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  • Location: Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland
Maximise the value of your business and learn how to create an exit strategy


NISER has secured Australian Government funding under AusIndustry's Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business program to deliver a comprehensive mentoring program on succession planning. The program will run from February to September 2008 and partnering with Sunshine Coast TAFE for a special information session and launch at Mooloolaba on the 19th of February.
Strategies on succession planning and business transition
What is succession planning?
 The Succession Planning Process Mr Geoff Moller
 Maximising the return on your business
 Gain hints and tips and links to useful resources
 Find out how you can benefit from the upcoming skills development and mentoring program funded by the Australian
 Enjoy a light lunch and networking opportunity
Date: 19th Feb 2008
Time: 10:00am (10:20am start) to 12:15pm, followed by a light lunch and networking opportunity.
Venue: Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba
Cost: nil, but registration essential to avoid disappointment.
Full Program:
Program runs from March 2008 to September 2008.
Cost per participant is $590.00 (+GST).
Workshop sessions are typically the 3rd Tuesday of each month running from 9:00am until 12:00pm, plus monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions will be on an appointment basis.
Intending participants are encouraged to register early and not miss out on one of the 35 funded positions!
The cost per participant is only $590.00 (+GST), retail value over $7,000.00!

Register on line for the Launch or Full Program at
For more information contact:
Geoff Moller
Mobile 0411 351 110

The NISER team wishes every one a happy and prosperous New Year and we are extremely excited about the new projects that NISER will roll out in 2008.
For the ones that are new to NISER we would like to introduce you to our public non-for-profit unlisted company and for the ones that already know about us, we are pleased to reaffirm our purpose:
"to be a centre of excellence for innovative and well-balanced community development in regional Australia for the betterment of humankind"
The Directors of the National Institute for Socio-Economic & Environmental Research Jorg Schwartze, Sean Rothsey and Lew Brennan are happy to announce that they will launch the Sunshine Coast Board of National Stock Exchange of Australia in April 2008. It will be known as the NSX Sunshine Coast Exchange.
The formal agreement between Cooroy based NISER (a public unlisted not-forprofit company) and NSX Ltd was sealed in August 2007.
Our newly appointed Sunshine Coast NSX Business Development Manager, Francesca Grillo says "The creation of a regional stock exchange means greater opportunities for local investors to recognise and support the growth potential of their own local businesses. Huge amounts of investment and superannuation money flows out of the region every week but with the exchange, investors and advisors can come together, develop opportunities and keep that capital within the region.
"NISER is committed to improve socio-economic and environmental development and research regionally, state and nationally and the offer of the NSX to facilitate a regional stock exchange provides a natural opportunity to enforce that commitment."
What is a Regional Exchange?
Regional Exchanges operate as sub-markets of the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX). While they are not licensed Stock Exchanges in their own right, they do provide access to all the benefits and opportunities of a broader NSX Market for regionally based businesses.
NSX can support regional economic development by creating a regional market that brings together the local investment and business communities.
For many businesses, the best potential source of capital will be investors within their own region, and by working within the region with advisers and brokers, a local Exchange provides a platform for local businesses to connect with local investors, and that means the region investing in itself.
Regional Exchanges ultimately support regional economic sustainability.
The benefits of a Regional Exchange
A regional exchange can:
 Provide greater access to capital for regional businesses
 Allow emerging and innovative companies to fund growth
 Create local investment opportunities
 Provide succession and exit strategies for businesses
 Establish a regional network of accredited business advisers
 Foster local innovation and retain local investment
 List community organizations i.e. banks and Telco's
 Be quick to establish and require little investment
Solutions for Businesses
There are many common myths that surround listing a business as a public company. Many businesses make the assumption that a public listing is beyond them or not relevant to their needs and that the process is cumbersome and cost prohibitive.  These assumptions are often misplaced.
As the NSX market is designed for SME`s (Small & Medium Enterprises), its entry criteria are set at levels that SME`s can meet (minimum market capitalisation is $500,000 to list on NSX, and the minimum number of shareholders is only 50).  Similarly, the cost structure for an NSX listing has been targeted at SME`s and therefore the cost is usually not such a big barrier to listing as many imagine.
Small business owners are faced with many capital management decisions; one of the critical decisions is how do you fund growth? Capital funding options include: debt; equity - private or public equity; hybrid structures; active or silent investors.  Furthermore, how do you put in place the capital structure which ascribes an appropriate value to the business, rewards employees and creates a succession path?
One potential capital management strategy is to list your business on the National Stock Exchange of Australia (NSX). A primary driver is that public companies trade on higher multiples to private companies realising greater value for key stakeholders.
Benefits of becoming a listed company
Access to capital - Being listed, it becomes easier for a company to access capital enabling it to grow the business.
Greater liquidity - Increasing the liquidity in the company's shares allows the company to broaden its shareholder base and gives existing shareholders an exit opportunity. Listing also assists with succession planning and enables employee ownership.
Investor confidence - Being listed on a regulated stock exchange enhances corporate governance and disclosure requirements, providing investors with an increased level of confidence.
Why choose the NSX?
Cost effective
- As an alternative exchange for small to medium size businesses, NSX has designed a cost structure which delivers value to your company.
Fewer shareholders needed - A spread of only 50 shareholders is required to list on NSX.
Streamlined admission process - With dedicated resources liaising with you throughout the application process, NSX ensures that becoming listed is both efficient and problem free.
Suits growing companies - Companies with a market capitalisation of just $500k meet NSX's size requirements, ensuring growing businesses can become listed from an early stage.
Good corporate governance - NSX supports a high level of corporate governance through its rules whilst recognising the resourcing available to emerging businesses.
Ms Grillo from NISER says:
"We want to work alongside local Governments, regional development departments, business clusters, chamber of commerce,
investors' board and any other organisation that fosters local economic and social development in the region".
"We encourage all interested companies, professional advisers, brokers and other interested organizations to contact us
without delay and gain a better knowledge of what the NSX market for the Sunshine Coast can do for them."
Further enquiries to Francesca Grillo on 07 5442 5050 or 0408 427 937 or contact her at or

