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Business advice and resources

Starting or expanding a small business on the Central Coast? We are here to help.

Below is some helpful information, resources and support if you are starting, operating or growing your business.


There are a wide range of services offering specialised advice, education and support for small business.

Easy to do Business – Service NSW

Starting or expanding a small business on the Central Coast has never been simpler thanks to a partnership between Council and Service NSW. Submit a single, simple form and Service NSW will provide you a dedicated business concierge to help navigate the appropriate permits and approvals you might need.

The Easy to do Business site is a single source of information for starting or expanding your business, removing the hassle of navigating multiple Government agencies.

NSW Small Business Commissioner

NSW Small Business Commissioner provides a range of free services for small businesses, including webinars and expert business advisors.

Business Connect

Business Connect is a dedicated and personalised NSW Government program that provides trusted advice to help you start, run, adapt or grow your small business.

Business Australia

Business Australia explains and compiles many of the resources which businesses need .

The Business Centre

The Business Centre delivers experience led advice, mentoring, education and connections to businesses on the Central Coast.

Self-Employment Assistance

Self Employment Assistance provides a range of services for current and aspiring business owners, ranging from flexible individual Business Advice Sessions to a structured 12-month package of Small Business Coaching.

Business Networks

There a number of Central Coast business member and networking groups to help you on your business journey!

Development Applications

You may require a building or planning permit if you are constructing a new location or changing/expanding your existing premises. Visit our Plan and build section for more information.

Food and drink businesses

Council is tasked with inspecting and licensing food premises to ensure that cooked food is safe for consumption. Read more about starting a food or drink business and your safety requirements on our Food Safety page.

COVID-19 and your business

The NSW Government provides information and resources for businesses including COVID-19 Safety Plans to protect staff and customers, financial relief and personalised support.

Visit our COVID-19 Business Support page for more information.

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