The Seed Scheme by the Rural Women is coming to Mirboo North

Women in Mirboo North are invited to apply for THE Seed Scheme – an innovative program to support rural women start an enterprise, launch a big idea or get a business up and running.
Supported by Regional Bank Australia THE seed Scheme is enabling the development of 700 rurally based, women-led enterprises nationwide, injecting $17.5 million or more into the rural economy and returning enormous social value to the participating Members, Partners and their communities.
Applications are now open and close on the 14 February 2020.

2020 Expression of Interest


Jaci Hicken, Jacican cooking school and Food Studio put Mirboo North Businesses forward, to take part in the Seed Scheme. “I thought, that it would be a great program to be able to share all the businesses and business opportunities we have in town. Being able to offer women-led business and entrepreneurs the opportunity to take part in national training, mentoring and support program will help all the community to build thriving lives and businesses in Mirboo North ”, Jaci said. In light of current economic circumstances caused by uncertainty and environmental factors, businesses having help to examine income diversification can only benefit the greater economy of Gippsland, Jaci remarked.
“Mirboo North is a vibrate community of 1600 people, with around 120 home-based businesses. Many run by women, women-focused businesses or women (unseen) running a family business and farms. As a community, Mirboo North has an entrepreneurial spirit”, Jaci Commented. Jaci highlighted that if The Seed Scheme receives greater than 10 applications from women in the area Mirboo North Businesses maybe be able to look at local funding options. This may allow more women from Mirboo North and the surrounding district to take part.
What is the Seed Scheme?
THE Seed Scheme is managed by THE Rural Woman and funds provided by our Partners means successful Members receive support including:
• Weekly LIVE online mentoring and training in business and technology
• Access to a dedicated POD Facilitator who will engage with the 10 women and support them to connect and develop a local support network
• A private social network connecting them to hundreds of rural women nationally
• 24/7 access to hundreds of hours of recorded trainings in marketing, sales, financial management, product development, events, social media, mindset and business

THE Rural Woman empowers connection for isolated women, enabling them to build thriving lives and businesses in their rural locations – using the power of the internet and online technology!
Launched in 2015, by Founder Rebel Black, THE Rural Woman’s head office located in the outback opal mining town of Lightning Ridge, NSW and the business has a team of 15 across Australia and Asia including some Australia’s leading advisors, mentors and coaches, administrative, tech and training consultants.
“With a scaffolded support and education approach, we expect that a percentage of our Seed SCHEME members will go onto become small businesses and a further percentage will become medium businesses which will see the economic and social impact of this scheme expand exponentially in years and decades to come.” Rebel Black, CEO and Founder of THE Rural Woman
THE SEED SCHEME GOALS
Through training, mentoring and community support, every THE Seed Scheme Member achieves:
• Clarity in her vision and ambition, in her product/service, in her financial goal and profitability, in her marketing and sales processes,
• Confidence in herself, to take her product/service to market, in her ability to succeed
• Connection to the tools and training she needs to achieve her goals, the technology required to take her product/service to market and manage it effectively, to other micro-enterprise Founders for mutual support, advice, collaboration and encouragement, connection to Sponsor Partners and their extended network
To express your interest in The Seed Scheme in Mirboo North:

2020 Expression of Interest

Experienced Executive and CFO - Sadhana Consulting
Expression of Interest – Baw Baw Women in Business

I am seeking women who would be interested in joining an informal professional network who work or own a business based in the Baw Baw Shire.

Please email me on kylie.Johnson@sadhana.com.au if are you interested in creating  opportunities to connect with other local business women to exchange ideas, grow, learn, and build new relationships.