AN ONLINE handcrafting sewing business and a customised computer gaming company are the first two ventures by young people in the Murraylands to benefit from the Rural City of Murray Bridge's Impact Youth Kickstart Loans.
The young entrepreneurs have been helped in realising dreams of launching their own businesses, thanks to funding grants and mentoring as successful applicants of the program.
Danielle Aitken is capitalising on her love of sewing by investing in an overlocker to expand her Buzzy Bee online business, by increasing the quality and range of handcrafted items she offers including hats, pillows, scrunchies and more.
Alex Smith, who is about to finish high school and begin a computer science degree, has launched customised computer gaming company, The PC Smith.
He has turned his personal passion for technology into a way to earn income while studying, by providing advice and building bespoke gaming computers through a personalised consultation service. Both young businesses are building their online presence through social media.
Team Leader Customer Support Michelle Chambers said professional mentoring provided by local business leaders CommShake and Kookaburra Homes was instrumental in supporting and nurturing these fledgling business moguls of the future
"We have so far offered master classes in business foundations, communications and financial management to help boost their knowledge and confidence," she said.
"The Murray Bridge Youth Council has successfully offered two loans in this funding round and they would love to see more people with great ideas become involved.
-Details: For more information about the Impact Youth Kickstart Loans program visit murraybridge.sa.gov.au.