Regional Business Growth Program Secures GREEN Light

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll is jubilant that another thirty-three (33) local firms will benefit through their Economic Gardening High Growth Business Program thanks to the Federal Government’s Industry Skills Fund providing funding support for the Program.  The Program is due to commence mid March with the final session expected late June.

Ms Carroll states, “This will be our third High Growth Business Program with in excess of fifty local businesses graduating from the first two Programs conducted to date.  Interestingly, four firms that have completed the Economic Gardening Program won Special Awards at the 2016 Capricornia Business Awards, highlighting the value and importance of the Program.”

As the Industry Skills Fund is a co-contribution fund and only applies to businesses that qualify for funding, delivering the Program to other businesses operating in both the Livingstone and Rockhampton Council areas is dependent on securing the financial support of these Councils.

“With twenty-two (22) businesses in Rockhampton and eleven (11) in Livingstone registered to undertake the Program, we look forward to the ongoing support of our local Councils to see these local businesses progress and grow in uncertain economic times,” said Ms Carroll. “With small to medium sized businesses being the backbone of most regional centres, supporting business growth that creates new jobs and employment opportunities plus economic prosperity is essential for this region,”

The Economic Gardening Program focuses on advancing businesses operating in a competitive local and global environment, resulting in sustainable business growth plus generating new employment opportunities.

Graduates of the Program have kindly contributed testimonials:

Jason Spence, Director, iAssist:

It is that time of year where we look at the position of the business and review our goals and achievements from the previous year. During this process we have seen that the Economic Gardening Program from two years ago has heavily influenced the future projections, decisions and choices that we have made since attending the program. This has made a huge impact to our ongoing outcomes. This year we have decided to change the direction of our marketing. This has been a decision that is supported by metrics we have collected over the past 2 years.

I would like to thank Capricorn Enterprise for the opportunity and acknowledge the difference this has made.

Gerard Cullinane, Senior Architect,  BEAT Architects Yeppoon:

I attended last year’s Economic Gardening Program as I recognised the need to improve my skills in marketing our company’s services and improve our businesses efficiency. I found the program interesting, thought provoking and challenging with each topic well prepared and presented.

Since graduating from this course we have taken on board much of what I learned and believe it has added value to our business.

I would recommend this course to others.


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