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Apprenticeship to Business Program

Apprenticeship to Business Program

Have you completed an apprenticeship and thinking about starting, or have recently started a business? If yes, or you know someone who fits into this group, then you need to read on…

The Apprenticeship to Business Program (AtoB) a new Federal Government program, is supporting eligible tradespeople such as; electricians, plumbers, carpenters, hairdressers and a range of other trades to develop their business management skills.

Board Changes

Edmund Barton Centre Inc for business excellence
At its Annual General Meeting last week the Edmund Barton Centre bid farewell to two of its foundation Board Members, Councillors Adam Roberts and Geoff Hawkins have stood down from the Board to concentrate their time and efforts to their new task as newly elected Councillors of Port Macquarie Hastings Council. The Chairman, Hadyn Oriti thanked both of them for their very valuable contribution to the organisation both as Board Members and Mentors and wished them all the best in their future endevours.

Name Change 19/4/12

Media Release 19/4/12


The StartUp Business Development Program which has assisted over 180 local businesses in getting through the hurdles of the first 12 months of operation is expanding with the introduction of two new programs, the opening of new branches in both Taree and the Nambucca- Bellingen areas, and a new name, the Edmund Barton Centre.

Innovation Festival

Seminar part of innovation festival
18 May, 2010 08:48 AM
THE Manning Valley Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Tourism will host a free seminar on May 24 starting at 9.30am at the Harrington Hotel as part of the North Coast Innovation Festival.
The seminar is titled 'Growing Business in the Manning Valley' and is designed to highlight and outline the opportunity for small business and sole traders to learn and discuss their new and innovative products and ideas.

Focus Magazine Business Update

Did anyone notice that Lighthouse Beach Plaza (Emerald Downs Shopping Centre) is up for sale? Comprising 5235 m² and car parking for 202 vehicles. The best bit is that Coles have 15 years plus 2 x 10 year options in place. Net income of $1.087 million, which means with a net yield of 7%, the centre is yours for around $15.5 million (good for the super fund if you are a banker). Call Luke Harris at Jones Lang LaSalle on 9220 8499.

Press Release

Port Macquarie Hastings Council, North Coast TAFE and the NSW Business Chamber are proud to announce the launch of their STARTUP Business Development Program to assist aspiring business owners in the Hastings. The partners are committed to the economic viability of our community and believe that this program will help raise the relatively poor success rates of new business in their first year of operation.

Press Release

People considering starting up a business in the Hastings region are set to benefit from a new partnership between the NSW Business Chamber, Port Macquarie Hastings Council and North Coast TAFE.

The program is designed to build on the success of the Key Business Development Program that the Port Macquarie Hastings Council has run for the past two years. That program is based on the highly successful Economic Gardeners methodology. It targets businesses aiming for substantial growth and has been heavily supported, with a new group to start in 2009.

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