CEO Sarah O”Connor has thanked all of the supporters and donors who helped make its YES (Your Enterprise Scheme) for PNG women a success.

Donations and in-kind support for the 4 week business capacity building program came from ABV members and other individuals in Australia and PNG, as well as businesses including Paddy’s Hotel, Digicel, Pacific Islands Trade and Invest and Virgin Australia.

The program which was delivered in partnership with the PNG Women”s Chamber of Commerce & Industry received rave reviews from participants, such as:

“One of best programs I’ve ever attended. I like the simplicity of the language.” – Rai Romney, Emerald Housing

“This program is exactly what we need to do business here in PNG. Without this program I could never be a success in business.” – Julie Veali, Tee Laa Dee Catering

“I loved this program as I’m now more focused and I know what I want to concentrate on. I really liked the human resources workshop as I know now how to be firm and deal with staff and wontok. Marketing has been really good for me as well and I’ve already using new ideas to get more customers. I’m so excited as I’ve learnt so much and already using what I’ve learnt.” Helen Benjamin, G Soles

The four week program which ends this week was aimed at women who already have business experience, such as small business owners and managers.

The program consisted of five one-day workshops conducted by experienced Australian business volunteers over the last four weeks. Topics included, business planning, marketing, managing employees, risk analysis, and other areas essential to growing a successful business. The business volunteers also carried out one-on-one mentoring sessions between workshops to provide guidance to the participants on putting their new business skills and strategies into practice.

The YES program received media coverage in PNG, and Sarah O”Connor hopes that this will be one many such YES programs over the next couple of years.

In the words of PNGWCCI President Avia Koisen, “Both PNGWCCI and ABV will be talking to corporations and government about their support for YES future programs. We believe they will step up, because small business really is key to empowering women.”

Australian Business Volunteers