Entrepreneurship Facilitators

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Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide practical assistance to support and encourage individuals to start a business as a way to create their own job.

What services do Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide?

Entrepreneurship Facilitators provide a range of free services, including, but not limited to:

  • Promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship among all individuals by providing information and advice about entrepreneurship and starting and running a business to clients, community organisations and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Providing tailored mentoring and assistance to individuals. This includes facilitating interactive engagements to provide information and advice (such as workshops and networking events) and providing mentoring assistance and advice.
  • Linking and referring individuals to appropriate services that will help them start and run their own business, including New Business Assistance with NEIS.

The Facilitator will also develop and maintain productive working relationships with key stakeholders in their location.

The Facilitators have a focus on encouraging entrepreneurship among:

  • mature age Australians, including those at risk of unemployment due to structural changes in the economy in the 20 additional locations from January 2019
  • young people in Cairns, the Hunter Valley (including Newcastle), and Launceston and North-East Tasmania.

Who can access services?

Anyone wanting to start their own business can access services from an Entrepreneurship Facilitator.

Entrepreneurship Facilitator contact details

Entrepreneurship Facilitators are delivering services in 20 new locations across Australia from January 2019. Their contact information will be made available in the table below as they come on board.

Facilitators were selected through a competitive open tender process. Further information is available on the Request for Tender for Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services 2019–2022 page.

State Location
New South Wales Coffs Harbour – Grafton

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Courtney Tune

Contact information:

Email: courtney@altcollective.com.au
Phone: 0481 167 555

Biography:

Having completed a few fancy business degrees, Courtney’s real education in business started when he kicked off his own small business – a restaurant, bar and live music venue in the picturesque coastal village of Sawtell, NSW. During this time he experienced first-hand the challenges that small businesses face but also the great opportunity that business presents in sharing a passion, and the independence of becoming your own boss. Over the past six years Courtney has himself been responsible for a number of Small Business start-ups, at the same time providing freelance support to others involved in the adventure that is small business. Prior to going into business Courtney spent over 10 years working in Business and Economic Development with local government delivering a number of small business programs – this included providing support to local businesses in navigating the government approval process.

New South Wales Richmond – Tweed (Ballina)

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Ms Madonna Armit

Contact information:

Email: madonna.armit@australianbusiness.com.au
Phone: 0422 771 812

Biography:

Madonna started her career as a designer and has over 30 years business experience working in a diverse range of industries including textile and clothing, education and training, safety and industrial, food and agriculture.

Within each industry, Madonna has demonstrated her ability to successfully identify the drivers of change and trends. She has established new product opportunities and enhanced customer value propositions by creating strong product differentiation designed to grow market share and increase margins. Rigorous analysis, research, planning and her passion for commercialising innovation forms the foundation of Madonna’s product development and branding strategies.

Throughout her career, Madonna has established complex international supply chains and quality systems in compliance with highly regulated industries. Her ability to influence strategic decision makers throughout the supply chain is a result of her methodical attention to detail and her ability to communicate efficiently and effectively to all stakeholders with infectious enthusiasm.

Madonna has worked across all levels of business and management within small businesses and large corporations. She has established and built five businesses in Australia and as a result has developed extensive knowledge of commercial, regulatory, financial and business administrative practices to assist and mentor small business owners to establish and realise the potential of their business.

New South Wales Richmond – Tweed (Tweed Heads)

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Phil Daly

Contact information:

Email: phil@pinnaclebusiness.com.au
Phone: 0412 667 864

New South Wales Sydney – South West (Campbelltown)

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Chris Mooney

Contact information:

Email: chris.mooney@australianbusiness.com.au
Phone: 0408 665 456

Biography:

Chris considers himself one of Australia's most experienced and trusted business specialists with a strong international trade and business development background.

Chris has advanced senior executive expertise in strategy formulation, business transformation, business development, strategic marketing, communications and sales in a diverse range of industries across multiple geographies and cultures. He has managed large and mid-sized businesses and multiple product portfolios, and has achieved turn-around performance through effective leadership and coaching. Senior executive experience includes eight years as Director (Deputy Chair) at Australian Marketing Institute and three years as Managing Director of six SME businesses operating in seven countries, based in the Campbelltown district. Chris was appointed to the executive level in BlueScope Steel where he had responsibility for Strategy within a $3.2bn division.

