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The National Australia Bank (NAB) has partnered with local Business Enterprise Centres to deliver the Microenterprise Loans Program to help support start-up and existing small businesses.

ETC’s National Manager Business and Strategy, Jackie Parkinson said this service was an extension of the help ETC already offered the business community through its delivery of business programs on the Mid North Coast.

“We are very aware that small business growth is often hampered by limited access to funds,” Ms Parkinson said.

“That’s why ETC is pleased to partner with NAB to help eligible businesses access loans from $500 to $20,000.”

Ms Parkinson said ETC’s experienced business advisors would provide businesses with assistance to develop and/or review their business plans for the purpose of their loan applications.

“The first step, however, should be to consider whether there may be other avenues to grow your business other than by borrowing,” Ms Parkinson said.

“You should also consider what your repayments will look like and how this impacts the current cash flows of the business.”

Ms Parkinson said after successfully securing a loan, recipients may access support through ETC’s Small Biz Connect program to help them achieve their goals.

For more information and to consider your eligibility contact Kevin Riddell at ETC Business Solutions on (02) 6648 5400 or email kevin.riddell@etcltd.com.au


Do you provide a culturally safe work environment?

Do you work with or employ Indigenous people?

If so, have you had Cultural Safety Training?

Not to be confused with Cultural Awareness Training (that may not be achievable in the short term), Cultural Safety Training is an immediate and critical requirement of any organisation working with or employing Indigenous people.

Cultural Safety Training is designed to provide workable guidelines and strategies for engaging appropriately with Indigenous people and communities.

The term “Cultural Safety” was originally coined by Maori nurses meaning “an environment which is safe for people; where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need.”

For further information about Cultural Safety Training contact ETC’s Anusha Duray on (02) 6648 1969 or email anusha.duray@etcltd.com.au



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