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New state training program for SMEs

THE state’s small and medium enterprises will have greater access to training through an innovative program launched by the state government. The Small Business Solutions program, delivered by the West Coast Small Business Training Institute, will provide business owners with access to professional advice via experienced business skills advisers. The tailored program is designed to enhance the business skills, profitability and growth of SMEs through one-on-one coaching from accredited industry professionals in the workplace. Sandra Foote, owner of online food store Australian Food Merchants and institute’s first client, has urged small business owners to take advantage of the program. “Owning a small business in the current market can be overwhelming, especially if you believe all the doom and gloom in the media,” she said. “I gained access to an informed and experienced business skills adviser without spending a fortune and it provided me with an opportunity to learn from their successes, as well as learn from their mistakes. “The guidance and reassurance that an informed and experienced business skills adviser can provide you with is immeasurable.” A similar program operating in Queensland has been a considerable success. By completing an initial three-hour session with an adviser, the business owner has the opportunity to be accredited for some of their newly acquired skills and knowledge. The process will also identify areas for further training.

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