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Port Macquarie man David Kinney has wanted to open a comic book store since he was a kid and now his dream has become a reality thanks to the NEIS Program.

I learned the nuts and bolts of what I have to do, from insurance to taxes. Helen from ETC was wonderful throughout the whole process. The NEIS Program helped make this business a reality and for me to fulfil my life-long dream.

Client Testimonials

  • Want to Start Your Own Business

    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

    View our upcoming workshops or call our Customer  Contact  Centre on 1800 007 400 

    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

    Find workshop dates:

    View our upcoming workshops or call our Customer Contact Centre on 1800 007 400

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

    Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) Program

    The AEDO program aims to increase the confidence and expertise of Aboriginal people to become self-employed and to encourage an entrepreneurial culture within Aboriginal communities. ETC provides the AEDO program in the NSW North Coast from Grafton to Tweed Heads.

    Find out more >



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