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Want to start a small business, or get your business back on track?

If you are an aspiring small business owner wanting to start a business or struggling with business recovery, support is available to get you back on track.

Good Shepherd, with support from the Victorian State Government and Commonwealth Government, is expanding its LaunchMe program to the East Gippsland and Northeast Victoria regions. The program is aimed at supporting individuals and communities who have been directly or indirectly impacted by bushfires or other circumstances, to develop their business ideas or to rebuild and recover.

Eligible individuals will receive business coaching each fortnight with a coach for up to 1.5 hours to help build their business following our structured checklist.

Established small businesses will receive personalised business coaching and a tailored roadmap to recovery.

Referrals to Good Shepherd’s extensive network of financial wellbeing services and small business funding of up to $1000 will also be available to support business goals. In addition, participants could apply for a No Interest Loan of up to $5,000.

Here’s What’s on Offer:

Economic Well Being


Work closely with a business coach to achieve your goals.

Family Counselling


Connect with a local business mentor who’ll give you one-on-one support along the way.



Gain practical skills for your business and career such as financial literacy, marketing and sales.



Meet new people and get support from business experts.

Parent Family Support


Use our tools and services to bring your ideas to life.

Financial Counselling


Get exclusive access to $1000 of business support and tools to start or scale your business (terms and conditions apply).

What some of LaunchMe’s past graduates have to say

“Starting and building a business at times is a very lonely process, having somebody who can help is invaluable…For me the most valuable aspect of the meeting is the opportunity to be able to discuss any business related matter and get non-biased opinion from a professional friendly person. The financial support is crucial in achieving advertising goals I have set.”

– Grace

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“Having someone, who knows about business, to guide and inform me along the way was wonderful and the financial assistance provided here and there to pay for things like business name registration, website fees and consultations with other professionals, such as accountants or lawyers, is extremely helpful.  I can’t thank Yvette and LaunchME enough for all of their support and commitment to making my business dreams a reality.”

– Barbara

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“The proudest moment I had in the business was to open an ABN in Australia with LaunchME’s help. When Covid-19 hit, LaunchME helped me do a training course, I then did an interview for a job and I got the job. Maybe after 6 months the travel industry will re-open again.  I have the ABN, I will obtain a business name and I will start promoting Australia travel more, with the contacts I have the skills I have learned from here.”


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Am I eligible?

  • You are an Individual, microenterprise or sole trader residing in East Gippsland or North East of Victoria (See eligible locations below)
  • You earn under $45,000 or hold a health care card or pension card OR
  • You have a business which turns over less than $75,000 per annum.

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Launch Me Vic
Eligibility criteria - Location
Eligibility criteria - Income

This program is jointly funded by the Victorian Government and Commonwealth Government under the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

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