Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centres
Making a difference
The Yarra Ranges Enterprise Centres Ltd (YREC) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1998 as a business incubator to support the growth and development of small and micro businesses within the Yarra Ranges Council.
We provide a range of services for new and developing enterprises including business premises at low cost; referrals to professional counselling and advice; and easy access to training and networking opportunities.
Initially funded by the Department of Employment, Workplace Relations, and Small Business, Swinburne University and the Yarra Ranges Council, YREC remains grateful to Yarra Ranges Council for its ongoing support.
The Business Incubation process began in the United States in the early sixties, and has been in operation around the world ever since. Experience has shown the enterprises that undergo this process as part of their development are four times more likely to succeed than similar businesses in the market place.
Australia has more than 80 Incubators in operation , with 26 of these in Victoria.
Business Incubation has now earned an accepted place in the economic development of the regions in which Incubators operate.
Trusted and professional providers of business support
Alison Fitzgerald commenced with YREC in April 2014 as Executive Officer. Her career experience includes several Economic Development management roles within Local Government assisting retail, commercial and industrial businesses to streamline the process of doing business. She has managed significant programs across the business sector and broader community including extensive stakeholder consultation. Working closely with businesses at all levels, Alison has an excellent network to bring business development and growth opportunities to small and start up businesses within the Yarra Ranges.
Kathryn Johns is a Certified Practising Accountant. A Senior Finance Manager with over 20 years experience spanning diverse organisations, locally and internationally within a range of sectors including Not-For-Profit, Hotels, Tourism, Arts, Media, Publishing, Entertainment, Retail, Health, Insurance and Mining. Has led high achieving accounting departments and is hands-on in the project management of finance and enterprise wide projects. Also, a small business owner and operator with Stompin’ Wombats, a holiday let in Marysville.
Andy Scott is a chartered Architect, MBA and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has led several large international multidisciplinary design businesses spanning the UK, Middle East, China, Asia, USA and Australia. He is currently on assignment in the USA in a role linking 5,500 worldwide building design professionals across the Jacobs Engineering Group.
Jeff Gill is the owner of L.S. Gill & Son, a printing business located in Warburton. As a ‘local’, Jeff is instrumental in the progression of community and economic development for the area as a local business and in his role as the President of the Warburton Advancement League Inc and a past and active member of the Warburton Valley Community Economic Development Association (CEDA).
Michelle Harrison has over 20 years’ experience marketing in the tourism and wine industries. An active member of various tourism & business committees across the Yarra Valley, Michelle is a quintessential networker, driven and passionate she thrives on connecting and working with others in business.
Lucan Gruyich is the founder and Director of a boutique management consultancy, focused on helping businesses grow and succeed – ranging from start–ups through to large multi-national corporates. With 16+ years experience in domestic and international digital delivery, product strategy and product launches – Lucan is passionate about helping local business and economy.
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