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Business Development

The Break O’Day region is the ideal environment for entrepreneurs, new and existing businesses in Tasmania.

At Break O’Day Council, we’re a business friendly Council. The Council’s Economic Development Unit provides direct support and guidance for new and existing business ventures, facilitating interactions both within and external to Council, and providing support through the ongoing promotion and awareness of businesses and services via Break O’Day  and East Coast Tourism marketing program.

We believe economic development is not just about economic growth but a holistic approach that sees improving health outcomes, better educational attainment, and falling levels of disadvantage.

We have collated useful resources available to the community, businesses, students, media organisations and prospective residents and investors to utilise.

Demographic Data

In partnership with Northern Tasmanian Development Corporation (NTDC) the BODC provides a Community Profile, Social Atlas, and Economic Profile of our region and the Northern Region of Tasmania. The modelled data and statistics provide insight into how the region has changed over time, how they compare to other areas and where we are today.

The data informs the understanding of our local economy, and can be utilised to attract investment and develop strategies to improve the economic prosperity of the region.

Click here to access the data.

Demographic Research

To understand the implications of our locality’s population, BODC funded a third party analysis of our population and its change. This analysis began in 2021 and will be monitored continually. This research informs Council’s strategic direction in order to develop relevant and useful actions.

Break O’Day Council Population Study September 2021

Business Surveys 

To capture economic and visitors trends in the Break O’Day region, BODC has distributed a local businesses survey. Previously, the purpose of the Survey was to capture economic and visitor trends in the Break O’Day region. As of July 2022, the purpose of the survey re-launched to provide Council with a:

  • A snapshot of who our local businesses are
  • Insight into the opportunities and challenges faced in different industries
  • Business trends
  • BOD Business expectations
  • How Council can better help BOD businesses

Want to know more? Click here to find our business survey reports.

Break O’Day Enterprise Centre

BEC (Business Enterprise Centre) provides small and start-up businesses with free advice, support, training and mentoring to help them build and develop a sustainable business. New and existing businesses may access a range of services and advice including:

  • Business Planning
  • How to manage financials for new business
  • How to plan for business success
  • How to market your business
  • Confidential business analysis
  • Business registrations

The service is available throughout the Break O’Day community including the valley either at the St Helens office or at your home or business.

This is a 7 day a week service for your convenience. Find more info here.

Break O’Day Employment Centre

Break O’Day Employment Connect (BODEC) is a Tasmanian Government Regional Jobs Hub. The BODEC team provides free employment support services to all job seekers and employers across the East Coast and through the Fingal Valley. BODEC builds connections between job seekers and employers, helping more people into work and businesses to thrive. Find more info here.

East Coast Tourism Tasmania

The East Coast Tourism provide businesses in the tourism sector with growth and professional development support, advocacy and promotion of your business through marketing activities. Find more info here.

Economic Development Officer

Break O ’Day’s Economic Development Officer is here to support and improve the local economy by encouraging investment, supporting local businesses and attracting new businesses.

Northern Tasmania Development Corporation

Funded by seven Northern Council members, the NTDC advances the interests and development of the north and north-east region of Tasmania by facilitating and coordinating worthy regional economic initiatives that will grow and develop the region. Find more info here.

Break O’Day Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

The Chamber members consist of local businesses focused on promoting the regions businesses and working with others to grow the region. Find more info here.

Business Tasmania

The Business Tasmania website has the most up-to-date business information, including about the support available from the Tasmanian Government, such as grants, loans, fee relief and stimulus packages. Find more info here.

Skills Tasmania

Provides support, advice and administration for individuals, employers and industry, and VET sector service providers. Find more info here