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Enterprise Connect Drives Better Business Outcomes

New businesses will get a helping hand from their more experienced peers thanks to the Gillard Labor Government’s Enterprise Learning and Mentoring scheme.

As part of the successful Enterprise Connect business support program, the new scheme will help businesses better understand their operations and boost their productivity.

Welcoming the scheme, Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr said the mentoring system was a great way for new businesses to learn and feel supported.

“Nothing beats the lessons we learn from real world experience. Under this scheme, skilled business mentors and business managers who have previously received support from Enterprise Connect will share their stories with less experienced businesses,” Senator Carr said.

“In doing so, they will help new business identify areas of concern and map out ways for improvement.

“Enterprise Connect has completed support for over 2,700 small to medium sized businesses since it began in 2007. It is a testament to the program and to the Australian spirit that past clients are stepping up to the plate to offer their insights, help and guidance to others under this new scheme.”

In addition to mentoring, the scheme will offer a series of workshops on a range of critical business’s development areas such as leadership and organisational culture, product and service development, advertising and marketing, new markets, financial management and human resources.

A pilot of the scheme took place in South Australia earlier this year. The pilot was a success with participants unanimously enthusiastic and pleased with what they had gained. Some testimonials are attached.

To find out more about the scheme, visit www.enterpriseconnect.gov.au or phone the hotline on 131 791.

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