Happy 30th birthday
Our mission is to assist individuals and communities to reach their full potential through developing entrepreneurial mindsets and skills which assists in the development of personal, social and economic development.
We want to change the world from relying on education, employment and training as means of gaining employment to adding a third 'e' - that of entrepreneurship - so that individuals and communities can better control their own destiny and provide local employment for others.
In 1990 after a remarkable 20 years working in state and local governments in South Australia, Frank Wyatt decided go it alone to begin his own consulting company, Enterprising Partnerships.
Over the years Frank and Enterprising Partnerships have contributed a great deal to the development of industries and industry knowledge. Frank was central to the development of the Wine, Water and Defence industries in South Australia and instrumental to the creation of skills in Defence and Crime Prevention.
Frank and a team of visionaries were responsible for the first Enterprise education School in Australia ensuring that high school students in South Australia gained the skills of entrepreneurship and problem-solving.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts, and post graduate qualifications in teaching and business administration. He is now semi-retired and enjoying doing what he wants, when he wants which includes chairing the Board of Rockford Winery in the beautiful Barossa Valley, facilitating the Kingston Entrepreneurs Roundtable, providing strategic advice to Enterprising Partnerships, working as an Expert in Residence with the La Trobe University Accelerator Program, facilitating our Business Builder events, and when he has some time, sailing from the St Kilda yacht club.
While Frank was busy building Enterprising Partnerships and supporting the development of industries, for the past 30 years Lynda Ford was busy working in the not-for-profit sector, local government in Queensland and Victoria, the Queensland state government and starting five social enterprises.
Lynda has worked in the areas of youth homelessness, crime prevention, defence skills, child protection, multicultural services, 'at risk' families and children, university and TAFE lecturing and community development. She was also the CEO of the Australian Community Workers Association, the professional body for community workers.
In addition to her practical experience in starting social enterprises, for the past 7 years, in addition to facilitating workshops, Lynda has designed and managed our flagship programs, Getting Down to Business and Cultov8 focusing on young people and migrants, delivered a range of entrepreneurial skills development programs for communities in local governments areas and created business activation programs in regional areas.
Lynda holds a range of qualifications including a Master of Criminology, Bachelor of Social Science, Diplomas in Human Resources, Business Management and Residential Care. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Intercultural Expert with the Council of Europe's Intercultural Cities Program and Expert in Residence with La Trobe University Accelerator Program.
She was Awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for services to multiculturalism in Australia and was recently shortlisted for the Pro Bono Awards for the 25 persons of Impact in Australia.
Lynda also owns her own global startup, Squirrl.com.au a travel product she created to help women travel safely around the world. Squirrl employs seven local people and is made and based in the western suburbs of Melbourne.