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Have you ever considered starting your own business?

You don’t have to be the next Richard Branson to have your own business! But you do need to work hard to make it successful. In short, the challenges of owning your own business are unique and very different to being employed. To find out if being your own boss is suitable for you, ETC are running a program to give people the chance to explore opportunities to start their own business.

New Business Assistance with NEIS

Want to start your own business? We can support you!

ETC provides New Business Assistance with NEIS in the NSW Mid North Coast and North Coast regions. For more information Contact Us OR complete the Enquire Now form.

 New Business Assistance with NEIS offers approved applicants:

  • Income support for up to 39 weeks (NEIS Allowance) and NEIS Rental Assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)
  • Also, personalised mentoring and support in the first year of the new business to help a job seeker put their business idea into practice
  • Accredited small business management training (BSB30315 – Certificate III in Micro Business Operations)
  • Development of a business plan
  • And finally, development of a marketing strategy

What are the Benefits of New Business Assistance with NEIS at ETC?

  • Firstly, support and guidance throughout the program
  • And access to experienced small business consultants
  • Thirdly, staff with local area knowledge, empathy, and understanding
  • Finally, networking opportunities

How do I get started?

To participate in New Business Assistance with NEIS you must be registered with a jobactive or Disability Employment Services provider. Of course, your provider can tell you if you are eligible.

Also, you must:

  • be 18 years or older when you begin receiving NEIS Assistance
  • be available to participate in required training and work full-time in your proposed NEIS business
  • The applicant must not be an undischarged bankrupt
  • and not have received NEIS Assistance for a similar business activity
  • Also, haven’t received NEIS Assistance in the previous year

Additionally, your NEIS business must:

  • not be currently operating on a commercial basis
  • independent and capable of withstanding public scrutiny
  • assessed as commercially viable by a NEIS provider
  • not be based on the purchase or takeover of an existing business
  • be established, located and operated solely within Australia

For more information Contact Us OR complete the Enquire Now form.

Exploring Being My Own Boss

This is a great series of relevant workshops conducted over two weeks (25 hours per week) It’s even fully subsidised by the Australian Government.

The program covers the following topics:

  • Getting the business started
  • Branding and design
  • Sales and marketing
  • Finance

If after the workshops you’re keen to progress your business idea, then contact us about New Business Assistance with NEIS!

Additional Resources:

For further information about the NEIS and Exploring Being My Own Boss Programs, please visit:


Client Testimonials

  • Monique Muusers

    Owner, Frankie's Travel

    “I have learnt invaluable business basics with my Certificate III in Business through NEIS, developed my business plan and met lovely NEIS participants that I studied with – the fact we were all in this together was fantastic! Thanks so much to ETC and the NEIS Program for helping Frankie’s Travel to become a reality.”

    Learn more about Monique’s story – Local woman thrilled to start her own business showcasing the region

  • Ken Cowden

    Owner, Korora Specialist Timbers

    “It’s quite a jolt starting a small business, without both the Exploring Being My Own Boss and New Business Assistance with NEIS programs it would be so much more difficult. I’m very glad I participated, as I learned so much. There’s so much to get your head around at the start. It seems almost impossible to start up without all this help. I’ve found ETC and my trainer/mentor Kim Hastings to be very professional with heaps of knowledge and experience,”

    Learn more about Ken’s story – NEIS program helps timber enthusiast to turn hobby into his dream job

  • Sally Flannery

    Owner / Artist, Sally Flannery

    “I knew some basic things, but when you actually sit down and develop the plans for your own business it’s a totally different thing. To have someone there to ask all those basic questions and go through some different scenarios was really encouraging. ETC has been so lovely and supportive.”

    Learn more about Sally’s story – NEIS program helps artist to follow her passion and help save the environment



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