Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Business Boost for Women

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Business Boost for Women

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KARANGI farmer Sam Mihellfy-Hughes credits the recent opening of her new store, Your Healthy Living and Lifestyle, to the training and support she received through Enterprise & Training Company's Women in Trades program.

"This program really helped to put things into perspective for me," Sam said.

"I'm proud of the fact that I hung in there and I've pursued my business.

"It all got really difficult at one stage and I could have just thrown in the towel - but with the support from ETC's Women in Trades program and the women around me, it helped me to soldier on."

The six-month business mentoring program assisted 10 local business women to develop the skills, confidence and business experience to succeed in male- dominated industries.

Program co-ordinator Melissa Seelenmeyer said the group of women were provided with comprehensive training in business, marketing and financial planning.

"The program provided an opportunity for the women to communicate and empower each other on all levels," Ms Seelenmeyer said. …

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