Gunnedah women have the chance to apply for a year’s worth of business support through The Rural Woman’s Seed Scheme.
The scheme aims to help 10 rural women in the Gunnedah district to start or develop in business by providing an online platform and a year’s worth of training, mentorship, and access to technology, a private social network and a dedicated coordinator.
Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce submitted an expression of interest for the scheme and in late October found out its submission was successful.
President Stacey Cooke said the chamber was “delighted”.
“It is a huge opportunity for the many entrepreneur women that we have in Gunnedah and district and we encourage women to take advantage of this opportunity and apply,” she said.
“We are available to liaise with applicants if you would like some feedback on your application before submitting.”
Successful applicants will be supported to create their own “profitable micro-enterprises” with an online focus.
“This project is expected to inject an additional $150,000 into the Gunnedah economy in the next 12 months as the women start to grow their businesses and generate new income,” The Rural Woman’s founder Rebel Black said.
“The ripple effect of this project is economic and social and will be felt generationally.”
Ms Black said successful applicants would also receive “long-term online support system, connection to national network of rural women in business and the technology they need to start trading successfully in their business”.
“It’s everything they need to succeed in business and it is our intention that they will,” she said.
The Gunnedah chamber will host a workshop for applicants on November 20 from 9am-12pm at Gunnedah TAFE.
Seed applicants must be female, living in Gunnedah and district, have an idea and a commitment to start an enterprise online, and be willing to invest in the 12-month process. Applications will close on November 22. To apply, visit https://theruralwoman.com.au/gunnedahshiresseoi/
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