The Adelaide Hills Business and Tourism Centre Inc. (AHBTC) is a joint initiative of the Adelaide Hills Council and Regional Development Australia to help develop new and growing businesses and increase employment opportunities in the Adelaide Hills.
The AHBTC actively supports individual business enterprise in the region of the Adelaide Hills and the Mt Barker Councils. It works closely with Federal, Local and State Government, together with other Business Enterprise Centers (BEC's) and business groups throughout Australia and New Zealand to provide linkages with facilitators and services that assist the growth and development of micro and small businesses for the creation of job opportunities.
The AHBTC occupies a 10 Hectare complex of small to large manufacturing warehouses and offices. It is situated in Lobethal and utilizes the redeveloped Onkaparinga Woollen Mills premises. The AHBTC has an extensive range of premises that supports new 'start up' business under a Business Incubator programme, tourism related businesses that capture the history of the 120-year existence of the Onkaparinga Woolen Mills, and light industry in permanent premises.
Business Incubator Programme
The AHBTC 'Business Incubator' program is a major program of the AHBTC, providing a supportive environment to new 'start up' businesses offering mentoring, low cost services and advice on all aspects of business. The Business Incubator Programme has achieved an 80% success rate in maintaining small business viability. This compares with a 20% success rate (nationally) for new 'start up' businesses starting without the support of a Business Incubator.
The AHBTC is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Business Incubators (ANZABI).
In addition to the Business Incubator Program and its commercial tenants, the AHBTC continues to develop and promote tourism in the area.
The AHBTC can be contacted:
1 Adelaide / Lobethal Road
Lobethal SA 5241
Tel. 08 8389 6979
fax 08 8389 5092