Kick­start op­por­tu­nity is still open for po­ten­tial en­trepreneurs

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

THE re­sponse to the “Great Whit­sun­day Busi­ness Kick­start” has been very pos­i­tive so far, ac­cord­ing to Ray White’s busi­ness man­ager, Joanne Moyni­han.

The pro­gram is aimed at pro­vid­ing a kick­start to a budding en­tre­pre­neur by pro­vid­ing them with a busi­ness pack­age in the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre to help them get their busi­ness off the ground.

There has been a lot of in­ter­est from people with many dif­fer­ent ideas tossed in the mix, and Ms Moyni­han is look­ing for­ward to re­ceiv­ing their busi­ness plans go­ing in to more de­tail about their businesses.

The pack­age in­cludes a rent free pe­riod, a fit­ted out café, logo de­sign and sig­nage, t-shirts, aprons, and more.

Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment small busi­ness ad­vi­sor Deb Lewis has also of­fered to give ad­vice on open­ing a busi­ness in­clud­ing forms and tem­plates and any grants that may be avail­able.

Ms Moyni­han said a lot of in­ter­est had come from people with a hos­pi­tal­ity back­ground and there had been some very cre­ative and fresh ideas dis­cussed.

She said some of the ideas com­bined a mix­ture of cafés and other businesses which could of­fer a unique and am­bi­ent set­ting for cus­tomers to en­joy.

The pro­mo­tion has added a re­newed vi­brancy to the Whit­sun­day Shop­ping Cen­tre, with a va­ri­ety of new businesses in­ter­ested in op­er­at­ing in the va­cant shops in the cen­tre.

Marino’s café, which was gut­ted by fire two weeks ago, has tem­po­rar­ily moved into the lo­ca­tion near Coles where the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant will even­tu­ally oc­cupy.

Cen­tre man­ager Theresa Man­ning said this was an ad­van­tage for kick­start ap­pli­cants.

“This is a good op­por­tu­nity to see a work­ing café in oper­a­tion,” she said.

Ms Moyni­han said any­one who was in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for the kick­start could take a walk through the café when it was open but if they wanted to look through the kitchen they should con­tact her to ar­range a tour.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day, March 28. Once the suc­cess­ful can­di­date has been selected, an open­ing date will be ne­go­ti­ated with cen­tre man­age­ment.

To find out more about the pro­gram or ar­range a tour con­tact joanne.moyni­han@ray­

BUSI­NESS BOOST: Joanne Moyni­han and Theresa Man­ning en­cour­age budding en­trepeneurs to sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions for the kick­start pro­gram.

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