Business Kick Starter Program

Business Kick Starter Program

The Business Kick Starter Program is starting on Wednesday 21 February and will run for four Wednesdays. Whether you are starting a new business or looking to grow your existing venture, this program is designed for you. Gain valuable insights from workshops covering essential topics such as business planning, strategy, compliance, marketing, finance, and innovation.

 Apply for the Business Kick Starter program.

Testimonial from former program participants:

  • “It gave me a good foundational knowledge to ensure the business is scalable and resilient.”
  • “Overall, I was happy with the program☺️”
  • “Accommodating staff and knowledgeable facilitators. Thank you”
  • “For a person who was in the ideation phase of his small business journey, all the sessions gave me enough confidence to embrace the journey further and to make it a reality.”
  • "The program gave me confidence in pursuing my business idea and better direction. Whether it was information on registering business names, how to structure your business or marketing all the sessions helped me gain more confidence that I could give my business 100%."


Marcus Barber

Marcus Barber

Marcus Barber is a strategic futurist and strategy development consultant helping clients across all industry sectors.

His client list extends beyond Australia with international engagements in the USA, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Fiji, Philippines and across the ditch in New Zealand. Marcus has proven success in strategy design and planning, strategic risk and business development assisting For Profit, Government and Not for Profit organisations. His world-class facilitation skills are used by Boards and senior management teams everywhere.

Alex Sy

Alex Sy (MBA)

Alex has over 30 years of hands-on experience in senior management and board advisory roles in small and medium-sized businesses in helping them grow and taking them to the next level. Alex focuses on key outcomes for his clients in the areas of improving business performance, managing growth and change, and business sustainability. He has successfully attained a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Alex is passionate about helping his clients grow and remain sustainable, and his mantra is: always think and stay positive and empower people to become effective Leaders.

Kiri Romero

Kiri Romero

Kirri Romero, Director and Chief Digital Strategist at The Online Fix, boasts over 20 years of diverse online expertise spanning finance, education, food, fashion, and health sectors.

Kiri is a top-rated mentor for ASBAS, Business Resilience, and Partners in Wellbeing programs, She guides hundreds of businesses annually in honing their digital marketing strategies. Her foundational knowledge stems from her role in cultivating AustralianSuper's digital presence, and she now leverages this insight through her multi-channel consultancy. With a keen eye for emerging digital trends, Kirri adeptly helps clients seize evolving opportunities in the dynamic online landscape.


For more information or questions and to register please contact Business in Greater Dandenong on 8571 1550 or email

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Who is the program for?

Aspiring entrepreneurs with a business idea and new business owners in Greater Dandenong

Who can apply?

Greater Dandenong residents and new business owners within the municipality

How long is the program?

The program runs over four weeks and will require approximately 12 hours of your time. Workshops will run for 3 hours. Additional time will be available for one-on-one mentoring sessions.


What is the cost of participating in the program?

This program is free for Greater Dandenong residents and new business owners trading in the municipality  

What will be the workshop times and topics covered in the program?

Introduction to Starting a Business - Wednesday 21 February, 5.30pm-8.30pm

•    Understand the importance of a clear business concept
•    Navigate the initial steps for a successful launch
•    Explore permit processes and the available support services
•    Access resources to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey
•    Gain valuable insights into factors influencing business success or failure

Developing a Finance and Budgeting Strategy - Wednesday 28 February, 5.30pm-8.30pm

•    Understand financial statements and management
•    Create budgets and financial strategies
•    Gain essential financial management insights
•    Determine your start-up costs

Business Planning - Wednesday 6 March, 5.30pm-8.30pm

•    Develop a tailored business plan
•    Craft mission and vision statements
•    Conduct market analysis and strategic planning

Social Media and Marketing - Wednesday 13 March, 5.30pm-8.30pm

•    Leverage social media for business growth
•    Implement effective marketing strategies
•    Create compelling brand stories and marketing campaigns
•    Explore innovative platforms and technology for business use

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Dandenong Civic Centre

225 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong

City of Greater Dandenong