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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.

Press Release 22/10/12 - How's Business?

How’s Business

It is no secret that the business environment has changed with some businesses struggling to keep pace. It is even more challenging for new businesses with statistics showing up to 80% of new business ventures failing within their first 12 months.

“When you consider that small business is the largest employer in our area, it is clear that when business struggles it affects the whole community” said Simon Brown Client Manager for Edmund Barton Centre.

Press Release 15/8/12 - A new business is opening up in Taree

Gone Fishing

A new business is opening up in Taree.

Manning Valley Collectables will be opening their doors on 29th August. Business owner Bronwyn Rich is excited about this new business venture. “I’ve always had a passion for collecting and now I have an opportunity to turn my hobby into a business” said Bronwyn.

Bronwyn is a prolific collector with a wealth of knowledge and experience and a true lover of all things retro and vintage.

Press Release 23/7/12 - The Hidden Cost of Conflict in Business

The Hidden Cost of Conflict in Business

As a small business owner, it can be difficult to know how to handle conflict between staff or between a supplier or business partner. Do you hope that it will “blow over” or do you deal with it directly? And what’s your next step if the problem persists?

Press Release 25/6/12 - Continuous Improvement needed in Business

Continuous Improvement needed in Business

In business today, it is about continuous improvement and business owners that are always looking to improve their skills will always be more successful than those that do not.

Press Release 21/5/12 - TAFE Supports Small Business

Press Release 21 May 2012 - TAFE Supports Small Business

TAFE is offering subsidised business courses for any organisation that deals with tourism – such as cafes, restaurants, hotels, motels, or retailers that have a tourism market.

The courses offered are Certificate IV Business Management and Certificate IV Frontline Management.

Client Manager for the Edmund Barton Centre, Simon Brown said ”These courses are especially suited to aspiring business owners that are just starting out, or existing business owners wanting to extend their skills.”

Manning River Times 30/3/12

Do you have a dream of starting your own business, but don’t know where to start, or are you an existing business owner facing a new challenge or opportunity.

A new business support service is available in the Manning, which sees aspiring business owners that are just starting out, or existing business facing new challenges, assisted by more experienced business people through a unique mentoring program.

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.

Manning River Times 7/3/12

March sees the launch of a new business support program in the Manning, called Start Up. This is a program which sees new business owners mentored by more experienced business people. Not necessarily from the same industry or sector, but experienced in business in general.

The program is operated through the Edmund Barton Centre and sponsored by the NSW Business Chamber with funding support from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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