Gary Wheatstone is a Business Advisor and Program Coordinator. He has been involved with large corporate organisations, smaller family run operations and been a small business owner. Beginning his career in Sydney, Gary worked in retail, payroll and manufacturing covering industries including marine, construction, architectural design and electrical.
Moving to the north coast of NSW and purchasing an existing business was a steep learning curve. Financing, procurement, customer service excellence, marketing, managing cashflow, staffing and all the other hats that a small business owner wears in a day became necessary skills. Gary is passionate about small business in regional areas. He has 23 plus years of experience as a small business owner in both retail and wholesale in a country town. He understands what a business owner has to deal with day to day.
Gary has a Diploma of Management, Bachelor of Social Science and Cert IV Training and Assessment.
He is highly experienced in assisting clients wishing to start a new enterprise or improve their existing business. He supports small business owners to plan for the future by analysing the current situation and collaboratively devising a strategic plan to move forward to a sustainable future.
Joanne Rapa is a NEIS Coordinator with NORTEC Small Business Solutions. She has been delivering the NORTEC NEIS program for almost 3 years and in this time has developed a program that has assisted numerous small businesses on the NSW North Coast.
Joanne has a strong background in costume and fashion design, establishing a freelance costume business within the film, television and theatre industry for 15 years in Sydney. After relocating to the NSW North Coast she developed a NEIS business in which she supplied ready to wear women’s clothing at local and interstate boutique markets and also developed a successful custom making fashion and homewares business.
Joanne is now applying her knowledge and experience to the NEIS program and is assisting Jobseekers in fulfilling their dreams of starting and managing their own businesses. She coordinates the NEIS program in the NSW North Coast, Mid North Coast, New England and the Gold Coast with the support of a dedicated NORTEC NEIS Team.
Michelle is our all-important Administration Officer at NORTEC Small Business Solutions, handling the team’s workshop and client bookings, accounts, customer enquiries and much more!
A local to the Byron Shire since 1989, Michelle has raised her family here and supported her husband’s business as well. Her background is in real estate and with a career spanning over 20 years she has performed roles in reception, property management, all the way to business development and marketing. Michelle has also worked in media, gaining valuable knowledge in the world of media and newspaper marketing, not only in print but online.
Her passion is fundraising for local causes and event management – she enjoys helping a friend with her Wedding Venue business and to add more into the mix she has just launched her own Byron Shire Gift Hamper business.
Being able to support regional small business owners is the main reason Michelle joined NORTEC Small Business Solutions.
Felisimina Jom is a Business Advisor and workshop facilitator, helping businesses navigate through the Business Elevate Program.
For 14 years Felisimina started and ran a digital agency in the creative hub of Surry Hills (Sydney), providing web solutions for small to medium businesses. Felisimina’s specialty was in helping businesses understand how to take advantage of the web and design solutions with the client’s customers and client teams in mind. She also worked intensively with clients in delivering email marketing campaigns and producing online advertising.
Prior to running the digital agency, Felisimina’s early career began in the corporate world of change management – specifically in learning design and development. Felisimina holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Felisimina’s passion is for understanding the unique challenges each business faces and identifying how the business owners and team can utilise their strengths to achieve their goals.
Derek Tink is a Business Advisor for the Tamworth Region. He has experience across a range of industries, spanning agribusiness, tourism, retail and health.
Derek has delivered specialist advice within the region including business development, marketing, digital strategy and organisational management.
A passionate ‘regional local’ who is committed to supporting regional and rural business opportunities.
Derek is involved with community groups and charity activities across the region.
Clive Venning is a Business Advisor and Workshop Facilitator in the Far North Coast of NSW and Gold Coast Qld. Clive has over 25 years experience with running his own two small businesses in digital print and direct mail marketing, which were built by him from the ground up and successfully continue to operate today in national and international markets.
It would have been fantastic when I was starting out, to have had the type of support and access to the various grants, workshops, seminars and mentoring that are available to small business today”.
Clive is experienced in small business start up and development. Prior to developing his own businesses, Clive worked many years for the Australia Post as National Sales and Product Manager – Electronic Sales. Clive’s expertise is in brand differentiation, product development and start up or development support for small businesses.
Clive’s motto is: The most important thing is to believe in yourself and never give up!
The NORTEC NEIS Administrator for the Gold Coast and the first point of contact for interested NEIS applicants and Work Advisors on the Gold Coast.
Deb has worked as a key member of a team for many years in both large organisations and has also worked in small businesses in the Gold Coast region. This experience has given her a good understanding of the ups and downs in operating a small business.
Deb places value in strong communication and customer service allowing her to support her clients in achieving their goals.
Margo Muir is a NORTEC NEIS Mentor/Trainer for the Gold Coast region. She has comprehensive small business management experience. Margo has owned and operated businesses in the Hospitality and Civil Construction industries.
Margo has more than 15 years’ experience working in labour market programs on the Gold Coast including Employment Services and Apprenticeship Services at management level.
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