Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Small Business Minister Craig Emerson and Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson have announced that the Darwin Business Enterprise Centre has been offered $320,000 in funding to deliver a Territory-wide program called Get OnLine NT.

With additional financial support from the Northern Territory Government Department of Business and Employment - $40,000, and the Bendigo Bank - $15,000, Get OnLine NT will be a $400,000 training and business coaching program.

It will target some 675 NT small business owners/operators to assist them develop skills to go online or upgrade their existing internet operations so they can better engage in e-business to reduce costs and improve market opportunities.

This program is designed specifically to present the vital information that small business operators must know to successfully market online and leverage the power of the World Wide Web to grow their business.

“Doing business online is extremely important in today’s environment,” says Jack Hughes, manager of BEC Darwin. “By offering four different levels of workshops, each slightly more advanced than the previous, we will provide businesses with the option of choosing a participation level that suits their current capability or, if appropriate, allow them to start from scratch.

“Backed up by significant, structured, one-on-one coaching, the program will not only give participants the skills and knowledge to move forward but also the confidence and framework to take that important next step in a well-planned and logical manner with the added benefit of an expert looking over their shoulder as a guide.

“Workshops and coaching will commence in Darwin and Katherine in March and be rolled out across other regions later in the year.

"An interactive website to support participants and encourage engagement with remote businesses who can’t physically attend workshops will also be developed,” said Mr Hughes.

Get OnLine NT will operate at no cost to participants and any business that wants to get online or improve their existing web presence will not want to miss this opportunity.


Contact Profile

Business Enterprise Centre Northern Territory (BEC NT)

BEC is funded by both the Australian and the Northern Territory Governments offers FREE services including:

BEC delivers Introduction to Small Business Workshops. These FREE, monthly workshops consist of five 3 hour modules on Starting a Small Business, Business Structures & Tax, Marketing, Business Planning and Introduction to Bookeeping.

Assistance and Advice
BEC can help you with:

  • Business Planning
  • Working through the maze of Government regulation
  • Preparation of simple marketing plans
  • Co-ordinating the provision of Legal and Accounting services
  • Independent information on banking and finance products
  • Information and guidance on leasing new business premises
  • Independent advice, mentoring and networking opportunities

Referrals for new businesses
BEC can refer you to expert advisors like accountants, solicitors, insurance brokers bookkeepers and marketing people.

Home Based Business
BEC operates the NT Home Based Business Network. Its objective is to promote home based businesses (HBB’s) and provide them with information, advice and assistance on issues that are important to them.

Jack Hughes
P: 08 8923 6111
M: 0408837032


BEC NT receives funding to enable 675 NT small business owners/operators to develop skills to go online or upgrade their existing internet operations so they can better engage in e-business to reduce costs and improve market opportunities.



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