• About Realise Business

    About Realise Business

    “All business owners deserve access to credible and affordable support to help them realise success.”

    Jacqui Attard, Realise Business CEO

About

Realise Business is Sydney’s premier small business advisory service, providing trusted and affordable business advice, education and support for thousands of businesses across Sydney since 1989.

Our Membership

We operate as a Not-for-Profit enterprise, and are proud to be funded by all levels of Government, which means you can get advice from our highly experienced Business Advisors for a fraction of the cost of private business coaching. Plus, FREE membership gives you access to our growing network of Sydney businesses, regular events and education for every stage of business.

What are the benefits of being a Realise Business Member?

The ability to reach and network with up to small businesses across the whole of Sydney, providing you with even more business to business opportunities, and the ability to form working relationships with a broader range of people and skill sets

Access to our growing number of events and workshops held in multiple locations across Sydney

Access to highly experienced and qualified Business Advisors at a sustainable low cost to help you grow your business

Multiple ways to promote your business to our ever-expanding network, including our website and online directory

Access to news and information relevant to your business and up-to-date changes to Government and local regulations

Access to special events, such as our Breakfast with an Entrepreneur, Members Morning Tea and Expert Talks where you can learn from successful entrepreneurs and experts in their field

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Our Funding

As a provider of the NSW Business Connect Program (funded by the NSW Government Dept of Industry) and a provider for the Federal Government Australian Small Business Advisory Service (ASBAS), we receive direct funding from these Government programs, which enables us to retain expert Business Advisors with years of experience operating their own successful businesses and running large corporations. As a result, you can benefit from commercial quality business advice at a reduced (and often free) rate. Joining Realise Business helps you access affordable business services that are tailored to the stage of your business growth.

Our History

Established in 1989, until last year we were known as Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) Southern Sydney. We originally offered support to businesses based in Southern Sydney and Sutherland Shire. In January 2017, we were proud to have been awarded the NSW Business Connect contract to provide free one-to-one business advice sessions, business advisory services, and training workshops to small businesses and disrupted industries across the Sydney area; including Southern Sydney, Inner West, Sydney’s CBD, Eastern Suburbs, North Shore, and Northern Beaches. Also in 2017, we re-branded as ‘Realise Business’ to enable us to evolve and expand our business to service this larger region.

Our Team

Our Team
Our team of highly experienced Business Advisors have run or continue to run their own successful businesses, and have a combined total of over 200 years business experience!

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Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016
Realise Business is pleased to provide our 2016 Annual Report for public review.

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Our Brand

The Realise Business name speaks to the emotional realisation business owners experience throughout their journey from start up to growth, and beyond. There are always new things to learn and new opportunities to realise. The name also speaks to the ultimate goal of all business owners, which is to realise success and growth, whatever that means for them. Whatever stage of business you’re in right now, our team will take the time to get to know your situation and help you connect, energise and grow your business.

Connect

Connect

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Connect with experts, other business owners, and prospective customers; and get access to opportunities to showcase your business with small businesses across the whole of Sydney.

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Energise

Energise

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Energise your mind with access to education and expertise that can teach you new, motivating knowledge to help you realise your goals.

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Grow

Grow

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Grow your business with expert advice and actionable steps that improve efficiency and productivity in your business.

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Our Accomplishments

  • Jacqui Attard

    Jacqui Attard

    NSW Small Business Commissioner’s Special Award 2016

  • Greg Soster, SOS Strategies

    Greg Soster, SOS Strategies

    “I want to thank you for your time today. We honestly appreciated your input and feedback. As you know, business can be quite daunting at times and sometimes all it takes is to get in front of the right people”.

  • Geoff Silk

    Geoff Silk

    Best Metropolitan Business Advisor Australia 2016

  • Elizabeth Pemberton, Pembertons Legal

    Elizabeth Pemberton, Pembertons Legal

    “Thank you very much for our session yesterday. I found it enormously helpful. At various times in the session you asked questions which were well attuned to my circumstances. More than anything, you gave me the space and acceptance of my situation, to trigger ideas for me – to facilitate me to do significant rethinking about issues concerning how I operate commercially. Thank you and I look forward to us meeting again farther down the track. I wish you all the best in your important work.”

  • Winner

    Winner

    2015, 2014, 2013 and 2010 Best Metropolitan BEC in Australia Award

  • Melissa Scott-Gawinek, Divine Creative Design

    Melissa Scott-Gawinek, Divine Creative Design

    “The workshop had a very easy presentation style, as a group we were all engaged the whole time, and all of our questions were answered in a practical and informative way. The real-life scenarios about the topic also promoted great discussion – which was a great sign.”

  • Finalist

    Finalist

    2011 and 2012 Best Metropolitan BEC in Australia Awards

  • Jacquie Hocking, Urban Rituelle

    Jacquie Hocking, Urban Rituelle

    “A great course – very helpful and pitched perfectly. I will definitely look to attend the follow up, advanced course too”

  • Realise Business could not operate to such high commercial standards without the support of the following organisations.

    Business Connect

    Business Connect

    Business Connect is a program that accelerates small businesses to economic sustainability, delivering growth and employment for NSW. It is a practical, government-funded program that links experienced business advisors with small business operators who want a personalised focus, local know-how and mentoring support. With a commitment to outcomes, Business Connect will help small business operators develop the skills they need to survive and thrive.

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    AusIndustry

    AusIndustry

    The grant from AusIndustry is provided as part of the Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) Programme. The purpose of the Programme is to improve the capacity of established, not-for-profit small business advisory service providers to deliver low cost small business advisory and information services.

    The ASBAS Business Solutions 2014 funding round aims to improve the accessibility, volume and quality of low cost business advisory services across the five business solution streams: Funding avenues and financial analysis; building your business; making the most of your talent and team; management capabilities; and digital engagement implementation.

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  • Employsure

    Employsure

    Managing employees and keeping your workplace safe is a big part of business success and that is why Realise Business has partnered with Employsure.

    Employsure are the leading workplace relations specialists in Australia, bringing together human resources, compliance specialists and access to legal resources to help Australian employers succeed by establishing fair and safe workplaces for their employees.

    We believe that all Australian employers, no matter their size, deserve comprehensive, quality, honest workplace relations advice that is scalable to the needs of their business.

    We are thrilled to be associated with an organisation working so hard to protect, promote and support small businesses. Together, Employsure and Realise Business can help if you would like assistance on anything from managing a difficult employee to safe systems of work.

    Employsure offers Realise Business members:

    • a free two hour review of your workplace documentation and practices, identifying areas of non-compliance
    • a dedicated Advice line, available day or night

    How to get access
    If you would like to find out more about the Employsure offer, contact Realise Business’ Employsure representative Alexander Orfanos today on 0413 896 251, email alex.orfanos@employsure.com.au or visit the Employsure website for more information.

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    Canterbury Bulldogs

    Canterbury Bulldogs

    Realise Business is an integral part of the Bulldogs Business Club, offering their members free business development tutorials, exclusive events and other opportunities.

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    Business Enterprise Centres Australia

    Business Enterprise Centres Australia

    We are a member of Business Enterprise Centres Australia.

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    St George Bank

    St George Bank

    Since 2015, St. George Bank has sponsored our ‘Breakfast with an Entrepreneur’ event with funding, gift bags, event promotion, and encouraging their high calibre clients to network with us.

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