Chris has also served as Country Manager for BHP in PNG and the Philippines and been State Manager in Victoria, Western Australia and NSW. He has developed and led a BHP multi-faceted sales training program for 400 participants.

As a lecturer at University of Wollongong at undergraduate and Masters level, Chris has substantial public speaking experience. He is an active mentor and coach to both junior and senior business connections, and is an accredited trainer for Silver & Wise. Chris has been an International Stevie Awards judge.

New South Wales Sydney – South West (Liverpool)

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Van Tam Tran

Contact information:

Email: vtran@konekt.com.au
Phone: 0447 307 589

New South Wales Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Randall Walker

Contact information:

Email: randall@srbec.com.au
Phone: 0408 893 761

Biography:

Randall loves working with individuals and businesses to realise their full potential. Through this program, Randall looks forward to using his more than 20 years business development and consulting experience to help local entrepreneurs make the transition to self-employment and establish, pivot or run a successful and sustainable business. Randall has worked with many Top 200 Australian companies, across diverse sectors, to improve performance within teams. He has specialised in strategy, destination marketing, economic development, hospitality and tourism management, education, training and teambuilding. He has worked on projects with three of the world’s largest accommodation brands.

Randall has formal qualifications, including a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Marketing) and Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training. He has enjoyed working with Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre (SRBEC) to develop and deliver Innovation and Entrepreneurship master classes, and is excited to now be delivering, along with the SRBEC team, this new Australian Government program which will make a positive difference in the lives of entrepreneurs.

Victoria Ballarat

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Dr Paul Miller

Contact information:

Email: millerp@sarinarusso.com.au
Phone: 0419 575 562

Biography:

Dr Paul Miller is a Ballarat-based trainer, mentor and coach with 20 years’ experience assisting thousands of people start, grow and manage their businesses. He has worked across a range of business sectors throughout Victoria and understands from firsthand experience that running a business is not a sprint, it is a marathon, with many challenges and rewards along the way.

Paul has spent most of his career working in the small business sector either as an owner/operator or coaching others to take an idea from the concept stage to a fully operational business. Paul brings with him extensive local experience, both in the delivery of employment services and as a small business operator. Paul has worked with Sarina Russo Job Access since 2015 delivering direct services to budding entrepreneurs - from concept stage, developing the idea, training and preparing the business and then coaching and mentoring to sustain the enterprise.

Whether you are thinking about starting a business or developing and running your existing business, Paul will work with you to help you achieve your business goals. He can provide hands-on assistance, practical advice and expert guidance to get you started and keep you on course.

Victoria Latrobe – Gippsland

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Ms Stephanie Thoo

Contact information:

Email: steph@gipps.tech
Phone: 0403 835 446

Biography:

Stephanie is an innovation and entrepreneurship specialist with a passion for purpose-lead enterprise. After completing her MBA at Melbourne Business School, Stephanie has built a diverse innovation career - working as a Design Thinker in a social enterprise, a Project Lead in a not-for-profit skunk works, a Program Manager for a university entrepreneurship hub and as Lead Innovation Consultant for not-for-profit, government and corporate clients across Australia and the world.

Stephanie currently leads the Community Programs for GippsTech, a Gippsland-based social enterprise, where she’ll be designing and facilitating entrepreneurship and innovation programs such as Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services, Startup Gippsland and the Binary Shift conference.

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Anthony Mayer

Contact information:

Email: anthony@onlineiseasy.com.au
Phone: 0417 047 632

Biography:

Anthony is an optimist, an entrepreneur and a digital strategist with a focus on small business empowerment and success.

With over 25 years of hands-on management and business ownership from hospitality to commercial printing, he has won many accolades in business, including Gippsland Business Awards Business of the Year and LCBTA People’s Choice Winner. Anthony now specialises in online business marketing as a web designer and through teaching business owners how to manage their digital footprint to be seen in this digital age via his agency ‘Online is Easy’.

In 2018, Anthony was invited to be an Authorised Squarespace Trainer, one of under 25 officially endorsed in Australia. With his own workshops, as a Digital Springboard Partner for InfoXchange and Google and as a keynote speaker and facilitator for Think.Digital, Gippsland.Digital and Australia Post, he has presented digital strategy, virtual reality and digital education to thousands of people in the last 18 months.

