23rd July, 2007
Designedge National Training Project
The Designedge Fashion Incubator has launched its National Training & Mentoring Project which aims to assist emerging fashion and accessory designers to network and develop new business skills, thus improving their chances of running a successful small business.
The focus of the Project is on young designers and designers from a multicultural and/or indigenous background.
It was funded with a $299,475 Australian Government grant from the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business program.
The Project will provide designers with a series of fashion industry business skills workshops, fashion industry forums and other training initiatives which could include business mentoring, online designer shops, email and internet support and business linking/ networking opportunities. Interested designers wishing to join the project can download a registration form at www.designedge.net.au/expression.html
Business Skills Workshops will cover topics such as market research, merchandising, product development, e-commerce and website development, business development, commercialisation, contracts and licences, promotions and marketing, public relations, branding and presentation skills.
The Fashion Industry Forums will focus on new opportunities including indigenous business opportunities, global networks, fashion industry networks, linking with retailers and agents and discovering new fashion trends and directions.
The project will also explore opportunities to develop a national virtual Designedge Fashion Incubator network and a TCF Global Fashion network.
The Designedge National Training & Mentoring Project is an Australian Government funded project under the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business Program (BESB) and is supported by the Textile Clothing Footwear Resource Centre of WA (TCFWA), Belmont BEC – Small Business Centre Belmont (SBC), Designedge Fashion Incubator, WA Dept of Food & Agriculture Wool Program, Business & Professional Women WA, Australia Post, sponsors, supporters & volunteers.
For further information regarding the launch or the project, please contact TCF WA manager Carol Hanlon on 9479 3777 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCF WA Project Manager: Carol Hanlon