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Published 05 October 2017

Running a business can be tough, but help is at hand if you run a small-to-medium-size business in the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Small business mentor and consultant Geoff Haygreen, of Polaris Business and Innovation Centre, is available to visit your business to chat about how to take your business to the next level.

In fact he’s so keen to help local businesses, he’s even door knocking them while waiting for the calls to come in. 

Tea Tree Gully Council recently contracted the team at the Polaris Centre to provide support and advice to local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in a bid to grow jobs and businesses in the region.  Mr Haygreen is no armchair expert, having first-hand experience running a highly successful electrical retail business for 27 years before moving on to his current career.

“It’s a real challenge running your own business and there are many reasons why even profitable businesses can fail.

“Our goal is to help businesses, including tradies and manufacturers, avoid as many pitfalls as possible so they can get on with growing and developing their businesses,” Mr Haygreen said. 

Mr Haygreen started his business from scratch and went on to employ eight people and record a $3 million annual turnover.   

“It wasn’t easy, but we learnt some valuable lessons along the way. We survived two major recessions and an attempted forced takeover by a larger predatory business,” he said.

Mr Haygreen has since worked as a consultant and mentor providing business support services throughout North West and Northern Adelaide and was a facilitator in the State Government-funded Business Owners Coaching program between 2001 and 2009.

The Polaris Centre team also includes digital mentor Rhys Moult and mentor and consultant  Rob Chisholm,  previous operator of two successful manufacturing businesses.

Contact the Polaris Centre today to arrange a visit to your business.