News Tag: Mentor

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Griffith University Alumni interview

Gary was recently interviewed by Griffith University’s Alumni team. They discussed disability entrepreneurship, the platform, the collaboration with Griffith University, the future of the platform and how Alumni could become involved in the platform on a voluntary basis.  It was a great discussion and a terrific write up.

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Supporting disability needs. Griffith alumnus sought to boost new national disability entrepreneurship service
We are looking for experienced business and other people who would be willing to mentor a member of the platform.  Mentoring a person requires about two hours per month.  Assisting and supporting an Australian with disability to pursue their entrepreneurial potential and hopes can be incredibly rewarding in a very positive way to make a real contribution to individuals, their families and communities. Contact Gary ([email protected]) to find out more and get involved.

Do you know when Australian with disability who wants to explore generating a bit more money?  Please encourage them to complete the short form below.  Or they can contact us on [email protected] or 0436 480 769 if they have any questions.


Our ongoing mentoring of pilot testers

While we are continuing beavering away at raising the funds to finish building the platform, we have continued mentoring and meeting with our pilot tester menbers.  This has been both a valuable way to refine our approach to mentoring would-be entrepreneurs, it has been a great encouragement to continue with our labours to deliver the platform as a national not-for-profit service for the Australian disability community.  

We have started buddying with volunteers in our mentoring.  We greatly appreciate both the support of our volunteers and being able to benefit from the great their experience.  

Are you interested in becoming one of our volunteers?  Our experience to date is that you will only need to devote around 90 minutes per month to mentor an individual member.  If you are willing to pay forward your expertise, please contact us at [email protected]  It is both fun and very rewarding.  

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Why we have an Advisory Board

The question has been posed to us, “Why does the platform have an Advisory Board?”  It certainly isn’t a legal requirement, so why do we have one?  The quick answer is that we get considerable value from having one.  From early on, we decided the platform must be guided by strong disability voices and draw upon research smarts and an understanding of the body of academic knowledge.

That’s why our CEO has a disability and a doctorate. It is also why our Board includes three successful business people with a direct connection to disability and why we have two world-class researchers on our Board.  One of our amazing volunteers is also an accomplished health, disability and rehabilitation researcher.  Another volunteer is a disability support worker.

Our patron, the amazing Dinesh Palipana OAM excels while living with a significant disability.

The Board has been assisting Gary with operational tasks (thanks Jo), grant applications (thank Naomi and Elizabeth) and everyone has been a fantastic source of moral support and wisdom (thanks Elizabeth, Jo, Miriam and Naomi).  For our grant applications, it deepens our expertise and track record.

We strongly recommend members use such a support system.  Paid members also have access to a mentor.

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What is a micro-business?

Around 25% of Australian businesses are micro-businesses.  A micro-business can be characterised by having an annual turnover of less than $2 million and less than 15 employees.  Often those people work less than a full span of hours and don’t draw a regular salary from the business.  In many cases, micro-businesses are often owned and operated by a single self-employed individual with no supporting employees.  Examples of such operations include freelance consultants, designers, writers, web developers, life coaches, and self-employed personal trainers.

A gig-based micro-business is based on pursuing and undertaking short-term and relatively small jobs.  Often, the motivation is to occasionally earn some extra money, not build a thriving and expanding business.  A gig-based approach to operating a micro-business can better suit the realities and limitations of working with a disability.  It can also be an agile and flexible way to pursue your potential – especially for people who had to retire from regular employment because of their disability.

Strengths of establishing and operating a micro-business are:

(i) They require a minimum of setup and operational costs (we will discuss this in a separate post).

(ii) You are not trapped working in a toxic situation where you are not respected or valued.

(iii) You can set up your workspace, hours, role and jobs to suit your needs, potential and goals.

(iv) You can decide how to build your brand and portfolio of clients.

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Recently we’ve been having some affirming mentoring meetings

In recent days we have been having mentoring meetings with pilot testers and some considering membership, which has reconfirmed for us the platform can be incredibly helpful and a positive support for would-be entrepreneurs with a disability. These included early journey and experienced individuals.  It also includes an individual who is a new mentor for the platform.

These experiences are incredibly affirming and have helped us to sustain our belief as we continue the slog to raise the funding we need.  Our fundraising efforts could easily become demoralising, but our recent mentoring activities have reconfirmed for us that Australia must have a community of practice in the disability entrepreneurship space.

Many thanks everyone for your words of support and best wishes. It makes a world of difference to us.

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Pay it forward: Become a mentor

Are you an experienced business person, a successful gig worker or someone who has monetised a hobby/craft?  Irrespective of whether you live with a disability, please pay that experience and success forward by becoming a mentor.

Our experience to date suggests mentoring one person takes a couple of hours per month.  Mentoring is conducted via email and video link/phone.

Contact us at [email protected] to discuss and make a. positive contribution to disability entrepreneurship in Australia.

PS We have resolved the TED Talk and embedded video issue.

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MS Queensland interview

Yesterday, Gary signed off on the write up of his interview by MS Queensland.  It’s looking really good and will be a great promotion of the platform.

Even though the images are pretty complimentary, they are very badly out of date.  Like more than ten years out of date.  So the plan is to take some fresh photos today.

Gary also exchanged emails with Janine Shepherd yesterday and they will be meeting next week about the platform and to start a conversation about her online presentation.