The idea of running your own business can be daunting. But for Fleur Hawke, a pandemic-induced downturn in working hours gave her a new opportunity to complete here Certificate in Celebrancy.

Fleur with LaunchMe.

Her dream is to offer clients natural, relaxed and fun filled celebrations and ceremonies that reflect those participating.

Starting the business was put on hold until restrictions lifted. While that happened, Fleur heard about LaunchME, a program delivered by Good Shepherd for microenterprise development – one of our partners. The LaunchMe program is being expanded to support people in East Gippsland and the state’s Northeast who have been affected by bushfires and the pandemic. It’s backed by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

Fleur says LaunchMe has given her the confidence to chase her business dream.

The thought of running your own business can be scary, especially if you have never done it before, that’s why I’m a firm believer in utilising programs and supports that are out there in our local community that can help. The LaunchME Program and my Coach have given me the belief in my myself, my business idea and my unique skills and talents to take that leap of faith.

The $1 million Microenterprise Development Bushfire Recovery Program is supporting around 120 participants to develop or grow a microbusiness, which also supports Victorian communities impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Learn more at LaunchME.