NORTEC Small Business Solutions
NORTEC is committed to nurturing and assisting the small business community – we recognise that small business is the backbone of our economy on the North Coast of NSW.
NORTEC offer the delivery of quality programs and initiatives that support the growth of small business on the Mid North Coast, North Coast and New England in NSW as well as Gold Coast QLD. These include:
- The Australian Government funded New Enterprise Incentive Scheme – a training and financial support program for eligible jobseekers with a business idea
- Business Elevate – under the Australian Government funded Small Business Advisory Services program. This program offers an intensive 5 workshop program with one-on-one mentoring support. Perfect for small business owners who want to take their business to the next level of growth
- The NSW State Government funded Business Connect program – which provides one-on-one business advice, training workshops and support to existing businesses in our region
- NORTEC’s Business Incubator Program – currently with three small business incubator sites throughout the Northern Rivers, with commercial premises available for over 40 small businesses which provide low rentals, easy in-out leases and access to business mentoring and advice
Each and every member of our Small Business Solutions team has owned or operated a successful small business in the area, and collectively has over a century of small business experience! With so much knowledge and understanding of the small business sector in our region, the Small Business Solutions teams is confident, willing and ready to take your business to the next level.
Featured Business – Gourmet Goons
The Gourmet Goons business is built on a long standing camaraderie and a mutual desire to travel the country learning about local food and bush tucker.
Max Faulkner, a qualified chef and Jerry King together share 30 years of hospitality experience. The pair travel regularly to remote communities, where their culinary exploration taught them to find and cook with real, ethical Australian ingredients, sourced directly from local producers.
Based in Byron Bay, the business started out selling ‘ready-to-eat’ offerings at festivals and markets, with the Gourmet Goons using organic produce to create gluten free, diary free and allergy conscious meals.
The Gourmet Goons had the product and the passion but found as their business evolved they needed specific business guidance and skills.
“There are so many different aspects to running a small business,” Jerry King said. “We worked with our Small Biz Connect advisor to gain the business management skills we needed to grow a successful business.”
The Gourmet Goons are currently building their business in Byron Bay offering catering services, attending the local farmers markets and producing their own unique range of condiments and sauces.
Local Small Biz Connect advisor, Sam Tebbutt from NORTEC Small Business Support Unit, said initially the Goon’s required advice on business modelling, forward planning, marketing and record keeping to establish their business.
“As the business began to grow my role shifted and became more focused on helping the Goons to manage that growth,” he reflected.
NORTEC Small Business Solutions offer a range of private and government funded business support and advisory programs (including the State Government funded Small Biz Connect Program) that assist small business owners to strengthen and grow their business.