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 to join the program today!

The program provides support for eligible small businesses through to 31 December 2022

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

  • be located in the RFCS NSW – 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). 

Stay close to your cash flow during COVID-19

Our small business clients are located from the coast to the far west of NSW but all are experiencing the impact of COVID-19 in varying degrees on their cashflow.
Last year we had a dress rehearsal of what COVID-19 does to client cashflows when small businesses shutdown, just as we are doing again. What lessons did we learn to be better prepared for the current lock down?

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.

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Brett Dodson

Program Manager 

Brett is a Wagga Wagga local, having undertaken his schooling in the town and subsequent Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree at Charles Sturt University.

Brett joined the RFCS in January, 2021 having previously specialized as a Senior Insolvency Accountant at a local firm for 23 years, obtaining a wealth of experience in assisting clients of all industries and backgrounds experiencing financial difficulty and hardship. 

Outside of work Brett has a keen interest in cricket and golf, as well as being a die-hard Sydney Swans supporter.

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Renee Goring

Program Manager

 

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.

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Court Sayer-Roberts

If you are enquiring from Murrumbidgee, Federation Council, Bland, Carrathool, Griffith, Leeton, Narrandera, Hay, Berrigan, Murray River and Edward River.

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 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.

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Flick Hamilton

If you are enquiring from Albury, Greater Hume Shire, Snowy Valleys, Coolamon, Lockhart, Wagga Wagga, Temora, Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional, Junee or Yass Valley.

Flick joins us in Wagga Wagga as a Small business coach.
Growing up working in her family’s small business on the south coast and eventually starting her own after completing her degree at UNSW and returning home.
Flick has worked extensively in the Veterinary and financial counselling industries for the past 10 years with a focus on business and personal finance in a rural climate.

Flick spends her time outside of work Riding and competing Showjumpers and cooking.
Flick is looking forward to assisting our small business customers in rebuilding and recovering after Bushfires, Drought and COVID19

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Brittany Lando

If you are enquiring from Eurobodalla, Kiama and Shoalhaven.

Brittany was born and raised in regional Griffith NSW and made the big move to the South Coast in 2014, to conduct her studies in accounting at the University of Wollongong.
Brittany completed her degree in 2018 where she then joined an Insolvency firm specialising in liquidations, voluntary administrations, restructuring and advisory within a variety of industries including but not limited to hospitality, retail, construction, and manufacturing.
Brittany has also over 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry including managing a busy restaurant located on the South Coast for the past 5 years. With a passion for helping people, Brittany’s excited to bring her experience and knowledge within these industries to help small business owners on the South Coast facing difficult times.
Brittany is also currently studying her Diploma of Financial Counselling and is excited to hit the ground running as a small business coach.

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Cathy McLinden

If you are enquiring from Parkes, Forbes, Lachlan, Cabonne, Cowra and Weddin.

Cathy and her family moved to Forbes 10 years ago, which was a big switch up from her usual life on the North Coast. Prior to her move she worked in a business firm on the North Coast for 26 years and has also worked as a financial advisor and bookkeeper for Forbes Vet Clinic for over 7 years and in financial auditing for 3 years with a firm in Orange. She loves the country life and found the increasingly relaxed lifestyle, room to spread out and the friendly community very easy to adapt to. Cathy loves spending her time within the community and is a current volunteer with the Vinnies Sacred Heart Conference. Her and her husband have run a small trucking business since 2007, which has allowed her to see the positives and benefits of being a small business owner through her own personal experiences and she is excited to use these experiences to help others. When not working you will find Cathy working in her huge garden, reading, cooking, or spending quality time with her family.

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Geoff Lisle

If you are enquiring from Goulburn Mulwaree, Yass Valley, Hilltops, Wingecarribee and Queanbeyan-Palerang.

Geoff came from a Banking background where he’d worked in Eight regional NSW towns before settling in the Sthn Highlands in the late 1990’s where he was the business banker for the local community bank. His dealings with assisting small business is extensive, having worked with and assisting businesses to improved success was a passion of his. After many years in mainstream banking, he then moved to a local Mortgage broker, specializing in Equipment Finance for small business, and assisted in debt restructures to assist cash flows.

Geoff joins the RFCS Re-Wire program with much enthusiasm and is keen to assist local businesses in the Goulburn, Yass, Young and Sthn Highlands areas with his knowledge & business skills.

Outside of work, you’ll often find him on a tennis court, something he wishes he was better at, but really enjoys playing. During the winter months, a trip to the SCG for a family day out to watch the Sydney Swans is always a great day.

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Glen Stewart

If you are enquiring from Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Orange, Oberon, Blayney and Bathurst.

Prior to his role in REWIRE, Glen worked at RFCS as a Rural Financial Counsellor. He has been in the banking industry as a bank manager and residential lender for 19 years. Prior to banking, Glen managed large retail businesses including Kmart, Big W and Bunnings all over NSW and spent 4 years in PNG and Fiji managing retail operations.
Glen has lived in Oberon for 22 years on a small property just out of town with his wife and two children. He was the Oberon Citizen of the Year in 2019 and is heavily involved in the local community, having facilitated financial workshops for young adults. Glen is the President of the Oberon Show Society and Treasurer of the Oberon Rotary club, High school P&C and Sports centre and is on the Board of Land Mangers for the Oberon Showground. Glen wants to utilise his financial and business experience to assist small businesses in his area to assess and improve their operations and be an advocate for small local businesses.

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