Search for business minds
AN award to recognise the business ideas of young entrepreneurs in the Lower Clarence area is a new concept that has brought the chambers of commerce from Iluka, Yamba and Maclean together.
The Lower Clarence Young Entrepreneur of the Year award was originally the idea of Iluka chamber president Jim Critchley.
Mr Critchley saw the value in recognising and rewarding the business plans of young people instead of 'treading the well-worn path' by handing out 'business of the year' awards to existing chamber members. The awards scheme was first planned with only Iluka in mind but has now grown to encompass Maclean and Yamba after the chambers of commerce from those towns and Maclean High School also expressed interest in supporting the idea.
Although the awards concept is still very much in the early stages of planning ? a major sponsor is still being sought ? Mr Critchley said he was keen to have a framework together for an inaugural competition to be held around October or November next year.
The concept would have young people, 21-years-old and younger, submit a business idea for Iluka, Yamba or Maclean.
Mr Critchley said the idea could be an initiative that an existing business could adopt, or even an idea for a new business.
"I just think from a young person's point of view, the sooner you start talking about business the better equipped you are going to be when you leave academia," Mr Critchley said.
So if you're a young person who fancies themselves as the next Richard Branson, then keep a lookout for further news about this award.