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Employment Minister Michaelia Cash visited Other Avenues Collectables in Middle Swan after it launched with the help of a new enterprise incentive scheme.

Middle Swan business benefits

A MIDDLE Swan business has benefited from a raft of new measures encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship, to help turn business ideas into a reality, according to Employment Minister Michaelia Cash.

Senator Cash visited Other Avenues Collectables, which sells second-hand curios to hear how the business had been launched with the assistance of the Federal Government’s new enterprise incentive scheme.

“The proprietors have applied their passion and expertise to create this wonderful business,” she said.

“It was fantastic to see this husband and wife team pursuing their dreams and to see firsthand how our measures to encourage entrepreneurship are helping locals succeed.

“The NEIS program works well and I’m very pleased that the eligibility for NEIS has recently been expanded to include Australians not on income support.”

She said the Turnbull Government now funded an additional 2300 NEIS places each year, helping up to 8600 entrepreneurial Australians start their own business.

The business owners said the scheme had ensured they were well-supported in the initial stages of setting up their venture and that their business was growing well.

They said they had been interested in collectibles and second-hand goods for years and were thrilled to be able to turn their hobby into a business.

The support of a program like NEIS made it a smooth experience and one they would recommend to others.

The government is further encouraging entrepreneurship through SelfStart online (www.jobactive.gov.au/selfstart) — a starting point for young people wanting to explore and develop their ideas into a successful business.

SelfStart connects young people to services and programs, as well as provides information assisting them to start a business.

People can also try Exploring being my own boss workshops, which are workshops to engage potential entrepreneurs and provide them with a taste of what is involved in self-employment.

Workshops are delivered nationally by New Enterprise Incentive Scheme providers, with 1000 places available each year.

For more information about the NEIS or other encouraging entrepreneurship and self employment measures visit: http://www.employment.gov.au/self-employment-new-enterprise-in

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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