Recession-busting advice for local businesses

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Thursday 16 April 2009

Businesses under pressure as the economic downturn bites can get some help from a group of Victoria University students.

The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program, headed by VU business student Gavin Draper, is conducting a series of workshops addressing core issues facing business in hard times. These include business planning (part 1, 30 April 2009; part 2, 7 May 2009), marketing (14 May 2009), management (21 May 2009), records for the recession (28 May 2009) and entrepreneurship (4 June 2009).

The seminars are free and will be held at VU’s Footscray Park Campus Lecture Theatre A511 on Thursday evenings from 30 April to 4 June.

Program supervisor Professor John Breen from VU’s School of Accounting said the SIFE students had a strong record of assisting businesses in Melbourne’s west over the past 12 months.

“The SIFE program successfully developed and ran three projects last year, working with local firms on business regeneration, an immigration bridging project and employment assistance,” Professor Breen said.

“Eight students represented VU at the National SIFE competition in Brisbane last year competing against 20 other universities. They picked up two awards, including one for financial literacy.”

SIFE is a national program that aims to provide tertiary students with opportunities to contribute to their communities through the development of leadership, teamwork and communications skills that enable local businesses to participate more fully and effectively in economic and social activity.

To register contact Gavin Draper via email: [email protected] ; or mobile: 0412 777 066.

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16 April 2009