An upcoming event will test an often misplaced belief that funding is hard to come by for micro businesses, sole traders and other self-employed people according to its organiser.
Hunter-based Lone Rangers Business Network’s May meeting will ask the question “is lack of money stunting your business growth?”
Network Co-Founder, Janelle Gerrard said many small businesses put off making business improvements that can make a huge difference to their bottom line because of a belief that they will be unable to raise the necessary funds.
Janelle said speakers at the event will show people there are a wide array of funding options from financial institution loans, grants, angel investors, to crowd-funding.
“Small business people just don’t know all the options that are out there; those attending will be pleasantly surprised,” Janelle said.
Speakers include nab Regional Manager For Small Business, Luke Boyle, AusIndustry Assistant Regional Manager Dr Natalie Gillam, The Business Centre’s CEO Pierre Malou and COO Steve Wait, Eighteen04 Inc Chair And Angel Investor Gunilla Burrowes, Manyrivers NSW Field Officer Dylan Dyer, and Hunter Entrepreneurship Facilitator Cheryl Royle.
Janelle said this and future monthly meetings were possible thanks to nab coming on board as a permanent sponsor of the Lone Rangers Business Network.
nab General Manager Small Business North (QLD & NSW), Julie Patterson, said the bank is expert in supporting small business and wants to do more to help the region’s growing number of micro businesses.
“We share the network’s goal of helping entrepreneurs and micro businesses, not just financially, but to reach their full potential,“ Julie said.
Lone Rangers Business Network is a monthly forum for sole traders, consultants, freelancers, small partnerships, entrepreneurs and micro businesses. The Hunter has approximately 36,784 such micro businesses. Around 88 per cent of the Hunter’s businesses fall into this category (2015 ABS).
The May meeting will take place on the evening of Monday 8 May, 2017 at Apollo Hotel.
IMAGE | Co-Founders of Lone Rangers Business Network, Janelle Gerard and Cheryl Royle.