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The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) is not for everyone.

That’s one of the key messages from local federal member and Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker who has been visiting NEIS businesses throughout Cowper today.

“Operating a small business is very challenging and new business owners need to be well prepared,” Mr Hartuyker said.

“NEIS is all about preparing the right people who are ready to start their business career and we need to be mindful not to set them up for failure.”

ETC’s NEIS Manager Sue Hughes who has mentored hundreds of NEIS business owners over the past 5 years couldn’t agree more.

“ETC delivers the NEIS program to about 430 clients per year, on behalf of the Federal government, between the Gold Coast and Port Macquarie,” Ms Hughes said.

“ETC has a 95% success rate for the delivery of NEIS, which is 8% above the national average.

“One of the key factors for our success is our rigorous screening and selection process. Not everyone who applies for NEIS gets accepted into the 12 month program.

“Those with viable business ideas are given every opportunity to exceed. They receive financial assistance, small business training (Certificate III in Micro Business Operations) and are supported by regular mentoring sessions to help keep them focussed and on track to achieving their business goals.”

Ms Hughes was a former winner of the National NEIS Association Unsung Hero award which recognised her efforts in helping eligible job seekers gain self-employment through the NEIS program.

For further information about the NEIS program on the Coffs Coast contact Aden Harris on 0448 020 467.




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