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.
|New South Wales||Coffs Harbour – Grafton|
|New South Wales||Richmond – Tweed (Ballina)||
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Ms Madonna Armit
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)|
|New South Wales||Sydney – South West (Campbelltown)||
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Mr Chris Mooney
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)|
|New South Wales||Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven|
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Dr Paul Miller
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 growing 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
|Victoria||Melbourne – South East (Dandenong)||
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Mr Nicholas Bolto
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
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
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.
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Mr Andrew Snow
Andrew has 15 years experience with Australian stock exchange listed companies and working with regional business owners to support various projects and operations.
Andrew is also a Certified Business Analyst and uses this knowledge and methodology to help business owners establish business processes and align their people and culture to business work flow to maximise efficiencies. Andrew is well grounded in commercial management, contractual management, business and sales strategy, financial management and corporate governance.
Having established his own business coaching practice in the Central Queensland Region four years ago, Andrew understands the journey for a business owner. This is demonstrated through his work with the Central Highlands Regional Corporation "Business Growth Program" in the Isaac Region in 2017, where he helped small business owners refocus on their business goals, improve customer service and grow their business through increased sales and market awareness.
|Queensland||Wide Bay (Bundaberg)|
|Queensland||Wide Bay (Gympie)||
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Mr Jason Virtue
|South Australia||Adelaide - West||
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Ms Wendy Perry
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||Perth – North East||
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Ms Liz Haselgrove
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
Entrepreneurship Facilitator name:Mrs Megan Holzfeind
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.
|Cairns||Ms Tara Diversi
0488 047 111
|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 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 "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: