Women in Business Program saves over $1 million in fees

1000 South Australian women have saved more than $1 million in fees thanks to the Women in Business Foundations program.

In today’s dynamic business landscape, women entrepreneurs are breaking barriers and reshaping the economic landscape of South Australia. Now, 1000 South Australian women have saved more than $1 million in fees through the Women in Business Foundation programs.

The initative, created by the Labor Government in a $4 million election commitment, equips women with a diverse skill set in order for their businesses to thrive.

Delivered by the esteemed Adelaide Business Hub, this program encompasses mentoring and small group workshops that tackle vital aspects of business management, finance, accounting, marketing, digital technologies, and cyber security. These workshops provide invaluable insights and hands-on experience, empowering women to navigate the complexities of the business world effectively.

“It is incredible that 1000 women have now completed the Malinauskas Government’s Women in Business Foundations program,” Minister for Small and Family Business Andrea Michaels said.

“That’s 1000 women with the skills to successfully start and run a new business and employ South Australians.

“We know how important small businesses are both to our communities and to our economy, contributing an incredible $49 billion each year.

“The Malinauskas Government is going to continue to support small business owners including by reducing the cost of doing business – just as we have here by saving female business owners more than $1 million in fees.”

While it can be daunting getting into the world of business, the program prides itself on it affordability, so anyone can get their start. The comprehensive training and support offered would typically cost participants approximately $1350. However, thanks to the subsidies provided by the Malinauskas Government, the fee is significantly reduced to a mere $88. This financial relief has made entrepreneurship accessible to countless women who may have otherwise hesitated to take the plunge into the world of business ownership.

Remarkably, the Women in Business program has not only been embraced by women in metropolitan Adelaide but also by those residing in regional areas such as the Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula, and Kangaroo Island. This wide-reaching impact highlights the program’s ability to transcend geographical boundaries, leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs across South Australia.

“Through the Women in Business Foundations program, we learned how to run our social media with better engagement as well as how to build and maintain our website and online booking platform,” Women in Business Foundations program participant Bridgette Hasting, Barossa Helicopters said.

“Being a tourism business, we were also supported with strategies to market our business overseas.

“We truly believe that without the Women in Business program, we would not be where we are today. Our personal business commitment to the program has proved invaluable to us for our ongoing business success.”

The significance of women-owned small businesses cannot be understated. In South Australia, these businesses play a pivotal role in the economy, contributing a staggering $49 billion annually. Even more noteworthy is the fact that they are the largest employers, providing livelihoods to over 300,000 South Australians.

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