Little Biz is passionate about small business because our Founder, Melissa, has lived and breathed small and micro business well before she started her first micro business.

Mel started Outdoor Beanbags back in January 2012 with a mission, a product she loved (hello beanbags!) and no money… which meant she had a super big learning curve in how to start-up and run an online product based business with very limited resources and funds!

Over the years, she has attended many different small business focused workshops, which mostly had great content, but she always found that the information or training was very general in nature, so when she got home and tried to apply it to her own business, she was left scratching her head trying to work out how she could apply that learning to her own business.

This is why Little Biz has a small business focus! We understand that small businesses need some help, often with a very limited (or non-existent) resources. Whilst Mel spent hours upon hours learning to build her own website and learning how to build her own business from scratch with next to no money, her desire is that other small and micro businesses don’t have to.

Take advantage of Mel’s knowledge and experience and get yourself into one of her workshops, or have a chat with her about getting a Website built or some other marketing services. Her fees have been kept super low to make sure her target market (Small and Micro Businesses) won’t miss out on her services.

Little Biz : Small Business Focus
Little Biz : Small Business & Micro Business


We have also heard many stories from small and micro business owners that their web developer (often a friend) has gone M.I.A, leaving them out on their own with no idea how to update their own website, or add any new content when their services or pricing has changed. Many web developers won’t update a website that someone else has built, so they have been left in the dark, or take the expensive jump to engage another developer to build a new website for them.

Whilst Melissa has always had a passion for small business, this is where she had her ah-ha moment – small business supporting small business – hence the name Little Biz.


It is our mission at Little Biz, to educate and empower small business owners on how to use and update their websites, how to do their own SEO, how to manage their own social media accounts and how to create good and lasting business relationships with like minded, local small businesses.

We are perfect for the start-up’s and also those who have already started their business, but are not quite sure what they are doing. Starting with developing business foundations, small businesses can then grow on a stable foundation. From mindset, to branding, to advertising – everything a small business does comes from their business foundations. Just as the story goes, the foolish man builds his house on the sand, which is forever moving and crumbles in the wind and rain, yet the wise man builds his house on the rock, a firm foundation, which stands firm when the storms come and is not destroyed.

We will also happily create new WordPress websites for new and existing businesses, update existing websites, and work with small business owners to create the resources they require to run their business. 

Little Biz has a small business focus and will guide you, step-by-step through the process of creating and documenting the foundations of YOUR business.

Every Small Business Needs a Small Business Community to Succeed
Every Small Business Needs a Small Business Community to Succeed
Small and Micro Business Specialist
Melissa Ahlquist, Founder


The Founder of Little Biz, Melissa Ahlquist, is an ideas person who is passionate about establishing and growing small businesses. She runs her own small business and has extensive experience in administration, book keeping, data entry and graphic design.

When Melissa isn’t dreaming up new product and business ideas, she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying their hobby farm, baking and reading. She also has a special interest in making a difference in the world – by feeding the hungry, protecting the vulnerable and inspiring people to be all they can be.

If you want to read more about Melissa, her working career, and her little biz’s you can read all about it here

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