Gunnedah shire residents affected by drought can sign up for business courses at no charge.
Gunnedah Community College is offering a certificate four in New Small Business from Friday, and New Ways of Thinking Business from November 15.
College coordinator Lena Curran said now more than ever, the survival of our regional towns relied on helping rural Australians.
She said the New Small Business course would assist drought-affected farmers and businesses and their staff to diversify and strengthen their businesses.
The second business course is suitable for a variety of people including existing or new business and farming operators.
Ms Curran said the qualification would also help meet increasing demand for enterprise skills in a young and emerging workforce, making it an ideal course for school-leavers who are looking to develop their skills and increase their chances of finding employment in their home town.
The courses will be facilitated by local Fiona Knapman who has "a special interest in business and entrepreneurship" and manages her family's cropping company near Gunnedah.
"I have an appreciation of the wonderful lifestyle and opportunity that living in a rural community can bring, which is balanced by a deep understanding of the extreme hardships and challenges people on the land and local businesses face," she said.
The courses are subsidised by the NSW government.
- New Ways of Thinking Business will run for six consecutive Fridays from 9am-3pm starting on November 8.
- Drought-affected residents can contact Gunnedah Community College's Lena Curran on (02) 6742 5630 to find out more about the subsidised fees.