Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business people in the Top End can now receive practical assistance and support through a new local Entrepreneurship Facilitator.
Business Station in partnership with Treeti Business Consulting will encourage entrepreneurship and self‑employment, particularly among mature age locals, including those at risk of unemployment due to structural changes in the economy.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, said the new facilitator will focus on providing support in Darwin and Palmerston to mature‑age people, but anyone wanting to start their own business can access the services.
“We know that if you lose your job over the age of 50, it is harder and takes longer to get back into the labour market,” Senator Scullion said.
“Older Australians have a lifetime of skills and are often well placed to become successful entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneurship Facilitator will provide practical support, including tailored mentoring and referring people to services to help them start and run their own business.”
Mrs Ganley said the number of Australians in work was at a record high yet the number of job losses were mounting in the Territory under a Labor Government.
“Labor does not have economic management abilities which is stifling the NT economy. Businesses are closing by the day. The Federal Coalition Government’s plan for a stronger economy is working. We want all Australians, including mature-age Australians, to share in this success.”
“Helping people understand what’s required to start or grow a small business, develop a marketing strategy, understand cash flow and develop a budget are just some of the services that facilitators can offer,” Mrs Ganley said.
Entrepreneurship Facilitators are part of a suite of measures announced in the 2018-19 Budget as part of the Coalition Government’s $189.7 million More Choices for a Longer Life package to support older Australians.
The program builds on the success of existing facilitators in three regions, who have been supporting young people to pursue entrepreneurships since December 2016. This program has so far reached more than 23,000 Australians at workshops, jobs fairs, schools and other local forums. More than 1,000 people have received individualised support and advice to turn their ideas into viable businesses.
Treeti Business Consulting senior consultant Megan Holzfeind said, “I am thrilled to be part of this program to deliver these support services to people living in the Territory. Under the program will be offering support, coaching and mentoring to participants by way of ideation days to discuss business viability, working groups, one on one consultation, and facilitating access to complimentary providers offering workshops, presentations, expo’s and networking with like-minded individuals.
The program really offers individuals to take advantage of what the NT is known for, and that is opportunity and possibilities,” Mrs Holzfeind said.
For more information about the Entrepreneurship Facilitators visit: www.jobs.gov.au/entrepreneurship-facilitators.