Starting a small business in Manningham

Has the New Year gifted you with the inspiration to finally start your own business?

At Manningham Business we’re here to help you. Taking the first step into a new venture can sometimes be the hardest to overcome, but it doesn’t need to be. We’ve collated some information below to help you open the door to a successful small business.


Discover Manningham’s economic profile

Understanding who your customers are is an important part of being in business. Researching demographics and trends can help you understand how your business will thrive in our local community.

Find Manningham’s shopping centres

Alongside Westfield Doncaster and Stockland The Pines, we have nine neighbourhood activity centres and 29 local activity centres located across our ten suburbs. With over 13,000 businesses, joining an activity centre is a great way to stand out and reach our community of customers and residents. Find a shopping centre for your business.

Business advice

Attend the Business Advisory Service

Book a session in with an experienced business advisor from Box Hill Business Enterprise Centre. In these one-on-one sessions, you will receive guidance and essential information in starting a business.

What are the next steps?

Register your business.

You’ll need to apply for an Australian Business Number (ABN) in order to start a business.

If you want to operate your business under a name other than your own, you’ll need to register the business name.

Permits and licences

Running a business in Manningham may require permits, approvals, and licences. Find Manningham Council permits for business.

Find information about licences you may need for your business at Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS)

Want to chat about what business permits you may need? Send us an email at


Join Manningham Business Network

Manningham Business Network provides small to medium sized businesses with the opportunity to meet other like-minded business owners. The network provides peer support for its members as well as access to invaluable resources that promote your learning and development as a successful small business owner.


Visit the Co-Working Space

Run twice a month, the Co-Working Space invites small business owners to join a fresh and collaborative working environment. The space provides as a great opportunity to find an efficient pace of work and make connections within Manningham’s community of small business owners.


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