EntruBIZ

Overview

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The Centre for The Study of Rural Australia (CSRA) at Marcus Oldham College is engaged in a three year research project entitled Developing Entrepreneurship in Rural Businesses and Communities in Victoria (EntruBIZ). The EntruBIZ project is funded by the William Buckland Foundation and focuses on rejuvenation of rural regions in the Shepparton and Bairnsdale areas through a focus on rural entrepreneurship.

EntruBIZ provides individuals with a valuable opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills and business ideas with professional guidance and direction from a Rural Entrepreneur Developer. EntruBIZ offers a targeted approach to develop a unique set of solutions based on the individual’s skill levels and the current need of their business.

The program’s key focuses include the following:

  • Inspiring new entrepreneurs
  • Developing participants’ business skills
  • Fostering the development of collaborative peer networks
  • Collecting research and disseminating information

The program will operate in the regions of Shepparton and Bairnsdale in Victoria. Each region has its own dedicated Rural Entrepreneur Developer (RED) who is available to provide assistance and support to participants. 

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FAQs

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


   What are the aims of the EntruBIZ project?
   What are the main areas of the EntruBIZ program?
   What are the services to be provided by the EntruBIZ project?
   Who will be involved with the program?
   What sort of matters will be explored under the program?
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   How do we collect the information to carry out the research?
   What do we do with the information we collect?
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Events

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Here you will find resources from both past and upcoming events.

2014

Various dates EntruBIZ Growing in Dairy Workshops

   
‘Growing in Dairy’ Workshops - The balance between maximising profit and minimising risk.

Various dates EntruBIZ Regional tours with Dr Tom Lyons

   
Take the opportunity to listen to and learn from the many years of experience of a world-class specialist in developing rural entrepreneurs. EntruBIZ is proud to host Dr Tom Lyons.

Thursday 20 March 2014 EntruBIZ Succession Planning and Exit Strategies (Bairnsdale)

BAIRNSDALE   
Success Planning and Exit Strategies

Presented by Kim Lee, Succession Planning Facilitator, Rabobank followed by a discussion of the legal and financial aspects of business transition with local experts.

Wednesday 26 February, 2014 EntruBIZ Social Media Lab (Shepparton)

SHEPPARTON   
This practical session follows on from the successful Social Media - Strategies to Maximise Your Business Impact Workshop, held in

 

2013

Tuesday 19th November, 2013 EntruBIZ Business Mentoring Information Session

BAIRNSDALE   
How can Business Mentoring assist East Gippsland small businesses?

Thursday 7th November, 2013 EntruBIZ Social Media Workshop

SHEPPARTON   
Social Media

Strategies to Maximise your Business Impact

August EntruBIZ Information Nights

BAIRNSDALE   
Are you a budding entrepreneur?

EntruBIZ provides individuals with a valuable opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial skills and business ideas with professional guidance and direction from a Rural Entrepreneur Developer. EntruBIZ offers a targeted approach to develop a unique set of solutions based on the individual’s skill levels and the current need of their business.

To find out more, please attend one of our free information nights.

 

 

Updates

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2014 Update

EntruBIZ was launched a little over a year ago in August 2013 in our two project sites of Bairnsdale and Shepparton. EntruBIZ has appealed to a range of businesses, some have been in the early stages of planning, some in the startup phase; and some have been established businesses. Primary industry, hospitality, retail and service providers have all been represented amongst those who have signed up for EntruBIZ. The Rural Entrepreneur Developers (REDs), Johanne Toohey (Bairnsdale) and Libby Skilbeck (Shepparton) have been working closely with participants on developing their entrepreneurial skill levels.

Through the generous financial support of the William Buckland Foundation and the RC & EC (Cappur) Webb Trust, EntruBIZ has been able to host a range of workshops in Bairnsdale and Shepparton over the past twelve months. The workshops have been provided at a very low cost and have been open to all members of the two communities. The presenters and the workshop content have consistently been highly rated by those attending. The workshop topics were largely chosen based on feedback from what people at previous workshops have told us they wanted.

Workshop topics have included: Social Media Workshop (Shepparton), Mentoring Information Session (Bairnsdale), Social Media Lab (Shepparton), Succession Planning & Exit Strategies (Bairnsdale) and Marketing Your Business (Bairnsdale). As well as Growing in Dairy workshops in Shepparton, Traralgon and Camperdown.

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One of the highlights for the EntruBIZ team in 2014 was hosting Dr Tom Lyons, a well-respected entrepreneur educator and entrepreneurial community developer from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, City University of New York. As well as working with students at Marcus Oldham College, Dr Lyons participated in tours of innovative rural businesses in Geelong, Shepparton and Bairnsdale. Dr Lyons held workshops in Shepparton and Bairnsdale where he discussed the opportunities for regional economic development through entrepreneurship. Finally Dr Lyons discussed his work with rural communities in America at business lunch in Melbourne and the tour dinners in Shepparton and Bairnsdale. The regional tour in the Geelong was supported by the G21 agribusiness forum. It proved to be a great success – being well attended and generating a lot of interest in innovative rural agribusiness.

In 2014 the EntruBIZ project gave us the opportunity to pilot a Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) with two secondary schools, one in Mooroopna and one in Bairnsdale. The YEP developed differently for each school as it was implemented. Through the YEP Year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to explore some of the fundamental concepts that underlie opportunity recognition and planning to start up a business. Students in the Bairnsdale group also visited local innovative businesses and worked on developing new products for the schools on-line shop. While the pilot programs showed up some areas for improvement they also highlighted that programs tailored for young people who are looking for outlets for their innovative ideas are a good vehicle to develop the next generation of rural entrepreneurs.