The Rural Business Collective was born out of a passion for rural, regional & remote communities and knowing that the untapped potential in the bush is limitless.
We know that there is a direct link between high levels of entrepreneurship, strong small businesses and the vibrancy and sustainability of local communities. Time and time again we see towns lured by the promise of the next large scale industrial project to deliver jobs, economic growth, and retain our young people - and we are constantly left disappointed. The focus needs to be on entrepreneurs and small business - they are the ones that sustainability employ locals, deliver directly back into local economies, and create new areas for the community to build upon.
We started to look into this area and what we heard from those in communities working to grow their businesses is what became the fuel for the Rural Business Collective to become a reality. Each and every person we spoke to regardless of industry or stage of business spoke about similar issues; access to professional services, keeping up with technology, finding business mentors, and connecting with others for collaboration opportunities and support.
This got us thinking about how many business plans were hidden in farm offices, how many ideas are discussed between friends at the local coffee shop, how many dreams are written off as a pipe-dream across rural Australia. Imagine if they had access to the tools and support they need to get those ideas off the ground and turn into the next business, employer, and economic contributor to their town.
It was an idea that got us giddy with excitement and with potential impact for rural Australia that couldn't be ignored.
The Rural Business Collective aims to be the leading community for people doing business in the bush.
Our mission is to build a culture of entrepreneurship in the rural and remote Australia. This community is a place where we can entrepreneurs, business owners, aspiring business leaders, community leaders and advocates can gather and CONNECT - LEARN - INSPIRE - CELEBRATE. Within the Community there are training and development opportunities, mentoring programs, advocacy and promotion activities, and the support community where you can connect with like minded individuals across vast geographies.