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Insight with Impact—The Sydney Community Foundation

The Office Space is a proud supporter of Sydney’s first public community foundation, the Sydney Community Foundation. The Foundation connects donors with opportunities to share and invest their wealth to improve the lives of others. The Office Space has committed to support the Sydney Community Foundation’s Women’s Business Incubator in an ongoing capacity, through an advanced training module. Established in 2014 with seed funding secured by Sydney Community Foundation from eBay, the Women’s Business Incubator is a proven model with demonstrated success.  Each year, 10 economically disadvantaged women from the Liverpool area learn how to start their own business.  Starting with a 12-week course, the women develop a name, logo, and business plan. Participants are then guided through essential tools like public liability insurance, marketing, and money management. To establish their business, the women receive a $500 start-up grant on successful completion of the 12-week course. Ensuring their continued success, the women are mentored by the Business Incubator Manager for the rest of the year. The program is run by Pat Hall, Manager of the Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections organisation.  She has identified a need for an advanced module for women who have already participated in the incubator yet require further assistance.  The Advanced Module will concentrate on areas such as sales and marketing, production, cash flow and resource management. For each Insight event we host, we will support one woman from the SCF Women’s Business Incubator to participate in an Advanced Module with tailored support and guidance for their own business venture. Small business is the building block of our nation’s economy. The Office Space actively champions businesses, and the bold people who grow an idea into a reality. We are excited to provide tools and resources to help other motivated women to kick start their own business idea and move out of disadvantage into greater independence and innovation. Keen to know more? Email us at [email protected] or subscribe to our newsletter here

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