Teresa Holdsworth sees herself as a ‘conduit’ for the business world. She is a Small Business Champion based in Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula.

Teresa and her colleague Anne Pearce, who work for the NT Government’s Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, support businesses across East Arnhem Land.

It’s about helping new and existing businesses find where they can access support to grow and prosper. That support ranges from assessing business performance, investigating and developing workforce strategies and growth plans, to helping businesses with opportunities in government procurement.

Teresa spends time speaking with small businesses and finding out more about the business and the million dollar question: what keeps you awake at night? She then sets about pointing them in the direction of finding the right help for their particular issue

“It feels like I direct traffic. My role is to get people going in the right direction so that they can find a solution to their business challenges.

“It might be finding the right people for them to talk to or even something as simple as pointing out the right website.”

Teresa has been doing the job for just under two years. She has supported local businesses through the challenges of Gove refinery curtailment and continues to support the region through its remarkable recovery as it continues to build a sustainable and diverse economy.

“The Gove Peninsula is a fabulous place to live,” says Teresa. “There’s a great sense of community. It’s a privilege to live here and work with Yolngu traditional owners, community leaders and businesses to support the region to achieve its amazing potential.

Teresa works in partnership with the Regional Economic Development Committee, Developing East Arnhem Limited and traditional owners groups to make the most of the opportunities the region offers.

North-East Arnhem Land is remote and doing business is can be tough.

But Teresa says: “The support offered to the business community by the NT Government during the curtailment of the refinery was outstanding and that support continues.”

She loves travelling through her “patch” – Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala, Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak and the Laynhapuy Homelands.

“I see spectacular country – country that few are privileged to see.”

But the best part of the job is gaining the confidence of small business owners and helping them succeed.

If you would like to discuss ways to improve the profitability, sustainability or capability of your business contact our Small Business Champions team on (08) 8999 5479.

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