Childers and Gin Gin residents looking to start or grow a business will have access to free advice at upcoming entrepreneur drop-in sessions.
The two-hour sessions will be held at the Childers Neighbourhood Centre from 2pm on Tuesday, 5 November and the Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centre from 10.30am on Friday, 8 November.
Entrepreneurship facilitator Rebecca Corbett said the free service was funded by the Australian Government to encourage people to start their own business and create opportunities for self-employment.
“Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Wide Bay-Burnett region can now receive practical assistance and support through a team of local Entrepreneurship Facilitators,” Rebecca said.
“You can receive support ranging from general advice about starting and running a business to tailored mentoring and assistance.
“Helping people understand what is 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.”
Rebecca is passionate about offering this service to business hopefuls after starting her own business in Bundaberg in 2015 before successfully exiting in 2019.
“As a small business owner myself I know just how hard that can be in a rural town.”
Entrepreneur drop-in sessions can help with first steps
While usually based in Bundaberg and travelling to Gin Gin and Childers for pre-booked mentoring sessions, Rebecca said this would be the first drop-in session held in either area.
“It’s a great opportunity to come and have a chat and see how the service can assist you, or if you need to take some other steps first,” she said.
“Anyone who wants to start a business or grow and improve their existing business should come along.
“Even if it’s just an idea for the future, come along and find out the steps you need to take to make your idea a reality.”
Local entrepreneurship facilitators offer one-to-one mentoring, small group sessions, workshops and business planning sessions.
“We tailor the service to the needs of the business.
“All of our workshops are available to attend online so that attendees don’t have to travel into Bundaberg.”
You can register interest to attend the entrepreneur drop-in sessions online, however bookings are not essential.
Residents can pop-in at any time over the two hours with an opportunity to book a more detailed private one-to-one session for a future date.