Advisory service for entrepreneurs
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 email@example.com.
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.