Why should you come to us?

Box Hill BEC is the Victorian Small Business Specialist Centre for Small & Medium Enterprises.

We provide a range of tailored services catering to the needs of small businesses.

We assist business intenders, start-ups and operating businesses.

The services we provide to help build viable small businesses include:

  • • Accredited business training
  • • Workshops on a range of relevant business topics
  • • Business advice
  • • Individual mentoring
  • • Networking events
  • • Tools, techniques and best practices


We understand what specific, practical, experience-based training is required and how to mentor to get people started and running a successful business.

Small Business Operators and Educators

Our business trainers and mentors have all run or are running their own small businesses, are qualified educators as well as being qualified in their various vocational disciplines.

We deliver

What we promise, we deliver well. We also have a social responsibility to provide support to our clients and make reasonable adjustments in meeting their needs

We are part of TAFE

We are part of Box Hill Institute Group, whose core business for over 30 years? has been delivering vocationally-focussed education and training which is regularly audited for quality.

Our resources

Our training materials are comprehensive and up-to-date and business tools and aids are often tailored to suit a particular business application and need.


We offer convenient metropolitan (Melbourne CBD and Box Hill) access by public transport and a flexible delivery program for remote clients.

Our business networks

We are well-connected with strategic networks, including industry associations, corporate and government organisations, which keep us current and able to make referrals to other specialised networks.

Our passion and skills

We are very client-focussed and passionate about what we do, regularly going above and beyond normal hours and expectations to meet individual needs. The team has a broad mix of skills, in marketing, finance or as generalists.


“I highly recommend my tutor, whose expertise, practical advice, and overall willingness to help us brought out the most out of our classes.”

A Dressy Affair

“To me, the support after the course is more important than the course itself. They really want you to succeed….”

G. Scott
Not Just Windscreens

“I learned all the basics from the running of the business side. All the teachers and mentors were extremely friendly, most helpful and encouraging.”

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Team Members

Anthony (Tony) Phillips
  • • Advanced Diploma of Business (Accounting)
  • • Diploma of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • • Diploma of VET
  • • Cert IV TAE
  • • Cert IV Small Business Management.
  • • BEC Approved Business Advisor
  • • Co-ordinator Box Hill BEC
  • • Past Manager RMIT BEC
  • • 24 years in Banking and Finance
  • • Past small business owner – Property Maintenance
Elizabeth Paglia
  • • B. Commerce (International Business)
  • • Certificate IV TAE
  • • Diploma Applied Science (Agricultural Science)
  • • Associate Diploma Office Administration
  • • Certificate IV Business Administration
  • • BEC Approved Business Advisor
  • • Past Manager – Wimmera Business Centre/Horsham BEC
  • • 10 years SME Mentoring
  • • Business Award Judge City Whitehorse (2015/2016)
  • • Past small business owner – Agricultural & Contracting
  • • Volunteer Management/Co-ordination
  • • 13 years Local Government Experience
Sajith Rajapakse
  • • Master of Business Administration (Human Resource specialisation)
  • • B.Sc. Engineering (Mechanical)
  • • Dip VET
  • • Cert IV TAE
  • • Member, Project Management Institute
  • • Project Management Professional (from PMI)
  • • 8 years project management experience in construction
  • • Vocational teaching and projects
Solmaz Banaeeyeh
  • • Masters in Career Counselling
  • • Masters in Educational Studies
  • • BA Teaching
  • • Diploma in Community Service
  • • Cert IV in TAE
  • • Certificate in Business Administration & Finance
  • • 7 years teaching experience
  • • 6 years as a career advisor
  • • 3 years in retail management
  • • Past small business owner – Migrant Education and Career Counselling
Richard Homersham
  • • Master of Business Administration
  • • B. Economics (Economics& Accounting)
  • • Diploma of Management
  • • Cert IV TAE
  • • Diploma of Project Management
  • • Diploma of VET Practice
  • • Diploma of Training and Assessment
  • • Certificate IV in Business (Small Business Management)
  • • Certificate IV in TAE
  • • Member Institute of Management Consultants
  • • APEC Certified Business Counsellor
  • • BEC-Approved Business Advisor
  • • Past CPA (30 years)
  • • 8 years vocational teaching in business
  • • 10 years SME mentoring
  • • 3 years General Management (engineering business)
  • • Quality management (service & manufacturing projects)
  • • IT projects – Analyst and project leader
  • • Financial auditing
  • • Past small business owner – management consulting, mentoring
  • • Past small business owner – industrial product distribution