The Local Business Co-Operative

Helping businesses to Grow Their Capacity

The Co-Op is a business accelerator program that will help grow the capacity of local small to medium sized businesses.

We will do this by providing face to face/virtual mentoring, advisory and promotional services to local businesses as well as the option to use our space as an office.

The Local Co-Op will provide

  1. Business coaching and advisory services (strategy, marketing, finance, business idea feasibility analysis, business model creation, accounting, legal, etc)
  2. Physical facilities – A space to work, rooms to meet or hold events and studios for video/audio production
  3. People connectivity and networking – Mentoring, coaching, virtual communities, mentors, entrepreneurs, investors
  4. Access to finance & capital services – Angels and VC capital, pitching, commercial loans & government grants
  5. Training services – Workshops, resource library, business topics courses, soft skills seminars, etc
  6. Brand building services – How to attract new customers and build a reputation
  7. Marketing for our hosted businesses – To promote their expertise and create new business opportunities for them

There will be three options for local businesses to engage with us

  1. Free Workshops and Seminars
    • Any business in our local area can attend free monthly workshops based on helping you Do Better Business
  2. Subscribers – $95 per month
    • A monthly subscription to 2-4 hours of customised, face to face business mentoring and coaching
      • This includes an initial analysis of your business and a plan to help you grow 
    • Weekly workshops on how to Do Better Business with like-minded locals
    • Access to business funding through government grants, Angel investing, business loans and Venture Capitolists 
    • Monthly allocation of facility use – Event, meeting and production rooms
    • A listing and content opportunities on our consumer facing website that will drive new business enquiry
  3. Headquarter subscribers or HQ’s – $95 per week
    • A dedicated or flexible work-space for you and or your team
    • Plus all of the ‘Subscriber’ benefits as listed above

Our intention is not just to provide an office environment to work in, but to include the essential coaching services these small businesses need to grow.  

‘We imagine that we would host some of these businesses for anywhere between 6 months to 2 years.’ Mark Ely, NPBA President. ‘By that time we would hope we have helped them grow to the point of employing more people, having their own or larger premises and have built an ongoing business they can rely on.’

If you are interested in working in this space, please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE to be notified of when space will be available.


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