The City of Canning’s Business Mentoring Program received a record number of applications from local businesses looking to build skills, adapt and grow both now and in the post COVID-19 world.
There were 49 applicants for 20 sponsored places in the program, with four places in the Curtin Ignition Program still to be selected in late July. It is the largest number of applicants in the program’s four year history.
Mayor Patrick Hall was impressed by the diversity of the applications.
“The applications for the Business Mentoring Program reflect Canning’s diverse population with people of all abilities, cultures and backgrounds applying. There was also a great mix of business people, ranging from teenage entrepreneurs through to seasoned business operators.
“We received applications from tradies, foodies, manufacturers, professionals. What they all have in common is passion for their business and belief in themselves and what they can do,” he said.
One of the new programs piloted this year, Young Gems, received the greatest interest. It will take 12 budding entrepreneurs of all abilities or diverse backgrounds on a journey to create their own start-up, delivered in partnership with Multicultural Futures and Gemstar Technologies.
Samantha Bax owner of Comput-I Care was one of the successful applicants for Young Gems, her business offers home visit computer tech support and she has had to adapt her business model during COVID-19.
“Due to the new restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Comput-i Care has now moved to offering a service where we can connect to your computer from off-site – providing a social-distancing friendly service to our clients,” said Sam.
“I look forward to the City of Canning’s mentorship program to work with other participants and to enable Comput-i Care to develop the skills to gain greater market exposure.”
Mayor Patrick Hall was encouraged by the support shown for the program by the local business community.
“The mentoring program is one way the City is supporting our local businesses and business owners as they respond and adapt to a new business landscape.
“Being in business is hard at any time, but especially now. Our mentees have shown they have the courage to take on new skills, knowing their businesses will be better off in the long run,” said Mayor Hall.
The Business Mentoring Programs will be rolled out from early May through to late October.
Established in 2017, the program provides selected Canning business owners and operators free access to mentoring programs provided by the Australian Institute of Management WA, Curtin University, Gemstar Technologies, Spacecubed, Agility Shift and WA Leaders.
Many of the 25 applicants who missed out on this year’s program will still receive a taste of mentoring with most partner agencies offering free or discounted sessions for those who were unsuccessful. Unsuccessful applicants are also encouraged to apply again for the 2021 program.
For more information visit www.canning.wa.gov.au/bmp
All the successful applicants are listed here