Connecting Local Business
Botany Bay BEC is the local chamber of commerce and the hub of business networking and assistance in South Eastern Sydney.
We offer low cost, high value business assistance that helps enterprising individuals and organisations to:
- Start a new business
- Run and grow a successful business
- Adapt successfully to the ever-changing business environment.
- Become commercially smarter through training, referrals, expert advice and networking
- Connect with other businesses and the wider community for mutual benefit
We are one of many BECs that operate nationally and provide micro and small business clients with assistance with business planning, advice on marketing, budgeting and cash flow.
The assistance we provide is low cost, independent and confidential.
We are a community based, not for profit, non-political organisation that has our roots in a partnership between local businesses and the City of Botany Bay Council created to assist in local economic development.
Botany Bay BEC was awarded runner-up in Best Metropolitan BEC at the 2016 Small Business Development Conferance.
Botany Bay BEC was also recipient of the BEC of the Year Award in 2003 and has also had a hand in supporting others to achieve notable success. The following story of two young entrepreneurs illustrates perfectly the role of the BEC in helping small businesses grow successfully.
Young entrepreneurs brew sweet success
Sydney couple Vincent Maneno and Lily Wang, founders of Kettle Town teas have been named Young Entrepreneurs of the Year in the prestigious 2014 NAB Microenterprise Loans Awards.
The awards recognise entrepreneurs who have been successful in starting up their own small business and Vincent and Lily have done just that.
Armed with a shoe string budget, a larger than life vision and lots of determination the duo have turned their passion for a good cuppa into a thriving small business blending and selling exotic teas.
“Kettle Town was born from the quest to make a blend of chai which in turn began our fascination with flavours and aromas,” Vincent says.
“We were creating and tasting up to 100 cups of tea a day tweaking the recipes to get the blends perfect for the Australian palette. We recruited our friends as 'tasters' and the feedback was amazing.”
Initially the two sold their tea at markets, special events and festivals. The response was so positive the couple began to think they could turn their new found hobby into a thriving small business, but they needed some help and advice.
“That’s when we contacted the Botany Bay Business Enterprise Centre," Vincent says. “We had a meeting with the Executive Officer, Marcus Dwyer, who put us in touch with a NAB Microfinance loan and gave us the advice and direction we needed to take our business to the next level.
“With the loan and the support of the Botany Bay BEC we were able to move our little business out of our home and into a warehouse and begin production to meet our growing demand.”
Today their popular tea blends are sold in a growing number of cafes across Sydney as well as being available for purchase online.
Courtesy: Jennifer Peterson-Ward