Since August, the Stretton Connect: NDIS Business Support Program has supported 20 local businesses to navigate the challenges faced by new, small-to-medium enterprises entering the disability market.
Fortnightly workshops at the Stretton Centre cover business planning, finance, marketing, and human resources, while one-on-one mentoring to address specific business requirements is also provided.
Kerri Hay, director and founder of Healing Through Arts, has seen the benefits of this Stretton Centre support.
“Since commencing the program I have received a diverse range of business support that has enabled me to increase my client base and hire additional staff.”
The pilot program has created 42 jobs and supported an additional 135 new clients across the participating businesses, providing diversity in the services available to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.
“The program is unique to South Australia, created in partnership and in response to the opportunities driven by the implementation of the NDIS in the northern suburbs of Adelaide,” Stretton Centre director Dermot Cussen said.
The program has also been nominated by LG Professionals as a finalist in its SA Leadership Excellence Awards in the Excellence in Local Economic Development category.
The Stretton Connect: NDIS Business Support Program is funded by the Government of South Australia’s Department for Industry and Skills and delivered in collaboration with the National Disability Services.
To learn more, or to register interest for similar business support initiatives, contact the Stretton Centre (8254 4666 or firstname.lastname@example.org).