Anthony’s goal is to narrow the gap between the technological advances that excite him and the small business owners and community groups that inspire him. He takes great joy in empowering individuals in business, not-for-profit and community to take control of their online presence.

He is also keen to share his entrepreneurial hurdles and wins, especially with digital technology, in the many businesses he’s owned or managed for others.

Victoria Melbourne – South East (Dandenong)

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Nicholas Bolto

Contact information:

Email: nic.bolto@fullsupport.com.au
Phone: 0488 656 205
Web: Full Support

Biography:

As a Churchill Fellow, graduate of the Melbourne Business School and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nic brings expertise to the acquisition of entrepreneurship goals. He has worked in senior government, corporate and not for profit leadership roles. Nic has also developed and delivered programs that have assisted people with their small business goals, many of whom were mature age workers going into business for the first time.

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Koke de Zoysa

Contact information:

Email: koke@paramountrecruitmentservice.com
Phone: 0428 369 879
Web: Full Support

Biography:

Koke de Zoysa has over 15 years' experience working in fast the paced employment services environment. He has been involved in the delivery of a range of strategies for job seeker career transitions, from brainstorming ideas, to developing solutions and implementing self-employment options. Koke has also managed a range of retail, services and property businesses from start up to maturity.

Victoria Melbourne – South East (Pakenham)

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Ashley Hayden

Contact information:

Email: ashley.hayden@australianbusiness.com.au
Phone: 0400 975 036

Biography:

Ashley Hayden is a business consultant with over 25 years experience in corporate marketing, executive management and small business ownership.

He started his first business at age 14 and has since helped hundreds of business owners, executives and managers with marketing strategy, business advice and workshop facilitation. In 2017, he joined Silver & Wise, an organisation dedicated to training and enabling mature age business ownership. He has been fully trained as a small business coach, mentor and strategic advisor and facilitator.

Queensland Fitzroy

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Peter Peterson

Contact information:

Email: Peter.peterson@australianbusiness.com.au
Phone: 0423 242 603

Biography:

Peter has many years of experience supporting individuals to start their businesses. He has personally and successfully delivered the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) for six years. Additionally, he has delivered several Small Business Advisory Service programs on behalf of AusIndustry, including a three-year program throughout Central Queensland covering Emerald, Rockhampton, Gladstone and north to Mackay.

Peter’s experience is underpinned by formal qualifications. He has an Associate Diploma in Information Processing (IT), Graduate Diploma in Management, Master of Business, Certificate IV – Training & Assessment and numerous professional development courses including Project Management, Occupational Health & Safety, Leadership, Staff Selection and Recruitment, and Protective Security – Information Technology.

His extensive knowledge and experience supporting individuals starting a business ensures the strengths, weaknesses and barriers an individual has are quickly identified and strategies are put into place, leveraging the individual’s strengths to improve the their prospects of success and growth.

Queensland Ipswich

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Ms Anne-Marie Walton

Contact information:

Email: Anne-Marie@yepipswich.com
Phone: 0488 047 111

Biography:

Anne-Marie’s knowledge of business is supported by 20 plus years’ experience in corporate, self-employment in small businesses and in community ventures. Anne-Marie brings a first-hand understanding of modern entrepreneurs’ needs through her recent immersion in the innovation sector as; a company founder; former Community Manager at one of Queensland’s renowned co-working hubs and via the University of Southern Queensland as part of the development team of an entrepreneurship program for women.

Queensland Wide Bay (Bundaberg)

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Ms Rebecca Corbett

Contact information:

Email: rcorbett@bundabergbec.org.au
Phone: (07) 4153 2333

Biography:

During the past 15 years, Rebecca has been working with small businesses across many industries to improve their growth strategies, profits & sustainability. Rebecca left the corporate world of the Sunshine Coast in 2008 to settle in Bundaberg. She brought with her a view that living in a rural town has no limitations in reaching and exceeding business goals.

Rebecca started her own business, Tally and Tick, in 2015. Using her knowledge and experience, Rebecca supported her clients to effectively manage business finances through bookkeeping, payroll, and ATO lodgements. After four successful years in business, Rebecca implemented her exit strategy and sold Tally and Tick. She continues to inspire other business owners to maintain a healthy work/life balance through her second business, Healthy Entrepreneur and is the Entrepreneurship Facilitator in the Wide Bay Burnett.

