Year round business resources

Business support in and out of October Business Month

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade services and supports Territory businesses and drives growth in the Territory economy year round. We work with business to develop and broaden the Northern Territory economic base by providing strategic programs and activities to support local businesses and industry to start, run and grow your business.

Whether it’s an innovative new idea, a plan to expand your business or help to reduce your energy bill - we’ve got something to help you at every stage of your business.

To learn more about the department’s programs go to the Northern Territory Government website or email a small business champion at

Plan, start and grow your business

Sometimes it is just knowing where to start that is the most difficult. The Australian Government’s principal business resource,, provides many templates and tools to help you start, grow and exit a business.

The business plan template and guide provides step-by-step advice on how to write a plan for your business. It includes templates for a balance sheet forecast, profit and loss forecast and expected cash flow.

The marketing plan template and guide will assist you in considering and developing a plan to market your business. 

No matter what stage your business is at the Small Business Showcase from the Fair Work Ombudsman can help you understand workplace rights and obligations.

The department provides a selection of tools to assist you and your business:

A wide variety of business workshops are held across the Territory to assist businesses. These range from sessions aimed at helping you start a business to ways of developing and strengthening your business. The sessions are facilitated by industry experts.

Small business champions

If you are a Northern Territory (NT) business, Aboriginal enterprise or not-for-profit, you can get help from a small business champion.

A small business champion can help you identify the types of support your business can access.

You can also get support with networking, contacts, information, tools and resources.

Find more information about small business champions on  the Northern Territory Government website.

Business Innovation Program

The Business Innovation Program helps NT businesses develop and commercialise innovation concepts.

You can apply for mentoring and funding to support development of an innovation commercialisation plan.

Read more information about the Business Innovation Program on the Northern Territory Government website.

Innovator in Residence

The Innovator in Residence program aims to provide proactive mentoring and support to small-medium enterprises in the NT.

The program aims to increase the survival rate of small businesses, help commercialise research and development, create and retain jobs in the NT, improve the local economy, and increase opportunities for partnerships between the public and private sector.

For more information on the Innovator in Residence, go to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade website.