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Recession-busting advice for local businesses

Is your business under pressure as the economic downturn continues to bite? If so, a group of Victoria University students may have some answers.

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; part 2, 7 May), marketing (14 May), management (21 May), records for the recession (28 May) and entrepreneurship (4 June).

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.


Media contact: Jim Buckell, A/Senior Media Officer

Marketing and Communications Department, Victoria University

Ph: (03) 9919 4243; mobile: 0400 465 459; email: [email protected]

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