An innovative free program will give women the chance to explore establishing their own businesses.
Run by Deception Bay Community Youth Programs (DBCYP), Women Exploring Enterprise covers business basics and aims to empower participants to create their own employment destiny.
DBCYP director Janine Botfield says the program will run for 12 weeks, culminating in a mini ‘Shark Tank’, where participants can showcase their ideas.
Janine says DBCYP has worked to help women find independence and financial stability for years, and took on client feedback about wanting to learn how to set up their own businesses to create the course.
“It’s about looking at self-employment for women because it’s flexible and interesting,” Janine says.
Exploring Enterprise takes participants from brainstorming ideas, through profiling potential customers and the nuts and bolts of setting up a business to brand identity and business development.
Janine says the support of Business and Professional Women at North Lakes and Caboolture is critical to the program’s success.
“We have been able to garner all sorts of local support and Business and Professional Women North Lakes and Caboolture are providing guest speakers and mentors.”
As participants work their way through Exploring Enterprise, they will also be developing a network of like-minded women, Janine says.
“There will be a lot of emphasis on supporting those women to network and bond - we’ll have a Facebook group, and do online yoga and art.
“We place a lot of emphasis on a quality learning experience and this is a mix of self-paced learning and webinars.
“Women deserve a quality learning experience because they deliver quality.”
Janine says Exploring Enterprise is unique because its content, while broad, is also tailored for the region.
“It’s local – the content is high quality and the delivery is focussed on local opportunities.”
An information webinar will be held on February 16 at 10am – find out more and register here.
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