Queensland Wide Bay (Gympie)

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Jason Virtue

Contact information:

Email: jvirtue@bundabergbec.org.au
Phone: (07) 4153 2333

Biography:

Jason Virtue founded Landlife Education Pty Ltd, a consulting and training firm that specialises in practical and innovative solutions for main street and rural based businesses. Beginning his career in a family owned hospitality business, he has had experience in retail and transportation before finally launching his own successful farming business in 1994. Jason has worked with many hundreds of individuals to help them to grow sustainable and viable business operations.

As an Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Jason continues to strive to deliver the highest standards of service through trust, integrity, care, approachability and honesty while encouraging business owners to lead healthy and fulfilling lifestyles and to pursue their passions. He believes that one on one mentoring is critical for all businesses to achieve amazing outcomes and is committed to and excited about connecting with the greater business community through Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services.

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Ms Lynne Wilbraham

Contact information:

Email: lwilbraham@bundabergbec.org.au
Phone: (07) 4153 2333

Biography:

Lynne brings to the Entrepreneurship Facilitator role, a wealth of business knowledge acquired through her own experiences in operating, working and facilitating the establishment, growth and development of businesses ranging from start-ups through to large companies. This experience is reinforced through formal qualifications in Business, Marketing and Management.

Lynne’s previous roles and experiences have required her to implement both high level business, project management and networking skills. She has also had many years experience in working at a one to one level to facilitate entrepreneurship, business establishment and growth. Born and raised in the Gympie region, Lynne has a strong personal passion for supporting the growth of the business community at all levels and for helping entrepreneurs to achieve their business goals.

South Australia Adelaide - West

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Ms Wendy Perry

Contact information:

Email: wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au
Phone: 0416 150 491

Biography:

Wendy Perry is an entrepreneur and educator, innovator and leader, speaker and writer on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Workforce Planning and Development, Vocational Education and Training (VET), International Capability and Capacity Development.

Mentoring and facilitation are strengths with Wendy working alongside entrepreneurs, founders, individuals, organisations, startups, scale ups, students and unicorn companies. Her clients include business and industry leaders, entrepreneurs and social enterprises, female founders and diverse innovators, government agencies and not for profits, mature age people who are self-employed or are looking to start up a venture, and scaleups with a local, national and international aspiration. This mentorship has taken Wendy all around Australia and the world, where she has hosted many international delegations and facilitated programs.

Wendy has experience motivating, encouraging and organising educational opportunities for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators. Wendy is a 'go-to' person in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, open and invitational in her approach, encouraging 'what next' and leading entrepreneurs to tools, networks and resources for them to take the next step.

South Australia Barossa – Yorke – Mid North
Western Australia Mandurah

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Stephen McVey

Contact information:

Email: efs@skillstrategies.wa.edu.au
Phone: (08) 6143 2180

Western Australia Perth – North East

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Ms Liz Haselgrove

Contact information:

Email: hello@bosscentre.com.au
Phone: 0422 130 071
Web: Business One Stop Shop

Biography:

Liz has been described as the “go to” for all things marketing, websites and strategy for small businesses. Before becoming a Facilitator Liz was running her own business and website consultancy, as well as training and mentoring around 20 new business owners a week through New Business Assistance with NEIS and running training sessions for the Small Business Development Corporation.

Liz Haselgrove began studying Business and Strategy at the age of 16 and completed a National Diploma in Business before getting her BA(Hons) Degree in Business in the UK.

After working in the corporate world for nearly 10 years (such as the trading floor at National Australia Bank, for the Head of International Sales at Burberry and in product development at Google), in 2005 she began helping smaller enterprises to thrive. Liz opened her first successful business in 2010.

Liz is passionate about helping entrepreneurs to make their dreams come true, and this shines through in every mentoring and training session. She is a wealth of knowledge of all things small business, with specialisms in marketing, social media, websites and strategy.

