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What is the small business program all about?

Our small business coaches provide free, independent and confidential support to help you with the challenges experienced by your business.

Our small business coaches will help you to:

  • Assist with identifying and navigating government and community grants, programs or schemes
  • Understand your financial position and the viability of your business
    Identify options to manage the financial issues of your business
  • Develop budgets and cash flows
  • Create and implement an action plan to work towards your business goals
  • Negotiate with your lenders and access dispute resolution services
  • Access broader professional advice and support as required including specialist marketing, taxation, accounting or legal advice
  • Developing and implement marketing strategies
  • Establish social media marketing

Apply for your spot in the program!

The program provides support for eligible small businesses through to 30 June 2021

To receive assistance under the program, small businesses must meet the following criteria: 

  • be located in the RFCS NSW -Southern Region area 
  • have 19 employees or less 
  • are experiencing, or at risk of, financial hardship 
  • are ineligible to access services under the existing RFCS program (generally someone who contributes a significant amount of their labour or capital to a primary production enterprise or is a recipient of the farm household allowance). 

So what next... How do you apply?

Our business coaches are available by telephone, email, video call, and in person at your place of business or at a suitable location (subject to current Covid19 restrictions).  

To get in touch with one of our coaches, please contact us on 1800 570 655 .

Contact

Ken Brown

If you are enquiring from Queanbeyan Palerang Council, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly and Shoalhaven.

Background: Tourism, Hospitality and Licenced Clubs

Availability: Full-Time

Office: TBA

Ken has over 17 years’ experience working with various businesses in Tourism & Hospitality including Travel Agencies & Registered Clubs in the South Coast, ACT & Queensland. Ken began his career at the Narooma Golf Club whilst completing a Certificate IV Traineeship in Hospitality before going on to complete a Bachelor of Tourism & Sports Management at the University of Canberra and is currently completing his Diploma in Accounting. 

Ken’s key strengths are in strategic & operational management of registered clubs, marketing, human resources and improving financial management and performance.

Ken is an active member of his South Coast community and is looking forward to playing a vital role in supporting small businesses facing ongoing challenges due to Bushfires and now COVID as a Business Coach for the Rewire Project Team.

Rowena Jackson

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Rhys Treloar

If you are enquiring from Bega Valley, Snowy Monaro and Eurobodalla.

Background:  Tourism and Retail

Availability:  Full-Time

Office: Bega

Rhys has spent the last 8 years working in the Tourism Industry predominately for Flight Centre Travel Group, Travelbound and more recently as the Regional Manager for World Challenge Expeditions/Travelbound. Rhys has been fortunate that his various roles have allowed him to travel around the world of which he actually lived in Dubai for 4 years.

Rhys’s key strength are strategic planning, business development, product development, managing financial performance, sales and marketing. Rhy’s global experience will play an integral role in the assistance and knowledge he can share with his clients in various industries whether that be Tourism, Hospitality and or Retail. Rhys has completed a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) through the University of Canberra, Cert IV in Tourism and also has a Diploma in Management.

Rhys is originally from the South Coast and is excited to be moving back home to the Bega Valley to take on this new role of Business Coach for the Rewire Project Team.

Rowena Jackson

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Court Sayer

If you are enquiring from Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera Coleambally, Hillston, Hay and Deniliquin.

Background:  Hospitality, Retail, Food Manufacturing and Product Development

Availability: Full-Time

Office: Leeton

Court has over 17 years’ experience in operations management in the food manufacturing industry within New Zealand and Australia.  He began his career in hospitality as a Chef, and with further study in Hospitality Management, moved into FMCG operations, overseeing the production and launch of major food brands and products.

In 2004, Court relocated to Leeton in the NSW Riverina, bringing his operations management expertise to SunRice for many years. Court has experienced firsthand the challenges that rural businesses face, having been through drought periods himself with both SunRice and his own businesses in Leeton, which includes small business consulting, and owner/operator of a café and catering business. 

Court works closely with small businesses in building and coaching high-performing teams and individuals to meet their goals, as well as help develop business relationships with their key stakeholders through changing environments. This means helping simplify business processes and understanding finances to make informed decisions. 

Court provides small business coaching in the local government areas of Leeton, Griffith and Narrandera. He can also assist with navigating the extensive range of government assistance packages presently available.

Rowena Jackson

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Simone Eyles

If you are enquiring from Bega,
Cooma, Merimbula, Tathra, Pambula, Bermagui and Cobargo

Simone joins us from Merimbula on the far south coast, where she lives with her family. A creative entrepreneur Simone is the co-founder of 365cups an order ahead App with clients all across Australia and New Zealand. Simone has a degree in Graphic Design and before small business spent 10 years working in advertising and PR from boutique agencies and state and federal government, from Wagga Wagga to Perth even a stint in Alice Springs. Simone is excited to share her expertise and business acumen. 

With a passion for business and technology as well as the region, it seemed an organic step to move into the role of Business Coaching where Simone can support local business during these challenging times. Simone has a gift of showing people how to make technology work for them, demystifying jargon and taking challenges and turning them into practical steps to work through. Simone is currently studying her Dip. Financial Counselling and can’t wait to get to work across the region.

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Madi

Madison is currently based in our Leeton office after a recent move from Brisbane, where she had worked at an Insurance Underwriter. Along with her 10 years of experience working as a data processor, she is also a successful harness racing trainer and driver in her spare time. Madison has extensive experience in data processing, office administration, customer service and front of house management.

Madison has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and has also completed the Tier 2 in General Insurance accreditation. Combining Madison’s education and skills she has the experience and a can-do attitude to help assist with the success of the Rewire Project.

In sights of a new challenge at our Leeton office as a Business Analyst, Madison will be the front line of communication as well as assisting with enquiries. Madison is excited to begin her new role and give back to her new community.

Rowena Jackson

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Brad

If you are enquiring from Coolamon, Junee, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Yass Valley & Temora.

Background:  Chartered Accountant/ Insolvency

Availability: Full-Time

Office: Wagga

Brad started in small business as a teenager in his parent’s newsagency which operated in Wagga for over 25 years. He went on to study Economics and Commerce at ANU in Canberra and has been a Chartered Accountant for over 12 years with a mid-tier and big 4 accounting firm. Brad’s experience includes working with businesses in financial hardship in restructuring, recovery and advisory engagements including business health checks and reviews for business owners, government departments and banks in a wide variety of industries. 

After noticing a lack of assistance available for small businesses in financial hardship while working as an accountant in the insolvency industry, the opportunity to help these small businesses was a strong motivator for Brad to join RFCS.

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Renee

 

Renee joins us in Wagga Wagga as a Business  Analyst. Renee has worked extensively in the finance/banking industry for the past 10 years specialising in customer service and HR while coaching and leading a team of 10 staff.

 Renee spends her time outside of work raising a busy, young family of two boys and a baby girl with her husband Garret.

Renee is looking forward to assisting our small business customers in rebuilding after a year of drought, fire and COVID and helping them set and achieve their goals.