Manning River Times 30/3/12

Date of Release: 
Friday, March 30, 2012

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.

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.

The Manning River Times is a major supporter of the initiative which been successfully piloted in Port Macquarie for 3 years and has helped over 180 businesses and generated 140 sustainable jobs.

The program is now being extended to the Manning.

“Too often businesses fail, not so much because of financial circumstances, but because of poor management decisions” said program co-ordinator Simon Brown. “The idea here is to use the knowledge and real life experience of the mentors to guide the business owners”

Members of the community interested in becoming mentors and new or existing businesses interested in the benefits of this program can contact Simon Brown on 0407 966 194 or at