Below are some useful links for businesses and other organisations.


Planning or starting a business  
          - General information
          - Business Advice
          - Small Biz Connect
          - Self employment 
          - Grants and funding



Peak business organisations  
          - Orange Business Chamber
          - Engineering Group
          - Master Builders Association
          - Orange Liquor Accord


Programs and Grants

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme - The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme provides financial incentives to employers to encourage them to offer apprenticeship opportunities. The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme also offers Trade Support Loans to apprentices and an allowance for apprentices who need to move away from home to undertake an apprenticeship. 

Advancing Renewables Programme - The Advancing Renewables Programme supports a broad range of projects that have the potential to lower the cost and increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia. 

Australian Technology Showcase (ATS) - New South Wales - A national networking program aimed at promoting and developing export markets for innovative technology based products. 

Better Business Partnership - Supports the sustainability of businesses in Sydney's North Shore. 

Blue and Green Business Program NSW - Provides assistance for projects that result in the use of reclaimed wastewater, rainwater and/or grey water, as a permanent substitute for potable water. 

Business Development and Assistance Program - The Business Development and Assistance Program provides support, funding and loans for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people looking to start or grow a small to medium business.

Business Growth Grants - Business Growth Grants provide financial help for businesses to improve their operations and grow. 

Clean Energy Finance Corporation - The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) co-finances or co-invests with renewable energy companies in low emissions and energy efficient technologies. 

Emissions Reduction Fund - The Emissions Reductions Fund offers incentives for businesses to adopt new practices and technologies which reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. 

Export Capability Building Program NSW - A series of workshops and focus groups to help businesses in NSW improve their export readiness and capability. 

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) - Reimburses expenses incurred for export promotional activities to existing and potential Australian exporters. 

Farm Innovation Fund NSW - Provides loans to meet the cost of carrying out permanent works that will have a significant beneficial impact on the land. 

Industry Capability Network - NSW (NSWICN) - Promotes New South Wales and Australian industry through import replacement and opportunities for participation in major projects. 

Industry Skills Fund - Assists industry to invest in training and support services to help businesses achieve growth. 

Innovate NSW - Collaborative Solutions - Provides grants to organisations to work together and develop innovative, new-to-market, business-to-business solutions. 

Jobs Action Plan - Provides NSW businesses with a payroll tax rebate when they employ new workers in new eligible employment. 

Jobs for NSW - Jobs for NSW supports economic growth in regional NSW as well as enhancing the attractiveness of regional areas. 

Landing Pads program - Provides Australian market-ready start-ups the opportunity to access innovation hubs around the world. 

Liveable Communities Grants Program NSW - The Liveable Communities Grants program offers $1 million in funding per year for 4 years for projects that improve the lives of older people living in NSW. 

Minimum Viable Product program NSW - Supports small to medium technology enterprises to create innovative business solutions for an identified business customer. 

National Stronger Regions Fund - If your business is planning a capital project, this program can help you with the costs of infrastructure construction. 

National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns - Funds practical projects that save water and reduce water losses in cities and towns with populations of less than 50,000. 

New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) - Provides training and business set-up mentoring assistance to enable eligible unemployed people to become self-supporting and independent of Centrelink by establishing and running their own business. 

Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund - Supports regional tourism by funding critical visitor economy infrastructure projects such as rail trails, airports and cruise terminals.

Regional Visitor Economy Fund NSW - Supports investment in product development and marketing activities that will increase overnight visitor expenditure in regional NSW. 

Small Business Grants NSW - Encourages small businesses in New South Wales (NSW) to hire new employees and expand their business. 

Supply Chain Facilitation - If you'd like to improve your supply chain performance, Supply Chain Facilitation can provide you with practical advice. 

Sustainability Advantage Program - Assists businesses to increase competitiveness and improve bottom lines through environmental practices.