William Angliss Institute

Small Enterprise Association supports entrepreneurial Angliss students

The Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) awarded scholarships to three William Angliss Institute students in recognition of their entrepreneurial skills.

First prize of $2000 was awarded to Argentinian Maria Emilia Guidale who is studying and working in Australia as part of a strong personal and professional desire to advance her career in the food industry as an entrepreneur. Having previously completed a Diploma of Marketing in Argentina, Maria is currently studying a Bachelor of Culinary Management.

As part of her studies, she completed the Work Integrated Learning year in Alice Springs, working as a Commis Chef in DoubleTree by Hilton and Lasseters Hotel Casino. At the same time, Maria started up her food stall business, named Dorita Empanadas, in hope to connect different cultures through food, by serving authentic Argentinean pasties to the Alice Springs community and visitors.

Maris said winning the SEAANZ scholarship gives her a valuable opportunity to expand her own small business in Melbourne, which is an extension of what she started up in Alice Springs.

“My food project ‘DORITA Empanadas’ was born out of the desire to create a bond between the community and the Argentinean culture by offering authentic empanadas and others traditional food products. I strongly believe that this opportunity will improve my entrepreneurial skills and create valuable relationships within the Food Industry,” Maria said.

William Angliss Institute Assoc. director VET Jim Irwin said, “We are thrilled to have the SEAANZ support our young entrepreneurs, as this helps to drive innovation in the foods, tourism, hospitality and events industries.

Bibiana Moreno Silva travelled to Melbourne to begin her studies in Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management at William Angliss Institute and won the second prize of $500. With significant restaurant experience, Bibiana has started developing a coffee project which involves community, innovation and strategies along with her interest for developing business opportunities in the hospitality industry.

Jessica Killey is currently in her final year of Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management and won two free mentoring sessions with the Small Business Mentoring Service.

Having almost completed her studies, she is feeling well-equipped to become a business owner and hopes to involve herself in the Tourism sector in Australia. Jessica is writing up a business plan for a new business called ‘Come Travel With Me’.

The Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to the advancement, development and understanding of small enterprise within Australia and New Zealand.

Founded in Sydney in 1987, SEAANZ is dedicated to research, policy development and the dissemination of ideas relating to entrepreneurship and small business management for the small to medium enterprise (SME) sector within the Australasian region.

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