Boost for indige­nous busi­ness

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE BUSINESS -

INDIGE­NOUS peo­ple as­pir­ing to own and op­er­ate their own small busi­ness can ap­ply to be part of a land­mark fran­chise pro­ject by USC’s Busi­ness School.

USC is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from Queens­land-based Abo­rig­i­nal and Torres Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple for the pi­lot scheme, which will sup­port indige­nous peo­ple into fran­chises as a path­way to be­com­ing small busi­ness own­ers.

The ini­tia­tive is in part­ner­ship with Fran­chiseED, a not-for-profit en­ter­prise that pro­vides in­de­pen­dent ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices to the fran­chise sec­tor to en­cour­age best prac­tice.

Aus­tralia’s fran­chise sec­tor em­ploys 472,000 peo­ple and gen­er­ates $146 bil­lion a year in sales rev­enue, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Fran­chis­ing Aus­tralia sur­vey in 2016.

In­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.fran­ or by email­ing Kerry Miles on [email protected]­

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