Business Support Links

How to set up a business

The requirements for establishing a new business in Australia depends on the State you live in.  The links below are for Queensland businesses. 

Mentoring Women in Business

The Business Queensland website provides information specifically for mentors who might mentor women with low confidence.  Low confidence is an issue that affects everyone at some time.  Their information is taken from the Mentoring Women in Business brochure that Irene D. Baker developed with support from the Advancing Women in Business Initiative.

If you are seeking a mentor, the Business Queensland website provides information for women to access the Mentoring For Growth program.

Inspiring Women Websites

Women In Antarctica

I’ve been interested for years in stories of adventure, but to find adventures that have a woman at the front is another matter.

Homeward Bound is a ground-breaking, global leadership initiative, set against the backdrop of Antarctica, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet.  Their 3 strategic focal points: I am willing and able to lead.  We are stronger together.  We are taking actions with impact.

While not strictly ‘business’ as most of us know it, saving the planet is certainly big business today, and much is learned and shared by these women’s stories.


Female Entrepreneur Association

Their mission is to help you build a wildly successful business, but what I like about this site is the stories of real women doing real things in business.  Not focused on the media darlings of business like Naomi Simson or Lisa Messenger, but offering case studies and lessons learned by everyday women giving business a go.


Femeconomy is about where you put your money in order to support women in leadership.  They write on their website:

“We know you love to (or have to) shop. But did you know your purse has the power to change the world? To make it more equal for women the world over.

At Femeconomy we’ll show you your favourite brands and identify which ones have women in leadership. So you can choose to switch to brands that support female leaders.

If you are a woman in business, why not use your procurement power to support brands with female leaders?”



SHORT READ: How to Fail Safe

I discovered Debra Millman in her book, Think Like a Great Graphic Designer. This short manifesto on how to ‘fail safe’ is applicable particularly to women thinking of starting a business.  She writes, ‘Even though I wanted …’the whole wide world’, I thought it was prudent to compromise.  I told myself it was more sensible to aspire for success that was realistically feasible, perhaps even failure-proof.  It never once occurred to me that I could have it all.’



Your Brain on Confidence

Stacie Grossman Bloom is a neuroscientist who studies confidence in women.  She explains how the brain uses what we pay attention to, to wire in its pathways for anything we want to do, including learning to become more confident.  The Claim Your Confidence program explains this process in easily understandable terms, and echoes Stacie’s research into the area.

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