The Australasian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators (AIEF)The Australasian Institute of Enterprise Facilitators (AIEF) was founded in 1997 as a result of the recommendations of the Industry Task Force on Leadership and Management Skills. In their report, entitled Enterprising Nation, the taskforce recommended that “a comprehensive accreditation process be established for small business trainers, educators, counsellors, mentors and advisers so as to upgrade the quality of small business advice.”The AIEF was largely the vision of Dr John Bailey who became the first President of the Association and now a Life Member.
To establish the high standard of skills required for enterprise facilitation, Members of the AIEF are required to undertake a training course in small business counselling and related business skills and complete over two hundred hours of structured counselling sessions.
A comprehensive accreditation process is in place to ensure that business owner/managers are being provided with a consistent and easy method of identifying suitably skilled trainers, educators, counsellors, mentors, advisers, and facilitators.
In 1985 Dennis started up the first comprehensive Business Enterprise Centre in Australia, the Hunter Region Enterprise Agency, and the first Small Business Incubator in 1986. He was a consultant to the Federal Government in Local Employment Initiatives and Economic Development Initiatives, and assisted in establishing the Workplace Resource Centres throughout Australia (now known as the Centres for Best Practices), which assisted major Australian companies in the Award and Industry Restructuring Process.
Dennis is an accomplished author in many publications and journals, and also is the editor and journalist for a small business publication “Let's Talk Business”, which is distributed to almost 4,000 national businesses on a monthly basis. He is a guest speaker on many business subjects – particularly Marketing – and many issues affecting small business. He is also an accomplished Presenter, and has been the keynote speaker at many Government and Business Conventions at both national and international levels.
Dennis is sole Director of National RTO Consultants Pty Ltd, www.rtoconsultants.com.au a company which assists organisations to establish as Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s). He is also sole Director of Marketing Means Business, www.marketingmeansbusiness.com a company dedicated to supporting small business success.
$20 (Free to AIEF members)
We will explore the need for business facilitators to understand the special requirements of small business owner/managers. Characteristics and skills of effective facilitators will be discussed and a number of tips for more effective facilitation will be developed. Presented by Dr John Bailey, Founder AIEF, Chairman, The Carlton Consulting Group Pty. Ltd
$20 (Free to AIEF members)
We will explore a number of the difficulties sometimes faced by facilitators with their clients. Methodologies for addressing these difficulties will be discussed and we will develop some ideas for assisting clients to understand how their behaviour may be influencing the performance of their business. Presented by Dr John Bailey, Founder AIEF, Chairman, The Carlton Consulting Group Pty. Ltd