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Free Stepping into a horticulture business course

Stepping into a horticulture business

What is "Stepping into a horticulture business?"

The “Stepping into a horticulture business” course is designed for those wanting to start a horticulture business OR those who have a fledgling horticulture business and need a hand to learn a little about what is needed to set up and run a successful horticultural business.  Businesses could be of all types, including:

  • Traditional gardening, grounds-keeping and landscaping services
  • Retail nursery selling seeds, seedlings, plants and equipment
  • Wholesale nursery growing seedlings and plants for sale direct to the public or through retail nurseries
  • Specialist installations such as irrigation or hydroponics
  • Growing food – orchards, vineyards, market gardens, glass house production
  • Value adding to horticultural produce – preserves, wines, ciders, herbal teas, pot pourri, packaged seed
  • Something quite different – bonsai art, hanging wall gardens for the kitchen … your own idea!

How the course could help?

If you already have a small business or are developing a business idea, Stepping into Business will help you to refine and grow your business concept. If you are thinking about a business for the future, Stepping into Business will help you explore what that business might look like.

If you do not want to own your own business but you have an interest in helping to run a horticulturally inspired business; Stepping into Business will give you a basic underpinning knowledge.

How long will the course run?

Stepping into Business is a fifteen-week program that will run one day a week from March 20th 2017.  It will run in 4 week blocks.  

  • The first block will start on the 20th of March.
  • The second block will start on the 8th of May
  • The third block will start on the 19th of June
  • The fourth block will start on the 31st of July

It will be held on Mondays and will operate out of the Huonville Trade Training Centre. The program will include:

  • Visits to a variety of horticulturally inspired Tasmanian businesses
  • Building a social enterprise
  • Growing a professional network and exploring its value
  • Developing a brand for a business
  • Developing a marketing plan that balances traditional and digital marketing approaches
  • Putting together a business plan
  • Guest speakers from business support organisations – introducing their role in supporting your business including: accountants, lawyers, business advisers, web designers
  • An opportunity to grow your own business with expert support and mentoring


South East trade training centre

How much does the course cost?

The course is free to qualifying participants. Stepping into Business is supported by funding under the Training and Work Pathways Program, an initiative of Skills Tasmania, Department of State Growth and is free to qualifying participants.