Five local women graduated from the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme last week, an initiative of the Department of Employment which aims to empower job seekers with skills to run their own small businesses.
The six week program was delivered by the Chisholm Institute and was held at the Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House three days a week.
Newborough resident and business owner Sharron Marshall participated in the NEIS and said it was the best thing she’d ever done.
“It was very thorough and intense and I learned more in six weeks than I did in my traineeship in business,” she said.
“It’s a wonderful thing and I recommend it to anyone thinking of starting their own business.
“You’re not just dropped like a hot coal, you have continuing mentor support for 12 months afterwards as well.”
Ms Marshall said she learned a lot through the course, including profit and loss in business, how to set out a business plan and how to manage the legal aspects of operating a business.
“I love the work I do because I have a passion for it. I’m my own boss which is excellent… and I love the fact that I know where all my money will be going and I have a chance to have a bit of profit for savings,” she said.
“We had an excellent teacher who had a vast amount of knowledge. There was so much passion in the room from the other (students) and our teacher.”
Ms Marshall has been operating her business for 20 years as a hobby and recently decided to go full-time.
“After 20 years of experience doing different types of therapies, I have a vast amount of knowledge and I can put it all together, this is where the (NEIS) program came into play.
“It has provided me with a solid foundation to move forward with confidence.”
Traralgon Neighbourhood Learning House adult education officer Julie Callahan said she was pleased the neighbourhood house could provide rooms to facilitate the NEIS program in the Latrobe Valley.
To learn more about the NEIS scheme, visit www.employment.gov.au