City of Mandurah’s free entrepreneur programs paying off for local businesses

Business partners Victoria Gardiner (left) and Rosie Hegarty with Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.
Business partners Victoria Gardiner (left) and Rosie Hegarty with Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams.

CITY of Mandurah’s free entrepreneur programs have been hugely popular and successful since starting in 2014 with many stories of local people creating their own business opportunities.

With each program tailored to different groups and interests, the City has welcomed more than 530 participants through a range of workshops and courses, including Artpreneur101, Design Your Own Job, the Migrant Women Program, Mumpreneur and the latest StartUp Smart Creative.

The program’s success has contributed close to 50 full time businesses being established and 65 per cent of all participants registering an ABN with most trading part time.

Business partners Rosie Hegarty and Victoria Gardiner, who completed the StartUp Smart Creative course last year, have launched their own online millinery business Headonista.

Ms Gardiner has been a milliner for 20 years.

And so thrilled were they by the quality of the course and the information supplied, they cannot wait to start another one.

The StartUp Smart creative course received the most applications of any previous entrepreneur program.

The eight-week course was co-funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions and developed and organised by the City and partners.

The next StartUp Smart creative course starts on May 8.

More information or to register visit mandurah.wa.gov.au.

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