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Smart Company, How not-for-profit Many Rivers is empowering small business owners in Australia’s most remote communities

Not-for-profit organisation Many Rivers, which works with small business owners in Australia’s most remote communities, has helped set up more than 1000 small businesses around the country in the space of seven years.

Many Rivers works with entrepreneurs across regional Australia to help them get ventures off the ground.

With operations in some of Australia’s most remote towns where jobs are scarce, the ability to set up and grow enterprises is critical, says Many Rivers chief executive John Burn.

“We have a focus on working with people in disadvantaged contexts,” Burn told SmartCompany.

Many Rivers works in partnership with large corporates such as Westpac, which has helped it provide nearly $6 million in micro-finance loans to help regional small business owners since 2009.

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