Q&A with Dr. Paul Miller, Entrepreneurship Facilitator, Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs
Running your business is not a sprint - it's a marathon
Tell us about your role as an Entrepreneurship Facilitator
Entrepreneurship Facilitator Services is an initiative funded by the Australian Government to encourage people to start their own business. Starting a business is a great way to create your own job.
Whether you are thinking about starting a business or if your existing business is experiencing problems, I work with you to help you achieve your business goals. I can provide hands-on assistance, practical advice, and expert guidance to get you started and keep you on course. You can receive support ranging from general advice about starting and running a business to tailored mentoring and assistance. All at no cost to you.
Who’s in the team?
Just me. I have spent the past 20 years working in the small business sector either as an owner/operator or coaching others to take an idea from the concept stage to a fully operational business. I have worked in the local area for many years and in 2015 I joined the team at Sarina Russo Entrepreneurs to deliver direct services to budding entrepreneurs across Australia.
What have been your biggest achievements in the past twelve months?
Since commencing this role in January 2019, I have been excited to see the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in the wider Ballarat region. I have been very impressed with the amount of enthusiasm there is in the community to try something new – start a new venture and create a new future. There is an appetite to start your own business and a wide range of support services are now in place to assist in turning your business dream into a reality.
You can book a free one-on-one mentoring appointment with me anytime.
I am actively involved in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the wider Ballarat region - connecting with stakeholders and promoting our services, especially as an active member of the Innovation & Entrepreneurial Group, a group of key stakeholders in the entrepreneurial space.
What’s Next for You?
I am running regular information sessions on how to start a business, networking events, one on one mentoring, and workshops on Small Business Management throughout the region and at Platypus Coworking. I’m also planning and organising a major conference in October aimed at budding mature-aged entrepreneurs. This will run in conjunction with Federation University and will bring together a range of presenters including researchers on entrepreneurship, people who have started a business later in life, and a panel of industry experts. You can find out more at Starting a Business Later in Life Conference.
Apart from business, Paul's other passion is music. And in his spare time you will usually find him either playing one of his 8 guitars, or writing and recording music.
Paul has a dedicated desk at Platypus Coworking.