Central Coast Council’s popular Social Enterprise Launch Pad Program is back for an eleventh straight year with the community encouraged to register for an online information session to find out more about this exciting project.
The annual Social Enterprise Launch Pad Program supports the development of innovative new enterprise models within the region and helps to turn community focused business ideas into a reality.
An online information session will be held on Friday 10 February where participants can learn more about the free program, and about the series of workshops running from February to May 2023.
Council’s Director Community and Recreation Services, Melanie Smith is excited by the program which has an emphasis on encouraging ideas from those with a lived experience of a disability to become involved this year.
“The free program provides a step-by-step guide to research, plan, seek funding and establish a social enterprise that benefits our community – whether it be social, environmental or creative,” Ms Smith said.
“This annual program has helped start-ups, entrepreneurs, not for profit organisations and new businesses with a social vision go on to successfully launch community focused ventures. It has created a sense of community which is so important for the Central Coast.”
Council Administrator Rik Hart said the continued growth of the program highlights its importance.
“There has been a major shift in recent years with businesses and individuals wanting to use their skills and talents to help others and service their community,” Mr Hart said.
“The increasing number of participants and their diverse professional background is impressive, and I look forward to seeing what social enterprise ideas will come to the table for the benefit our region in 2023 and beyond,” he concluded.
This year’s development program will be delivered in partnership between Council, The Business Centre and Community Compass.
For more information on this program search ‘social enterprise’ at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au
Social Enterprise Launch Pad Information Session An online information session will be held on Friday 10 February 2023. To secure a spot or for further information, please email Greg Combes at Central Coast Council Gregory.Combes@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au