Be your own boss! Let’s make it hap­pen

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

BE­ING your own boss is now a re­al­ity un­der the New En­ter­prise In­cen­tive Scheme (NEIS) of­fered by Sa­rina Russo Job Ac­cess. Your ca­reer dreams are now within reach. Just ask Steve Black, who with Sa­rina Russo Job Ac­cess’ help is now the owner of Pen­rith’s Go Pri­mal Cafe.

Steve was 44 and un­em­ployed when he heard about NEIS, and knew the pro­gram could help him kick-start his own whole foods cafe. Af­ter com­plet­ing a Cer­tifcate IV in Small Busi­ness through the NEIS pro­gram he is well armed with a busi­ness plan.

“The ac­tual course is a great help,” he says. “It gives you a full range of skills, in­clud­ing mar­ket­ing, so it’s re­ally help­ful in that re­spect.”

But the sup­port doesn’t end with the train­ing. Kerry Simp­son, Sa­rina Russo’s Na­tional NEIS Pro­gram Man­ager, ex­plains it’s the men­tor­ing and fnan­cial in­cen­tives which make the pro­gram the most suc­cess­ful labour pro­gram in the coun­try.

“We teach peo­ple how to start their busi­ness with al­most noth­ing. It’s about work­ing out strate­gies on how we can get their busi­ness mov­ing and then help them rein­vest their money,” she says.

“And it doesn’t mat­ter how much money they earn in their busi­ness, they still will get Cen­tre­link in­come sup­port ev­ery fort­night for 39 weeks.”

Just three months af­ter open­ing in Pen­rith, Go Pri­mal Cafe is al­ready break­ing even on its own, with Steve now em­ploy­ing two full time ca­sual em­ploy­ees.

He says he loves run­ning his own busi­ness and would rec­om­mend NEIS to any­one think­ing about be­com­ing their own boss.

“It’s re­ally worth­while,” he says. “The fnan­cial sup­port is fan­tas­tic and the men­tor­ing is well worth it.”

“It’s go­ing well,” he says. “And who knows about ex­pand­ing if the brand takes off?”

Call 13 15 59 and bring your busi­ness dreams to life.

Next step – Ex­pan­sion for Steve Black’s new busi­ness Go Pri­mal Café at Pen­rith

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