business opportunities

Start a Business

So you want to start a business? While it’s awesome you want to take charge and nurture your passion, there are a few things you need to know before moving forward and truly starting your business journey.

The reality of starting and keeping a business alive isn’t something to take lightly. You need to be prepared for not just all the things that can go right, but all the things that can go wrong. 

Below you'll find a number of topics to help you find out what you'll need to know before, during and after you start.
 

Do your Research

There's so much to know about our city and before starting or moving your business here, it's crucial to do your research on topics such as demographics, industries, future estimates and much more! Here are some helpful links to find out more information: 

There's so much to know about our city and before starting or moving your business here, it's crucial to do your research on topics such as demographics, industries, future estimates and much more! Here are some helpful links to find out more information:  

If you would like to access some information that is more specific to your business needs, get in contact with a member of our Economic Development team via email or phone at 9705 5200. 

Relevant Permits and Licences

Depending on your type of business, you may need one or more permits to begin trading, including, but not limited to, permits for planning and building, accommodation, food and liquor, footpath trading, asset inspection or health and beauty. 

To determine which permits or licences you may need by using the Permit Assessment Tool at the City of Casey's website.  

You may also find additional Australian or Victorian Government licence information at the Australian Business Licence and Information Service

If you have a unique product or service, you may wish to consider patenting or trademarking it to prevent competitors from taking your competitive advantage. You can find out more and begin an application at IP Australia

Making the Right Connections 

Liaising with and learning from like-minded business people can be crucial to unlocking new opportunities and making wise business plans, suited to your goals. Here are some local opportunities to find those networks:  

Check prepared lists and guides 

All levels of government, including local government, have created 'How to' Guides to help you ensure you're ticking all the right boxes when starting a new business.