LOCAL indigenous entrepreneurs are about to get a helping hand to get into business.
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) is running three free Into Business workshops in the Coffs Harbour region over the next two months.
IBA chair Dr Dawn Casey said the program is aimed at indigenous entrepreneurs who have business ideas they would like to turn into reality.
“Many indigenous Australians have created successful businesses out of things they are passionate about, but commercially viable businesses need more than passion to make them a success, Dr Casey said.
“Before taking the exciting, but often risky, leap into business ownership, entrepreneurs need to fully investigate their ideas and learn what it takes to run a business.
“The better developed your research, vocational and management skills are, the greater your likelihood of success.”
At the workshops participants work with a business specialist to learn how to thoroughly research their idea to determine whether it is commercially viable, and what is required to manage a business on a day-to-day basis. The first of the three workshops is being held next Wednesday, August 17.
Following successful completion of the workshop series participants may be eligible for one-on-one assistance from a business consultant (funded by IBA) who will help them take the next step towards building an income generating business.
For further information visit www.iba.gov.au/itb and for workshop dates in your area please Freecall 1800 107 107.