Inverell shire residents affected by drought can sign up for business courses at no charge.
Inverell Community College is offering a certificate IV in New Small Business from 2020, with an introductory sessions called New Ways of Thinking Business from November 18.
College coordinator Tania Archer said now more than ever, the survival of our regional towns relied on helping rural Australians.
She said the New Small Business course would assist drought-affected farmers and businesses and their staff to diversify and strengthen their businesses.
These course are suitable for a variety of people including existing or new business and farming operators.
Ms Archer said the qualification would also help meet increasing demand for enterprise skills in a young and emerging workforce, making it an ideal course for school-leavers who are looking to develop their skills and increase their chances of finding employment in their home town.
Trainer Mel Squires is an Inverell local, who works and lives in the region.
"I believe entrepreneurship is vital in regional areas like ours, we don't rely on large industries bringing jobs to our towns, so entrepreneurship and small business have created those opportunities.
Working for a business development company in Melbourne, I have helped small business owners in many different industries, and I grew up in a family of small business owners, so I understand the challenges and the rewards of running a small business." She said.
The courses are subsidised by the NSW government.
New Ways of Thinking Business will run for 2 days per week over 3 weeks, commencing Monday the 18th of November
Drought-affected residents can contact Tania Archer (02) 6721 3656 to find out more about the subsidised fees.