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Participants of the Women in Trades Program along with ETC mentor Melissa Seelenmeyer and Adrienne Smith from Mid Coast Trucks

Coramba farmer Sam Mihellfy-Hughes credits the recent opening of her new store ‘Your Healthy Living and Lifestyle’ to the training and support she received through ETC’s Women in Trades program.

“This program really helped to put things into perspective for me, “Ms Mihellfy-Hughes said.

“I’m proud of the fact that I hung in there and I’ve pursued my business.

“It all got really difficult at one stage and I could have just thrown in the towel – but with the support from ETC’s Women in Trades program and the women around me, it helped me to soldier on.”

The six month business mentoring program assisted 10 local business women to develop the skills, confidence and business experience to succeed in male dominated industries.

Program Coordinator Melissa Seelenmeyer said the group of women were provided with comprehensive training in business, marketing and financial planning.

“The program provided an opportunity for the women to communicate and empower each other on all levels,” Ms Seelenmeyer said.

“Friendships were formed, connections made and ideas shared.

“The women also developed their own business cards, websites, logo and branding.”

Ms Seelenmeyer said feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive.

“I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve reached a place that my business can now go ahead in the direction I want it to. The support has been wonderful,” said Peta Fairbairn from Bush Dynamics.

“It’s given me an insight to what actually goes into a business. I hope to one day run my own business with my partner,” Lauren Perry from Advanced Metal Industries said.

“Without all the training and tools from ETC we would be lost,” Tara Johns from Coastal Renovations and Constructions said.

The program was delivered by Enterprise & Training Company Limited (ETC) with the support of mentor Adrienne Smith from Midcoast Trucks and funded by Women NSW’s Investing in Women Program.

If you need information about starting or growing your business contact your local Small Biz Connect Consultant today on 1800 007 400.

 

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