Regional links

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Running a business in regional and rural areas comes with a unique set of opportunities and challenges.

If you are thinking about starting a business outside of metropolitan areas, the following includes networks and business advisory links to help you grow your business:

  • 6 degrees a community of local entrepreneurs, freelances and collaborators in Coffs Harbour
  • Bathurst Women's Network encouraging women in the Bathurst area to actively meet on a regular basis to share ideas and support
  • Beacon Coworking Space at Port Macquarie provides small business operators with a space to work on improving their businesses with access to business advisers, resources and collaboration with peers.
  • Business Growth Centre located in Lake Macquarie
  • Central Coast Business Incubator fosters small to medium sized businesses and start-ups, proving affordable office space.
  • Clever Centre a business success centre in the Illawarra with training facilities and professional workspaces, backed with reception and message services
  • CLIC Business Village a small business incubator for Mullumbimby's local community
  • Coffs Harbour Innovation Centre providing an outstanding facility for technology based business development and growth
  • CoWS Near The Coast a digital co-working space in the beautiful Bega Valley on the Saphhire Coast of NSW
  • Desert Knowledge Australia connects like-minded business people in outback regions
  • Edmund Barton Centre helps sustain economies across regional Australia by assisting new start-ups and existing businesses.
  • GenX Women For Hunter women of all ages to establish alliances and build relationships in the local business community
  • Gosford Smart Hub a workspace in Gosford designed for people who currently commute long distances to work and also provides co-working spaces
  • Hastings Business Women's Network more than 200 local business women who come together to exchange ideas, information and inspirational stories as they strive for business success
  • iAccelerate business incubator program facilitated by University of Wollongong
  • Inspiring Women regional women's network including Northern Beaches, Shoalhaven and Illawarra
  • Inspire Co-work shared office and entrepreneur community in the Sutherland Shire.
  • Lake Macquarie Women in Business Network discover new connections, build your business and share your story – events and promotion
  • Mt Penang Business & Education Hub a unique space for an optimal working environment serving business and the community
  • New England Enterprising Women Brings women together to explore their potential - and voice their challenges - breakfast events
  • NEXUS Smart Hub a workspace in Wyong designed for people who currently commute long distances to work and also provides co-working spaces
  • NORTEC a for-purpose, results-driven organisation delivering staffing, training, small business and community solutions across the NSW-Mid North Coast
  • Outstanding Women's Network OWN is a networking group which holds events for women in the Hunter region
  • Port Stephens Women in Business A networking group that holds events and offers mentoring services
  • Possum Works is an entrepreneurial hub in the heart of Albury, where teams and individuals can grow their businesses in a supportive, collaborative environment
  • (The) Production Hub a world class co-working studio in Newcastle offering shared office space
  • Regional Activation Program engaging regional communities to activate SME opportunities
  • Regional NSW Offices NSW Department of Industry's offices located in regional NSW
  • Regional Small Business Advisors providing regional small businesses with business advice
  • Rural Women's Connect a networking platform for women across regions
  • ShoalHub Nowra's first flexible co-working space and hot desk facility, creating a professional environment to inspire
  • Slingshot Newcastle provides finance and mentors and also gives you access to large customer bases
  • Business advisory bus takes advice on the road to NSW communities
  • South Highlands Business Women's Network Networking opportunities and events for women in the Southern Highlands of NSW
  • Spark CC Maker Space a community operated workspace on the Central Coast were people with common interests collaborate
  • StartInno Incubator and Accelerator that helps creative innovators in Byron Bay
  • Stella Network Lismore's women in business network meets monthly. It is an informal network where members can ask advice, and support and mentor each other
  • The ZigZag Hub is a community space for start-ups, freelancers and solo entrepreneurs in Wollongong to grow their businesses.
  • White Hack/UNE ethical hackers who provide comprehensive levels of security for clients under the University of New England umbrella
  • Women Out West WOW provides women from the Orana and Central West regions and beyond the opportunity to grow personal and business networks, including events and awards
  • Women in Chamber Cross border initiative of Wodonga Chamber of Commerce and Albury Northside Chamber of Commerce, encouraging business women- to engage with their local Chamber of Commerce, members and businesses within the community
  • Women in Business Wagga Wagga Provides women in businesses throughout the Riverina region with networking opportunities, such as relationship building, mentoring, educational opportunities as well as  skills and career development, host networking events with inspiring speakers
  • Women in Business Connect Networking group to assist women in developing and nurturing business relationships in the Newcastle area
  • Working Spaces HQ Fostering entrepreneurship and economic development through co- working
  • Workspace New England a dedicated co-working space in Armidale accommodating a variety of workstyles