid-life. Sharon and Mikala have supported me in fine tuning my business plan and assisting me with any technical issues I have had with the start-up process. Sharon and Mikala were even there with a box of tissues when I had a small breakdown trying to get my head around marketing and what on earth DID IT MEAN??? The different workshops have been tailored to just what I was needing to learn with other people in the same position as myself who I could meet and share stories and contacts with. Knowing Business South is available with issues when they arise has given me confidence to continue with my new business. It is like always having a “brains trust” available. Thanks Sharon and Mikala 😊