Business Connect

Business Connect

Advice to help start and grow your small business

Do you operate a small business in the City of Sydney local area?

The Department of Planning and Industry runs a helpful program aimed at small to medium businesses called Business Connect. The program offers:

  • low-cost, highly subsidised, tailored business mentoring
  • expert advice on managing your small business
  • business skills development. 
Read more about the Business Connect program.


Whether you're just starting out, want to expand your business or are ready to innovate, take the next step with Business Connect. 

Book today for a free initial consultation and tailored business advice. 

Business Connect sessions can be booked by calling 1300 134 359 or register online.  

Light rail construction support

The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner is supporting small businesses while the CBD and South East Light Rail is being built with programs, services and support.

The construction of the light rail may change the way a business operates.

Business Connect has dedicated light rail advisors, workshops and events to support businesses with independent and confidential advice and information during construction. 

An advisor can visit your business and help you:

  • adapt to reach new customers online
  • manage revenue and cashflow
  • attend a light rail workshop or seminar
  • find information about light rail construction.

To talk to an advisor, call 1300 134 359 or visit Business Connect.

Small business assistance program 

The NSW Government's small business assistance program helps small businesses on the light rail route who believe they have been impacted where construction is taking longer than initially advised. 

For more information visit Sydney Light Rail.

Dispute resolutions

The Office of the NSW Small Business Commissioner is your first stop if you have a commercial dispute.

Its role is to help you find a solution, ideally through negotiation, information or mediation, rather than litigation. 

If you need assistance visit NSW Small Business Commissioner or phone 1300 795 534 or email

Last updated: Friday, 6 September 2019