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ETC’s Business Consultants are rejoicing after several of their clients have recently received industry recognition for their successful businesses.

South West Rock’s Raw Spice Boutique won “Excellence in Small Business” at the Macleay Argus Business Awards and no-one is more proud than ETC’s Business Consultant Marilyn Breen who encouraged Diane Wade and her team to submit the award nomination.

“Di and her team used the award nomination process to review the direction of her business, to evaluate the effectiveness of their business practices and customer service strategy and to refine their overall business strategy. It was a very rewarding and enlightening process,” Ms Breen said.

Dianne Wade said although she was reluctant to enter the awards at first she is pleased she did because of the recognition it gives her staff.

“I have such a wonderful, loyal team and this award is great recognition for the work that Molly and Bree do,” Ms Wade said.

“Marilyn Breen has been a great sounding board. She is very business minded and her knowledge and experience can really help people in small business.”

Nathan Clarke from Tru Pest Management is another ETC client who was recognised at the Macleay Argus Business Awards – winning the “Young Entrepreneur” Award.

Acting on the advice from their ETC Business Consultant Aden Harris, Tru Pest Management has experienced 16% growth in turnover over the past 12 months by fully systemising all their computer programs.

“It can be pretty isolating running your own business so it’s been good to have someone like Aden you can talk to and run your ideas past and get a different point of view,” Mr Clarke said.

In the Northern Rivers, ETC’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) client Ellen Kronen was recognised for her website design company (Leumesin Design) by receiving a “Highly Commended” in the “Best Home Based Business” category at the Lismore Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

“I know I could have started the business on my own, but I seriously don’t think it would’ve worked as well, nor would I have had the confidence to succeed had it not been for the support of my NEIS business mentor Sue Hughes,” Ms Kronen said.

“Sue is seriously the best mentor I could have asked for and the opportunities given to me by ETC and the NEIS Program has been unbelievable.”

If you are interested in starting a business or would like some advice on how to grow your existing small business visit or contact your nearest ETC office.



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