For new grads and youth seeking work, that creates a lot of pressure to be able to be ready for freelancing + casual workforce engagement, which requires a bare minimum level of small business competence + focus. In my own work with local Smart Work Hubs and regional co-working spaces, I've been doing some ecosystem mapping of what supports exist in the region + what possibilities exist with boosting inter-region linkages to foster a startup|entrepreneur focus, covered in the following blog articles:
As a lifestyle choice and place for business whilst raising family, the Central Coast has a great deal to offer. I'm concerned that there appears to be little thought given as to how the region will prevent brain-drain of talent out of the region and help locals, especially youth, see that it's increasingly viable to run a successful startup venture in an area that is advantaged with early NBN connectivity. We need this sort of focus if we want to be internationally competitive, let alone regionally.
1. What's your intention going into this state election to create the right conditions for attracting, nurturing and retaining the next generation of digital savvy entrepreneurs? (Hint: needs more than just physical infrastructure. Needs a community, business + cultural infrastructure as well).
2. How can we encourage those considering such a pathway to reconsider the region, noting a startup can increasingly be done from anywhere? (Great Startups Can Be Built Anywhere: A Look at Regional Entrepreneurial Strengths)