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Support to succeed in business

By Benalla Ensign

Women from Benalla, Ruffy, Wodonga and Mansfield have taken part in a business program hosted by Global Sisters.

The ‘‘Sister School’’ initiative helps women prepare to start-up or grow existing microbusinesses with the support of the program, which is hosted in Benalla.

Eight women will graduate from Sister School this week.

They were recently joined for an afternoon by State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan who visited the school to offer support and encouragement.

Sister School offers a real-world business education program that is all about making self-employment and financial independence a real possibility for women.

The program aims to equip participants with the practical knowledge, skills and support needed to succeed in business.

Sister School ran weekly in Benalla throughout March as part of Entrepreneurship month, which was hosted by the Rural City of Benalla.

In the final session of Sister School participants had the opportunity to pitch their proposed business idea to an independent panel for feedback and advice about how to take the business forward.

The concepts they developed are diverse and exciting, and include:

●Vegan cheese making;

●Online information services for pregnancy;

●Upcycling of fabrics to create home accessories;

●Designing and making handmade jewellery; and

●Offering end-of-life services.

Women who graduated from the 2017 Sister School in Benalla joined the final workshop in the series for a celebration and networking event.

●Women wanting to know more about Global Sisters can find details at www.globalsisters.org