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Golden Gurus add value to business and community

The Business Centre and Hunter Volunteer Centre have joined forces to provide the Golden Gurus program. The program is a direct outcome of the Australian 2020 Summit and encourages mature age workers (aged over 50) with a range of opportunities to support community organisations and small business.

The Business Centre is matching Golden Gurus with start-up and young businesses to assist them in developing strong and viable business plans and practices, while the Volunteer Centre is placing Golden Gurus into community organisations to assist them create sustainable business models.

Business Centre, General Manager, Narelle McClelland, said that the Hunter Golden Guru programs were timely.

"The 2011 Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon, upon his announcement encouraged all Australians to think about how they could give something back to the community by providing their time and their skills to help others", she said.

"The Hunter, with its diverse business and wider communities, is well positioned to obtain great advantages from this program. By transferring knowledge and skills from experienced people we hope the program will assist in meeting future skills gaps while ensuring that this experience is not lost or undervalued', she said.

Hunter Volunteer Centre, Anthony Ross, said that with the introduction of the Golden Guru program into the Hunter, will provide a platform for many community organisations and small business operators to gain access to a wealth of knowledge and experience to assist both now and into the future.

The program includes helping organisations and individuals identify opportunities and networks, build business practices and improve skills bases. For more information or to register for the program please call Quanita at the Hunter Business Centre on 4925 7700 or email or contact Hunter Volunteer Centre on 4940 0077 or send an email to

Source: Hunter Business Centre