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Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development



Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development

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An nu al R ep or t Business Management Capabilities Provides information through UpSkills workshops, Client Managers/Business Consultations, Business Growth, October Business Month (OBM), Territory Women in Business, Youth Desk and referrals to the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC). Key Achievements Provided assistance to 40 businesses to undertake Business Growth programs. This gave businesspeople the opportunity to work closely with highly skilled business improvement consultants to achieve better business growth. Provided information and assistance to 1 386 businesses through the departments Business Consultation service. Coordinated regular meetings between the Minister for Business and Industry and local businesspeople throughout the year. Sessions were held in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs. Funded the Business Enterprise Centre (BEC) to provide business information and advice, Introduction to Business workshops, and referrals to other Government agencies and business professionals such as accountants and solicitors. The BEC delivered 24 workshops in various NT centres. Arranged 66 Upskill Short Course workshops across the NT, which were attended by 306 businesspeople. The workshops were aimed at people who have been operating small to medium businesses for around two years. Held a Meet the Buyers event in July 2003 in Darwin, to allow local travel agents the opportunity to meet NT Government staff who purchase travel and accommodation. Conducted a series of Territory Women in Business forums from November 2003 to February 2004 to identify the needs of women in business in the NT. More than 110 women attended the forums in various NT centres. The three key areas identified for further attention were professional development, support and resources. Conducted a range of Youth Business Award programs, including: - Shell Livewire Shell Livewire was a partnership arrangement between Shell Australia, Rotary and the department to assist young Territorians who had started or were interested in starting their own business. The program concluded in 2003. - Youth Business Awards Funded through a partnership between the Department of Employment, Education and Training, the Small Business Association and DBIRD, these awards allowed participants to experience business first hand. - Young Achievement Australia Launched in April 2004, the Young Achievement Australia 2004 Business Skills Program will offer 11 upper secondary school and CDU students an opportunity to experience business first hand. 24 Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development

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