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16 December 2020
Micro-business classes in Horsham started during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic are proving to be a crucial asset for Wimmera residents.
Students who took part in Centre for Participation’s first micro-business program celebrated their graduation from the 60-hour course last week.
The course started in July and centre educators taught all the content online.
Micro-business support worker Cecile Vence said the course taught students basics of how to start a micro business and marketing strategies.
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“This course helped students practise and hone professional skills such as communication and helped build their confidence,” she said.
“We had good mentors who served as volunteers to assist the students with making their business plans, guide them with marketing and plans on how to come up with strategies.”
Ms Vence said about 80 percent of students were interested in hospitality, while others attempted online sales and even mask making during the pandemic.
She said the graduation ceremony offered students an opportunity to be recognised for their business ideas.
“Their graduation was a really important opportunity for the students to showcase their handmade products,” she said.
“It was a good opportunity to be recognised for their hard work and effort. This is something that makes the students feel good and showcasing their products is a way to boost their confidence.”
Ms Vence said the centre was planning to run the program again next year.
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