Starting a new business

Starting a new business is both exciting and challenging. Find permits, guides, news and other resources for starting a new business.

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Commonly asked questions

Setting up a new business can be complicated. Make sure you've covered the basics.

Is it a hobby or a business?

First up, are you ready to go and know the difference between a hobby and business?

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How do I write a business plan?

Setting up your business plan is an important first step. Find out more at Business Victoria.

What kind of structure do I need?

From sole trader to company, there are different reporting and financial requirements for each. Find out what structure is best suited to your business. 

How do I register my business name?

Check whether your business name is available.

How do I get an ABN?

An Australian Business Number (ABN) is a unique identification for your business, allowing you to operate in Australia. 

Can I run my business from home?

Running your business from home can be a perfect way to balance work and family commitments. Or you might be just starting out and wanting to minimise your overheads.

When do I need a permit for my business?

Have a new business idea? Find out when you need a permit and where you can get advice.

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We are here to help! 

The Economic Development Team is here to support you setting up and growing your business. We are your point of contact for business enquiries and support, permit information, training workshops and events. Stay up to date by signing up to the Manningham Business Newsletter and following our Manningham Business Facebook page.

Find essential resources

We've compiled a list of useful websites to help guide you through the essential steps of setting up and running your small business.

Business Victoria's training, tools and templates

Business Victoria provides essential information, training, tools and templates to help you develop the skills you need to start, run or grow a successful business.

Tax regulations for your business

Find out about tax regulations for your business with the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

Free mentoring session

Get a free one-on-one session with an experienced business mentor to help you start or grow your business. Email to register your interest.


Digital Solutions Program

Join the Digital Solutions Program for Government-subsidised one on one mentoring, workshops, and courses for all your digital needs.

Grant and funding opportunites

 Search a comprehensive list of grant and funding opportunities at Grant Guru.

Overseas markets with AusTrade

Find out more about running a business with overseas markets at AusTrade.

National information from My Business

My Business provides national information, grants, services and support from across government to help your business succeed.

Workplace wellbeing

Find out about mental health and business wellbeing support for sole traders, small businesses and employees at Business Victoria.

Business Continuity Plan

Having a plan after an emergency can help get your business up and running as soon as possible. Create a plan with the help of Business Victoria's continuity guide.

Dispute resolution

The Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) offer low-cost dispute resolution services, including mediation, and championing the rights of small businesses.

Find the right insurance

Protect your livelihood and your assets with the right insurance.

Get to know Manningham

Understand more about the community you're doing business in.

Connect with local business associations, networks and mentoring

There are a range of local associations that encourage networking and mentoring opportunities for small businesses as well as regular events and training.

The Manningham Business Network Inc. (MBN) is your local business network. They provide members with support, shared experiences, resources and new idea.

Connecting Manningham is a community initiative by local residents and helps connect local business and residents. This initiative is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Templestowe and Rotaract Manningham.

Mainstreet Australia provides a collaborative force and voice for traditional retail strips or main streets.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Victorian Chamber) is the largest not-for-profit business organisation in Victoria.

Subscribe to the Manningham Business eNews

Sign up to the Manningham Business eNews to stay up to date with all the latest business news in Manningham.

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