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People Seeking Employment

SSI's government funded programs work with employers to help find great candidates.

Self-paced e-learning: Fundamentals of Building a Successful Small Business

Learn the fundamentals of running a small business at your convenience with our free self-paced online workshop, specially created for people with disability

Local area coordination

SSI supports people to access the NDIS and other services and supports in the community.

Ignite Small Business Start-ups model to expand entrepreneurial support beyond the refugee community

SSI staff from Ignite Small Business Start-ups and Ability Links NSW participated in a week of training by Dr Ernesto Sirolli to build their knowledge and skills of using an enterprise facilitation model to assist people to establish a small business.

Google donations help SSI’s refugee initiative, Ignite Small Business Start-ups

SSI’s Ignite Small Business Start-ups is to benefit from donations of around $60,000 thanks to the amazing generosity of Google and its Sydney-based staff.

Google hears how Ignite Small Business Start-ups helps refugees start new businesses

Yarie Bangura spoke to a crowd of 150 Google employees about her small business Aunty’s Ginger Tonic, on Friday evening, November 25. The event was the launch of Google Give Week; a week during which Google employees are given the opportunity to donate to local charities whose initiatives are making a significant impact in the community.

Ignite facilitates the growth of beauty

From the outside, Aroos Hair and Beauty looks like any other business trading on Pitt Street, outside Merrylands train station. However, inside, a determined mother and daughter are working tirelessly towards a shared dream: having their own business, and their lives, firmly set up in Australia. SSI’s Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative is supporting them on this journey.

Ignite entrepreneur features in Head On Photo Festival

SWITCH is a photography exhibition about gender and sexual identity across two diverse cultures — Australian and Iranian.

SSI’s newest Ignite entrepreneurs

Seven Ignite participants took part in a photo shoot that SSI organised as a ‘graduation gift’ in recognition of them starting new ventures. Unlike other business start-up models, Ignite entrepreneurs leave the initiative with more than just a certificate and hand shake.

Ignite Small Business Start-Ups training highlights skill and passion of refugees

A week with Dr Ernesto Sirolli has enhanced the knowledge and skills of SSI staff, bilingual guides, and current entrepreneurs working with the Ignite Small Business Start-ups (Ignite) initiative who all undertook  Enterprise Facilitation training.

Ignite a Social Innovations Award finalist

SSI was a finalist in the 2014 Macquarie Social Innovation Awards, granted by the Macquarie Group Foundation to foster social innovation in the not-for-profit sector. The winner of the 2014 award was the WA-based Fogarty Foundation which focuses on innovative programs and initiatives that advance education, was announced on November 19.

Culturally diverse music and artists unite cultures at Australian Women in Music Awards 2023

Seven multi-talented female music professionals representing seven cultural backgrounds recently came together as part of SSI’s delegation at Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) culminating in a glamorous ceremony at the heart of Meanjin/Brisbane.

Entrepreneurship offers flexibility and fulfilment for woman with chronic health conditions

For Jennifer Cameron, the idea of becoming a counsellor, let alone running her own business, felt unattainable until she found the support of Ignite® Small Business Start-ups, an SSI social enterprise.

Armidale’s First Nations artists in the spotlight at free NAIDOC exhibition

A collaborative exhibition showcasing the rich cultural heritage and artistic expressions of Armidale’s First Nations community is set to kick off during New England’s 2023 NAIDOC Week celebration, on Saturday 2 September.

Building purposeful community connections through multicultural experts 

Maria Gonzalez’s experiences of migrating to Australia ignited her passion to lead a team dedicated to bridging gaps between Australian organisations and multicultural communities.

Refugee salon owner rebuilds career from apprentice to successful business owner in Australia

When Iranian-born Mary Logan sought refuge in Australia, she hoped to continue her work in hair and beauty. However, her overseas experience and qualifications were not recognised, forcing the salon owner and manager to begin again as an apprentice.