Ad­vi­sory ser­vice for en­trepreneurs

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY BUSINESS -

LO­CAL en­trepreneurs will soon be able reap the benefits of a $330,000 ad­vi­sory pro­gramme se­cured by Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and Devel­op­ment Limited (WMDL).

WMDL Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Manager, Denise Kreym­borg, said the new fund­ing would al­low the or­gan­i­sa­tion to ex­pand its ser­vices across fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, busi­ness plan­ning and devel­op­ment, hu­man re­sources, man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties and dig­i­tal pres­ence.

She said cur­rent statis­tics showed a large num­ber of small busi­nesses strug­gled and closed within or shortly af­ter their first twelve months of op­er­at­ing.

“[So] the ad­di­tional fund­ing will en­able WMDL to sup­port lo­cal en­trepreneurs, in­clud­ing ex­ist­ing small and mi­cro busi­nesses and busi­ness start-ups, by tak­ing them to the next level of busi­ness devel­op­ment and lead­ing them on the path to be­come con­fi­dent, in­de­pen­dent, re­silient and sus­tain­able busi­ness lead­ers,” she said.

Ms Kreym­borg said the new fund­ing would be brought to the re­gion over three years through the highly com­pet­i­tive Busi­ness So­lu­tions 2014 round of the Aus­tralian Small Busi- ness Ad­vi­sory Pro­gram. She said the new ser­vices would be run via the ‘Step Up Busi­ness’ pro­gramme, through which lo­cal en­trepreneurs could par­tic­i­pate in half-day in­ten­sive work­shops and men­tor­ing ses­sions.

Ms Kreym­borg said this was “huge news” for the Whit­sun­days along with the an­nounce­ment of a new work­force devel­op­ment of­fi­cer for the re­gion.

“And I would like to thank AusIn­dus­try for the on-go­ing trust and sup­port in our or­gan­i­sa­tion to de­liver Small Busi­ness pro­grammes,” she said.

WMDL will work on es­tab­lish­ing the ‘Step Up Busi­ness’ pro­gramme over the com­ing weeks. To reg­is­ter in­ter­est con­tact Elouise Lamb on 4948 5914 or via edc@wmdl.com.au.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing $18 mil­lion over three years, through the Aus­tralian Small Busi­ness Ad­vi­sory Pro­gramme, to cham­bers of com­merce, busi­ness en­ter­prise cen­tres and in­dus­try groups to de­liver ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion ser­vices.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.busi­ness.gov.au/asbas or visit www.busi­ness.gov.au.

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