THE Australian government has stepped in to help entrepreneurs in Western Highlands pro-vince.
Coordinated by Australian businessman David Calvey, AusAID conducted a month-long business development courses for young entrepreneurs under 30 in Western Highlands.
AusAid conducted the courses through its Australian business volunteer (ABV) programme.
Earlier this week, a group of aspiring businessmen and women received certificates of accomplishment during a small ceremony at the Highlander Hotel in Mt Hagen.
Mr Calvey said the training was designed to help those who were already in business and newcomers.
The participants were trained on how to draw up a business plan, keep business records, do bookkeeping and cash flow projection for two to three years, and handle marketing and customer service.
The programme was being run throughout the Pacifc and in parts of Southeast Asia and was targeted at young entrepreneurs below 30.
A similar training course was conducted in Alotau in 2007.
Mr Calvey told participants he would visit to provide technical advice or assist them between March and May next year.
Those who attended were involved in a range of small business activities, from coffee plantations, to guest houses.