Call out for young business owners
YOUNG business owners are being invited to join a new business-mentoring program based in Byron Bay.
The program aims to help local fledgling entrepreneurs building a business in the fields of fashion, music and digital media.
The Young Creative Entrepreneurs Mentoring Program is a partnership between NSW Trade and Investment, ACE North Coast Community Colleges, Arts Northern Rivers and Northern Rivers Screenworks. It follows the successful Arts Northern Rivers Creative Industries Brokers Project.
Byron Bay-based designer Mia Brennan of Mimi Designs is one young business person who benefited from having an adviser. She is currently being mentored by WP Creative Designs and buying specialist Sarah Gale.
"The mentoring project has been fantastic," Ms Brennan said.
"It has been a very grounding experience and built a solid platform from which to launch into the world."
Each business will receive a diagnostic session, 15 hours of workshops exploring skills such as planning, financial management and marketing and 10 hours of business development mentoring, including three hours with a specialist mentor.
Julie Clark, the acting CEO of Arts Northern Rivers, said the benefits of having a mentor to guide young entrepreneurs through the early stages of business growth were immense.
"Nineteen local businesses benefited from the Creative Industries Broker Program and their feedback suggests the help they received was invaluable.
"This new mentoring initiative is a fabulous next step," Ms Clark said.
The program is funded by NSW Department of Trade & Investment. A small fee is payable by the successful participants.
The program, beginning in mid-October, is open to Northern Rivers-based business owners aged 18-35 who have been operating for one to three years, work in fashion and design, music or digital media, and have a business challenge they need help with.