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Business School students deliver small business training in Rural NSW

24 Jul 2012

A group of students from the University of Sydney Business School have collaborated with the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, to work in far western New South Wales on a not-for-profit consultancy.

As part of this placement, the Business School students have been providing advice to local organisations on a variety of issues, working in close partnership with each client to deliver quality, practical solutions.

The students have been working closely with the Broken Hill Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), a local not-for-profit that supports small business development in the region, to develop a series of training workshops for local businesses.

Max Soyref from the Business School Business Program Unit supervised the students throughout the placement. "It was great to see the local business community and entrepreneurs engaged in developing the workshops," Max said. "The students have done a fantastic job in talking to businesses, and tailoring the training to the rural context."

The workshops delivered by Bachelor of Commerce / Arts student Jasmin O'Connor and Master of Commerce student Fernando Vega focused on accounting fundamentals and financial statement analysis, as well as the use of social media and e-commerce to generate additional revenues.

Both workshops saw unprecedented attendance from local businesses and received high praise from the community. Steve Miller, the Chief Executive Officer of EDC thanked the students for their contribution.

"I was amazingly impressed with the work that has been done and the ability to take knowledge from businesses and to extrapolate it into the workshops, which were entertaining and highly informative and of practical use to the attending businesses," Steve said.