Business Resilience

Assisting Tasmanian Small Business through COVID-19.


The Business Resilience Program is designed to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Support includes free access to virtual mentoring, online workshops, and resources, all designed to help get your business going again. 

Support is available to improve your business sustainability. It could be that your business:

  • is adapting to the online environment; or
  • having to look at how to manage cash flow in these difficult times; or
  • you want to develop strategies to cope across the business.

The Van Diemen Project team is here to help!

Business Resilience includes access to mentoring by subject matter experts from across Northern Tasmania, online workshops and other resources.

To find out more and book in for support, click here to register – or else call 6349 1919 or email and we will help you get started!

To be eligible for the free mentoring, you must be a businesses based in Northern Tasmania with an active ABN, employ less than 20 full time equivalent employees and be a for-profit entity.

The Business Resilience Program is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Small Business Advisory Service.

The Business Resilience Program

Is a program designed to help small businesses in their time of need. We know that running a business can be tough at the best of times – but at the moment, it is even harder. As a Small Business Owner you should not be going it alone in this time. That is why we’re here to help you and your business in these times. The program is flexible to the needs of the business, meaning you could access help in:

  • developing a crisis management plan
  • transitioning your business to selling online
  • taking more of the operations of your business online with digital software
  • identifying new revenue streams to diversify the business during this time
  • marketing and communicating with your customers
  • reviewing your cash flow to support your business.

We will help you diagnose the issues with your business and discuss how our subject matter experts can best support you and your business.

There will also be a range of workshops and open discussion panels, where we’ll bring in experts in strategy and resilience, finance and technology, marketing, human resources and mental health to share insights and perspectives for small to medium businesses in our region. Stay tuned as these events are announced shortly.


Access to Other Services

We’ve got connections to so many different networks of people who make it their business to help yours. We can link you up with people and services to get your show on the road, or give it a paddle when you’re up the creek.

Tools and Tips

It’s hard to sometimes just focus during this time! We’ve developed a range of tools and planning documents that will help you start working through a plan that you can share with staff to set a plan for the future – and we’ll even offer guidance to add our insights to help you on your journey too.

Events Created For You

We’ve had the pleasure of seeing over 300 entrepreneurs one on one – meaning that we have a unique understanding of the skills you’d all like to polish up. We also have a good amount of research behind us here, and we strive to create unique, practical events that make things click for you. Nab your ticket for upcoming events here.

Guided Process Throughout

We know that with so much happening in business around us that it’s a lot to get your head around – that’s why you’ll be supported by The Van Diemen Project at all stages, making sure you are aware of upcoming events, recommended to mentors and must more. Click here to start!


strategy & resilience

It’s important to be able to plan and respond effectively in a crisis to mitigate risks.


5-Phase Lockdown Plan for Business (by Acorro)
Tasmanian Government Information
Business Tasmania
WorkSafe Tasmania


With support and stimulus available to businesses, it is important to know what you can access and any requirements.


Boosting Cashflow (ATO)
JobKeeper Payment (ATO)
Instant Asset Write Off (ATO)
Australian Taxation Office
Support from Banks
Business Tasmania


While marketing during this time can seem insensitive, it is important you retain your existing customers and support the wider community through your business.


Digital Ready Resources
Google Garage
Facebook Blueprint


Creating a safe working environment can be tough in a crisis, but it has to be a priority – even when people are working remotely.


Working Remotely with Kids
Safework Australia Toolkits
Coronavirus & Workplace Laws (FairWork)


Businesses need to support their staff and business owners must take care of themselves in these times. It’s OK to not be OK.


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Have questions, queries, comments? Want help solving a problem? The best way to get in touch with us is via this form. It goes to a shared inbox so you’ll have three people ready and raring to get back to you.

The information we collect on this form simply gives us the best idea of how we can help you and what information we need to get you there.

Of course, you can give us a call on 03 6349 1919, Monday to Friday 9 to 5.

The Van Diemen Project Business Hub

53 Elizabeth Street,

Launceston TAS 7250

(03) 6349 1919