Refugees and other members of Newcastle's multicultural community will receive free skills training to help them establish their own businesses as part of a project run by Newcastle City Council with local partners, including The Business Centre.
The Multicultural Small Business Program will see around 12 refugees and immigrants attend workshops over a 10-week program to help them set-up and run small businesses in Newcastle and the Hunter.
As part of the program, The Business Centre is delivering a series of business education workshops catering to both English and Arabic speaking participants, with use of an interpreter.
Managing delivery of the workshop program, Gordon Whitehead, ASBAS Coordinator, The Business Centre said starting a business can be challenging ordinarily, but even more so if you’re from a different cultural background and not yet acquainted with the various rules and regulations in Australia.
“The program will teach participants how to successfully set-up up a business and meet all necessary requirements, including legal, business structures, marketing, financial planning and budgeting, and tax obligations”, Gordon said.
“The 10-week business education program comprises workshops, business advisory sessions and networking opportunities. Participants will also have access to mentors from the local migrant business community to assist them.”
The Business Centre's Chief Executive Officer, Pierre Malou said it the Multicultural Small Business Program is a fantastic opportunity to simply share our business culture with men and women freshly arrived in Australia.
“Whilst “give it a go” might be our motto, we too can learn from participants attending this program. Most of them come from war-torn areas. Their resilience is second to none. They are also determined to succeed in their new country. At The Business Centre we believe these attributes will help them succeed in starting up their own business.”