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SSC Newspaper : June 2010
16 Strathfeld Scene June 2010 BUSINESS "We're doing this because 70 per cent of new jobs come from the small business sector, but probably over 50 per cent of small businesses fail within their frst fve years” – David Backhouse, Strathfeld Council School's out for the rst business mentoring program in the Inner West. Twenty-seven people completed the inaugural 10-week course at Strath eld's High Street Community Library, which involved weekly presentations on a range of skills needed to run a small business, from drawing up a business plan to creating the perfect sales pitch. Classes were hosted by 10 business experts drawn from a variety of disciplines, such as marketing and small business management, and included one-on- one discussions with the students about their particular businesses. e entrepreneurs, ranging from 28 to 50 years of age, were mostly local residents who have recently started, or are about to start, their own businesses. e program forms part of the Council's Business Development Initiative to support local businesses and to generate employment growth. "We're doing this because 70 per cent of new jobs come from the small business sector, but probably over 50 per cent of small businesses fail within their rst ve years," explains Council General Manager David Backhouse. "Programs like this help businesses become twice as likely to succeed and help them in the critical phase of start-up, where they require the most support." e mentoring program was iontroduced in preparation for a predicted wave of new small businesses that the Council expects to emerge in the wake of the global economic crisis. "We're known as the Korean hub of Sydney and [academic research has shown that] the Korean community is the most entrepreneurial group in Australia," says Backhouse. "So this program is more critical to Strath eld than to any other part of Sydney or Australia." Many people lack the business skills to make their start-ups commercially sustainable, according to George Mavros, the presenter for sessions on sales and marketing. " e biggest problem most small businesses face is a lack of business skills and capitalisation," says Mavros, who has been a business mentor for 25 years. "Just because you're the best mechanic doesn't mean you can run a garage. You need more than expertise in a certain area." e program is designed to cover the operational nancial duties that are o en totally foreign to entrepreneurs with big ideas. Students are given a free copy of MYOB-Business Basics. Enrolments for the next business mentoring program will open in September. For more information, visit www.strath eld.nsw.gov.au. Flemington Chamber of Commerce comprises many local shopkeepers and shop owners. It has been working very closely with Strathfield Council and local community groups for many years to improve the area. It also has supported many activities of the local church, temple and schools. On behalf of Flemington Chamber of Commerce members, I would like to thank Mr Tony Maroun, Mayor of Strathfield Council, for coming to Flemington Shopping Centre recently to meet shopkeepers and residents to discuss many urgent and important local issues such as car parks, lifts for Flemington train station, improving street lighting, improving security by having more police patrols in the area at night, and how to deal with graffiti. PARKING PROBLEMS There is no vacant land around Flemington Shopping Centre, especially Henley Road, Hornsey Road, Hampstead Road and The Crescent. There is an urgent need to improve the infrastructure of Homebush West in order to cope with the population increase. At the moment, there are not enough parking spaces in Homebush West public car park and off-street parking on Henley Road and The Crescent. The parking problem worsens on weekends and public holidays. Shoppers have to drive their cars around many times to find a parking spot; some drive off to another shopping centre, so the local business is affected greatly. FLEMINGTON STATION Flemington train station currently has no lifts or ramps for the elderly, disabled persons and parents with prams. This does not encourage these groups to use public transport, or to come from other suburbs to Homebush West by train. We need the lifts urgently. STREET LIGHTING Winter is coming soon and it gets dark very early, so local people who walk home from work find it very dangerous to cross the Henley Road and Exeter Road intersection because there is insufficient lighting on the street. There is an urgent need to increase the street lights along Henley Road, Exeter Road and The Crescent. In doing that, we can prevent car accidents and possibly save some lives. ASIAN FESTIVAL On June 16, which is the 5th day of the 5th month according to the Chinese calendar, the local Vietnamese and Chinese communities will celebrate by having sticky rice cakes at Flemington shopping centre. So come along and enjoy! Inaugural class of 2010 By Jane Lee e course demysti es the whole process of running a business ... " Tara Laughton (Model Mentors) BUSINESS MENTOR'S CLASS OF 2010 JAMIE BERRY Mobile neuropsychologist For clinical neuropsychologist Jamie Berry, the program came at just the right time. "I found it perfect in terms of the nature of the content," he says. "It hasn't over whelmed me or been overly simplistic." Two years ago, Berry founded a mobile private practice with six other consultants to meet the demand for rehabilitation services because he was frustrated with the limited resources within the NSW hospital system. anks to the demand, he is now building a headquarters in Strath eld where patients can be assessed and receive ongoing treatment. e program has allowed Berry to be er evaluate the viability of his practice and its potential for growth. "Given that my business is reasonably well established, I've been able to apply what I've learned and immediately witnessed a substantial increase in the value of the business," he says. ELLEN SHEPHERD Marriage celebrant Ellen Shepherd saw the program as a way to further her newfound career as a marriage celebrant. " e really great thing [is] being able to network with others in the same situation ... we've all got the common ground of starting [in business] fresh," she says. Shepherd, who le her job as a project manager a year ago in order to spend more time with her two young children, generates new business through referrals from former clients, but plans to use the mentors' advice to improve her marketing strategy. "[ e mentoring program has] given me the skills to actively seek out clients," she says. " e thing about word-of-mouth referrals is that you have no control over when they come in. I'd like to have more involvement in generating new business myself." G CE COMPDON Medical supplies wholesaler Grace Compdon is using the program to breathe new life into Amada-Amavic, the rst-aid and medical supplies wholesaler she inherited from her husband when he died of cancer. "I don't have the time or advantages that people who start businesses with years of experience behind them do," she says. "I had to learn on my feet and keep running the company, so the mentoring program gave me the opportunity to speak to people with knowledge and a background in business. " We're ge ing a snapshot because you can't learn a lifetime of experience from a 10-week course, but considering the shortness of the time, the opportunity is wonderful." TA LAUGHTON Model mentor " e course demysti es the whole process of running a business, which then leaves you more time to develop your product or ser vice," says Tara Laughton, the founder of Model Mentors. Laughton, who has been a model for 20 years, joined the program to be er understand how to grow her own professional mentoring ser vice for emerging models and young women entering the workforce. "It's a hard industry," she says. "You can be judged a lot, but it's not always you being judged -- it's you as a product. "We teach models to di erentiate the two so they don't become upset in themselves and feel they need to change or that they aren't 'right'." ROUNDUP CHAMBER Dr David Tang, President of Flemington Chamber of Commerce. Shop 11/22-24 Henley Rd, Homebush West, NSW 2140. Phone: (02) 9746 7375. ADVERTISE WITH US CONTACT DAVID BROWN AT: firstname.lastname@example.org