Social Enterprise in Brisbane

Brisbane City Council is committed to the advancement of social enterprises. These programs are in addition to existing business initiatives, which are all part of building Australia’s most business-friendly city.

Stronger Social Enterprises: Business Coaching

Council is supporting existing Brisbane social enterprises to respond to the lasting economic impacts of coronavirus. By funding one-on-one business coaching, established social enterprises can grow and develop their business model to emerge as stronger businesses post-pandemic.

Prominence Consulting will provide business coaching to 14 established Brisbane social enterprises. Each selected social enterprise will receive up to 12 hours of tailored one-on-one coaching from March to May 2021.

Prominence Consulting has provided business coaching since 2003 and has extensive experience in tackling business problems for small businesses, not-for-profits and large organisations in an efficient and fit-for-purpose way. Prominence Consulting will provide social enterprises with tailored and targeted business coaching based on an assessment of individual business needs. The coaching can focus on a range of areas including:

  • business operating model
  • marketing and communication
  • business improvement and cost reduction
  • supply chain and quality
  • human resources and industrial relations
  • ICT/digital transformation
  • tenancy negotiations
  • business strategy and risk management
  • maximising social return on investment (SROI).


To be eligible to apply for business coaching, a social enterprise must:

  • be physically located within the Brisbane City Council Local Government Area
  • have been trading for a minimum of two years
  • derive most of its income from trade, not donations or grants
  • use the majority of its profits to work towards its social mission
  • commit to participating in the business coaching sessions.

How to apply

Apply online

Applications will close on Sunday 31 January 2021.

Process and timeframes

Council will assess applications and select the social enterprises that will receive business coaching in consultation with Prominence Consulting.

Council will notify applicants of the outcome in February 2021.

Business coaching will be conducted in March, April and May 2021.

Brisbane Social Enterprise Hub

The Brisbane Social Enterprise Hub, the city’s first dedicated CBD office space for the sector that channels opportunities to enhance social or environmental wellbeing, is now open at the Brisbane Business Hub.

The Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) is currently occupying the space along with numerous social enterprises benefiting from working alongside like-minded entrepreneurs. QSEC is recognised for its leadership in the development of the social enterprise sector in Brisbane and Queensland and is also driving the need for a national strategy.

Previous program

Council funded a social enterprise accelerator program from 2016-2020, helping 51 social enterprises develop and advance their businesses.

More information

To find out more information about Council’s support for social enterprise in Brisbane you can:

Last updated: 18 December 2020