Start or Grow Your Business

If you are thinking of starting your own business or need help growing your business there is a range of resources available to you.

When you’re starting up a new business it’s important to find out what registration and licences apply to you. This can be complex as local, state, territory and federal governments all handle registration and licensing for various aspects of your business.

The following websites will hopefully help you find the right tool for you.

Easy to do Business Program: Cafes and Small Bars

Are you considering opening a cafe, restaurant or small bar?

Service NSW and the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (OSBC) are working collaboratively with the City of Parramatta to simplify the processes and administration involved in setting up a cafe, small bar or restaurant in Parramatta.

Our online business resources for café, restaurant and small bars, includes our how-to guides, providing you with specialist advice that will help you navigate the process of opening your business.

This includes:

  • Help with leasing business premises
  • Applications for selling food or alcohol
  • Comply with Fair Work requirements
  • and more.

We want to give you back the time you need, so you can focus on getting your doors open faster.

More information on Service NSW website


The University of Western Sydney will take a leading role in improving small business performance through SMExcellence. SMExcellence is a free online interactive learning and planning platform that improves the business skills of small business owners and managers.

SmallBiz website and Small Business Tool Kit

Is a NSW Government funded program that specializes in small business. The website provides up-to-date information, news, events, interactive resources and planning tools to help entrepreneurs and managers start a business. Sign up for their newsletter or attend one of hundreds of workshops, seminars, forums and other events organized by both government and non-government business service providers.

The website is an online government resource for the Australian business community. By using businesses are able to comply with government requirements more simply and conveniently.

The website provides a wide range of services and information about start-up, taxation, licensing and legislation, as well as significant transactions such as ABN Lookup, taxation compliance and licence applications.

Social enterprise

Social enterprises are businesses trading for social, environmental and/or cultural purposes and, as a business model, are gaining attention globally, particularly in the UK, Canada and the US where it is increasingly recognised that greater diversity of business models is needed to tackle current economic challenges.

Profit, or surplus, is generated but not distributed to members, owners or shareholders and is therefore available to develop the public benefit business further.

Research conducted in the UK during 2009 showed that the local social enterprise sector contributes £24 billion to the economy, was twice as confident of future growth as traditional small and medium businesses, and since the economic downturn began 56% had increased their turnover. In addition to the considerable financial value they contribute, the additional value they create through their social and environmental outputs was exceptional.

Parramatta City Council offers seed funding through the Social Enterprise category of our Community Grants program. In 2007 we established the three year Parramatta Social Enterprise Hub project to support the development and growth of the local social enterprise sector. This project was completed in June 2010 and our work is currently focused on incubating Social Enterprises Sydney.

A ‘resources’ page has also been created bringing together a range of material for those interested in learning more about social enterprise.

More information about Social Enterprise program available here

Pop Up Parramatta

What is Pop Up Parramatta?

The Pop Up Parramatta project is based on the successful Renew Newcastle project, and focuses on

injecting creative enterprise and creative infrastructure into unused buildings and spaces in Parramatta CBD. The aims of the project are:

  • to renew the city space,
  • promote the region,
  • build and promote the creative community and
  • to stimulate and support creative enterprise.


The feature of the program is to utilise empty office, retail and studio spaces for thirty days at a time. The property is made available for participants and the property manager can ‘take the property back’ at any time with notice. There is a strong legal framework in place which ensures that involvement is tax effective for property owners and may lower building insurance costs. Essentially there is no opportunity cost to the property owners, and for the creative practitioners ‘lack of security for low costs’. The artist pays peppercorn rent and covers all utilities as part of this arrangement with Council and the property managers.

For further information please contact:
Merryn Spencer
Creative Broker
City Culture, Tourism & Recreation City Services

Ph: 9806 5743

Your obligations as a small business operator

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has released a booklet to help small businesses know and understand their compliance obligations. ASIC’s booklet also explains the key legal obligations of small businesses who are operating under a company structure and the consequences of failing to comply.

Your obligations as a small business operator (pdf)

Last updated on 05 Sep 2016