Mr Jorg Schwartze as new NISER Managing Director
Our founders and directors Lew Brennan (Chairman) and Sean Rothsey (Deputy Chairman) are please to announce the appointment of Jorg Schwartze as new Managing Director with immediate effect. Mr Schwartze has been a non-executive member of the board since June 2007.
Mr Rothsey steps down as CEO and will remain on the board in a non-executive role.  He said "These changes and the expansion of our executive team facilitate a greater resource of non-executive directors to move seamlessly between the various stakeholders where executives often just cannot go. This will make NISER more relevant, scalable and functional whilst also ensuring that from a corporate governance perspective the Board of the organization retains a more desirable mix of executive and non executive members".
Born in Germany, Mr Schwartze studied Economy, Law and Computer Science at the Technical University in Berlin. He was Managing Director in 187 Real Estate Investment Companies, with over 2000 Investors and an Investment Volume of over $ 2 Billion. He was a lecturer at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Berlin for Youth education and Apprenticeship training.
Commenting on his appointment Mr Schwartze said "I'm passionate about using my business entrepreneurial skills in NISER for the benefit of the economic growth of our community and the business development of local enterprises in the Sunshine Coast.
NISER becomes National & Environmental
Our service to the community has obtained this year a larger recognition through the change of our name from Noosa Institute for Socio Economic Research into National Institute for Socio-Economic & Environmental Research. After our first year of successful operation it is in fact our aim to extend our commitment to socio-economic & environmental success Nation wide.

About the National Institute for Scio-Economic & Environmental Research
NISER was established in 2006 as an independent, not for profit organisation with a commitment to improve socio-economic development and research regionally, state and nationally. NISER has a skilled team dedicated to helping individuals, businesses, corporate organisations, government sector and the community achieve improved socio-economic outcomes.
About NSX Limited
NSX Limited is unique in Australian Financial Markets. Holding two Australian market licences, it operates both the National Stock Exchange of Australia and Bendigo Stock Exchange. As an independent market operator, NSX has over 10 years experience in the operation of efficient, regulated trading platforms. NSX now has more than 112 securities representing more than $1 billion in market capitalisation across its two exchanges.
About Lew Brennan
NISER Chairman Mr Lew Brennan is a Noosa Shire Councillor since 1997. He has recently completed a Master of Learning Management, focusing on Regionalised Education Initiatives: A Model for Regional Social Capital and Economic Development. Cr. Brennan is the founding Vice Chairman of the Bendigo Community Bank Northern Sunshine Coast, the second largest franchise in Australia. His diverse background covers construction, farming, small business, art, politics and socio-economic development and he is ever committed to regional economic development, business, youth and education.
About Sean Rothsey
Deputy Chairman Mr Sean Rothsey adds considerable skills and value to NISER. Mr Rothsey is an exceptional mediator and negotiator, his success as a director in both public and private companies has been reflected in many industries including shipping and transport, trading, financial and accounting professions, legal, insurance and underwriting industries, retail and private banking, film entertainment and marketing, conservation, environment and sports administration. Overseeing NISER's infrastructure, finance, business and legal affairs and strategic alliances, Sean is a man of proven ability repute and integrity.
About Jorg Schwartze
Mr Schwartze is a Sunshine Coast resident. Prior to joining NISER he has been involved in founding and managing successful property developments up to $ 2 Billion and computer companies both in Australia and Europe. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). As a Senior flight instructor he made his contribution to the flying community in Australia. For his 3 year circumnavigation the world in his own Sailing Yacht he was rewarded with the "Trans Ocean Medal".
About Francesca Grillo
Born and raised Italy Ms Grillo is a qualified barrister and was Professor's Assistant for the Commercial Law Chair at the University of Bologna, specialising in Company and Enterprise Law. Her career has spanned Law, Real Estate development and management and Marketing. She is a former member of the Noosa Community Tourism Board and Sister City Committee at the Noosa Council.
About Geoff Moller
Geoff Moller has over 25 years experience in managing small businesses and recently completed an MBA (Master of Business Administration) while managing his own business. He has worked for AusIndustry in a small business adviser role and as a Senior State Development Officer supporting small to medium enterprises (SME's). Mr Moller represented the University of the Sunshine Coast in inter-university competitions for Strategic Management sponsored by the Boston Consulting Group and has 17 years experience in IT industry. Geoff's passion is for people doing better business and better communication; he speaks professionally and supports a number of business owner-operators in his role as a general business advisor.
 Funding & Grant Writing
 Financial Services
 Education and training
 National Stock Exchange
 Feasibility studies
 Sirolli Institute Programs
 Club Development Plans
 Business Support Services
 Events/Management
 Business incubation
 Professional Consultancy
 Cross Industry Bridging
 Professional Communications
 Environmental Support
 Corporate Social Responsibility Support
At NISER we nurture knowledge of the grant application process and various grant programs, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines for grant opportunities.
Our staff and executives are computer literate with excellent research and writing skills and we generally look for experience in a non-profit agency environment.
NISER also incubates various sporting organisations and sporting based commercial enterprises. Our officers and facilitators raise memberships for NISER, fund raise and
seek sponsorship for those sporting organisations, and assist penetration into sporting clubs, organisers and sporting bodies.
NISER runs quasi governmental economic seminars and has the ability to increase attendance through search engine optimisation, media relations, publicity promotions advertising and direct sales.
NISER conducts feasibility and other economic studies including Grants available to business for research and development and the like, and facilitates incubation and growth of businesses at all stages up to and including share market listing. We maintain strategic Relationships with other organisations including The Merkin Group, Economic Institutes, and Regional Stock Exchanges and local Professional and governmental organisations.
Our interest in talking with you is one where you would take responsibility at the coal face to not only develop business but to platform the organisation and to assist us to offer resources and infrastructure to other staff or contractors as they are engaged.
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49 Maple Street Cooroy QLD 4563
Ph 07 5442 5050
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