Free support for young people starting a business / by Kian West

Final Series of FREE 'From Unemployed to Self Employed' information sessions for 2017 to help new “futurepreneurs”


Young people in the Hunter looking to start their own business have an opportunity to be supported by local business mentors who will guide them through the business startup process.

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The dates for the final, free information sessions for 2017, designed to help young Hunter people to consider starting a business as a career option have been announced. 

The Hunter’s Federal Government appointed entrepreneurship facilitator, Cheryl Royle, is running the one-hour sessions to help young people who are unemployed or stuck in their career choice. There will be a total of 14 sessions across the Hunter with Toronto, Charlestown and Maitland having two session options.

Those who go on to be involved in the program will receive support from Ms Royle and other successful local business people. 

“Some young people are better suited to self-employment but often don’t think that it is an option for them,” Ms Royle said.

“The workshops will help you decide if you have what it takes to start your own business, explain what’s involved and show you the considerable help that is available,” she said.

“If young people have an idea, a passion or a hobby they may be able to turn that into their own business.”

“The advantage of the Federal Government’s Entrepreneurship program is we go on to give people free business mentoring.

“You need an idea, passion and maybe a technical skill but you also need some planning and financial management expertise to survive.

“We can help people with those business skills and other soft skills such as effective communication.”   

Ms Royle is one of three entrepreneurship facilitators in Australia. The Federal Government established the facilitators in regions where there is high youth unemployment and low uptake of self-employment. 

Cheryl Royle

Cheryl Royle

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She has extensive experience as a facilitator working with young people. She is managing director of the business capability firm, The Finer Line, and co-founder of Lone Rangers, a new support network for sole business operators. 

To make a booking, search for the session or call 0407 991 277 or email For more information visit or


Bren Hammel is a Hunter entrepreneur who took an idea and passion he had at school and turned it into a successful business. Instead of combining a ’regular job’ with his other passion, football, he runs the search successful engine marketing business, Eureka SEM, as well as a manufacturing business and supplement business from his home in Newcastle. He started in digital marketing while at Hunter Sports High School, at the age of 17. His story was featured on Hunter Headline.

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