Tasmania Greater Hobart and South-East Tasmania

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mr Scott Dufty

Contact information:

Email: scott@businesssouth.com.au
Phone: 0408 299 200

Biography:

Scott initial career spanned over 25 years in Banking and Finance. In recent times he was employed as the Business Manager for a successful Hobart retailer -where his major focus was on optimising business growth and profitability through identifying new ways of doing business, new service offerings and new market opportunities. He was then recruited by his local Business Enterprise Centre in Southern Tasmania, in 2010.

Having owned two prior businesses himself – one a start-up, the other being a purchase of a going concern, has given Scott greater understanding and empathy with small business owners. Giving business guidance and support to existing business owners and those people contemplating starting a business is something Scott is well versed in.

“As a Business Development Manager for one of Australia’s largest banks I felt I had a good understanding of small business – which I did” Scott said. “But then when you’re running your own show, paying wages, rent and other bills – the full comprehension of needing to make sales to meet these costs lifts your understanding of being in the zone more than you could have ever appreciated before. I enjoyed the independence of being my own boss – and the opportunities and the challenges that go with this experience as well.”

Over his years with his local Business Enterprise Centre in Southern Tasmania, Scott has been keen to organise and run events such as business breakfasts, business opportunity dinners, business expos, business awards, happy hours and workshops. “These events are great for our clients to network in and receive business education – and to have fun as well”

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Ms Daniela Schurink-Moeller

Contact information:

Email: daniela@businesssouth.com.au
Phone: 0455 372 023

Biography:

Daniela is a business management professional with over 10 years of experience in developing and owning/managing hospitality businesses in Hobart. She has also translated her business background, formal business qualifications and experience into the Tasmanian small business advisory and training environment. As a small business consultant, she has assisted many clients in establishing, maintaining and improving small/micro-businesses, whilst also coordinating a state government funded business mentor program. Daniela can complement these skills with her further experience as an employment program coordinator and trainer, as well as a sessional VET teacher in Hobart. In her various roles Daniela developed experience in delivering workshops and information sessions on small business management topics to a variety of stakeholders.

Northern Territory Darwin

Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:

Mrs Megan Holzfeind

Contact information:

Email: megan@treeti.com.au
Phone: 0438 040 515

Biography:

Megan has over fourteen years management experience ranging from small business start-ups, to multi outlet management and operating at an executive leadership level at one of Australia's largest and iconic tourism destinations. Her specialty is private sector business development for domestic and international markets - predominantly China.

Megan takes a very proactive approach to business and strives to support the team and community to achieve the best possible outcomes.

View the maps of the 20 locations.

Entrepreneurship Facilitators have been supporting three locations since December 2016. Details of the locations and Facilitators are provided below.

Region Contact Information Biography
Cairns Ms Tara Diversi
0488 047 111
hello@yepcairns.com
www.yepcairns.com
Tara won the Cairns Business Women's inaugural young businesswoman of the year in 2004, and believes that self-employment is one of the most rewarding things in life. Equipped with a MBA, two post graduate psychology degrees and numerous non-tertiary trainings to compliment her practical experience, Tara is excited to assist young people overcome the barriers to starting their dream business and incorporating best-practice to increase their chances of success.
Hunter (including Newcastle) Ms Cheryl Royle
0407 991 277
cheryl@thefinerline.com.au
www.hunterfuturepreneurs.com.au
Cheryl is a Hunter based small business coach and consultant, and co-founder of Lone Rangers Business Networks. She has owned four businesses over the past 25 years and has educated, supported and coached 1000’s of business owners, freelancers, consultants, artists and entrepreneurs across Australia. Cheryl is committed to helping the small business owners/entrepreneurs unlock their potential, thereby creating the business of their dreams.
Launceston and North-East Tasmania Ms Talitha Devadass
(03) 6349 1919
0429 061 668
talitha@vandiemenproject.com.au
www.vandiemenproject.com.au
Talitha "Taz" believes in community development through the sharing of ideas, transfer of knowledge and relationship-driven collaboration. Born in Launceston, she is an experienced facilitator with a passion for helping people achieve their best and has worked with nearly 5000 young Australians. Taz has a diverse background in multiple leadership roles with The Van Diemen Project, and has supported numerous exciting Tasmanian start-ups over the last year.

Other Assistance available

For people not located in or near one of the 23 Entrepreneurship Facilitator locations, a number of other services are available, including: