Encore Program

Change your career, change your life with Encore 

A program to help budding entrepreneurs aged 35 years and over.

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Encore Program - Apply Now

Enquiries now open for our September 2024 intake.


The Encore Program is a workshop and mentoring program for South Australians aged 35 or above, looking to either establish a new business or grow an existing one. 

By attending monthly content-specific workshops delivered by industry experts, participants will learn how to develop a comprehensive business plan and a sustainable business model. 

Workshop topics

Participants will attend the following workshops:

    • Business Modelling
    • Business Plan – Getting Started
    • Law for Start-ups
    • Sales & Customer Service – Group workshop
    • Marketing and Brand
    • Digital Marketing, Media & PR
    • Finance – How to make sense of your Financials
    • Human Resources for SMEs
    • Digital Strategy – Digital Engagement
    • Leadership and Entrepreneurial Thinking
    • Business plan feedback night

    At the completion of the program, participants will have developed a business model, strategy and plan for their business.

    Dedicated mentor

    In addition to workshops, participants are allocated their own dedicated mentor who will nurture and guide participants throughout the program with a monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions.

    By participating in mentoring sessions and workshops, ENCORE participants gain an understanding of business fundamentals. At the completion of the program, participants will leave armed with a comprehensive, fully-formed business plan, ready to successfully launch or establish their business.

    The key to the success of this program is the ongoing support from experienced mentors and industry leaders who present comprehensive workshops, providing participants with all the essentials to launch and run a successful business.

    Eligibility criteria

    To be eligible for the Encore Program, you must be:

    • Demonstrate an intention to either establish a new business or grow an existing one
    • Be aged 35 or above
    • Reside in South Australia
    • Willing and able to commit to and attend the 12-month program

    Please note that we also have the SAYES entrepreneur program for applicants under the age of 35.

    There is a cost for the program of $1,800 + GST per person. Payment options are available.

    Participants will be required to complete an online application and attend an interview. To apply, click on the Apply Now button below. Information for our next intake will be available shortly.

    The course includes a graduation ceremony upon completion and opportunities to attend networking events throughout the year.

    If you like to speak to somebody about the program, please complete an online enquiry form and one of our staff will get back in touch with you.

    Encore Program - Apply Now

    Enquiries now open for our September 2024 intake.

    Kate campbell playpouch encore2019
    The South Australian Business Chamber

    The Encore Program enabled me to revisit and streamline our businesses processes and set new business goals to ensure sustainability and future growth. It was great to be forced to take time to focus 'on' the business, rather than just working 'in' the business.

    Kate Campbell , Play Pouch

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