Your Business Growth Centre:
Opening in 1998, the Business Growth Centre was originally established as a not-for-profit Business Enterprise Centre, Business Incubator and Registered Training Organisation, with a purpose to support and grow small and micro businesses in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area.
23 years later, the BGC becomes the third location for the college, providing a new opportunity to connect with the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle regions. The College has been operating for almost 40 years with our head office on the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus. We recently established a campus on HVTC’s Rutherford site in the Hunter Valley with a focus on trade training.
The College is a not-for-profit Registered Training Organisation and Public Benevolent Institution, specialising in adult community education. We access state and federal government funding contracts allowing us to operate across NSW but largely in the Central Coast, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley regions.
The BGC is a business park providing tenants with light industrial and office space options. The main office complex includes reception, a function/training room, and a shared kitchen facility with a fulltime site manager.
Moving forward the college will focus on:
- Improving site facilities including technology and building maintenance
- Delivering business training and re invigorating the advisory and mentoring service
- Establishing a Trade Training Centre
- Supporting the Women in Business Network
With vision is to create a community where people are empowered to achieve their potential and have a positive impact, the College team is excited about the new venture.
“It’s important that the services the Business Growth Centre provides continue for the benefit of businesses and the local economy. We have an amazing business community that achieves many incredible things each year. This is a great outcome for Lake Macquarie businesses and our community. It ensures that the great work of the Business Growth Centre in nurturing and mentoring new businesses will continue.” Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser