Carlson Consulting in collaboration with various organisations has been providing business mentoring services that facilitates small business creation primarily for people from a refugee background, driven to start their own business or expand an existing one.
Many recently arrived refugees face significant barriers to employment, in particular during the early stages of their settlement.
Studies show that people from a refugee background display strong entrepreneurial qualities and produce direct measurable public benefits.
A classic social enterprise might serve at least four public aims:
Fiscal responsibility - it reduces the myriad costs of public supports for people facing barrier, by providing a pathway to economic self-sufficiency for those it employs.
Public safety - it makes the community in which it operates safer, by disrupting cycles of poverty, crime, incarceration, chemical dependency and homelessness.
Economic opportunity - it improves our pool of human capital and creates jobs in communities in need of economic renewal.
Social justice - it gives a chance to those most in need.
Carlson Consulting Mentoring Service taps into the entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and experience of refugees by supporting them to navigate and succeed in the Australian business environment.
Through Carlson Consulting we act as business mentors to these emerging entrepreneurs.