On Friday 8 July 2016 Wyndham City hosted the first ever inaugural Multicultural Entrepreneur Awards. The night was a great success with over 120 nominees, community members, local business professionals and special guests such as Helen Kapalos, Rohini Kappadath, and Julia Truong attending on the night.

The Awards recognise and celebrate the amazing work and contribution that migrants bring to the Wyndham community and economy.

The winners of the inaugural Multicultural Entrepreneur Awards are:

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year – Emerging Female: Diksha Khanna – Amazeology Australia
Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year – Emerging Male: Jacob Thang – Jacob’s Garden Maintenance
Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year – Established Female: Ta Eh Paw Palay – Tau Meh Pa Kla
Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year – Established Male: Harpreet Singh Bedi – BDS Autocare

While all of the award winners work in very different fields, they were all recognised for their determination to overcome personal difficulties, how they have provided self development opportunities for themselves, their ability to create successful businesses and their contribution to the Wyndham community and economy.

Each winner in each category will receive:

  • A trophy,
  • One year’s membership of the Wyndham Business and Tourism Association,
  • Two tickets to the Wyndham Business Awards to be held in August,
  • and a free two-hour business planning consultation.

The Multicultural Entrepreneur Awards program is the result of the Multicultural Entrepreneurial Initiative which is an action detailed in the Multicultural Policy & Action Plan.

Multicultural Policy & Action Plan

In 2014 Council developed a Multicultural Policy & Action Plan

The themes of that policy are:

  • Wyndham’s multicultural identity is a source of pride;
  • Council embraces the leadership of all members of our culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse communities;
  • All Council services will be responsive to residents, with respectful regard for their culture, language and religion;
  • Council works in partnership to respond to the opportunities and challenges of Wyndham’s diversity.

When we consulted with community members to develop the policy, people told us that finding and keeping local jobs, and starting and maintaining businesses are key priorities for recent migrants.

As a response Council made a specific commitment in the policy and action plan to support pathways to greater economic participation by members of Wyndham’s diverse communities.

The awards follow on from the Start Up initiative, which is an informal networking and training program which was aimed at;

  • connecting refugees and newly arrived migrants to local resources (such as training and education) and support services in order to start a business, and
  • connecting newly arrived migrants to local networks of people who can mentor and encourage them in their business goals.

Free business training sessions and workshops are available through our Economic Development Unit.

The Start Up Program

The “Start Up” program consists of 4 FREE training sessions (more sessions may also be scheduled for the second half of the year);

The program we will cover a wide range of topics including the following;

  • Information/training will be provided regarding the particular topics as identified in during the EOI process
  • Meet with Mentors and facilitators to discuss ideas and ask any questions
  • Networking opportunities – building a network
  • Resources and referrals will be provided in the way of providing advice and information regarding local and current training opportunities with local existing training organisations, community services organisations, community centres and libraries, eg; ESL classes, IT for beginners, Small business training etc
  • Information regarding other business support services will be made available, such as details local “Co-working” spaces and where to seek further advice and resources
    • How to Start Up a business
    • Business Plans
    • Australian Government and legal requirements (such as ABN, and registering a business)
    • Marketing
    • How to apply for a loan

For further information contact Wyndham City on 8734 5488 extension 2280 or misty.palmer@wyndham.vic.gov.au.

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